NALC: Decision in Pay Consolidation Case

National Arbitrator Shyam Das has issued his award in a national interpretive dispute involving the memorandum of understanding regarding the consolidation of NALC pay levels. The memorandum, which went into effect on November 24, 2018, elevated all Grade 1 letter carriers to the former Grade 2. Arbitrator Das recognized that the memorandum “provided Carriers with…

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USPS: Package security enhancements begin this month

The Postal Service is increasing the safety and security of its collection box procedures. The organization is modifying the long-standing Aviation Mail Security Rule, which was established in 1996 and called for packages weighing 16 ounces or more to be presented in person to a retail associate or letter carrier. The rule was introduced to…

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USPS: Package Less Returns option being tested

USPS will test a service that allows customers to ship returns to merchants when they no longer have the original packaging for the item. The Package Less Returns service will be tested at 53 sites in Southern Area’s Dallas District that are equipped with Retail Systems Software (RSS) workstations. The returned merchandise will be shipped…

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USPS OIG Report: Stamp Stock Accountability

Objective Our objective was to determine whether controls over unit reserve stamp stock accountability were adequately designed and operating effectively. We received a hotline allegation regarding suspicious fraudulent transactions involving stolen stamps from the North Kenner, LA, Station. An initial investigation confirmed that a Postal Service unit manager had access to large quantities of postage…

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USPS clarifies acceptable identification forms

The Postal Service recently updated the list of acceptable forms of identification that customers must show for picking up various types of mail and applying for other services. The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) now features a new section, 608.10.0, Forms of Identification, that details acceptable forms of ID. The update clarifies previous guidance for identification…

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USPS: Honolulu District introduces mobile retail unit

Honolulu District introduced a mobile retail unit — a food truck-sized vehicle decked out in USPS colors — at a recent arts fair in Hilo, a town on Hawaii’s Big Island. The unit provided both fairgoers and vendors with a one-stop shipping resource. “Instead of making a separate trip to the Hilo Post Office or…

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