USPS: Oshkosh to build NGDVs in Spartanburg, SC 

June 22, 2021 Oshkosh Defense has selected a facility in Spartanburg, SC, where the company will build the Postal Service’s next-generation delivery vehicles (NGDVs). “Upstate South Carolina has a skilled workforce and a proven history in advanced automotive manufacturing — it’s the perfect place to produce the NGDV,” said John Bryant, the company’s president. The…

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APMU: Das 110 HCRs Noncompliance Award Issued

June 11, 2021 In August 2016, National Arbitrator Shyam Das issued an arbitration decision sustaining APWU’s case Q06-4Q-C 11182451. In November, the APWU invoked the arbitrator’s retained jurisdiction, complaining that the USPS had not insourced the 110 HCRs into PVS assignments within 6 months (February 2017) as the Award as ordered. On June 4, 2021,…

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New shield being installed into USPS driver training vehicles

Received from an APWU Member today: “Has a little window in the middle so they can pass things. And this far into a pandemic… seems late to the game. Thinking we’re doing ProMaster and Metris vans also… some big ass boxes came with this kit.” Check back for an update / more information

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USPS: FFVs should run on alternative fuel

The Postal Service is reminding its employees who drive for the organization that flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) are required by law to operate on alternative fuel rather than gasoline. Almost all FFVs in the postal fleet are E85s. How do you know if you’re driving one? • Check the gas cap. Most alternative-fuel vehicles have yellow…

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APWU MVS Division Settles Step-4 Grievance on FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

December 1, 2020 Earlier this summer, MVS announced a National Dispute on the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program. During the Step-4 meeting, the parties discussed the form, program and issues involved including the Article 1, 5 and 19 violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement…

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APWU: MVS Division Resolves National Dispute on Article 32.2 Vehicle Costs

On November 23, the National MVS Craft Division came to agreement with the USPS on a class action Step-4 dispute regarding PVS Costs, case no. Q10V-4Q-C 16534585/HQTV20160326. The issue presented was whether or not the USPS violated Article 32.2 of the National Agreement when they assigned the full cost of a vehicle as a line…

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USPS OIG: A Tuck that Nips Safety and Efficiency?

USPS OIG Blog Article – October 26, 2020 Three years ago, the U.S. Postal Service began replacing 7-and 11-ton cargo vans and adding new lift gates — equipment on the rear that helps load/unload containers of mail. Transportation managers could choose between a tuck-under lift gate or a rail lift gate. The former tucks beneath…

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USPS OIG Report: Efficiency and Safety of Lift Gates

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of lift gates used on U.S. Postal Service cargo vans. The Postal Service owns and operates a fleet of over 227,000 vehicles. The Postal Service has 7- and 11-ton cargo vans that Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers use to transport mail between facilities and to…

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