Sen. Claire McCaskill calls on USPS to explain complaints of poor service

By Jim Cunningham – May 8, 2017 Two senators are checking on complaints about poor service from the U.S. Postal Service, days after KMBZ News aired a story about persistent problems in Kansas City’s Northland. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are stepping up to address concerns about the accuracy of delivery…

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USPS OIG Management Alert: Kansas City, MO, Stamp Fulfillment Services

This alert responds to concerns brought to our attention regarding the Kansas City, MO, Stamp Fulfillment Services’ (SFS) handling and storage of the U.S. Postal Service’s off-sale inventory. Our objective was to evaluate internal controls over off-sale retail merchandise and accountable paper stored at the Kansas City SFS. Summary The Postal Service needs to improve…

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USPS: KS maintenance employee’s idea saves time, boosts processing on APPS

Chuck Vellar knew there had to be a better way.  Vellar — a mail processing equipment mechanic with 33 years of postal experience — fixes machines at the Kansas City, KS, Network Distribution Center (NDC). One machine, the Automated Package Processing System (APPS), scans and sorts as many as 9,500 Priority Mail parcels and bundles…

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APWU Reaches Tentative Agreement for Private-Sector Drivers

Web News Article #: 136-201506/26/2015 – The APWU and the Mail Contractors of America (MCA) have reached a tentative contract agreement for private-sector drivers in terminals in Des Moines and Kansas City. Union members at those terminals will have the opportunity to vote to ratify or reject the agreement. “The terms of the agreement will…

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Video: Postal workers rally to keep post offices open

By Sarah Hollenbeck – May 14, 2015 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Postal workers nationwide and in Kansas City are fighting to keep your local post office open. The United States Postal Service plans to reduce hours and close branches nationwide. No branches in Kansas City are currently set to close, but with 82 processing centers…

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USPS: Tunnel vision – Bloomberg Business visits underground postal facility

February 20, 2015 Postal Service employees who work at the Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) facility in Kansas City, MO, have a unique perspective on the world.  They work below it. The facility is located inside the SubTropolis, an underground industrial park that Bloomberg Business visited recently. The park, carved out of an excavated mine, is…

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Launch of 600th Village Post Office (VPO) in public library

Barely 3 months after opening the Postal Service’s 500th Village Post Office (VPO), the launch of number 600 literally is one for the books. Mid-America District held opening ceremonies at two Kansas City, MO, public libraries May 6. “Our presence here today is an indication that the Postal Service is committed to affordable, attainable mail…

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