APWU Looks to Address USPS Workforce Mix in Labor Talks

By Louis C. LaBrecque – June 22, 2018 A union that represents about 200,000 postal workers is looking in upcoming labor talks with the U.S. Postal Service to reduce the service’s reliance on non-career employees. That’s from Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union. The union’s goals as it begins bargaining June 26…

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USPS Non-Career Employee Background Screening in the LA District

Background The U.S. Postal Service’s national screening process for external hiring of non-career employees involves four key groups: the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC), a Postal Service contractor, district Human Resources (HR) officials, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The process is initiated when the HRSSC receives an employment application. The HRSSC then…

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OIG Blog: What other ways could the Postal Service improve retention of non-career employees?

January 16, 2017 Non-career employees, or temporary workers who do not receive full employee benefits and privileges, make up a significant part of the U.S. Postal Service’s workforce – about 130,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2016. The USPS uses non-career employees throughout its operations. However, turnover is a problem with temp workers, particularly for the…

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High Turnover Called a Drawback to Using Temp Workers

December 30, 2016 The Postal Service has increasingly turned to non-career employees–who cost the agency less because they do not receive full employee benefits and privileges–but the exceptionally high turnover of such employees partially offsets the hoped-for savings, according to an IG report. The USPS currently has about 130,000 non-career employees to supplement its regular…

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Arbitration results in concessionary contract for US postal workers

By Hector Cordon – September 9, 2016 National arbitrators recently imposed a contract on members of one of the larger unions in the United States Postal Service (USPS), providing minimal wage increase and imposing further inroads into health care benefits while maintaining a sizable “non-career” section of workers at much inferior wages and with few…

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myRA, U.S. Treasury’s New Retirement Savings Option

November 5, 2015 by Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications The U.S. Treasury Department has introduced myRA, a retirement savings account for individuals looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to save for their retirement. Over thirty percent of all American households have no retirement savings. myRA provides a way to start saving for retirement….

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Why Letter Carriers Are Not an Endangered Species

Monday, April 20, 2015 “Mail carrier” was recently named as one of the 10 worst careers in the U.S., largely because of a supposedly bleak employment outlook. “Hiring of mail carriers has been on a steady decline with the proliferation of email and text messaging,” CareerCast said in ranking mail carrier #191 out of 200…

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