USPS OIG Report: Changes in Mail Mix – Implications for Carriers’ Physical Health

The U.S. Postal Service’s package volume and weight have increased as First-Class Mail has declined, representing a change in mail mix. The OIG found a correlation between total package weight and letter carrier injuries. The OIG found that the Postal Service has no specific protocols in place outlining how a carrier should deliver a heavy…

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John L. Marcotte, Candidate for APWU National President says “Enough, this guy has got to go!”

“We will align retail footprint, hours, and services to meet evolving customer demands. We will continually evaluate operations at our retail facilities to ensure that services are cost-effective while also providing adequate community access.” -Delivering for America 10 year plan We have been down this road before. Reduced hours, Rural Carriers doing Clerk work and…

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USPS: Stamp Out Hunger returns – Pandemic had forced food drive online

May 6, 2022 The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is back. The annual event, which had to move online for the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, resumes in-person collection on Saturday, May 14. This year, both options are available: Customers can follow the traditional route and leave bags of nonperishable food items…

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USPS: NRLCA approves new contract

March 17, 2022 The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service. The contract covers more than 132,000 rural carriers represented by the union. Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, semiannual cost-of-living adjustments, measures designed to stabilize work schedules, increased flexibility to use…

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USPS OIG Report: Replacement of Privately Owned Delivery Vehicles

Background In fiscal year (FY) 2020, the U.S. Postal Service had about 133,000 rural letter carriers and associates delivering mail on over 79,500 rural routes. A rural route can be a government owned vehicle (GOV) route where the Postal Service provides the delivery vehicle, or an equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) route where the carrier provides…

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USPS, NRLCA reach tentative agreement

January 7, 2022 The Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have reached a tentative negotiated agreement on a 36-month contract. Upon ratification by the union’s membership, a process that will take several weeks, the agreement will run through May 20, 2024. “This agreement is economically responsible, fair to our employees and serves…

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USPS Launches New Dog Paw Program in Twin Cities Metro Area

September 15, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS & SAINT PAUL, MN – USPS aims to curb dog bites suffered by postal employees by launching a new Dog Paw Program in the Twin Cities Metro across ZIP Codes in the 551 & 554 area. Mail Carriers face the risks of a nip, bite, or even a vicious attack while…

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