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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Senator Sanders Statement on Trump Review of Postal Service

BURLINGTON, Vt. April 13 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Friday after President Donald Trump signed an executive order demanding an evaluation of the Postal Service’s finances: “President Trump is right that it would be useful to take a serious look at the United States Postal Service. He is dead wrong,…

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PRC Requests Retiree Health Benefit Fund (RHBF) Liability Examination

Request for Proposal (RFP) For Retiree Health Benefit Fund (RHBF) Liability Examination 1. Introduction and Purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) 1.1. Background on Retiree Health Benefit Fund (RHBF) The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC or Commission) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the federal government with regulatory oversight over the United…

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PRC Issues FY 2017 Annual Report to the President and Congress

Submitted and Accepted January 26, 2018 On behalf of the Postal Regulatory Commission, I am pleased to submit the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report to the President and Congress. This report summarizes the Commission’s key accomplishments and activities over the past year. It also provides information required under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act…

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Without Serious Reforms, USPS Could Be Next Bailout Recipient

By Ike Brannon – December 14, 2017 Delivering mail to every address in the country, the USPS has a nearly daily impact on every American’s life. With over $121 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities, it could have an even larger impact in every American’s life if it cannot begin cutting costs and paying its…

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APWU: PRC Proposes Changes to Ratemaking System

Web News Article #: 117-2017 12/07/2017 – The PRC just issued their long-awaited proposal to change how much the Postal Service can raise postage rates of market dominant products. (Market dominant products include first class letters and cards, periodicals, and Standard/Market Mail; but do not include most package products which are “competitive” products.) The 2006…

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USPS OIG Report: Accuracy of In-Office Cost System Data

Objective Our objective was to assess the accuracy and reliability of In-Office Cost System (IOCS) telephone readings. The IOCS is the primary probability sampling system used by the U.S. Postal Service to attribute the labor costs of clerks, mail handlers, city carriers, and supervisors related to the handling of mail of all classes and rate…

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USPS: Inability to make payments won’t impede operations

Similar to prior years since 2012, USPS did not make mandated end-of-year payments to prefund retiree health benefits. In addition, USPS did not make payments on liabilities to the Federal Employees’ Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The Postal Service will continue to deliver the mail and will pay employees and suppliers, but…

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