NLRB Public Hearing of APWU charges against USPS-Staples Deal

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, APWU and NLRB took on USPS and Staples in the first day of the Hearing. NLRB Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas, presided over the court. The proceedings were open to the public and attended by APWU staff and Stop Staples activists from New York City, Philadelphia and the DC –…

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities

Background The U.S. Postal Service accepts passport applications at over 5,000 post offices nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Postal Service agreed to accept passport applications for a minimum of 5 hours per day. There is a $25 fee for first-time applications and no fee for renewal applications. Some locations offer…

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USPS: Shape of things to come – Next generation mailbox undergoes testing

The Postal Service is testing new, larger mailbox designs that can handle more than 70 percent of the packages sent through the mail. As the mail mix continues to change — with fewer letters and a growing volume of packages — customers often find their mailbox is stuffed to overflowing. Many parcels won’t fit in…

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USPS connecting with holiday customers on Twitter

  The Postal Service is piloting a Social Media Operations Center to help holiday customers on Twitter. Through the end of last week, the center was handling 1,000 daily customer messages, also known as “tweets.” Many tweets are about package and mail tracking or delivery. “People are noticing we’re online and ready to help, and…

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USPS OIG: Nonmachinable Outside Parcels Pilot Program

Audit Report – MS-MA-15-003 – 11/05/2014 Background Nonmachinable Outside (NMO) parcels are packages that, because of their size, weight, or other characteristics, cannot be processed through automation and must be handled through a more labor-intensive and costly manual process. The term “outside” is used for these parcels because they cannot be placed in sacks or…

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Postal Service Tests ‘Gopost’ Parcel Lockers

Self-service “Gopost” lockers—from which customers can pick up and ship packages—appear in New York and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Postal Service has installed 17 “Gopost” postal lockers at 17 locations—mostly Post Offices—in New York and Washington, D.C. The urban area program is currently in pilot phase and no further national roll out is currently planned,…

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Exposed: The Video the PMG Doesn’t Want You to See

06/23/2014 – The Postal Service’s propaganda machine has been working overtime in recent months, with workers forced to watch videos featuring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe spewing falsehoods about “the state of the business” and the deal with Staples. APWU President Mark Dimondstein takes on the PMG’s claims in a new video that every postal…

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California House Delegation Urges PMG To Reject USPS-Staples Pilot Program

30 California members, led by Rep. Alan Lowenthal, call for protection of thousands of postal workers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Alan Lowenthal and 29 other members of the California Delegation sent a letter today urging U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to reject the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) recent pilot program with Staples office supply…

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