APWU: MVS Division Settles Two National Disputes with USPS Management

June 16, 2022 The Motor Vehicle Division recently settled two national disputes that had significant impact on MVS members. USPS/APWU Case Q15V-4Q-C 19224673/HQTV20190130 addressed the pay anomalies that can occur when a Postal Support Employee (PSE) is hired with a salary exception for a higher salary rate than is authorized on the Article 9 Postal…

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USPS OIG Report: Efficiency of Operations at Indianapolis P&DC

Background This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of the Efficiency of Operations at the Indianapolis Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) in Indianapolis, IN (Project Number 22-080). We conducted this audit to provide U.S. Postal Service management with timely information on operational risks at this P&DC. We judgmentally selected the Indianapolis P&DC based…

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USPS OIG Report: Truck Driver Shortage – Implications for the Postal Service

March 7, 2022 (RISC-WP-22-002) The national truck driver shortage has impacted the Postal Service and suppliers that transport mail in bulk along highway contract routes. Several strategies could help the Postal Service to mitigate the impact of the driver shortage. Since at least the early 2000s, the trucking industry has warned of a shortage of…

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USPS OIG Report: Vehicle Parts Pricing

Objective Our objective was to assess if the management of Postal Service vehicle parts agreements is consistent with pricing requirements. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, the Postal Service used about 255,000 delivery vehicles to distribute mail to 160 million delivery points across the nation. While about $292 million was spent on vehicle parts through 16…

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APMU: Das 110 HCRs Noncompliance Award Issued

June 11, 2021 In August 2016, National Arbitrator Shyam Das issued an arbitration decision sustaining APWU’s case Q06-4Q-C 11182451. In November, the APWU invoked the arbitrator’s retained jurisdiction, complaining that the USPS had not insourced the 110 HCRs into PVS assignments within 6 months (February 2017) as the Award as ordered. On June 4, 2021,…

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APWU: MVS Division Resolves National Dispute on Article 32.2 Vehicle Costs

On November 23, the National MVS Craft Division came to agreement with the USPS on a class action Step-4 dispute regarding PVS Costs, case no. Q10V-4Q-C 16534585/HQTV20160326. The issue presented was whether or not the USPS violated Article 32.2 of the National Agreement when they assigned the full cost of a vehicle as a line…

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USPS OIG Report: Efficiency and Safety of Lift Gates

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of lift gates used on U.S. Postal Service cargo vans. The Postal Service owns and operates a fleet of over 227,000 vehicles. The Postal Service has 7- and 11-ton cargo vans that Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers use to transport mail between facilities and to…

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USPS OIG Report: Transportation Network Optimization and Service Performance

Objective Our objective was to assess opportunities to optimize the Postal Service’s transportation network and meet service performance goals. Transportation is a core part of Postal Service operations, combining Postal Service-owned and operated assets with contractor operations. Every day a team of transportation and logistics professionals manage an average flow of over 390 million mailpieces…

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