USPS OIG Report: Employee Issues at the Dickinson, North Dakota Post Office

Objective This report responds to a request from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about employee issues at the Dickinson Post Office. In response to that request, our objectives were to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service complied with employee payment requirements and assess employee engagement and staffing levels at the Dickinson, ND, Post Office….

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USPS: Instructor teaches employees road rules

When it comes to training employees for delivery positions in Northeast Area’s Westchester District, all roads lead to Paul Gregory. The driver safety instructor has been training new employees — including letter carriers, rural carriers and truck drivers — for the past 10 years. He tells employees, “I was in your shoes, and there isn’t…

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‘Mail goes by us like 2 times before it gets here’: Rural Montana waits for Postal Reform

By Tom Lutey – April 16, 2017 Rosebud School students know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, which is why the U.S. Postal Service’s mail route to this tiny Eastern Montana town is a head-scratcher. ”The mail goes by us like two times before it gets here,” said Lori Reierson, who…

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NALC President Rolando on Rural Postal Service, Carriers

January 4, 2017 Your readers were well-served by the piece on postal reform that ran Dec. 29. Given the importance of the U.S. Postal Service to residents and businesses in Carlsbad and throughout the large and diverse state of New Mexico, I’d like to take this opportunity to offer some additional information and context. The…

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USPS: Standards approved for larger curbside boxes

[maxgallery id=”40453″]The Postal Service has approved new design standards for curbside mailboxes, a move that will allow customers to purchase bigger boxes than can accommodate packages. Under the new rule, mailboxes must be able to fit a minimum sized mail item 7 inches high by 13 inches wide by 16 inches deep. The rule will…

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A behind-the-scenes look at the USPS

Tracy Goldizen – April 7, 2015 OTTUMWA — When I was a kid, I spent hours sorting baseball cards. There was no shortage of them to go through — my dad was and remains and avid card collector. “First sort, second sort, third sort” is a running family joke. But as Patrick Shelby and I…

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NRLCA, APWU, and USPS go to court over who sorts the mail

(January 8, 2015) Early last fall, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) filed a labor grievance against the Postal Service concerning who separates and sorts the mail brought back to the post office by rural carriers. Now the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service and the APWU…

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Part-time carriers claim they’re treated like ‘junk mail’

By Clay Thorp | Herald staff writer December 21, 2014 For the last six years, Toby Holder has worked as a part-time, rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Killeen. But the contract he signed with USPS turned out to be more than a part-time job, he said, as budget constraints and short staffing…

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