USPS-APWU arbitration decision puts moratorium on plant consolidations and outsourcing retail

July 11, 2016 The Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union have a new contract. Last week, the arbitrator on the case, Stephen Goldberg, issued his decision and award, thus ending a two-year dispute. The new contract provides protections against layoffs for all career employees (who were on the rolls as of July 8),…

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Amazon deliveries and at-risk workers lead to more accidents and injuries at the Postal Service

March 8, 2016 Last week the Postal Service shared some information with the Postal Regulatory Commission about accidents and safety issues. As one might expect, the increased use of all those recently hired postal workers — 117,000 in 2015 — is leading to more injuries and accidents. Replacing experienced career employees with inexperienced non-career employee…

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Initial Comments of Steve Hutkins on PRC’s Jurisdiction Over Post Office Closings

February 4, 2016 To most patrons of the post office, the questions being examined in this docket — “what, in commenters’ view, constitutes a relocation or rearrangement of postal services and is thus exempt from Commission review pursuant to section 404(d); and when or if the Commission should have jurisdiction to review the closing or…

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Debate/Poll: Should the U.S. Postal Service be privatized?

Costco’s February 2016 edition of The Costco Connection has a 2 page article debating privatization of the USPS. Click Here or on the page images below to take part in the debate and vote NO in the poll. Source: The Costco Connection Related: Attention Shoppers! Costco Wants to Know: Should USPS Be Privatized? | APWU  

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Trucks on fire: USPS Long Life Vehicles outlive their lifespan

January 11, 2016 With over 211,000 vehicles, the Postal Service operates the largest civilian fleet in the world. About 190,000 vehicles are used to collect and deliver the mail, and about 140,000 of them are Grumman-built Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), the iconic postal trucks that are a ubiquitous presence on America’s streets and roads. These…

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A Bill of Rights for the Post Office

December 7, 2015 Some people just love to complain about the Postal Service, but the vast majority of Americans are pretty happy with the service they receive at their post office. In fact, several new surveys show once again that people think the post office is just fine. According to a new Gallup poll, Americans…

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Postal Service releases on-time performance reports for Q4 2015

The Postal Service has released its on-time performance reports for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year (July 1 – Sept. 30, 2015). Compared to the third quarter, on-time performance for most types of mail has improved, but performance remains significantly down from the same period last year (SPLY) — before the changes in service…

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The Postal Pulse results are out (sort of)

October 7, 2015 The results of the Postal Pulse survey are out, but only USPS employees can see them. The Postal Service has produced a new video about the survey results as well, but only postal employees can view it. For the rest of us, here’s a little background. Postal Pulse is the new employee…

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