January 6, 2023
The Postal Service and a labor union have begun a pilot program for a new career bargaining unit position to transport mail in vehicles that do not require commercial driver’s licenses.
The new postal vehicle operator (PVO) level 6 position and qualification standards were created under a memorandum of understanding between USPS and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).
PVOs will be assigned to the motor vehicle services in Oklahoma City, which is currently designated a nonpostal vehicle service site.
The full-time and part-time flexible position will be posted internally for APWU career employees who do not have a commercial driver’s license to bid on and externally for noncareer employees to apply.
The Postal Service and the APWU will meet monthly to review results, including the training and retention of PVOs.
The pilot will run for at least six months after it is fully implemented.