Postal Service cited for electrical hazards at Chicago mail facility

The U.S. Postal Service is facing more than $60,000 in fines after being cited by OSHA for electrical hazards at a distribution center in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration received a complaint about unsafe working conditions at the mail-sorting facility at 2643 N. Clark, according to a statement […]

Mapping by mail – Project uses Post Offices to trace American history

A new Stanford University research project underscores the vital role the Postal Service has played in the nation’s growth. When Stanford historian Cameron Blevins sought to visualize the history of the American West, he used the opening and closing of western Post Offices to show how some communities prospered while others failed. Between 1840 and […]

Postal Service exploring possible redesign of uniforms

The Postal Service is testing redesigned uniforms with a focus on evaluating the performance, functionality and safety features of various winter gear. Approximately 2,000 employees are participating in cold-weather apparel tests in Boston, Houston, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. USPS hopes to test warm-weather apparel in other cities in the spring. “Uniforms are a marker of personal, […]

USPS: ELM Revision – Recognition and Awards

Effective April 2, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) subchap­ter 490 to update information relevant to awards for noncareer employees. Revisions have also been made to clarify the reporting of awards for both Contest and Safety awards. * * * * * Employee and Labor Relations Manuals (ELM) […]

APWU: RMSS arbitration remedy settled for $2 million

Last year APWU was successful in the National Revised Maintenance Selection System (RMSS) Arbitration case. Below is the remedy as a result of the arbitration In resolution of this matter, the parties are in agreement that: 1) Employees entitled to remedy are those Maintenance Craft employees who had their eligible MSS (RMSS) rating changed to […]

USPS to consolidate over 30 postal plants in April – Offering Voluntary Early Retirement?

Updated: April will be a very busy month for USPS consolidating and/or closing facilities as part of its Network Rationalization Phase 2. USPS will allow employees at the CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO mail center to opt for retirement. Here is a sample of facilities scheduled to close or consolidate from April 1 through April 18: Cape […]

Minnesota AG sues over deceptive magazine and newspaper “Renewal Notices”

3/31/2015 – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against several Oregon-based companies that perpetrated a nationwide scheme to mislead consumers into “renewing” their newspaper and magazine subscriptions at significantly higher rates than those charged by publishers. The companies got consumers to pay money by sending “renewal” notices that falsely appeared to be […]

Video: Legal notices go missing in Hancock County mail

Hancock County officials and the United States Postal Service are trying to figure out how hundreds of mailed legal notices went missing. Earlier in March, the county court mailed out 75 notices for jury duty for a murder trial. The probation department also mailed out 170 notices to individuals to report for drug and alcohol […]

Video: USPS National Recycling Operation

USPS National Recycling Operation 3/31/2015 – The National Recycling Operation focuses on undeliverable Standard Mail, discarded mail from retail lobbies and other paper waste. USPS transports this material from Post Offices to recycling hubs at postal plants. This operation is expected to generate more than $133 million in combined savings and revenue. From USPS: A […]