USPS, APWU extend contract talks, Negotiations with NRLCA reach impasse

The Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have agreed to extend contraction negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, USPS announced May 21. Although the contract with APWU expired at midnight May 20, the Postal Service and APWU mutually decided to extend the negotiations deadline by one week to May 27. APWU […]

Postal Bulletin: Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Routes

From Postal Bulletin 22406 – January 8, 2015 In accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the Rural Carrier National Agreement, effective January 10, 2015 (pay period 03-15), the equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) will decrease to 69.5 cents per mile. The EMA is 69.5 cents per mile, or a minimum of $27.80 […]

Reps. Connolly and Graves Introduce Bill to Preserve 6-Day Mail Delivery

1.12.2015 – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Sam Graves (R-MO) have introduced a bipartisan House Resolution to preserve six-day mail delivery, including Saturday delivery, by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The Connolly -Graves resolution (H.Res.12) expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the USPS should take all appropriate measures to preserve a vital […]

Demolition of rural letter carriers museum postponed

HOPE, Ind. (AP) — Plans to raze a Hope museum that honors rural mail carriers are being postponed until spring. The Indiana Rural Letter Carriers Association Museum was scheduled to be demolished as part of a $100,000 town square beautification project after the three-day Hope Heritage Days festival in September. But The Republic reports organizers hadn’t […]

GAO report to Issa on USPS’s plans to manage size and cost of workforce

(November 13, 2014) The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued the following report: “U.S. POSTAL SERVICE –Status of Workforce Reductions and Related Planning Efforts.” Report to the Chairman Darrell Issa, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives note: Some of the excerpts from report are out of sequence GAO was asked to […]

NPMHU: Postal Unions Prepare for National Day of Action – November 14, 2014

On November 14, postal workers across the country will send an urgent message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! The four postal unions, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), American Postal Workers Union (APWU), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), and National Rural Letter Carriers […]

Christmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers

The 2014 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Saturday, December 6, 2014 (Week 2, Pay Period (PP) 26-2014), and ends Friday, December 26, 2014, end of Pay Period 01-2015. During this period, certain timekeeping and pay rules apply. Timekeepers, including Postmasters, supervisors, and other employees responsible for rural carrier time and attendance recording, should become […]

APWU: Plans Taking Shape for National Day of Action

Tell PMG, Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! 10/29/2014 – Plans are taking shape for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, when members of the four postal unions and supporters will send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail. The four […]

Updated: Four postal unions plan Nov. 14 ‘Day of Action’ on new round of service cuts

This Friday, Nov. 14, members of the NALC will join with the three other postal unions for a national day of action to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: “Stop delaying America’s mail!” “The Postal Service is set to make severe cuts in mail delivery service that, if implemented, would […]

Postal Hero: Rural Carrier David Zimmerman, Shortsville, NY

Shortsville, NY, Rural Carrier David Zimmerman became concerned when he noticed one of his customers hadn’t collected his mail in several days, so he knocked on the man’s door. There was no response, but Zimmerman could hear the man’s dogs barking. Sensing something was wrong, Zimmerman contacted his Postmaster, who called 911. Emergency responders entered […]