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tnmc2014A mail carrier is recovering after falling out of her mail truck while delivering a package Wednesday afternoon.

This happened at about a quarter to noon in the 900 block of Wyndsor Drive in Hixson.
Continue reading ‘Video: Tennessee Mail Carrier Falls out of Truck, Truck Hits House’ »

The U.S. Postal Service is Hiring in California, Other StatesPublished on Aug 27, 2014 – Considering a career change? Like the great outdoors? Enjoy dealing with people? If he answer is yes, then consider a career with the U.S. Postal Service as a City Carrier Assistant. We’re hiring all over the country so apply now at http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.

 

 

Continue reading ‘Video: USPS hiring City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) Nationwide’ »

Each day the United States Postal Service processes hundreds of millions of pieces of mail and delivers to over 150 million addresses. At the center of this bustling postal network are more than a hundred Processing and Distribution Centers spread across the United States. Follow these letters, catalogs, magazines, and parcels as they make their way through the Postal delivery network.

The case in nutshell:

uspislogo(August 28, 2014) Postal Inspectors Robert Nigg (now retired) and Keith Lewis claimed that they were entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The Postal Inspectors alleged that the Postal Service failed to pay their proper wages for (i) hours they worked in excess of forty hours per week and (ii) hours they worked on duty assignments. The trial court found that the Postal Inspectors could not assert claims under the FLSA because they were governed by a different compensation standard under 39 U.S.C. § 1003(c).  USPS also argued the Postal Inspectors duties were similar to a “desk” police officer.  The Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded the case for the District Court to analyze and determine their claims under the FLSA rather than Section 1003(c). The case  (initially filed in 2003) has been in the court system for over 11 years. But now this case has reached the end of the road.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Postal Inspectors “Petition for a writ of certiorari” filed on April 2, 2014. Read on….. Continue reading ‘Legal: Postal Inspectors 11-year battle for overtime pay ends after Supreme Court rejects petition’ »

prcWashington, DC – (August 28,2014) Today the Postal Regulatory Commission issued final regulations that establish new procedures concerning requests from the Postal Service to conduct market tests of experimental products. The regulations balance the Commission’s oversight authority over market tests with the Postal Service’s need for flexibility to test new product ideas. The regulations also reflect the lessons learned from past market tests.

The new rules provide increased clarity for the Postal Service, mailers, and the public regarding how such market tests are to be conducted and evaluated under the law. The rules offer the Postal Service the flexibility to conduct market tests of experimental products and to gain valuable experience from market tests, but also include safeguards to avoid disruptions to the commercial marketplace. The rules also discuss the elements the Postal Service must include in a market test proposal, the Commission’s review process, the revenue and time limitations, the data to be collected from a market test, and the mechanisms by which the Postal Service can seek to change market tests or transition experimental products to permanent products. Continue reading ‘PRC Issues Regulations for USPS Market Tests of Experimental Products’ »

E-commerce and technology are shaping the way packages are delivered, and creating an increased demand for better tracking and customer service.

“Packages are the future. Scanning is the future. Visibility is the future,” PMG Pat Donahoe said in his latest video message to employees. “It’s critical that we do all of these things right.”

With more customers taking advantage of e-commerce, Donahoe says it is critical to scan and deliver each package accurately and on time. Customers today expect more real-time updates and faster delivery. One way the Postal Service is addressing these growing needs, the PMG explains, is by rolling out new hand-held Mobile Delivery Devices to improve tracking and communication. Continue reading ‘State of the Business: PMG reports on new initiatives’ »

Decision could cost FedEx $millions

fedextruckSome 2,300 past and present FedEx drivers in California  and 360 in Oregon are employees, not contractors, and are entitled to overtime and other benefits because of the extensive control the delivery company exercises over their work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

FedEx contends that its drivers are independent contractors unprotected by California labor laws, and lower courts agreed. But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned those lower-court rulings. Continue reading ‘Court rules FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors’ »

According to the Office of Inspector General, the US Postal Service cannot locate 35 trailers leased from contractors. The OIG has issued  over 19 reports covering leased trailers from March 30, 2001, through September 28, 2009.:

uspsoigThe purpose of this alert is to bring to your attention the need for the U.S. Postal Service to immediately inventory and account for its leased trailers in the Northeast Area. We are issuing this alert due to the urgency associated with protecting leased trailers to avoid unnecessary lease and residual value expenses for lost trailers, especially in light of the Postal Service’s financial constraints.

During the course of our project announced in March 2014, Procurement and Use of Common Fleet Trailers – Northeast Area (Project Number 14XG025NO001), we became aware of 35 trailers from the New Jersey Network Distribution Center (NDC) in the Northeast Area that could not be located. Additionally, the Postal Service could not locate any record that they received these trailers from the leasing company even though the trailers were identified at some point in their manual tracking processes. Continue reading ‘USPS OIG: Postal Service can’t find 35 leased trailers from the New Jersey Bulk Mail Center’ »

NorthropGrumman-blueLaw360, New York (August 26, 2014, 2:56 PM ET) — A whistleblower shot back Monday at Northrop Grumman’s motion to dismiss a federal False Claims Act suit, saying the case contains genuine issues of fact and strong evidence that the company failed to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million to the U.S. Postal Service.

Former Northrop employee Beau Michaud, suing in Virginia federal court on behalf of himself and the federal government, said the company knew it would experience delivery delays following multiple design changes, but lied about it. Continue reading ‘Whistleblower Says Northrop Knew It Would Miss USPS Order Deadlines’ »

prcreportFrom the Postal Regulatory Commission:

Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission has established Docket No. PI2014-1, to invite public comments on the meaning of “other public services or activities” by the Postal Service under 39 U.S.C.3651(b)(1)(C) for cost reporting in its Annual Report to the President and Congress.

In its Annual Report, the Commission is required to report an estimate of the costs incurred by the Postal Service to provide other public services or activities which, in the judgment of the Commission, would not otherwise have been provided by the Postal Service if the service wasn’t a legal requirement.

The Commission’s 2013 Annual Report estimated the costs of delivering mail six days a week instead of five days, and revenue “lost” from unzoned First-Class Mail and Library/Media rates. The Commission has noted that this approach may be too narrow and would like to receive comments on the cost of other Postal Service activities.

In early 2014, the Commission asked the Postal Service to provide an analysis of activities that could qualify for cost reporting. A copy of the Postal Service’s assessment is available in Docket No. PI2014-1. Continue reading ‘PRC seeking input on defining USPS’ other public services or activities’ »