Texas Congressman introduces bill to make absentee voting free for voters

Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, introduced H.R. 6494, the Postage Free Ballot Act, that will make mail-in absentee ballots free of charge for voters nationwide. Three years after the Supreme Court tasked Congress to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Rep. Veasey remains committed to making […]

USPS: City and Rural Carrier Assistants applaud new training academies

USPS is providing city and rural carrier assistants with improved training, part of a broader effort to strengthen workforce development. The organization has established city carrier assistant (CCA) and rural carrier assistant (RCA) academies in all seven areas. The weeklong academies offer classroom training, followed by on-the-job training. Topics covered range from scanning to safety […]

USPS to deploy new app to monitor all transportation data

July 12, 2016 – USPS will replace TIMESWeb, the application used to monitor highway contract routes and postal vehicle transportation, later this year. SVWeb, the new application, will incorporate all transportation data into one database and offer full visibility of the transportation network and container movement. The application will be available to all processing operations […]

USPS, APWU arbitration process concludes

July 8, 2016 An arbitration panel informed the Postal Service July 7 of an interest arbitration decision and award. The award is intended to resolve the differences between USPS and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) that resulted from an inability to reach a negotiated collective bargaining agreement after the prior agreement expired. The award, […]

USPS OIG: What Can the Postal Service Do to Retain Noncareer Employees?

June 10, 2016 Employee turnover costs the Postal Service thousands of dollars per employee. Retaining employees within the organization eliminates the administrative costs of hiring new employees, training, and the impacts on performance associated with learning a new job. Although turnover cannot always be avoided, the Postal Service can reduce it by doing the right […]

OSHA proposes $119,000 in penalties for serious violations at USPS Des Moines mail facility

6/2/2016 OSHA finds USPS Des Moines postal sorting facility located at 2323 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa failed to train workers in emergency plans, blocked exits and routes, had inoperable fire doors The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Des Moines Area Office cited the postal mail sorting facility for two repeated […]

USPS, Mail Handlers Union agree to extend contract negotiations indefinitely

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union: 2016 No. 8 – May 25, 2016 You are reading the latest Contract Update produced and distributed by the NPMHU during the course of 2016 negotiations. These updates, along with the Union’s magazine and monthly bulletins, will keep mail handlers throughout the country informed and involved in the […]