USPS awards $450 million maintenance management contract to Jones Lang Lasalle

USPS $450 million maintenance management contract awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle Americas The United States Postal Service awards contract for nationwide facilities services. The contract was awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (JLL), located in Chicago, IL. The initial contract is for a two (2)-year base period and up to four (4) – two (2) […]

USPS Offering Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) to Postal Clerks and Maintenance

(November 28, 2014) There is probably one Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) offer for each area.  This special VERA appears to be for the mail processing plants scheduled to close in 2015.  There is no incentive. As a matter of general interest, HRSSC is sending special Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) opportunity letters to eligible employees USPS […]

OIG: USPS Training..Stay Or Pay?

Should Postal Service employees be required to repay training if they resign before a specified period of time following their training? The U.S. Postal Service employs approximately 40,000 maintenance craft employees to work in a variety of assignments. Some of these assignments, such as maintenance mechanics, require specific training at great cost to the Postal […]

Arbitrator Rules USPS Violated Contract By Subcontracting Installation Of Postal Equipment

From Gary Kloepfer. Assistant Director, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO This is a summary of Regular Panel Arbitrator Leroy R. Bartman in case H00T-1H-C-03081013 regarding the Postal Service’s purchase of a Low Cost Tray Sorter which was installed by the manufacturer. The arbitrator ruled the Postal Service violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement and ordered the […]

Arbitrator: USPS In Mississippi Must Stop Practice Of Using Custodians To Transport Mail

This is a summary of Regular Panel Arbitrator Leroy R. Bartman in case H06T-4H-C 09241417 regarding the Postal Service’s decision to transport mail between two postal facilities. The arbitrator sustained the Union’s grievance; he directed the Postal Service to cease and desist from continuing its practice of utilizing the two assigned custodians from transporting mail […]

FYI: USPS Examination Requirement For Custodial Jobs Suspended Until 2011

“As background, the Service had taken a position (in National case Q98C4QC02005533) that they could ignore or waive the exam at their discretion (for example, in cases of excessing) yet maintain that minimum qualification requirement for members of the Maintenance Craft. As one example of the absurd situation this creates; current maintenance employees could not […]

USPS Creates New Structure For Maintenance Operations

USPS has created a new management and leadership structure for maintenance operations at the district level. This structure provides a more centralized approach to managing key aspects of the plant and equipment maintenance function. Now, lead plants will become the focal points for maintenance operations. The restructuring will increase effectiveness and efficiency and also improve […]

Congressman Asks Boston Postal Managers For Explanation Of Outsourcing Vehicle Maintenance Work

From the American Postal Workers Union: Expressing concern about the outsourcing of maintenance and repair work on postal vehicles, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) wrote to the USPS Boston District Manager on Sept. 22, [PDF] and asked for an explanation of USPS policy. “It is my understanding that the vehicle maintenance work is currently being […]

Postal Service Announces VER Timeline For Letter Carriers, Maintenance, EAS, PCES

Headquarters / Headquarters-Related EAS & PCES; Motor Vehicle; Maintenance (excluding Electronic Technicians); Rural Carriers; City Carriers The Postal Service recently received approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to offer voluntary early retirement to eligible employees nationwide. Automation and technological advances coupled with mail volume reductions has the Postal Service continuing to look for […]