PRC Schedules Hearing To Provide Advisory Opinion On USPS Post Offices Plan

On May 31, 2012, the Commission issued a notice and order concerning the Postal Service’s request for an advisory opinion on the Post Office Structure Plan.1 To further explore issues raised in these proceedings, a hearing on the Postal Service’s direct case shall take place on July 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission’s […]

USPS List of Post Offices To Be Upgraded under POStPlan

From the National League of Postmasters: The Postal Service has provided the list of offices that will be upgraded to level 18 under the POStPlan process. Each incumbent Postmaster will receive a letter from the Postal Service informing them of this upgrade. Salary raises will follow current Postal Service policy. Postmasters whose salary is not […]

Call To Occupy the Post Office, April 17 – Tax Day

From reader: Sisters and Brothers, A national network of postal workers from the NALC, APWU, and Mail Handlers unions, assisted by Labor Notes, is putting out the call to all postal workers and our allies to Occupy the Post Office! April 17th (TAX DAY) May 15th approaches, the deadline for Congress to act before […]

Video: Post Offices: Rural, Rustic, Relics?

“World Report goes on a road trip with post office aficionado Evan Kalish, who visits thousands of out-of-the-way post offices around the country. Kalish is on a one-man mission to save every post office he can from closing, even if Congress has other ideas.” In Their Sights: The Kill-Capture Policy in Afghanistan; Post Offices: Rural, […]

PRC Issues Order Denying Postmasters Complaint Over Management Of Post Offices

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued a decision to deny a complaint by NAPUS and the League of Postmasters to renew an expedited complaint or a request a stay to prevent the Postal Service’s Final Rule from going into effect on December 1, 2011.  The PRC did grant the Postmaster associations the right to re-file […]

Postmasters To Manage More Than One Post Office In Changes To USPS Manuals

USPS revises manuals and handbooks: Employee and Labor Rela­tions Manual (ELM), Handbook PO-101, Administrative Support Manual (ASM) and Postal Operations Man­ual (POM) ELM Revision: Management of Post Offices by Postmasters Effective December 1, 2011, Employee and Labor Rela­tions Manual (ELM), Part 113, Definitions, is revised to clar­ify that a postmaster may be responsible for the […]

Post Office Facilities Group Fighting USPS Real Estate Program Delegating Lease Renewals To Contractor

AUSPL Advises Lessors NOT to Pay CB Richard Ellis Group Commission Fees for Leases on Post Offices By now, most AUSPL lessors have received a “Dear Landlord” letter in which the Postal Service introduced its real estate program delegating lease negotiations to CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). We are vigorously challenging this program because we believe […]

Military Post Offices in Iraq to Close Nov. 17

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011 – Because U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17, Defense Department officials said today. Military post offices in Iraq also will stop processing mail Nov. 17, and […]

OIG Audit Of USPS Web-Based Program Used For Closing Post Offices

USPS OIG audit report of the web-based application, the Change Suspension Discontinuance Center (CSDC) program, used for the discontinuance of Postal Service-operated retail facilities. According to OIG: “The CSDC program’s discontinuance process follows applicable federal law and Postal Service policies. By law, the Postal Service cannot close small POs solely for operating at a deficit.”

USPS Reducing Window Hours At Post Offices Nationwide

USPS spokesman Richard Watkins in explaining why window hours were being reduced in the  Chillicothe, MO. area said:  As part of a nationwide program to reduce costs to their consumers, the U.S. Postal Service is shuffling some of its mail carriers around to different offices and condensing window hours at select locations. Watkins went on […]