KA–POW! APWU Oakland Local Strikes Back At Abusive Postal Supervisor

The APWU Oakland Local #78 took the unusual step of launching an office-wide petition against Tour 1 Postal Supervisor Preet Singh. The petition, which has more than 100 signatures, details years of a variety of unacceptable conduct. The petition was sent to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, USPS Bay-Valley District Manager,Mark Martinez, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee […]

The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the #USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests. The firm, which has more than 1,400 attorneys in 25 offices, is considered […]

USPS seeks info for buying 10,000 Right Hand Drive vehicles

The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its existing fleet of light delivery vehicles. This would be a stop gap solution to meet Right Hand Drive vehicle requirements until the development of a purpose […]

OIG: USPS loses databases after backup on same hardware

During the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Information Technology Internal Controls audit, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) became aware of a hardware failure that resulted in the loss of the Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) database used to record and monitor computer incidents. The U.S. Postal Service’s Data Management Services group periodically […]

Arbitrator Appointed in USPS/Mail Handlers Bargaining Impasse

August 16, 2012) As announced at the 2012 NPMHU National Convention last week, after the parties were done striking names from a list provided by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, FMCS Director George Cohen has appointed Herbert Fishgold as the arbitrator for the NPMHU/USPS bargaining dispute.  Mr. Fishgold is an arbitrator of nationwide […]

USPS honors America’s oldest commissioned warship

The Postal Service will honor America’s oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, with the issuance of 25 million Forever stamps Saturday, Aug. 18. The War of 1812: USS Constitution stamps also commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, MA. The event will […]

USPS Uniform emblems through the years

‘Fly like an eagle’ In 1955, Former PMG Arthur E. Summerfield authorized the first emblem patch for uniforms worn by letter carriers. Employees were not required to wear them until 1957. The original emblems were 3-inch circular patches with a backward (facing right) horse and rider that were worn on the left sleeves of shirts […]

PMG touts positive steps being taken by employees

‘Moving in the right direction’ In his latest video, PMG Pat Donahoe describes the positive steps employees are taking to address the quarter 3 (Q3) operating loss and move the Postal Service forward. The PMG notes that in Q3 employees received the highest service performance scores ever for First-Class Mail, both single-piece and commercial, and […]