Video: Thirteen postal workers hospitalized with heat related illness at Chicago’s River North PO

CHICAGO (WLS) —
Ambulances rushed 13 employees at a River North post office to the hospital with heat-related illness Saturday morning, according to the Chicago Fire Department

According to witnesses, temperatures inside the facility at Ohio and Dearborn were near 100 degrees and they said it has been that way since the middle of the week. Another 23 workers were treated on the scene.

People were working at the facility since 5 a.m. The first one in the ambulance was a supervisor who was throwing up because of the heat. The conditions of those transported are not known.

Source: 13 hospitalized for heat-related illness at River North post office | abc7chicago.com

APWU: Three New Signoffs in the Clerk Craft


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APWU Clerk Craft officers and the Postal Service signed three documents on July 29:  They agreed to a new set of Questions & Answers on the POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel; signed a Step 4 Settlement on Postal Support Employees (PSEs) staffing Level 4 RMPOs (Remotely Managed Post Offices) working outside their installation, and signed an addendum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Peak Season Exception Periods and the use of annuitants.

POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel
The APWU and the Postal Service reached agreement on a series of Questions & Answers regarding POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel. Among the 17 items, they agreed to the following:

  • Former postmasters who convert to the Clerk Craft in their RMPO on October 1, 2016, “
  • “Clerk Craft PSEs who have already served one full term as a PSE will not be required to serve a probationary period as required by Article 12, Section 1, after conversion to career.”
  • The parties strengthened their commitment regarding the application of Article 12, Principles of Seniority, Posting and Reassignments, of the contract in POStPlan offices.

Step 4 Settlement on PSEs Working Outside the Level 4 RMPOs
In a Step 4 settlement, the parties reaffirmed that the Level 6 PSEs staffing Level 4 RMPOs may not be utilized outside their APO (Administrative Post Office) installation, except on a limited, last-resort basis to staff Sunday package service hubs. A specific pecking order must be exhausted prior to working the PSEs outside of their installation.

MOU Regarding Peak Season Exception Periods and the Use of Annuitants
The parties agreed to a “one time modification to change the 2016 peak exception period in Function 1 from November 12, 2016 through January 6, 2017.  In Function Four, HCAs [Holiday Career Assistants] will be hired from November 12 through December 23, 2016 or November 26, 2016 through January 6, 2017.  This does not extend the length of the exception periods.”

In addition, the parties agreed:

  • The parties reaffirm that there never was an agreement to create and post so-called “Holiday PSEs,” and the Standard Position Description for a PSE (Holiday Work/Term) will be removed from BQnet.
  • Letters will be sent to eligible annuitants, notifying them of the Peak Exception Period (PEP) opportunity, no later than August 1 of each year.
  • The Postal Service will provide the APWU at the national level with the number of annuitants hired and hours utilized for each week of the exception period (this is in addition to the requirement to provide HCA numbers.)

Source: Three New Signoffs in the Clerk Craft

Video: Illinois letter carrier retires after 50 years

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) – A local postal worker is hanging up the mail bag after delivering letters for 50 years.

Family, friends, and postal officials recognized Frank Loebach for his dedicated service on Friday.

Loebach started his career back in 1966 and has seen many changes in the Rockford area including the post office becoming the United States Postal Service. Frank says he has a lot of memories with his colleagues and those he delivered to every day.

Source: Local mail carrier retires after 50 years

Iowa City Carrier Assistant (CCA) rescues fallen customer

From USPS News Link:

When Brandon Spencer was delivering mail recently and saw legs sticking out from underneath a car in a garage, he initially thought someone was doing automotive work.

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Clinton, IA, City Carrier Assistant Brandon Spencer

But when the Clinton, IA, city carrier assistant noticed an open car door and a dog loose in the back seat, he suspected otherwise.

Upon closer inspection, Spencer found that the man on the ground was unconscious. As he checked for a pulse, the man came to and said he’d recently been hospitalized for heart trouble.

Spencer, who was also recognized earlier this year for another heroic act, called 911 and stayed with the man until emergency responders arrived.

Source: Brandon Spencer, Clinton, IA | USPS News Link

UPS Reports Strong 2Q Results

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UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced second-quarter 2016 diluted earnings per share of $1.43, a 6% increase over the same period last year.  International operating profit increased 11% to $613 million, representing the sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.

Total revenue was $14.6 billion, up 3.8% over the same quarter last year.  Revenue growth was reduced by changes in fuel surcharges and currency exchange rates.  On a currency-neutral basis, revenue increased 4.0%.  Lower fuel surcharge rates reduced revenue growth by approximately 120 basis points. Continue reading

New APWU Pay Scales Posted

07/29/2016The new pay scales under the 2015-2018 contract are now posted at apwu.org. According to information provided by the Postal Service, management will implement the new pay rates on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and they will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26.

Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 5, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.

Source: New Pay Scales Posted | APWU

Update on Mail Handler contract talks

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

Negotiations between the NPMHU and the Postal Service over the terms of their 2016 National Agreement have been revived, with the parties meeting in Washington, DC to resolve their remaining disputes.

One of the primary reasons for extending the NPMHU-USPS negotiations deadline past May 20, 2016 was to await issuance of a related interest-arbitration award, and that event has now occurred.  On July 8, 2016, an arbitration panel chaired by Stephen Goldberg issued its award, setting the terms of the 2015 National Agreement between the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union.

NPMHU_logoThat arbitration decision awarded a contract covering 40 months, from May 21, 2015 to September 20, 2018.  On the key economic issues, the award provided career employees with three general wage increases of 1.2%, 1.3%, and 1.3%, as well as a potential for five cost-of-living adjustments during the same time period.  Non-career employees who are not eligible for COLA were awarded wage increases of 2.2%, 2.3%, and 2.3%, plus another 50 cents per hour spread over the contract.  The award also included no layoff protections for career employees currently on the rolls, and a continuation in the cost-sharing adjustments for the costs of career employee health insurance.

With this APWU-USPS award now being implemented, the NPMHU and the Postal Service are jointly aiming to complete their bargaining process.  Only a handful of issues remain, and talks are underway to resolve those differences.  It will probably be late summer or early fall before all matters are finalized, but if and when a tentative settlement agreement is reached, it will be subject to ratification by the entire membership of the NPMHU.

Please watch your bulletin boards for the latest information.

Source: UPDATE ON NPMHU-USPS BARGAINING – National Postal Mail Handlers Union

Are you allowed to use those stamps for postage?

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Questions regularly come up about using old United States postage stamps on current mail.

Many collectors have sheets or smaller quantities of unused stamps issued years ago, and if they have no premium value, the collector might use them for postage on letters and parcels.




Is that usage legitimate?

The answer is, “It depends.”

Read more: Are you allowed to use those stamps for postage? | Linns.com

Video: NY rural carrier accused of delivering mail under influence of narcotic

JOHNSTOWN — A rural carrier from Fonda NY is under arrest, accused of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs in the Town of Johnstown.

Police say 38-year-old Theresa Brownell was operating a postal vehicle and delivering mail under the influence of a narcotic after several complaints were registered with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office that she was driving erratically.

Source: Fonda woman accused of delivering mail under influence of narcotic

Video: Long Career with Postal Service Inspiring a Decatur Man’s Music

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DECATUR — Tracy Osborne never knows exactly when inspiration will strike.

A postal worker of 28 years, Osborne has learned that all that walking from house-to-house leaves a lot of time for the mind to wander.

“When I’m walking, delivering the mail I get the creative juices flowing,” he said.

By night, he turns in his uniform, scanner, and mail bag for a guitar, an amp, and a microphone, satisfying a musical interest that he says began when he first saw the Beatles. Continue reading