Archive for September 4th, 2015

Postal workers’ dispute boils over ahead of Labor Day | TheHill

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is locked in a bitter labor dispute with hundreds of thousands of postal workers for a third consecutive month as Labor Day weekend approaches.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) — which represents more than 200,000 behind-the-scenes postal workers, like counter clerks and those who sort mail — is demanding longer hours.

The postal workers say keeping post offices open longer would not only provide them with more jobs, but also reduce mail delays and give customers better service.

This comes as the Postal Service cuts back hours because of budgetary constraints.

The Postal Service’s contract with the APWU expired in late May, but the employees continue to work on the old contract.

The APWU says it has no strikes or protests planned for the Labor Day weekend, but hope to raising awareness and public support through local parades around the country.

In May, the union organized protests in more than 85 cities and was joined by actor Danny Glover.

The USPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Postal workers’ dispute boils over ahead of Labor Day | TheHill

Note:  From a personal perspective, of all the local post offices near me, all are only open weekdays during the 9-4 or 5 time-frame, and only one has Saturday hours – if you could call it that – those hours are 2 in total, from 10am-noon. Going to the post office on Saturday here may end up TAKING you 2 hours to get service.  I always feel badly for the USPS staff, clearly understaffed and overwhelmed.  Rather than encouraging increased use of postal services, the situation is greatly discouraging use, and results in people using alternatives-making USPS budget woes worse vs better.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 4th, 2015 at 11:02 am

Posted in USPS

Dallas Postal Distribution Center Getting On Track After Fire « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Postal officials announced Wednesday progress is being made to identify, recover and process parcels impacted by a mechanical fire last Friday night at the Dallas Network Distribution Center at 2400 DFW Turnpike.

Approximately .007% of 4.5 million pieces of mail, some 1,500 parcels, that were processed last Friday and were damaged by the fire are now being recovered and delivered as promptly as possible.

No advertising letters or flats were affected.

The parcels that were involved in the fire were mainly standard post packages. A smaller number of packages, approximately 87 parcels, were destroyed by the fire. If identifiable addresses can be found, these packages will be sent on to the recipients.

Source: Dallas Postal Distribution Center Getting On Track After Fire « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 4th, 2015 at 10:54 am

Posted in USPS