Posted September 13, 2018 08:01:07 Postmaster general Patrick F. Donahoe, whose agency handles delivery of mail in the U.S., has signed a memorandum of understanding with a small mail truck manufacturer to allow it to be used to deliver packages to post offices.
The agreement, which will allow the company to sell packages at its facility in Springfield, Ill., and the Postal Service’s two post offices in the Northeast, was signed Wednesday at the United States Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. Postal officials said they plan to begin using the truck this year to deliver mail.
Postal Service spokesman Mike Shumway said the deal with the company is the latest example of the agency’s continuing efforts to help the Postal Workers Union fight for better conditions for the more than 16,000 workers at its five post offices and at the two major regional post offices, the Washington Post and New York Post.
Postal service workers have fought against the pay cuts proposed by President Donald Trump, and they’ve been demanding better working conditions and overtime pay.
Postmaster General Donahoes memorandum of agreement allows a small company to use its trucks to deliver postal mail.
The contract covers the delivery of two packages a day, Shumways said.
The two small truck companies are being used to transport the letters, packages and other mail sent to post office branches.
The deal is part of USPS’s effort to help fight the growing cost of operating the Postal service.
In October, USPS cut its delivery capacity to its post offices by more than half, cutting its daily delivery rate by more or less 20%.
That means the number of letters mailed per day is now less than the number sent by the agency, which is about 3,000 letters per day, the Post Office said in a statement.
The agency is also cutting its employees’ work week by about two weeks a year, a move that will cost $3.4 billion over the next five years, Shumbry said.
“This agreement is the culmination of several years of negotiations and discussions between USPS and these small post office companies to ensure that we have the right tools for our service providers to do their jobs safely and effectively,” Shumbay said.
A Postal Service representative said the company had no immediate comment.
Postal workers have been asking for a longer work week, and USPS is trying to negotiate better working hours and pay with its union.
The Postal Service has also asked the union to negotiate higher wages and a better pension plan, which it has agreed to.
The USPS contract is part.
The service, which operates four regional post office chains in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, has been working to improve working conditions for some of its employees, including overtime pay and pay raises.
The union has challenged those proposals.
USPS has also proposed reducing the size of some of the smaller post offices it runs in Pennsylvania, which has a population of about 20 million.
Shumbley said the Postal Services would continue to work with the union on a plan to make changes.
Postal Services union has criticized Trump administration proposal to cut benefits For the past year, USPS has been negotiating a contract with the Postmaster Generals of the four post offices as part of a larger contract for the Postal Ratepayer Protection Fund.
That contract includes a proposal to reduce benefits for its workers.
A union representative said in an email that the Postal Union had requested the proposal be cut to save money.
“We will be discussing this with the Postal Generals,” the email said.
It said the proposed cuts would affect employees, who could lose up to 15 percent of their paychecks.
“While we appreciate the Postal’s efforts to improve conditions, we remain concerned about the cuts to the Post Service Pension and Benefit plan that would eliminate pension benefits for hundreds of thousands of postmasters and their dependents,” the union said in the email.
“Our members are entitled to the pension benefits they earn, but this is unacceptable.”
In addition to the postal workers, USPS also has been trying to make some changes to its workers’ compensation system.
The company recently voted to allow insurance companies to sell workers’ coverage, which was the first time such an option has been allowed in the country, the USPS said in December.
The proposal comes as the postal service struggles to pay back a $8.7 billion bailout from the federal government.
The Post Office is under pressure to save more money, but Shumley said USPS would work to protect workers.
“The Postal Service is a very efficient organization.
It is a small business that can manage its costs.
We can save money by getting more efficient,” Shumry said in October.
“But we also need to get better for our customers and our community, and we can’t do that by making cuts to our workforce and cutting benefits.”
Shumay said USPS plans to offer employees higher wages in the coming years, and would also increase benefits for retirees.
“If we want to continue to provide