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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov. 19, 2012
November 19, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 19 4 visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com • • • In Brief USPS expects record package business over holidays While email and online bill payment have cut deeply into its mail volume, the U.S. Postal Service said that the Internet in fact will provide a big boost to the organi- zation’s competitive package business this holiday season. USPS predicts it will deliver 365 million packages this holiday season, an amount it said represents a 20 percent increase over 2011. The Postal Service said the “record- breaking increase” in its competitive pack- age business comes from greater consumer use of online shopping. All in all, USPS said it will deliver near- ly 18 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The Postal Service said the busiest mail- ing day will be Monday, Dec. 17, when it anticipates it will process more than 655 million pieces of mail. Later that week, the busiest delivery day for letters will be Dec. 19, and the busiest delivery day for pack- ages on Dec. 20. USPS hopes to boost that business with what it called its “largest direct mail effort ever,” targeting about 140 million U.S. resi- dences, with information about a dedi- cated holiday website called at usps.com/ cheer, where customers can “print shipping labels, order free Priority Mail boxes, pur- chase postage and request a free package pickup.” For those shipping items overseas, USPS suggested a number of “mail by” deadlines. While the recommended date for APO/ FPO Parcel Post Military was Nov. 14, other deadlines include: Dec. 3 for Priority Mail International; Dec. 10 for Priority Mail Military; and Dec. 11 for Express Mail International, and Dec. 17 for Global Express Guaranteed. To see more, go to: http://about.usps.com/ news/national-releases/2012/pr12_126.htm. Raise for APWU-represented employees Postal employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union got an increase in annual salaries effective Nov. 17. The raise, which will show up in Dec. 7 paychecks, was the first in three years, the union said. The raise applies to employees covered by the APWU- USPS collective bargaining agreement for 2010-2015. APWU said career employees will get a 1 percent raise. Cost-of-living adjust- ments will follow in March, and will include increases in the Consumer Price Index for January 2012 and January 2013. The union said the raise and cost- of-living adjustments were negotiated during bargaining in 2010 and 2011. Postal support employees, who are 2013 Federal Employees Almanac Your One-stop Resource on Federal Benefits Reserve NOW for Best Savings! www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2013 Celebrating 60 Years of the Almanac! continued on page 8
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