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Labeling List Changes effective June 25, 2015

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) announced changes to the Labeling List data, effective June 25, 2015, with an expiration date of August 31, 2015. The Labeling Lists affected are L001, L002, L005, L006, L007, L009, L010, L012, L201, and L606. The Labeling Lists are located on the Postal Explorer web site under the Additional Links tab. This will direct you to the Facility Access and Shipment Tracking System (FAST) web site; from there you can choose Resources, then Label Lists File Download, then Label List Files.

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U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post to Jointly Issue Ingrid Bergman Stamp

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service and Posten AB of Sweden announced today that award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman will be honored as the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series.

USPS® Postpones Facility Closures AGAIN

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is once again postponing their planned network consolidation and corresponding adjustment of delivery service standards. The network consolidation plan was postponed once before, in 2014, and then restarted in January 2015. The USPS originally laid out their Network Rationalization plan in 2011 with a phased approach to closing and consolidating various postal facilities and making the necessary service standard adjustments to correspond with the new service network. The USPS goal in closing a large number of processing facilities is to cut costs and optimize their processing network to more closely align with the decreased volumes of mail. The USPS indicated that the decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards. The USPS plans to resume the consolidation plans in 2016.

Network facility changes
The first phase of the network optimization plan began in July 2012 and by the end of 2013 a total of 96 facilities were either closed or consolidated into others. The Phase 2 plan, which began in January of this year, had consolidations scheduled for up to 82 facilities. According to numbers produced and reported by the USPS, the network consolidation has realized an annual cost savings to the USPS of $865 million with no employee layoffs. This next phase was expected to realize an additional $750 million in annual savings, but it is unclear at this point how much of this savings has been realized in the abbreviated Phase 2 implementation.

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Postal Service to Issue Elvis Presley Stamp

WASHINGTON —Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced today that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.

USPS, APWU reach impasse in contract negotiations

WASHINGTON — On May 27, negotiations on a new labor contract between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU) came to an impasse. The parties will continue to follow the current agreement until a new contract is reached through the dispute resolution process.

Postal Service recognizes top suppliers for outstanding performance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service recently recognized 16 companies in the annual Supplier Performance Awards. The awards recognize performance that reduces costs, maintains high levels of service, and provides innovative and sustainable solutions.

Forever stamps now available for postcards

WASHINGTON — The Forever Stamp — good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters anytime into the future — regardless of price changes — has been well received by customers. The Postal Service is now extending this convenience to customers needing stamps for mailing items weighing more than 1-ounce as well as for postcards and bulky or odd sized envelopes which require hand sorting.

Vietnam War Medal of Honor stamps dedicated in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients will help the Postal Service dedicate the Limited Edition Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Forever Stamps during a 1 p.m. ET ceremony today at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

USPS, Rural Carriers at impasse in contract negotiations

WASHINGTON — On May 20, negotiations on a new labor contract between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) came to an impasse. The parties will continue to follow the current agreement until a new contract is reached through the dispute resolution process.