Scanning scorecard

Scanning

The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.22 percent during the week ending April 8, rising for the second week in a row.

Forty-two districts exceeded the national average, led by Arkansas (98.14 percent). Three areas beat the national number, beginning with Western (97.65 percent).

Scanning allows customers to track their packages and other mail. It also helps the Postal Service improve efficiency and network management.

Scores and standings change continually. To see the latest results, go to the Enterprise Analytics site and use the Dashboards menu bar to select “DES 2.”

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Labor deal ratified

NRLCA

The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service.

The contract covers approximately 119,000 employees represented by the union.

Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, a reduction in the employer share of health premiums, and the preservation of workforce structure modifications achieved during a collective bargaining process in 2010.

Additionally, the Postal Service will create an employee category, assistant rural carrier, to handle weekend and holiday parcel deliveries.

“Overall, this contract results in continued restraint in rural carrier labor costs while giving the parties the opportunity to focus on the ongoing major task of establishing and implementing new engineered work standards for rural carrier employees,” said Labor Relations VP Doug Tulino.

The new agreement, announced in February, runs through May 20, 2018.

Capital gain

Kevin McAdams

Kevin McAdams has been named Capital Metro Area’s acting vice president, overseeing all operations in a region with more than 16 million customers. Chief Operating Officer David Williams announced the appointment last week.

McAdams, a 38-year Postal Service veteran, succeeds Kristin Seaver, who has been appointed chief information officer.

He previously served as the area’s operations support manager. In this role, he was responsible for guiding day-to-day processing, transportation, delivery and customer service operations.

Other past assignments include serving as district manager for the Mid-Carolina, Northern Virginia, Central Pennsylvania and Baltimore districts.

Additionally, McAdams served as Postmaster in Philadelphia, where he “began building his strong foundation and proven performance in delivery operations and customer satisfaction,” Williams said.

McAdams began his career as a letter-sorting machine clerk in Van Nuys, CA. He is a graduate of the Postal Service’s Advanced Leadership Program and studied business management at the University of Phoenix.

Gorgeous Grand Canyon

Stamp

One of the world’s most famous landmarks will grace the eighth stamp commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will be featured on the stamp, the Postal Service announced April 13. The image will be an iconic landscape painting by artist Thomas Moran.

The canyon, considered one of the world’s seven natural wonders, is 277 miles long, as many as 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep.

The stamp is one of 16 on a pane that will be dedicated June 2. USPS is revealing the stamp images throughout April.

Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve, Everglades National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Bandelier National Monument, Assateague Island National Seashore, Arches National Park and Acadia National Park images have been released so far.

Individuals are asked to spread the news on social media using the hashtags #NPSStamps, #FindYourPark and #NPS100.