Price adjustments

Sheets of Forever stamps being printed

To help customers better prepare for a new market-dominant price adjustment schedule, the Postal Service will not raise prices on market-dominant products, including Forever stamps, in January 2022.

Instead, the next market-dominant price adjustment is scheduled to happen in July 2022.

Beginning in January 2023, market-dominant price adjustments will occur twice a year — January 2023, July 2023, January 2024, July 2024 and so on.

Market-dominant products include First-Class Mail, Marketing Mail, Periodicals, special services and Package Services, which include Media Mail, Library Mail and Bound Printed Matter.

The Postal Service has submitted an official statement reflecting the new schedule to the Postal Regulatory Commission. The statement gives estimated filing and implementation dates for future adjustments of each mail class during the next three years.

Labor update

Fingers on computer keyboard

USPS and the Human Resources Shared Service Center (HRSSC) bargaining unit have reached a tentative agreement on a 36-month contract.

The HRSSC unit is under the umbrella of the American Postal Workers Union and covers approximately 218 employees represented by the union.

“This agreement is economically responsible and fair to our employees,” said Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino.

The tentative agreement is subject to a ratification vote by the union membership. Upon ratification, the agreement will expire at midnight on Oct. 10, 2024.

Hands on

As part of National Preparedness Month, the Postal Service is encouraging employees to prepare their personal mobile devices for emergency events.

Technology can be unreliable if the device has no power or contains outdated emergency contact information.

Here are a few tech-savvy tips for your personal devices:

• Current contacts: Keep your contacts updated and synced across all your channels. This will make it easy to reach out to the right people quickly to get information and give updates.

• Sign up: Before a disaster, follow trusted government agencies and weather apps to stay up-to-date with official and accurate information before, during and after a disaster.

• Charge: Prior to severe weather, make sure all your personal electronic devices are fully charged. If the power goes out, save battery power by minimizing device use or changing settings to low power mode. Keep a backup power source on hand, to include a portable charger in your car.

• Text rather than call: Text messages require less bandwidth than phone calls, which makes the communication more reliable during emergency situations.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov website has additional tips on being tech ready.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.89 percent during the week ending Sept. 10, down 0.17 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Sept. 15.

Western Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.19 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.58 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of Western Pacific Area, ranked first with a 98.11 percent rating, while Puerto Rico, part of Southern Area, ranked last with an 89.78 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. The Postal Service has showed continued improvements in the delivery of First-Class Mail, Marketing Mail and Periodicals since July 1, according to data released last week.

Are you ready? Postal Bulletin’s Sept. 9 edition features an overview of National Preparedness Month, along with the updates to the latest USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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