NALC – USPS announces new ESAS delivery initiative test

In a letter dated July 16, 2020, the Postal Service informed NALC of a new delivery initiative test titled Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS).  Rather than discuss this concept with NALC in the Joint City Delivery Task Force, USPS chose to test it unilaterally without NALC participation. USPS states the purpose of this test is to determine if the Expedited Preferential Mail (EPM) program can be enhanced to assist in reducing the morning office time for city letter carriers by enabling them to get on the street earlier.  EPM is a long-time program established in Handbook M-39 and Handbook M-41 that involves casing non-preferential mail in the afternoon after completing street duties. USPS believes that their new version of this program will enhance customer service by providing more consistent delivery times.  The test is scheduled to begin on July 25, 2020, and anticipated to continue for approximately thirty to sixty days in 384 selected sites.  The list of test sites can be found here.

This unilateral test of ESAS should not be confused with the EPM program outlined in the handbooks. EPM is a long-established program in which letter carriers normally case only preferential and time-value mail in the morning. The casing of non-preferential mail and markup work is done in the afternoon when the carrier returns from the route.  This is designed to move the majority of carrier casing time to the afternoon. In an EPM office, city carriers would clock-in, withdraw and case only preferential mail, obtain and process accountable items and small parcels and rolls (SPRs), pull-down, obtain parcels, load their vehicles, and leave for normal street delivery. After completion of street duties, city carriers would perform normal return-to-office functions and then begin casing all non-preferential mail.  After all non-preferential mail has been cased, the mail will be left in the case until the next morning.

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I am among the many can’t understand with the rules and regulations on the books that mail can’t be delivered on a timely basis. EXAMPLE: when an employee retires – replace them EXAMPLE: limit amount of medical leave of employees after injury/injuries with more strident proof by medical personnel – more often EXAMPLE: make managers/supervisors more accountable when staff especially those within post offices who deal with the public in a rude and disrespectful manner -the public who are the ones who pay their inflated salaries for a job that requires only a high school diploma. I am in favor… Read more »

Have you EVER worked in a post office? Had to deal with rude, ignorant, ungrateful, entitled, unappreciative, arrogant and disrespectful customers? Had to deliver mail in inclement weather? Had to drive a super hot, non ventilated, 30 year old vehicle in 95 degree, Georgia temperatures so hot that you can cook a steak inside the vehicle in the midst of a pandemic? Somehow I doubt it. So until you do rhen sit down, shut up and be grateful versus hateful. Just making the comment about having a high school diploma shows just how ignorant and entitled YOU are because please… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Chris

You got that right people think they know but they don’t know shit!

Your comment to replace retirees has merit. However, employees injured on job already have to provide medical documents for paid leave. Supervisor rudeness is duly noted and towards employees too. Lastly though, it’s false that USPS receives government money. It operates on its own revenue. I was a carrier for 32 years.

You got that right! 30yrs. Here!

Privatizing isn’t the way to go…the way to go is cut out the numerous managers we have walking around doing absolutely nothing day in and day out. Our management is the problem and needs to be correct as well as those who have been out of work for numerous years. Most people have no idea as to how the postal service even works or what we do or go through to make sure our customers receive their mail in a timely fashion.

Ummm, you don’t pay my or anyone elses wage. Our wage is paid for by the sales of stamps and shipping parcels. That is a misconception that has been going on for decades.

The USPS does not receive money from the US government, it is the only agency that pays its own way thru the sale of postage.. Get your facts straight before you comment.. Most jobs only require a high school diploma, I’m not sure why you think people should make low wages because of that.

The public doesn’t pay for postal service get your facts right

before reformation, first educate yourself. I am a mail man who is working for four years, and holding bachelor degree. Not only me, there more mail carrier who have PhD and so on. Also, USPS is independent agency, and you people if pay your taxes, none of it will go toward USPS.

You are so stupid. It seem like you are don’t even have a high school diploma the way you talk. Shut up because you sound like a fool.

First of all you have no idea what you talking about. Please November can’t get here fast enough !

This comment was written by a troll–an internet entity whose identity is used to promulgate fictitious articles of faith and meretricious statements in order to foment an ill-conceived directive or agenda (ill-conceived as not being in the interest of the commonwealth).

Last edited 2 months ago by Curtin

For your information misinformed.THE USPS GETS NO AND HASN’T GOTTEN ANY TAX PAYER MONEY. IT OPERATES ON REVENUE FROM POSTAGE FOR STAMPS LETTERS PACKAGES ETC. ANYONE WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA SHOULD KNOW THAT. Do some research before you open your mouth!