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New Postal Hires Mean More 'Return To Sender' Mail, Says Postal Officials

March 31, 2014
What carriers learn about problem addresses is supposed to be captured in the Postal Service's address-management database, but it's an imperfect process. Because of greater use of “transitional” employees instead of career carriers to deliver the mail, it’s becoming increasingly likely that a poorly addressed letter will end up in the hands of a carrier who doesn’t know how to deliver it, a postal official acknowledged.

Such recent hires are paid less than career carriers, and their hours can be adjusted more to match the peaks and valleys of mail volume....


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