Recent News About Postal Uniforms

CCA Uniform Program Update
Posted 10/16/2013. The City Carrier Assistant (CCA) uniform program certainly has had its trials and tribulations. From a vendor's viewpoint, this process of getting CCA's into uniforms has been very challenging. We have heard from a lot of very frustrated City Carrier Assistants who are having trouble getting their uniforms. Before delving into what the problems are, and more importantly what some of the possible solutions are, let me review some background on the program... Read the complete article.

Postal Uniform Vendor Roy Tailors Sold to Galls, LLC
Reported by 4-Traders.com on 9/25/13. Galls, LLC, North America's leading distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market, announced today that it has acquired Roy Tailors Uniform Co. Inc., a regional leader in the distribution of public safety, transit, and postal uniforms and equipment headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed... View entire article.

How the New NALC - USPS Contract Affects Your Postal Uniform Allowance
Posted 5/16/2013. As the "Most Trusted Government Agency" for the last seven years, the USPS feels very strongly about its brand and how the American public views its employees. One of the most important aspects of the USPS brand is the uniformed employee. Who else do we open our doors for or welcome onto our yards as we do the mailman? Since 1868, when the Congress passed legislation authorizing postal uniforms for letter carriers, the US public has put its trust in the uniformed carrier... Read the complete article.

New Postal Uniform Website
Announced 4/3/2012. A USPS licensed vendor located in Richmond Hill, NY, has opened a new website at www.postaluniforms1.com. In the uniform business since 1981, the Postal Uniforms 1 website is designed to service USPS employees nationwide. Currently, the website contains all of the Type 1 uniform items approved for letter carriers and motor vehicle operators (as well as others required to wear Type 1 uniforms). In addition, an extensive collection of shoes, boots, socks and insoles are provided for all employees.

Introducing PUPData! (Successor to PUPS).
Announced 12/23/2011. We are in the process of building the largest postal uniform price database in existence. Over the next 6 months, we expect to "fetch" price data for the entire USPS approved list of Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 uniforms. Our database will also include a large selection of certified shoes and boots. As we build this database, you will see pricing information posted to the PUPQuotes website with links to vendor sites. Most important, however, will be our integration of PUPData into our PUPQuotes system and the introduction of new price comparison tools.

Postal Uniforms Price Quotes (PUPQuotes)
Announced 10/3/2011. The Postal Uniforms Vendor Directory announced that their long-awaited price quote service for postal uniforms has been completed and is currently available for USPS employees and licensed vendors. Postal workers can use the exclusive PUPQuotes system to obtain multiple price quotes for a "basket" of USPS approved uniform items within their uniform type, or craft. After registration, licensed vendors can submit price quotes in reponse to the employees' requests. The PUPQuotes program is open to any licensed vendor and USPS employee in the uniform program, but is currently limited to type 1, 2 and 3 uniforms. In the future, additional uniform types may be added to the program. For more information, view the PUPQuotes page at the Postal Uniforms Vendor Directory.

NAUMD Postal Committee Reaffirms Committment to Multi-Vendor Postal Program
Written by Jackie Roselli on 8/15/2011. Recent initiatives by Supply Chain Management, the purchasing arm of the United States Postal Service, including the issuance of a "Request For Information" has led the NAUMD's Postal Committee to conclude that the process to replace the multi-vendor postal uniform program with a sole source provider is likely under way...The NAUMD's Postal Committee is spearheading a number of initiatives to ensure the multi-vendor approach is retained. These include the appointment of a new committee chairman, adoption of a mission statement and focus on development of a strategy to preserve the multi-vendor distribution system... Read the complete article.

USPS To Consolidate the Uniform Allowance Program Under One Umbrella for Cost Management
Posted on May 24, 2011 at FedBizOpps.gov. Solicitation Number: 2W-11-A-0018. To obtain sources for market research to support the U.S. Postal Service's National Uniform Program. Under this effort, the successful Supplier shall be responsible for full program management of the Uniform Program (e.g. certifications, marketing, distribution, delivery) including manufacturing and providing all uniform items (e.g. dress uniforms, work clothes, accessories, foot wear, outer wear etc.)..

Brookfield to Donate Postal Uniforms
Reported by Brookfield Uniforms on 5/4/11. Attention USPS uniformed employees in natural disaster areas. In an effort to help postal workers affected by the recent tornadoes and floods get back on the job quickly, Brookfield Uniforms is offering to donate postal uniforms to those who lost their uniforms as a result of these disasters. If you have been affected, please call Brookfield at 1-800-527-0606, or contact your local sales representative.

Postal Uniform Vendor Schenk-Huegel Closing Shop
Reported by Madison.com on 4/13/11. Owner Wayne Johnson is closing the store at the end of April after 27 years of selling custom-tailored uniforms and equipment to police, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, bus drivers and postal workers... View entire article.

ELM Revision: Authorized Uniform Items and Combinations
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22295 on 10/7/10. Effective immediately, Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) section 933, is revised to add the following:

  • Shirt fabric (solid postal blue) to the Type 1 and Type 2 uniform.
  • Battle Dress Utility Uniform (postal security dark blue) to the Type 4 uniform.
  • Trousers (medical style, white or optional colored) to the Type 5 uniform for men.
  • Pants (medical style, white or optional colored) to the Type 5 uniform for women.

 

Old News About Postal Uniforms

National Dog Bite Prevention Week
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22258 on 5/7/09. Most people think children and dogs go together naturally, and they often do, but it may shock you to learn that children are the most common victims of dog bites. You can use the following talk and the enclosed handout to alert schoolchildren to two important points in preventing dog bites...

Uniform and Work Clothes Program Allowances Under the USPS-NALC National Agreement
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22247 on 12/4/08. Employees covered under the 2006–2010 United States Postal Service®–National Association of Letter Carriers (USPS-NALC) national agreement who are eligible to receive annual clothing allowances, as specified in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 932.1, are entitled to an annual uniform allowance increase effective on the employee’s allowance anniversary dates...

Uniform and Work Clothes Program Allowances Under the USPS-APWU National Agreement
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22247 on 12/4/08. Employees covered under the 2006–2010 United States Postal Service®–American Postal Workers Union (USPS-APWU) national agreement who are eligible to receive annual clothing allowances, as specified in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 932.1, are entitled to an annual uniform allowance increase effective on the employee’s allowance anniversary dates...

Uniform and Work Clothes Program Allowances Under the USPS-NPMHU National Agreement
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22246 on 11/20/08. Employees covered under the 2006–2011 United States Postal Service®–National Postal Mail Handlers Union (USPS-NPMHU) national agreement who are eligible to receive annual clothing allowances, as specified in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 932.1, are entitled to an annual uniform allowance increase effective on the employee’s allowance anniversary dates...

The Hatch Act - Permitted and Prohibited Activities for Employees
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22239 on 8/14/08. The Hatch Act is a federal law that restricts the political activity of federal and Postal Service employees while on duty, on government property, wearing an official uniform, or using a government vehicle.

ELM Revision: Work Clothes and Uniforms
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22235 on 6/19/08. The Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 933.4 is revised to add the mock turtleneck and the baseball cap to type 4 uniform items, which are worn by security force police officers.

ELM Revision: Work Clothes and Uniforms
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22232 on 5/8/08. Sections 933.111 and 933.12 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) are revised to add the sun hat to type 1a uniforms. In addition, 933.111 is revised to correct a reference: 932.11h should be 932.11i.

ELM Revision: Work Clothes and Uniforms
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22221 on 12/6/07. Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) sections 933.21–933.3, are revised to add a belt (leather, black, with gold buckle or silver buckle) to the Type 3 uniform and socks (calf-length, crew style, and quarter-length black, white, blue-gray, and white with blue stripes) to the Type 2 and Type 3 uniforms. Note 3, 933.22, is revised to add: “Socks or hosiery can be worn with the skort.”

Uniform and Work Clothes Program Allowances for 2006-2007 Under the USPS-APWU National Agreement
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22205 on 4/26/07. Employees covered under the 2006-2011 United States Postal Service-American Postal Workers Union (USPS-APWU) National Agreement who are eligible to receive annual clothing allowances, as specified in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) section 932.1, are entitled to an annual allowance increase effective on allowance anniversary dates occurring on or after November 21, 2006...

Uniform and Work Clothes Program Allowances for 2006-2007 Under the USPS-NPMHU National Agreement
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22205 on 4/26/07. Employees covered under the 2006-2011 United States Postal Service-National Postal Mail Handlers Union (USPS-NPMHU) National Agreement who are eligible to receive annual clothing allowances, as specified in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) section 932.1, are entitled to an annual allowance increase effective on allowance anniversary dates occurring on or after November 21, 2006...

ELM Revision - Work Clothes and Uniforms
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22204 on 4/12/07. Effective April 12, 2007, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), 933.21, is revised to add footnote 1 addressing proper attire for the Retail Operations knit shirt in the Type 2 uniform.

Postal Uniforms Update - Work Clothes and Uniforms
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22195 on 12/7/06. Type 2 uniforms have been expanded to include the knit polo shirt. Type 2 uniforms are worn by employees assigned to Retail Operations.

Postal Uniforms Update - Work Clothes and Uniforms
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22190 on 9/28/06. Type 3 uniforms have been expanded to include 100 percent cotton denim, knit, and tee shirts. Type 3 uniforms are worn by vehicle maintenance, custodial maintenance, mail handler, business mail entry unit (BMEU), and clerical employees eligible under ELM 932.12 and 932.13.

Postal Uniforms Update - Retail Clerk Polo Shirts
Reported by APWU in 18th Biennial Convention News Bulletin #1 on August 15, 2006. Several APWU members made fashion statements at the Clerk Craft Conference, modeling new polo shirts that window clerks will be able to wear starting on November 18. The long and short-sleeved shirts have been the subject of long and short discussions, tests, and reviews since 2003. Vendors will begin taking orders on these shirts early in October.

Change to Uniform Program Allowance, 2006-2007
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22187 on 8/17/06. Bargaining unit occupational health nurse employees covered by the 1999-2004 USPS-NPPN National Agreement who are eligible to receive annual clothing allowances ... are entitled to an increase in their annual uniform allowance. The increase is effective on or after August 19, 2006...

Off the Clock? You might be but your postal uniform never is.
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22180 on 5/11/06. Two new safety posters were mailed out beginning May 8 to all postal facilities on the “Safety Depends on Me” distribution list. The posters also are included on pages 61 and 73 of this issue of the Postal Bulletin. One poster deals with drinking and your uniform: “Off the clock? You might be, but your postal uniform never is. Don’t give anyone the wrong impression. Don’t drink in uniform.”

Postal Uniforms Update - All Weather Gear
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22163 on 9/15/05. Effective September 15, 2005, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) is revised to reflect an addition to the requirements for Type 1 uniforms ...

Postal Uniforms Update - Quarter Length Socks
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22159 on 7/21/05. Effective July 21, 2005, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 933 is revised to reflect an addition to the requirements for Type 1 uniforms ...

A Postal Service Thank You
Reported by USPS in Postal Bulletin 22166. USPS has expressed its thanks to postal uniform manufacturers and distributors across the country - Ames Uniforms, Arslan Uniforms, Brocato Uniforms, Brookfield Uniforms, Elbeco, Fechheimer Brothers and Muscatello Uniforms - who donated postal uniforms to our offices and employees ...

Uniformly Generous - Employees and Suppliers Donate USPS Uniforms
Reported by USPS News Link on October 5, 2005. While it pales in comparison to losing a home, hundreds of Gulf Coast region employees also lost postal uniforms in ... The postal family, never short on generosity - sprang into action - and a facility at the Gulfport, MS, Larkin Smith Post Office now is a temporary postal uniform supply center.

Postal Uniforms Donated To Postal Workers ...
Reported by 9News and web produced by Neil Relyea on September 20, 2005. ... can keep postal employees from their appointed rounds. And that's why help is on the way from a Cincinnati firm. Arslan Uniforms is sending 1,000 postal shirts and postal pants to the postal service in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama. Unions representing postal workers contacted the Northside firm and its suppliers for help and the shipment went out Tuesday by express mail.

Postal Uniforms Get "Redesign"
On February 3, 2005, Melissa Campanelli from DMNews.com reported that U.S. Postal Service uniforms underwent a transformation as part of "Project Runway," a reality TV program on Bravo that gives aspiring designers a chance to break into the fashion world.

USPS Goes Fashion Forward With "Project Runway"
On February 2, 2005, a press release was published at PRNewswire.com regarding the participation of the USPS with the Bravo Network to produce an episode of "Project Runway" in which postal service employees assist aspiring designers in redesigning postal uniforms, one of the world's most recognizable uniforms.

Brookfield / Cintas
On August 27, 2004 UNITE HERE announced wage increases, benefit improvements and collective bargaining rights at Cintas.

Z-Coil
On March 28, 2004 Dan Mayfield of the Albuquerque Tribune reported that the USPS has rejected the Z-Coil shoe. The Postal Service evaluated the shoe last year and says the heel is too high and there is a risk of slipping. It says it won't reconsider the decision despite complaints from Z-Coil. "Based on the height of the heel and the way it's constructed, and their (Z-Coil's) own literature that says it can cause a slipping hazard, it was deemed unacceptable," said Cesta Ayers, a Postal Service spokesman in Dallas.

Brookfield / Cintas
On March 3, 2004 Randolph Heaster of KansasCity.com reported that union workers held a rally while contract talks with the management of Brookfield Uniforms continued. According to Mr. Heaster, Cintas Corp. has been embroiled in a battle with a national union trying to organize its employees while a Cintas subsidiary in North Kansas City, Brookfield Uniforms is facing a frustrated group of union employees seeking a new contract.

NALC / Bioterrorism
On February 18, 2004 the NALC reported that Letter Carriers may be called upon to deliver medicine to American homes in the case of bioterrorist attack. The Postal Service is working closely with the NALC on the issue. According to NALC Director of Safety & Health Al Ferranto, "participation in such an effort would be voluntary."

Magnum USA
On January 26, 2004 Magnum USA announced in a press release that it had been granted United States Postal Service certification from the United States Navy Clothing & Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) to make Made in the USA footwear for Postal employees. According to the announcement, as the first company in 4 years to receive this unique certification, Magnum has crossed a major milestone in footwear history. After a lengthy application and product development process, and a waiting period of 4 years, NCTRF officially certified Magnum's Postal Collection on January 25, 2004. Effective immediately, Magnum USA will manufacture postal-approved footwear. All styles will be Made in the USA. Three new styles will be offered, in men's and women's versions.

Made in USA
On April 22, 2003 U.S. Rep John Tanner of Tennessee reported that he had secured a promise from the USPS to change it's uniform policy such that only manufacturing plants in the United States will be certified to manufacture postal uniforms.