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More 'postal support employees' have been attaining permanent status at U.S. Postal Service

More 'postal support employees' have been attaining permanent status at U.S. Postal Service

For Ashley Worthington, life as a Postal Service worker used to come with too much uncertainty.

As a "postal support employee," she said she never knew when she'd work or how many hours. She never knew if her pay would cover her bills. To make ends meet, the single mother of three had to take a second job.

But in mid-November, Worthington, 29, who works as a clerk at the incoming mail facility in Linthicum, was promoted to a "career" postal employee. She now works a regular 40-hour shift, with two days off and improved benefits. She gets overtime after eight hours in a single day — not after 40 for the week — and is paid extra for working...

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