NALC Charges USPS With Failure To Provide Mandatory Retirement Counseling For Latest VER Offer

The NALC has filed a national-level interpretive dispute with the Postal Service, charging it failed to provide mandatory retirement counseling prior to the June 19 irrevocable decision date for the latest Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) offer extended to letter carriers. “A lot of our members did not get the help they needed to make a […]

Burrus: USPS Initiatives Are Acts of Surrender

 Station and Branch Closures, Five-Day Delivery: Acts of Surrender, With the Battle’s Outcome in Doubt Closing stations and branches and reducing mail delivery to five days per week “will unquestionably have a negative effect on the postal monopoly,” APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee at a hearing July 30. Such actions “will impede […]

Text of Bill For Letter Carriers To Serve As Census Counters

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced legislation for the U.S. Postal Service to team up with Census Bureau. The letter carriers will help with the once-a-decade count of how many people live in America.  Below is the text of the legislation introduced July 10, 2009. So far the bill has nineteeen co-sponsors. 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. […]

Burrus: Postal Decision-Makers Are Off the Mark

Saying that he has long been “skeptical” about whether the increased use of electronic communication is to blame for the Postal Service’s economic woes, APWU President William Burrus told lawmakers July 29 that “It is imperative that postal decision-makers correctly identify the cause of the reduction in volume and the trends that will drive future […]

USPS VP Says Only 1,000 Post Offices Considered For Closure

Jordan Small, acting Vice President, Network Operations, today testified before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia on station and branch optimization and delivery route adjustments. Small appeared on a panel with John Waller, the Director, Office of Accountability and Compliance at the Postal Regulatory Commission and Phillip Herr […]

NALC’s President Rolando Cautions Congress Against Harmful Changes by Postal Service

Press Release Letter Carriers’ union President Fredric V. Rolando urged Congress today to ensure that structural changes being made in U.S. Postal Service operations due to the nation’s current economic crisis do not cause more harm than good over the long term to its mission of delivering mail to the American people. Rolando, who assumed […]

APWU Slams Postal Service on BMC Name Change

APWU Slams Postal Service on BMC Name Change APWU Web News Article #086-09, July 29, 2009 In a letter to USPS management [PDF], APWU President William Burrus admonished the Postal Service for failing to officially notify the union that the Bulk Mail Center network has been renamed the Network Distribution Center network. “We have negotiated […]

APWU: Amendment to Senate Postal Bill Hurts Workers

 Lieberman, Carper Join Republicans to Support Changes APWU News An amendment to a bill to provide temporary financial relief to the cash-strapped Postal Service was adopted by a Senate committee July 29, rendering the bill unacceptable to the APWU. “We oppose, on principle, legislation that interferes with the collective bargaining process,” said APWU President William Burrus. […]