APWU: Members Must Continue the Fight!

Of 264 facilities studied for closure, 223 were approved for consolidation.
Six are still being studied. Only 35 consolidations were disapproved — at this time.

The Postal Service’s announcement on Feb. 23 that it has approved 223 mail processing plants for consolidation [PDF] leaves union members just one option, APWU President Cliff Guffey said: We must continue the fight!

The Numbers
Total Mail Processing Facilities   461
Studied for Consolidation          264
Approved for Consolidation       223
Still Being Studied                       6
Consolidation Disapproved*        35

“That means getting Congress to act now to Save America’s Postal Service,” he said.

In “stand-up talks” with employees on Feb. 22, managers emphasized that consolidations would not take place until after May 15, when a six-month moratorium on consolidations expires. The moratorium was intended to give Congress “the opportunity to enact an alternate plan,” postal officials pointed out.

“The Postal Service has sent a clear message,” Guffey said. “If Congress does not take action before the moratorium expires, management intends to dismantle the mail processing network.

“APWU members must reach out to their senators and representatives now and urge them to support legislation that will correct the underlying cause of the USPS financial crisis without slashing service, eliminating jobs, and destroying the network of plants and post offices that keeps the mail moving,” he said.

“This is a Congressionally-manufactured crisis caused by mandates in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006,” Guffey said. “It has taken just six years for that terrible law to bring the Postal Service to the edge of extinction.”

Guffey asked every postal employee to join the struggle. “The folks that got good news should keep up the fight, too,” the union president said, “because the Postal Service was clear: 35 consolidations were disapproved at this time.”

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Management also pointed out that the consolidations can only be implemented if service standards are revised. The APWU, along with a committed group of senators, has been working to prevent changes to service standards, by seeking support for  amendments to the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789), which is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate soon.

“It is critical that APWU members ask their senators to support the amendments,” Guffey said. In its current form, S. 1789 fails to adequately address the cause of the Postal Service’s financial difficulties.

“The amendments offered by the 27 senators would prevent the closures of hundreds of mail processing plants and thousands of post offices, halt the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs, and stop drastic reductions in service to the American people,” Guffey said. “We must urge Congress to act now.”

6 thoughts on “APWU: Members Must Continue the Fight!

  1. Thanks Goofy! That was a great contract you sold us out on. I wonder how much went into your pocket ! Also thanks so much for the $1000.00 cola I DIDN’T get. That’s $600.00 a year which would have been in my retirement for the rest of my life. NOW YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT FOR YOU !!! F___K OFF !!!

  2. For sure Guppy. If you have any union members left, it will be up to them to “fight”. You sure as hell are a certified wuss. To rally someone for any cause one must show leadership, of which you are a dismal failure. Allow me to be clear, sell-out, carpetbagger. 1300 L Street has no clue what America is about outside of your expense paid conventions at fancy hotels, eating gourmet food, wearing a suit that costs more than a yearly clothing allowance. Try paying for your own gas and see how it hurts. And you want someone to fight so you can continue your lavish lifestyle. Not on my time, podner.

  3. Let me be clear: there is clear decision on incentives at this
    point in time, and there will be further details on what the incentive
    offers will entail for the crafts affected.
    The incentive program is approved and will be offered, details will be posted
    on the new HR Web page, Workforce Connection.
    You can find it on the LiteBlue website, at “www-dot-liteblue-dot-gov.”
    The APWU and NALC have also been briefed on the above Early Retirement Incentives, which will begin with FERS

  4. Top-level postal managers were unable – or unwilling – to specify which mail processing centers would be closed immediately. Decisions will be made at the end of February, they said.
    Postal officials said that as a result of the consolidations, approximately 83,000 jobs will be eliminated in the crafts represented by the APWU, including more than 63,800 Clerks, close to 9,000 Maintenance Craft employees, and more than 1,800 Motor Vehicle Craft employees.
    GOOGLE……….U.S. SENATE………Choose your “SENATOR HOME” State. Look for the area in which to write and send your comment.  
    I wrote ” I work for the U.S.P.S. and I do not oppose S1789 in it’s amended form”. This bill offers three types of incentives not to be combined.  
    1. 25,000 cash.  
    2. 2 years added on to your FERS retirement  
    3. 1 year added on to your CSRS retirement.  
    “This announcement makes it all the more important that APWU members reach out to their senators to let them know that S. 1789 as amended,” must be passed now said Guffey.
    Call Your Senators:
    (Capitol Switchboard)
    [Click here for direct #s]
    Tell them you Support 
    S. 1789
    The U.S. Senate soon will likely debate the 21st Century Postal Reform Act (S. 1789), bill designed to ‘save” the U.S. Postal Service by offering Early Retirement Incentives.
    As president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, I understand the budgetary and market challenges facing the USPS.
    S. 1789 should be passed as amended, it will save America’s postal network. Instead of enacting shortsighted, destructive policies, Congress should approve this bill ,S.1789.
    Fredric V. Rolando is the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers
    NAPUS will continue to work with Senate allies to pass S. 1789, and ensure that the measure will garner the requisite votes for passage.

  5. NAPS: USPS Decision on Guidelines For Proposed Early Retirement Incentives has been Completed
    February 23, 2012 by postal
    Filed under: NAPS, postal, postal news 
    From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:
    NAPS Members,
    The Postal Service held informational sessions on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in advance of the release of the listing of Plant closures and consolidations that has been released today. NAPS was provided a copy of the list this morning and has provided this list to you along with this message.
    There will be many incentives that will accompany the closures and consolidations, we have been advised that there will be a cash incentive option but that the final decision on the exact parameters of the proposed incentives have not been completed. As soon as any incentive plan is announced, NAPS headquarters will disseminate the information to the field.
    The resident officers are attending a briefing with the Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Should any new information be shared at the briefing that is not included in this message we will send it to you upon our return to our headquarters offices. Also reinforce the need to be in contact with your United States Senators that we are supporting for S 1789.

    The incentive program is approved and will be offered, details will be posted
    on the new HR Web page, Workforce Connection.
    You can find it on the LiteBlue website, at “www-dot-liteblue-dot-gov.”
    The APWU and NALC have also been briefed on the above Early Retirement Incentives, which will begin with FERS Employees , and that announcement is forthcoming.

  6. cliff goofy guffy what did you do with my $1000.00 dollar COLA….spend it in Vegas? this guy is a loser. how are those PSE dues and apwu health plan fees going for you now sellout king.

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