US Postal Service Poised to Make Devastating Cuts in Service – Postal Workers to Deliver Message – ‘Stop Delaying America’s Mail’ – At 150 Protests in 50 States
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APWU Press Release:
11/13/2014 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.
- On Jan. 5, the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town.
- All mail (medicine, online purchases, local newspapers, newsletters of religious organizations, bill payments, letters and invitations) throughout the country would be delayed.
- Beginning Jan. 5, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close.
On Nov. 14 postal workers will protest at 150 locations as part of a National Day of Action to send a message to Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!
The cuts would cause hardships for the public and small businesses, eliminate jobs, and destroy the world’s most efficient and affordable delivery network by driving away mail and revenue. They are part of the same flawed strategy that’s behind efforts to end Saturday and door-to-door deliveries, cut back post office hours, and make other reductions in mail service.
The travesty is that the cuts are absolutely unnecessary – because postal operations are profitable. The Postal Service, which isn’t funded by taxpayers, has earned an operating profit so far this year of more than $1 billion. And, while revenue from First Class Mail has been declining, package delivery, largely due to the growth of e-commerce, has been rapidly expanding.
There is red ink, but it stems from political interference, not from the mail. In 2006, a lame-duck Congress mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years in advance – something no other public agency or private firm is required to do. That costs the Postal Service $5.6 billion a year – and that’s the red ink.
Fifty-one senators and 160 House members have called for a one-year moratorium on the reduction in service and the closure of the mail processing centers to allow Congress time to enact postal legislation that would improve, not degrade, postal service. The Postmaster General and USPS Board of Governors should honor their request.
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Closure of Collins Road processing facility to hurt Lansing economy
(November 13, 2014) – LANSING – State Representatives Andy Schor (D-Lansing) and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) today called for immediate action to stop the closing of the Lansing United States Postal Service mail processing and distribution center.
“This change being pushed by the Postmaster General needs to consider the effects on the local Lansing economy,” Schor said. “To close the Lansing facility next year would move 160 jobs and would delay mail delivery for residents and businesses, which would have an adverse impact on the local economy.”
“Closing the Collins Road post office would mean longer delivery times and fewer jobs for Lansing area families and would result in significant consequences for people and business in the region,” Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), a member of the House Capitol Caucus, said. “The effects that would follow from this decision should be more carefully assessed before further action is taken.”
Postal workers in Lansing will be at the Michigan State Capitol on Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. to send a message to the Postmaster General and USPS to stop the closings. Opponents of the closings say that all mail, including medicine and bill payments, will be delayed, and e-commerce, which relies on speedy deliveries, would be impacted for a loss.
“It is disappointing that the Postmaster General is making this move without Congressional action, and the moratorium needs to be in place until our elected members of Congress weigh in,” Schor said. “I am calling on the Postmaster General and the USPS to postpone this decision while awaiting congressional action and while exploring the negative impacts on the local Lansing economy.”
Schor has introduced HR 0022 of 2013, which is co-sponsored by the bi-partisan Capitol Caucus. This resolution asks the U.S. Congress to halt the closure of the Collins Road facility until postal reform legislation can be addressed at the federal level
The APWU Oakland Local #78 took the unusual step of launching an office-wide petition against Tour 1 Postal Supervisor Preet Singh. The petition, which has more than 100 signatures, details years of a variety of unacceptable conduct. The petition was sent to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, USPS Bay-Valley District Manager,Mark Martinez, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-13th) and the USPS Office Of Inspector General (OIG).
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With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the #USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.
The firm, which has more than 1,400 attorneys in 25 offices, is considered one of the leading #union-busting law firms in the country.
It has a long history fighting workers. When former President Ronald Reagan fired striking Air Traffic Controllers in 1981, Morgan Lewis served as the FAA’s (Federal Aviation Administration) attorneys. The strike was a major defeat for labor; PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers union, was disbanded soon after.
Read more: The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm
All Corporate Call Center jobs will be turned over to the APWU bargaining unit by May 11, 2013, under the Clerk Craft Jobs MOU in the CBA (pages 375-376). They will become part of the bid cluster for the nearest postal installation. These formerly outsourced duty assignments will be filled with a mix of 70% career and 30% rehabilitation employees. Read more
On this date, August 8, 2012, I delivered to Elizabeth Powell the plaque bestowed upon me by the delegates to the 2010 national convention granting the Emeritus title awarded upon my retirement accompanied by the following letter:
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
I am returning the plaque awarded to me upon my retirement and relinquishing the title of President Emeritus of the American Postal Workers Union. As you recall, I did not solicit this award, but proudly accepted it as a token for my contributions to APWU members over a long career. The award has become an issue in my criticism of union decisions that will seriously affect postal employees and I cannot in good faith continue the ceremonial title with the expectations of solidarity. I strongly oppose the damage done to postal employment and the residual effect on employees. The Los Angeles convention will consider monumental issues that will decide the future of the union and I do not want to serve as a distraction to issues of substance and consequence.
I accepted the award on behalf of my contributions over a 53 year career and its return does not reverse the many positive changes that I succeeded in implementing. My interest was and continues to be the well-being of postal employees who satisfied my career goals and made my successful life possible. The record of changes that I succeeded in implementing while serving the union are unaffected by this decision, and I can proudly say they were my best.
APWU Web News Article 95-2012, Aug. 2, 2012
Arbitrator Shyam Das has closed the record of an arbitration hearing regarding the number of hours postmasters in small offices may work.
A Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement places strict limits on the number of hours postmasters may work in Level 15, 16, 18 and 20 post offices.
The Memo says, “All time the supervisor or postmaster spends staffing the window during the day will be counted towards the permissible bargaining unit work limits.” Despite this clear language, the USPS is arguing that management must only count “earned time” as described in a unilaterally created work measurement system.
In addition, in spite of language that states that “any office downgraded in level will remain at the bargaining unit work standard that is in place at the beginning of the Agreement,” the management claims an exception for DUO (Delivery Unit Optimization) offices. The union’s grievance on the subject was heard on June 26-27, 2012, but the arbitrator kept the record open for 30 days. Briefs will now be filed and a decision will follow.
APWU Web News Article 95-2012, Aug. 2, 2012
The House of Representatives passed a bill on July 31 that could cost federal and postal workers their jobs if they are behind in paying their federal taxes.
The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act (H.R. 828), introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and approved by the chamber by a vote of 263 to 114, stipulates that “persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment.”
The bill defines “seriously delinquent” as debt for which a lien notice has been filed in public records.
According to the Congressional Research Service, the bill would not apply to debt:
- That is being paid in a timely manner under an approved installment payment agreement or an offer-in-compromise;
- For which a collection due process hearing has been requested or pending;
- For which a levy has been issued or agreed to by an applicant for employment, or
- That is determined to be an economic hardship to the taxpayer.
Under the act, U.S. government employees would have 60 days to prove that their tax debt is not seriously delinquent before facing termination.
Leading opposition to the legislation during debate on the House floor, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said that the measure would be “largely symbolic” because 96 percent of federal employees pay their taxes.
When the bill was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in April,
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who chairs the committee, conceded that the bill is “almost pure symbolism.”
“That clearly was the intent,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid. “Families that are struggling in a depressed economy to meet their financial obligations – often through no fault of their own – could now lose their only source of income, which strangely enough could have helped to pay the outstanding debt.”
“I strongly believe that the House’s efforts and energy would be better spent on focusing on measures to strengthen the federal civil service and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government,” Maloney said, “rather than by making symbolic gestures that reinforce a negative view of the federal work force.”
Critics have observed that Chaffetz’s bill does not apply to government contractors and their employees, and that the chamber’s Republican majority has not considered legislation offered by Democrats that would apply the employment ban for tax delinquency to private-sector work that is paid for with federal funds.
H.R. 828 has been referred to the Senate, where a similar bill (S. 376), introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), has not been acted upon.
APWU Web News Article 91-2012, July 31, 2012
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the APWU are investigating the death of APWU member Steny Wing Hoi Yu, who died July 27 from injuries sustained in work-related accident at the Detroit NDC on July 23.
Although the investigation of the accident is still underway, reports indicate that Yu’s injuries were the result of falling approximately 10 feet from a “fixed” ladder. Yu is reported to have been carrying a fire extinguisher up the ladder in an attempt to fight a fire.
The Detroit Metro Area Local is working closely with OSHA and the APWU to assist in the investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Steny Wing Hoi Yu’s family and co-workers.”
Yu is survived by his wife, Syndia and two daughters, Yvonne and Angela.
APWU Web News Article 92-2012, July 31, 2012
The APWU and a retired union member have resolved a lawsuit against the Postal Service and an Accounting Services manager for violations of the Debt Collection Act, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris has announced. The suit charged that the USPS and the manager routinely violated the rights of retired employees by instructing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to withhold a portion of the monthly annuities of retirees who had appealed Letters of Demand before they left the Postal Service.
Letters of Demand are issued when management alleges an employee is responsible for a financial loss to the Postal Service. The letters are subject to appeal through the grievance procedure and collection of alleged debts must be postponed until appeals have been exhausted. Read more