The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

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 […]

Latest USPS Postmaster Relief (PMR) Usage Violates Global Settlement

The POStPlan list submitted by the USPS to the PRC on 7-19-2012 shows 1,999 violations of the Q06C-4Q-C100005587 Global Settlement that prohibits all Postmaster Relief (PMR) usage in EAS-15 and EAS-16 post offices. The list shows 1,980 current EAS-15 and EAS-16 post offices have one PMR, 18 have two PMRs and one has four PMRs! […]

PRC Schedules Hearing To Provide Advisory Opinion On USPS Post Offices Plan

On May 31, 2012, the Commission issued a notice and order concerning the Postal Service’s request for an advisory opinion on the Post Office Structure Plan.1 To further explore issues raised in these proceedings, a hearing on the Postal Service’s direct case shall take place on July 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission’s […]

USPS: More Village Post Offices Open For Business

Three additional Village Post Offices (VPOs) opened for business this month, bringing to 22 the number of these facilities. More than 20 VPOs are scheduled to open in June. Another four VPOs are scheduled to open before the end of May. Great Lakes Area is home to two of the new facilities — Long Lake […]

Video: 12 arrested in Occupy Portland, OR protest to support post office

Twelve people were arrested Thursday evening during an Occupy Portland protest to support the U.S. Postal Service, according to Portland police. About 80 people gathered at the post office on Southwest 6th and Clay. They sounded off about a large-scale layoff announced by the postal service in February.   12 arrested in Occupy protest to […]

USPS List of Post Offices To Be Upgraded under POStPlan

From the National League of Postmasters: The Postal Service has provided the list of offices that will be upgraded to level 18 under the POStPlan process. Each incumbent Postmaster will receive a letter from the Postal Service informing them of this upgrade. Salary raises will follow current Postal Service policy. Postmasters whose salary is not […]

USPS: New Strategy to Preserve the Nation’s Smallest Post Offices

Modifying Retail Window Hours Could Keep Offices Open WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced a new strategy today that could keep the nation’s smallest Post Offices open for business, while providing a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability. The plan would keep […]

APWU’s Largest Local Elects New President

Former Vice-President Jonathan Smith Ousts 3-term President Clarice Torrence Here is the press release from the United for Change Slate: Besieged Postal Workers Pick New Union President. Jonathan Smith Defeats 3-Term Incumbent. United For Change Slate Sweeps APWU NY Metro Area Election April 26, 2012 Postal clerks, motor vehicle operators, and maintenance workers in Manhattan, […]

Call To Occupy the Post Office, April 17 – Tax Day

From reader: Sisters and Brothers, A national network of postal workers from the NALC, APWU, and Mail Handlers unions, assisted by Labor Notes, is putting out the call to all postal workers and our allies to Occupy the Post Office! April 17th (TAX DAY) May 15th approaches, the deadline for Congress to act before […]