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 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.

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USPS seeks info for buying 10,000 Right Hand Drive vehicles

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The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its existing fleet of light delivery vehicles. This would be a stop gap solution to meet Right Hand Drive vehicle requirements until the development of a purpose built Right Hand Drive vehicle can be accomplished. The Postal Service anticipates the need for up to 10,000 Right Hand Drive delivery vehicles to replace high maintenance cost Long Life Vehicles (LLVs) over the next two years. -
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Postal Service calling on retired employees to help during holiday season

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Officials with the United States Postal Service announced this week that retired city carriers can temporarily return to their jobs during the peak-mailing season.

According to the #USPS, retired employees can sign up for Holiday Term City Carrier Assistant positions beginning Dec. 6. Their positions will be for a four-week period ending Jan. 2

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Arbitrator Appointed in USPS/Mail Handlers Bargaining Impasse

August 16, 2012 by · 4 Comments
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August 16, 2012) As announced at the 2012 NPMHU National Convention last week, after the parties were done striking names from a list provided by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, FMCS Director George Cohen has appointed Herbert Fishgold as the arbitrator for the NPMHU/USPS bargaining dispute.  Mr. Fishgold is an arbitrator of nationwide reputation and professional stature, who is also a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.  Indeed, Mr. Fishgold has served as a third-party neutral for more than thirty years, during which time he has mediated and arbitrated bargaining disputes in a wide range of industries at the national, state, and local levels.

Arbitrator Fishgold is generally familiar with many of the basic facts and issues presented by the Postal Service, the mailing industry, and postal employees generally – based on, among other things, his service as an interest arbitrator in the 2006 dispute between the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the Postal Service.  And, Fishgold most recently served as the mediator in the last stage of the process to try and settle the NPMHU/USPS impasse.

The parties must now each select one additional member to serve on the three-person arbitration panel, and that process should be concluded shortly.

As the arbitration moves forward, the National Office will keep you updated, to the extent possible, during what is expected to be a lengthy arbitration process.

USPS honors America’s oldest commissioned warship

August 15, 2012 by · Comments Off
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warship2012The Postal Service will honor America’s oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, with the issuance of 25 million Forever stamps Saturday, Aug. 18.

The War of 1812: USS Constitution stamps also commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, MA. The event will be open to the public and will take place next to the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides.”

Starting Aug. 18, the new War of 1812: USS Constitution stamps can be purchased at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/store and by phone at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).

USPS Uniform emblems through the years

August 15, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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uniform2012‘Fly like an eagle’

In 1955, Former PMG Arthur E. Summerfield authorized the first emblem patch for uniforms worn by letter carriers. Employees were not required to wear them until 1957.

The original emblems were 3-inch circular patches with a backward (facing right) horse and rider that were worn on the left sleeves of shirts and coats.

The direction of the horse and rider was flipped to face forward in early 1965. The center background was changed to blue.

The eagle “seal” was adopted following passage of the Postal Reorganization Act in 1970 — the law that created USPS as an independent establishment of the government’s executive branch. That same year, the 3-inch circular uniform patch was replaced by a 3 1/2-inch square one that featured an eagle facing left atop a red bar over the words “U.S. MAIL” and a blue bar underneath.

In 1990, the patch was redesigned to feature a blue eagle facing right atop a red bar, over the words “U.S. MAIL.”

In 1995, USPS adopted a corporate logo that included the “sonic eagle” — often described as an eagle’s head and beak leaning into the wind. The same year, USPS introduced a new patch, square-shaped and canted slightly to the right to simulate the impression of movement. Embroidered in black were the words “UNITED STATES” underlined by a thin red line and followed by the words “POSTAL SERVICE.”

The 1995 patch still is in use today.

PMG touts positive steps being taken by employees

August 15, 2012 by · 6 Comments
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‘Moving in the right direction’

In his latest video, PMG Pat Donahoe describes the positive steps employees are taking to address the quarter 3 (Q3) operating loss and move the Postal Service forward.

The PMG notes that in Q3 employees received the highest service performance scores ever for First-Class Mail, both single-piece and commercial, and for Standard Mail, Periodicals and packages.

“When you take a look at what’s actually being measured and reported, we’re talking about 6 billion pieces of mail that have an end-to-end score,” says Donahoe.

DPMG Ron Stroman is helping see this strong performance carries over to customer service during his visits to facilities throughout the country. “Ron is leading the charge to work on the whole customer experience issue,” says Donahoe. “I think that we’ll be making some big strides.”

Service performance will be particularly important in the coming months as USPS continues to grow its package business — where it already has made excellent strides. USPS also will be handling election season mail and has set a goal of generating a half-billion dollars in revenue from Election and Political Campaign mail. “That’s nearly 50 percent growth over where we were last time,” he says.

Donahoe thanks employees for achieving the all-time high service scores in Q3. “Keep up the great work,” he encourages employees. “Keep serving the customers well.”

source: USPS News Link

Union Responds to NH GOP Rep’s Claim of Postal Workers Delaying His Mail

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Union says New Hampshire  GOP House Speaker brought his mail to the post office too late for processing.

Here is what New Hampshire Labor News is reporting:

Yesterday, Speaker Bill O’Brien accused the workers of the USPS of tampering with his political mail.  In a follow up to yesterday’s post, I went out to talk to someone who could fill in some of the details to further disprove these outlandish allegations.

I spoke with Chris Howe, the president of the APWU local 230 at the Goffs Falls Road mail processing plant.   He told me in a phone interview that, “after he heard about the post he immediately went to research what exactly happened.”  I asked what the standard delivery is for this type of mail.  Howe stated, “It is a two day turn around if it is dropped off at the post off by a certain cutoff time”.  Howe continued, “The Speaker’s mail was not received by the USPS in time to be processed that day”.  Due to the fact that it was not was able to be processed in the same day moved the delivery date back one day.  Howe re-iterated that “the Speaker’s mail was processed and delivered without any delay and with the same high level of service people expect from the USPS”.

In my research I also found that to tamper with the mail is not only wrong but it is a Federal Offense that could lead to a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years in federal prison.

These claims are completely false and the Speaker is only trying to promote his anti-union agenda as he is campaigning for re-election. The USPS workers have served our nation for over 225 years, and is still the best in the world.

 

UPDATED : NH Speaker Bill O’Brien Starts An Attack On A National Institution, the USPS

Video: VP Candidate Paul Ryan Has Only Seen 2 Bills Passed Into Law In 13 Yrs.

August 14, 2012 by · 6 Comments
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He’s been in Congress for nearly 13 years, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has only seen two of his bills pass into law during that time.

Ryan, who Mitt Romney has tapped as his running mate, passed a bill into law in July 2000 that renames a post office in his district. Thanks to Ryan, the post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”

The other time Ryan saw one of his bills become law was in December 2008, with legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax


Paul Ryan Only Passed 2 Bills Into Law In More Than A Decade.

USPS: Winning Tactics for Political Campaigns Marketers

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Aug. 13, 2012

U.S. Postal Service Offers Proven Direct Mail Tips to Edge Out the Competition

WASHINGTON – Political campaign marketers and managers will find that if used properly, direct mail can be one of the most cost-effective and targeted tools to reach potential voters. And, just in time for the peak election mail season, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing some helpful pointers for customers to maximize the effectiveness of direct mail during a political campaign: Read more

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