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

Be Careful What You Wish For When Calling On PMG To Resign

May 20, 2012 by · 27 Comments
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Over the past several months calls for Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Resign such as …

Ralph Nader Calls On PMG To Resign
You are actively presiding over the demise of one of our country’s greatest founding institutions. The U.S. Postal Service is an institution that was conceived by Benjamin Franklin and which has succeeded brilliantly over the generations to service, connect, and allow the people of our land to communicate with each other anywhere at a common rate regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban, or rural areas…

New York Metro APWU Demands that PMG Resign Immediately
The New York Metro Area Postal Union concludes from his actions that Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe is either a well-meaning incompetent or a duplicitous agent of forces who actively want to destroy the Postal Service and have it privatized. Whichever case is true, Donahoe is violating his oath of office and failing to meet the requirements of his position to be responsible for the overall operation of the Postal Service. Donahoe has contracts remaining to be negotiated with the three remaining postal unions. NYMAPU questions how the other postal unions can bargain in good faith with Postmaster Donahoe after his actions following the contract with the APWU.

House Dem calls for firing postmaster general; blames Obama, GOP Congress
The Hill- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Monday afternoon called on the the Obama administration to fire Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

But as NALC President Fredric Rolando pointed out-when members were calling for the resignation or the firing of PMG Pat Donahoe was, “who would replace him? Read more

Video: State of the Postal Service: Targeted Incentives and VER Will Be Offered

May 17, 2012 by · 41 Comments
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In the video Postmaster General says,”Targeted incentives and VER will be offered. Information now being finalized.”

State of the Postal Service Postmaster General Pat Donahoe will have an update on network consolidation plans. And, he will recap plans for Post Offices in rural areas.

“As the PMG explained, with the May 15 moratorium now past, consolidation activities will start this summer. After a break from September through December for election and holiday mail seasons, this first phase will resume in January 2013. A second phase will then continue beginning in February of 2014 unless our circumstances change.

As a result, staffing adjustments will be necessary. Actions taken will comply with collective bargaining agreements, Postal Service regulations and policies, and other applicable law. At facilities where consolidation activity will move forward this summer, employees will receive additional notifications starting May 21.”

As we heard in the video, the Postal Service is working with its unions regarding an employee incentive offer and will announce details when final decisions are made.”

Video: PMG on State of the USPS

May 1, 2012 by · 35 Comments
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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe’s message to employees on state of the Postal Service (State of the Postal Service (May 2012)

PMG Donahoe: Post office closings to be spread out

April 28, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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Postmaster Patrick Donahoe On C-Span Newmakers

The Senate passed legislation this week to preserve post office services as the agency faces financial problems.  The 37th Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe, joins us this week on Newsmakers.

He discusses the Senates bill, if and when it will move forward in the House and changes the agency plans to make in the future with regards to consolidation of post offices. He also talks about an array of options for restructuring the national mail system, which is losing $25 million per day.

Our guest reporters are Bernie Becker of The Hill and Michelle Jamrisko of Bloomberg News.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to postpone for one year the Postal Service’s own plan to save money by closing 3,700 post offices and consolidating hundreds of processing centers. The bipartisan Senate bill aims to save money through early retirements of some 100,000 employees, and it would restructure the USPS health care benefit system.

The House has not yet acted, and most Democrats there oppose a proposal by Rep. Darrell Issa for a commission that would close many post offices and processing centers.

The Postmaster General says he needs to cut $22 billion in operating costs by 2016. His plan calls for ending Saturday mail service, overnight mail, and shutting many post offices.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe on Newsmakers | C-SPAN

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U.S. Postal Service Statement on Election Mail Process- n December, the U.S. Postal Service formed an agreement with Congress that no consolidation or closing of any postal facility will occur prior to May 15, 2012. Therefore, most closures or consolidations would have to take place starting after May 15, 2012, and be completed by August 31, 2012. Further consolidation of facilities would then continue in early 2013.  The pursuit by the Postal Service of the significant consolidation of its national network of mail processing facilities is contingent upon its adoption of a final rule changing its delivery service standards. For primary elections after May 15, the U.S. Postal Service is instituting a state-by-state outreach program to address the questions and concerns of election boards, political candidates and mailers. In addition, for states that are promoting vote by mail, the proposed plan to study 3,600 Post Offices around the U.S. for possible…

PMG Donahoe: Post office closings to be spread out – UPI

Video: PMG: We Are Losing $25M Every Day

April 26, 2012 by · 25 Comments
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Fox Business: USPS Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on how to improve the package business.

Video: PMG Among Highest Paid Public Officials

April 19, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports:
there is a lot of outrage continuing over government spending at the gsa. but did you know that the u.s. postmaster general makes almost $400,000 a year? that’s as much as the president. twice what the secretaries of defense and state get. leading the charge about that pay and how to reform the post office is john tester, senator from minnesota. you want to save rural post offices understandably from montana, skaus excuse me, not minnesota. and you want to save the rural post offices in montana, but you’re as upset as we all should be about the — why would we way the post masters general almost as much as the president of the united states?

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PMG Tells Congress: Take Postal Workers Out of Federal Healthcare Program

March 28, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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From the American Postal Workers Union:

Healthcare Expert Rejects Claim of Cost Savings

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe urged lawmakers to take postal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) at a House hearing on March 27, claiming such a move would save the USPS $7 billion annually. The PMG said the Postal Service should be allowed to develop and run a separate health insurance program.

But Walton Francis, a federal health insurance expert, flatly rejected Donahoe’s assertion. “Their proposal isn’t going to save money. It’s going to cost money,” Francis testified. The USPS proposal also would “massively disrupt or destroy the FEHBP,” he said.

The proposal to withdraw from the federal health insurance plan is part of the Postal Service’s most recent array of legislative proposals, which includes plans to close or consolidate 223 mail processing facilities, shut 3,600 post offices, eliminate more than 100,000 jobs, and slow mail delivery.

Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed doubts about the proposal.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the panel said, “I am quite skeptical that the Postal Service can or should manage its own health insurance system.

“I suspect that the achievable cost savings would come not from shrinking healthcare costs, but from shifting them onto employees. Postal employees would likely receive less coverage under a Postal Service plan and they would pay a greater share of their health bills. Postal annuitants would also pay more, as they would be faced with paying an increasing share of their healthcare from their fixed retirement incomes.”

Even committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who said he would probably support the proposal, told the postmaster general, “Let’s have no illusion. You’re just cost-shifting.” Rep. Issa is considered an ardent foe of postal workers, and has called for pay cuts and benefit reduction, limits on employees’ collective bargaining rights, and $3 billion worth of plant and post office closings.

The APWU vehemently opposes any plan to take postal employees out of the federal program, which is considered one of the best in the nation. Delegates to the union’s 2010 National Convention adopted a resolution that identified retaining the right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program a “top priority.”

Postmaster general supports ‘practically everything’ in draconian Issa-Ross bill

March 28, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

Patrick R. DonahoeMarch 27, 2012 — Should we call H.R. 2309 the Issa-Ross (So-Called) Postal Reform Bill—or could we realistically call it the Issa-Donahoe (So-Called) Postal Reform Bill?

Today, during a hearing of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe was asked by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) about Donahoe’s support for elements of the service-destroying, job-killing Issa-Ross postal reform bill, H.R. 2309.

In response, the postmaster general admitted that he supports “practically everything in the bill.”

Amash: Chairman Ross and Chairman Issa wrote a comprehensive postal reform bill last year that was passed by the subcommittee and the full Oversight Committee. It is full of cost-saving measures that will revitalize the Postal Service. What parts of H.R. 2309 does the Postal Service support?

Donahoe: We support the FERS refund. We support the ability to move and consolidate the network. We support the ability to move to consolidate from six-day to five-day delivery. Practically everything in the bill, we are in support.

[Click here to watch this exchange on YouTube. It occurs about 3 minutes and 13 seconds into the video.]

“It’s disappointing that the postmaster general—who is tasked with ensuring the health of USPS and should be focused on growing and expanding the Postal Service—would so readily embrace legislation that threatens to dismantle USPS piece-by-piece and that has very little support in the House,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

Click here to read the NALC’s Fact Sheet on our many problems with H.R. 2309.

“Congress needs to do its part to create legislation that will strengthen and improve the U.S. Postal Service as an essential component of American infrastructure,” Rolando said. “Unfortunately, the Issa-Ross bill would do neither. It would, in fact, degrade and destroy the USPS.”

PMG addresses Congress — Urges support for USPS plan to profitability

March 27, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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PMG Pat Donahoe went to Capitol Hill Tuesday to support the Postal Service’s plan to return the agency to fiscal solvency.

Donahoe told legislators during a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy the comprehensive plan  USPS has developed will produce a reduction in annual costs of $22.5 billion by 2016. He said the plan provides a “clear path toward financial stability” for USPS.

The PMG urged Congress to consider the comprehensive plan favorably. He said its adoption would allow USPS to meet its universal service obligations and its employees would continue providing reliable and affordable service to the public. “We believe it’s a responsible approach that’s fair to our customers and our employees,” he said.

via USPS News Link – Mar. 28, 2012.

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