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Monday, August 31, 2009

No RIF for EAS Employees?

NAPS RIF News

"...prior to the implementation of the RIF on the remaining impacted EAS employees.
Due to the diligence of the members of the NAPS executive board, who worked closely with local Areas and Districts and the cooperation of USPS headquarters, we are able to announce today that remaining impacted employees are expected to be placed in positions thereby avoiding a RIF...."    



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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Few Likely to Step Up for USPS Employee Buyout Offer


"..."I think many postal employees are still concerned about the overall economy, and their chances of finding part-time employment after they have retired from the Postal Service."..."    



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VER Eligible Employees Begin Receiving Letters


"...Employees eligible for a Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) are beginning to receive their VER offer letters in the mail. The offer mentions the incentive, but fails to spell out the amount and provide a description of the incentive...."    



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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

FedEx, USPS renew express contract


"...Terms of the contract were not released. FedEx provides transportation and delivery for the date-certain product to 190 countries and territories...."    



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Postal Service Negotiated Incentive Plan Designed to Save $500 Millio


"...Because the number of addresses grows by 1.5 million each year, letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association were not extended this offer. The incentive provides eligible employees $10,000 to be paid during the first three months of Fiscal Year 2010, creating salary and benefit savings for the next nine months. The same employees will receive a second payment of $5,000 in Fiscal Year 2011. Fiscal Year 2010 starts Oct. 1, 2009...."    



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NEW RETIREMENT-SEPARATION OPPORTUNITIES ANNOUNCED WITH INCENTIVES UP TO $15,000


"...The Postal Service has informed the NPMHU that it will be offering retirement seminars, on-the-clock¸ that employees will be able to attend..."    



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USPS Moratorium on Excessing Through Oct. 9

Union Negotiates Monetary Incentive For Retirements, Separations

"...There will be a moratorium on excessing from Aug. 24 through Oct. 9 to allow time to assess the vacancies created by the retirements and separations. During this period, excessing notices that have already been issued will be reviewed.

If more than 25,000 employees indicate they wish to accept the offer, the parties will discuss implementation, based on a proportion of the number of employees in the complement of the APWU and Mail Handler crafts. Mail Handlers are expected to receive an offer virtually identical to the APWU-negotiated agreement...."    



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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Postal Service offers $15,000 buyouts to cut costs

"...The Postal Service is offering $15,000 buyouts to employees in an effort to cut costs at a time when the post office is being buffeted by the recession and the popularity of e-mail and electronic bill payment...."    postal news

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USPS Offers $15,000 Retirement or Resignation Incentive

USPS Offers $15,000 Retirement or Resignation Incentive
The United States Postal Service is offering a $15,000 Retirement or resignation incentive to certain employees. The first installment will be $10,000 in November 2009 and the other $5000 will be one year later. Mailings will go out in the next few days to eligible employees. Stay tuned for more details. Update coming soon.

See APWU PDF http://www.apwu.org/news/nsb/2009/nsb02-090824-retirement_incentive_mou.pdf

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Women accused of using post office to ship drugs plead not guilty


"...charges of using the U.S. Postal Service to ship hundreds of pounds of marijuana, according to court records. On Monday morning, postal employee Eva Zamora, 45, from San Benito and Juana Pesina Sierra, 54, from Los Indios ..."    



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Postal truck kills Dedham corrections officer


"...scene near his Raycroft Avenue home in Weymouth when a U.S. postal service truck coming around a corner struck him, near 338 Summer St. He later died at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth...."    



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Monday, August 24, 2009

Your thoughts on your postal union


"...if you drop your membership, don't do it half way. Resign your full time career position. Become a casual. You will then receive no union negotiated benefits. i.e. representation, route/annual bidding, pay raises, step increases, etc. you get the idea. Be fair. Get out if you want. Just don't accept anything the Union provides...."    



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Excessing

Postal workers rerouted in 120-mile commute

"...a minimum of seven hours a day in transit to work a straight seven-hour shift. They have no choice. If they refuse, they will be fired. They have been, in USPS-speak, “excessed.”..."    



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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Post Office Union Irked by Obama's Diss


"...National Association of Postal Supervisors President Ted Keating reportedly said there was "collective disappointment that you chose the Postal Service as a scapegoat and an example of inefficiency." "Your negative references to the Postal Service without knowledge of the facts was a disservice not only to the members of our organization, but to all postal employees," he wrote. ..."    



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Monday, August 17, 2009

Should Obama keep using Postal Service as model for healthcare reform? Sure, say conservative critics


"..."If the president considers the Postal Service as an example, we should all be scared." The case: "Despite numerous advantages that FedEx and UPS could only dream of having, the Postal Service loses money."..."    



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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Despite record losses, USPS continues to serve


"...Through its Station and Branch Optimization Initiative, the Postal Service hopes to generate additional cost savings by identifying post offices, stations and branches, primarily located in urban and suburban population centers, that are suitable for consolidation or elimination from the mail network...."    



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Obama USPS remark points out open forum do and don'ts


"...Obama was trying to calm concerns that the government program was meant to eliminate private health-care companies. After pointing out that UPS and FedEx are effectively competing with the USPS Obama added, “It's the post office that's always having problems”...."    



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Friday, August 14, 2009

Burrus: House GOP Takes A 'Cheap Shot' at Our Expense


"...analysis” of the USPS does not reflect the dedication and hard work of 650,000 postal employees, including those represented by collective bargaining agreements, supervisors, postmasters, executives, and the Board of Governors. We are proud to be part of the world’s best postal system, providing the best service and most inexpensive postage. ..."    



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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Plot to kill Post Office cloaked by right wing ‘recess rally’ chaos

"...Potter, who was named by a GOP-appointed Postal Board during the Bush administration, has proposed cuts in the workforce as the solution. He says that at least 677 post offices should be closed, most of them in major cities, and that 55,000 workers should be fired. The USPS workforce, the unions note, has already shrunk, through retirements and buyouts, to 603,000 workers, from 773,000 several years ago...."    



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S.1507 Update: Vote Delayed on Bill To Undermine Pay and Benefits


"...The Senate adjourned for its August recess without voting on a bill that would be devastating for postal workers. As a result, union members have several more weeks to voice opposition to legislation that would undermine our wages and benefits in future contract negotiations...."    



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USPS Submit a lead program


"...That’s what Milwaukee, WI, P&DC Mailhandler Marlene Povolo did. He observed that Sausage Plus, a specialty meats retailer, wasn’t using USPS to ship its products. So he used the Submit-a-Lead [PDF] program to tip..."    



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Monday, August 10, 2009

Union Pres.: Closures Would Betray Post Office's Service


"...The possible closures get away from the idea of the post office's universal service to all members of society, said Postal Union president Phil Thomas...."    



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10 Dallas-area post office locations on list for closure


"... The National Postal Mail Handlers Union criticized the prospective cuts and said the Postal Service was inflating the amount of business it has lost.
"They're not being upfront with the public," said Damon Taylor, the union's state president. ..."    



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Buy Your Own Post Office - USPS not looking to recoup any investment


"...$300,000, which is less than an individual condominium goes for in many of the surrounding downtown buildings. “We’re not looking to recoup any investment here,” says Tom Samra, vice president of facilities for the postal service..."    



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More USPS Post Office Cuts

POST OFFICES: STAMPED OUT? USPS might cut 15 city locations

"...Gwen Ivey, president of of the Philadelphia American Postal Workers Union Local 89, said that the unions had not been notified before USPS headquarters posted the list on its Web site. "We have the legal obligation to bargain for our members during the downsizing," she said, adding that she wanted to prepare her 2,500-member union before a public announcement..."    



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Union accuses Freehold post office of labor violations

Flap centers on branch's possible closure

"...postal service violated the National Labor Relations Act by "failing to bargain" with the local union regarding the office's possible closure...."    



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US Postal Service faces storm of protest over cutbacks


"..."The Postal Service cannot expect to gain more business, which it desperately needs, if it is reducing service," said Susan Collins, a Republican senator from Maine...."    



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Excerpts from August 6, 2009, Senate Hearing

"The U.S. Postal Service in Crisis"

"..."Whether it is 5-day delivery, collection box removal or the closure of facilities, the Postal Service is intent on reducing its physical presence." - Ruth Y. Goldway, Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission

"By the year’s end, the Service most likely will run out of cash and not be able to make all of its year end payments, absent Congressional action." - Ruth Y. Goldway, Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

USPS PHASE 3 POSTINGS NOW OPEN

RIF-AVOIDANCE VACANCIES FOR IMPACTED EMPLOYEES

"...Phase 3 RIF avoidance vacancy postings for District Customer Service offices and Mail Processing organizational changes now are available online at eCareer. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, Aug. 11...."    



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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Excellent Suggestion Found on Online Postal Employee Community Forum

Below you will find the text of an excellent beneficial suggestion that a member of the FederalSoup community has offered. The actual post can be found at: FederalSoup. Here is the full text of the suggestion:
Suggestion for the Postal Service...

With so many USPS leaders posting to the FederalSoup message board here, from D.C. and Hyattsville, Maryland, might I make a suggestion?

Suggestion: Obviously, the USPS is going to continue to make VER [Voluntary Early Retirement] offers to reduce the numbers. Without an incentive, the numbers taking these early-outs, are minimal. Every time the postal service makes an offer it gives employees an extremely short period of time to make a finalized decision. A decision of this magnitude deserves intelligent thought and planning. I suggest that the USPS announce a VER that would take place in January 2010 and another approximately six (6) months after that. This would provide a more reasonable time-frame for employees to:
# Seek Employment: It would be a benefit to permit us to have reasonable time to secure another job. Additionally, USPS should offer some type of liberal leave policy, as well as permitting a liberal "Leave of Absence" program, both designed and published as a program coinciding with the VER. This would give adequate time to find a job, go through the hiring process, and begin the new employment in an effort to ease the transition into a new life. I understand not everyone wishes to go to work after retiring, but for those needing to do so for economic reasons would have a better opportunity to do so.
# Adjust to Retirement: Sometimes people simply need more time to determine if they can handle sitting at home in retirement or after doing so for a short period, determining that they need to find another job simply to stay active. Liberal leave and/or a liberal "Leave of Absence" program would again, give individuals the time they need to structure a retirement that would be positive for themselves, the family, etc.
# Adjust Short-Term Savings: The extended VER time-frames would provide a more reasonable time to garner savings toward an adjustment period.

What do my fellow postal employees think about this? Do you think this would help some?

   



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Wynn Drive Station On Potential Post Office Closure List


"...for closure. On a recently released list the Wynn Drive branch in Huntsville was one of four Alabama branches making the list. ..."    



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Monday, August 3, 2009

USPS Layoffs? That's a possibility...

"...U.S. Postal Service, then layoffs are a possibility, a top USPS official acknowledged to House lawmakers on Thursday.

"I can't say or guarantee that there wouldn't be layoffs," said Jordan Small, USPS acting vice president..."    



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