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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Collective Bargaining Begins between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the USPS

Collective Bargaining Begins between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the USPS

"...The National Postal Mail Handlers Union bargaining team met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service on August 30, 2011 to mark the official start of the collective bargaining process for a successor agreement to..."    postal news

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FYI: Severance pay for usps employees

Severance pay for usps employees

"...Any career Postal Service employee who is involuntarily separated and who has been employed continuously by the Postal Service and/or other federal agency for at least 12 consecutive months (without a break in service of 3 or more consecutive days) immediately prior to the separation is eligible for severance pay, except..."    postal news

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Mail Carrier Robbery Attempt

Police investigate robbery attempt on U.S. mail carrier

"...suspect then jumped into the truck and began fighting with the mailman over the package...."    postal news

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Define: Postalgeddon

Post-al-ged-don Noun /ˈpōstəlˈgedn/

1. The figurative last battle between the labor movement, who are fighting for just wages and benefits for the American working-class versus the current day Robber Barons, who wish to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service in an alleged attempt to lower the wages of the American working-class for profit.

Post Office been here before, but survived the doom and gloom of postalgeddon

The Postal Service Means Business

"...if you figure for inflation and convert those 1975 numbers to 2011 dollars. The 1974 deficit of $2.3 billion would come to $9.7 billion in today’s dollars — over a billion dollars more than the $8.5 billion the Postal Service lost in fiscal year 2010. Yet somehow the Postal Service survived without closing all those post offices...."    postal news

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

USPS not utilizing labor contract provisions to reduce employees

What Postal Service can’t win from labor unions it hopes to get from Congress

"...the Postal Service doesn’t need to cut staff by circumventing agreements because it has thousands of career and non-career employees who are not covered by the no-layoff provisions. A spokesman for the letter carriers said his union alone has between 17,000 and 30,000 career employee members who are not covered...."    postal news

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Postal Employee Layoff Protections -vs- Strikes

U.S. Postal Service Braced for Massive Cuts

"...Many of the gains that postal workers received – including the right to collective bargaining – arose in the wake of a 1970 strike which started in New York and spread to the rest of the country...."    postal news

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Monday, August 22, 2011

National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Negotiations coming soon!

"...the U.S. Postal Service has yet to exhaust every avenue relating to reduction of the workforce. For example, the USPS would be remiss in their efforts to reduce the workforce without offering another Voluntary Early Retirement offer that provides the maximum Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) as a buyout to Mail Handlers. ..."    postal news

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Friday, August 19, 2011

The bulk mail industry says hands off our profits

Don't touch my junk: The bulk mail industry says hands off our profits

"...The big guns in the room are going to be the bulk mail companies, and they have already made their position clear. They have been fighting against the rate increase since it was initially proposed last year, and they have already come out in favor of the proposed cuts to labor and the post offices. On August 12, within hours of hearing the USPS plan, the Direct Marketing Association— the leading association of businesses using direct marketing (junk mail) — “applauded” the proposed cuts. ..."    postal news

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to defend postal employees and service

NALC to Defend Members, 'America's Postal Service' in 2011 Contract Talks

"..."Despite the Postal Service's outrageous show of bad faith at the start of these negotiations, we are prepared to negotiate a fair, responsible, and innovative labor agreement to reward our members and to position the Postal Service for a stronger and better future," Rolando said. ..."    postal news

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Postal Service wants to layoff and hire at the same time!

Things that make you go, huh?

Just a question to ponder.

How can the Postmaster General propose breaking union contracts to layoff 120,000 craft employees, while at the same time hire PSE employees at half the pay and no benefits? It sounds to us that it's not about the need for less craft employees, but simply union busting and a desire to lower wages and benefits. Post your thoughts

Monday, August 15, 2011

Why is the postal service so important to us all?

Why We All Have a Stake in the U.S. Postal Service

"...permanent staff. The US Postal Service has more than the two largest telecommunication companies combined, plus Microsoft and Apple, 574,000 workers, of whom 120,000 will be dismissed under a new emergency plan...."    

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Postal Service wants to break labor agreements to layoff employees and...

Postal Service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan

"...The layoffs would be achieved in part by breaking labor agreements, a proposal that drew swift fire from postal unions. The plan would require congressional approval..."    postal news

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where is Kevin Costner when you need him?

USPS plan should be returned to sender

"...Remember "The Postman?" It's 2013. Global society has collapsed. America is a wasteland. A group of people fights to resurrect the postal service as a way to restore civilization. Where is Kevin Costner when you need him?..."    postal news

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Heat doesn't stop postal carriers

Postal workers brave blistering temperatures

"..."The bad part is that we leave right in the heat of the day," said the 12-year postal employee whose route is in South Bethany and Middlesex Beach. "This summer has been a bad one...."    postal news

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Postal reform and the wealthy

Robber Barons Plunder the Post Office

"...Two of the six richest men in the country are Charles and David Koch, with combined assets of over $40 billion. Some of that money gets funneled to Tea Party politicians like Darrell Issa and Dennis Ross, who are co-sponsoring a Postal Reform Act that is all about attacking unions and closing down post offices. ..."    postal news

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

They want to close the Post Office?

‘They want to close what ?’

"...Hain said there has to be something the quasi-governmental agency can do besides close post offices. The solution is more sales, not cutting. If they cut off one finger, then another ... pretty soon they’ll not have any...."    postal news

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

H.R. 2309 would provide the right to unilaterally renegotiate labor contracts

APWU to Washington Post:
Destroying Unions Won’t Fix USPS

"...In a letter to the editor published Aug. 1, the union president disputed a July 28 Washington Post editorial that endorsed H.R. 2309 — a bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) that would mandate massive service cuts and give an unelected “solvency authority” the right to unilaterally renegotiate labor contracts...."    postal news

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Alleged jewel heisting postal carrier nabbed

Postal jewel heists

"...Authorities made an express delivery of justice -- nabbing a crooked Diamond District mail carrier with the help of a cleverly placed GPS device, law-enforcement officials said...."    postal news

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