Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama Moves to Reverse Bush’s Labor Policies

Obama Moves to Reverse Bush’s Labor Policies
"... Future monthly meetings will be held across the country to discuss the mundane but essential concerns of working people like child care, workplace safety and retirement security, the vice president said. The administration has set up a Web site, AStrongMiddleClass.gov, that Mr. Biden said would tell people what their government was doing and invite them to share their thoughts...."   
Reference: www.nytimes.com

Five-Day Mail Delivery A Possibility, PMG Tells Congress

Five-Day Mail Delivery A Possibility, PMG Tells Congress
"... Congress has insisted upon the maintenance of six-day delivery since 1983, inserting a provision requiring six-day delivery each year into an annual government funding bill. ..."   
Reference: www.naps.org

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Postmaster General's Testimony Offers Little Insight

Postmaster General's Testimony Offers Little Insight
"... the elimination of layoffs as a near-term option offers very little reassurance to the remaining part-time employees and those on light duty. The hours of these employees are being reduced to a level that is tantamount to a layoff. Area and District managers have issued orders to limit the hours of these employees to levels that cannot support a family — or an individual. The contractual limits on the use of casual employees to the detriment of PTFs or light-duty employees should be strictly enforced...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Postmaster General’s pay

"Ask the President" [View Point - Question and Answer with President Burrus of the APWU on the Postmaster General’s pay]
Ask the President
"...The compensation figure that you refer to ($857,459) is not annual salary; it represents deferred income he will receive after he leaves the position and other types of compensation.
* The actual annual salary of the Postmaster General is $263,575. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Postal News Update: Hearing of Jan. 28, 2009

The following links relate to today's Hearing and the future of the Postal Service. You must read carefully and completely to understand the dynamics of the situation in full.
  • STATEMENT OF POSTMASTER GENERAL/CEO JOHN E. POTTER BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, FEDERAL SERVICES AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS UNITED STATES SENATE JANUARY 28, 2009
    "...Contracts with the two unions that alone represent almost 75 percent of our 652,000 career employees – the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers – do not expire until late 2010 and late 2011. We cannot wait until then to address what are pressing needs today. So I am proposing to union leadership that we begin talks now to create needed levels of workforce flexibility. ..."
    Article Reference Source: www.intelisent.com

  • Key Points Made By Witnesses before the
    Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security
    "... Senator Susan Collins:

    * Enactment of PAEA was an arduous process.
    * We need to continue the nation's universal postal services. Mail is still a key part of the nation's economic infrastructure.
    * The current recession has placed the Postal Service back on the congressional agenda.
    * The question has been raised as to whether the Postal Service is trying to use this crisis as a way of pulling away from PAEA.
    * The PAEA retiree payments were a key part of the negotiating to make PAEA possible.
    * A rwo-year reprieve is doable. Beyond two years make take too much pressure off the USPS to respond to its other challenges.
    * GAO has been disappointed with the USPS' responses. GAO expressed frustration with the USPS' lack of transparency.
    * Very disappointed that the proposed solution is the elimination of the six-day a week delivery requirement. Service cutbacks also can impact mail volume adversely.
    * Already received many complaints from publishers in Maine. Service has been compromised.
    * I don't know how you can ask for relief while proposing cutbacks in service that could precipitate further losses.
    * I'm very concerned about the lack of the Postal Service's financial transparency. You're coming to Congress for relief with the needed transparency. This is unacceptable.
    ..."
    Article Reference Source: www.postcom.org

  • Video: Title: The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the U.S. Postal Service
    "... U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    ..."
    Article Reference Source: hsgac.senate.gov

  • Area offices to reduce staffing levels
    "... With this action, complement at Area Offices has been reduced – some vacant positions have been eliminated, while other occupied positions are impacted. Starting this week, employees occupying impacted positions will be notified and given information and guidance...."
    Article Reference Source: www.postalnewsblog.com
  • Postal Announcement, Big Meeting ...no, it's a Hearing on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the U.S. Postal Service

    Postal Announcement, Big Meeting ...no, it's a Hearing on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the U.S. Postal Service
    "... The hearing is set to examine how the current financial crisis is hurting business at the U.S. Postal Service, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will hold the hearing at 2:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in his Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security. The central focus of the hearing will be to examine how changes in the Postal..."   
    Reference: postal-edaily.blogspot.com

    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    How to find the nearest Postal Service mailbox

    How to find the nearest Postal Service mailbox
    "... select "Collection Boxes" from the drop-down menu (or you can go directly to usps.whitepages.com/collection_box ). ..."   
    Reference: www.latimes.com/

    Mobile Post Office

    View a video on the mobile Post Office
    Click below to see the video
    Click to go to The Arizona Daily Star
    Reference: www.azstarnet.com The Arizona Daily Star

    Significant Changes Expected; Sacrifices Must Be Shared, Burrus Says

    Significant Changes Expected; Sacrifices Must Be Shared, Burrus Says
    "... concern over this narrow approach. No business can exist for long with this strategy; eventually it will become impossible to maintain an acceptable level of service. But when work-hour reductions are implemented, they should not be applied disproportionally to bargaining unit employees. ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Friday, January 23, 2009

    Ga. man sentenced for assaulting mail carrier

    Ga. man sentenced for assaulting mail carrier
    "... sentenced to two years in federal prison for assaulting a pregnant mail carrier to retrieve a package containing marijuana...."   
    Reference: www.live5news.com

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Postal service moving jobs out of downtown Bridgeport post office

    Postal service moving jobs out of downtown Bridgeport post office
    "... The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) expects to move 18 processing jobs from Bridgeport to Stamford. Edward F. Phelan Jr., USPS Connecticut district manager ..."   
    Reference: www.acorn-online.com

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Edgar Allan Poe Gets USPS Stamp

    Edgar Allan Poe Gets USPS Stamp
    "... Carl T. Herrman designed the commemorative stamp for USPS, but award-winning artist Michael J. Deas created the stamp portrait ..."   
    Reference: www.nbc29.com

    How USPS Service Will Work on Inauguration Day

    How USPS Service Will Work on Inauguration Day
    "... The quasi-governmental agency doesn't get to take the day off, but at the same time, Secret Service measures will prevent mail carriers from delivering mail in parts of the city. ..."   
    Reference: dcist.com

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    President Obama Inauguration Day Official Commemorative Souvenir

    Question: What President Obama and Inauguration Day items are offered by the United States Postal Service? Answer: A search of the USPS site identifies the following items. We can only speculate that these official items will become treasured collectibles.

    Inauguration Day Official Commemorative Souvenir
    The Dream Framed Art
    Election Day Puzzle

    Saturday, January 17, 2009

    Mail Transport Equipment

    Mail Transport Equipment
    "... Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) consists of containers that USPS uses to carry or hold mail during processing or transportation within or between facilities. It includes sacks, pouches, trays, wheeled containers, pallets, and other items ..."   
    Reference: www.usps.com

    Man Opens UPS Delivery To Find Box Full of Marijuana

    Man Opens UPS Delivery To Find Box Full of Marijuana
    "... expected UPS to deliver a box of tools, instead he found 30 pounds of marijuana ..."   
    Reference: www.woai.com

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers(CPI-W) December 2008

    Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers(CPI-W) December 2008
    "... The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers(CPI-W) decreased 1.2 percent in December, prior to seasonal adjustment. The December level of 204.813 (1982-84=100) was 0.5 percent lower than in December 2007.
    ..."   

    Reference: www.bls.gov

    NEW FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT REGULATIONS CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT TODAY

    NEW FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT REGULATIONS
    CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT TODAY

    "... The new rules keep the six definitions of a serious medical condition, but require health care providers to include some of the details about the illness, project the number of days employees will be out of work and the number of necessary health care provider visits. ..."   
    Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    Bring on the Rumors for USPS’ “Big Annoucement” Friday

    Bring on the Rumors for USPS’ “Big Annoucement” Friday
    "... the Big Announcement could be able pretty much anything (or nothing), but since there has been such an interest in what it’s going to be, we compiled a list of the leading possibilities..."   
    Reference: blog.shoeboxed.com

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    APWU Takes Issue With Suggestions to E-Mail Greeting Cards

    APWU Takes Issue With Suggestions to E-Mail Greeting Cards
    "... More than 9 million workers are employed in mail-related occupations, and 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product is directly related to mail, Burrus said, “so if the suggestion to send holiday greetings electronically is applied to other uses of the mail, the consequences to the economy, as well as to 700,000 postal employees, would be devastating.” ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Rough Rides Along the Network Realignment Trail

    Rough Rides Along the Network Realignment Trail
    "... “The consolidation program is symbolic of the Postal Service’s failure to make individual customers and small businesses a top priority in its strategic planning.” ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    Postal Service to Consolidate Routes

    Postal Service to Consolidate Routes
    "... Bruce Wiese, Pocatello Postmaster: "We're just trying to respond the best we can to make sure we can keep delivering mail to the people of America, because that's our job." ..."   
    Reference: www.kpvi.com

    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    Declining Mail Volume, Killing the Messenger, Excessive Discounts

    It All Adds Up
    "... Recent letters delivered to my residence offer clear evidence that the special relationship between the large mailers and postal management has reached a new level of absurdity. The law specifies that postal rates will be uniform for every letter within a weight band and class, regardless of its destination, and although the First-Class rate is 42 cents, many mailers pay significantly less. ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Appeals Court Favors APWU In Latest Round of AMS Dispute

    Appeals Court Favors APWU
    In Latest Round of AMS Dispute

    "... In the most recent legal action in a long-running dispute, a federal appeals court has ruled that a U.S. District Court must reconsider arguments over whether postal supervisory personnel or APWU-represented employees should be performing the work of the Address Management System Specialist position. ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    USPS cuts service hours

    USPS cuts service hours
    "... Starting Monday, in a cost cutting move, window hours will be shorter at four area post offices. Those locations are Hilldale, Middleton, University, and Westside -- all opening an hour later. ..."   
    Reference: www.wkowtv.com

    The Mails Are Alive With the Jewels of Madoff

    The Mails Are Alive With the Jewels of Madoff
    "... Note to self: apply tomorrow for a job with the U.S.P.S. and keep on the lookout for more Madoff jewels. ..."   
    Reference: freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com