Monday, March 30, 2009

Postal chief: USPS running out of money

Postal chief: USPS running out of money
"... The United States Post Office is on track to run out of money this year. The Postal Service lost $2.8 billion last year. So the postmaster general is asking Congress to cut back delivery service to five days a week...."   
Reference: abclocal.go.com

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Postal Voluntary Early Retirement VER for July 31, 2009

Postal News


Read it here: New Postal Voluntary Retirement VER for July 31, 2009

ALL EMPLOYEES except Electronic Technicians (ET); Maintenance Mechanics, Mail Processing Equipment (MPE); Part-time Postmasters.


"... Please Note: The age and years of service criteria must be met by the effective retirement date of this VERA: July 31, 2009. If you don’t meet the criteria by July 31, 2009, you are not eligible for voluntary early retirement...."  
Source: The Postal Newsgroup

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 aka "card check"

Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 aka "card check"
"... A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during the organizing efforts, and for other purposes. ..."   
Reference: www.opencongress.org

More on subject:
Under the bill, workers would be able to decide whether to hold a secret ballot vote on union formation after a majority of employees have signed union authorization cards, or to have the union certified based on the cards alone. Under the current rules, employers have the power to make that decision. The bill also designates a time line for first contracts to be drawn up between unions and employees and stipulates that if no deal is reached within 120 days, an arbitration panel will render a decision that will be binding for two years. Finally, it would increase the fines employers must pay if found guilty of violating their employees' right to unionize.

This bill is organized labor's number one legislative priority, and it is vigorously opposed by the business lobby. Democratic leader are expected to bring it to a vote in the Senate sometime this summer. The big question regarding its passage is whether or not the Democrats can find 60 votes in favor of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster. The House version is H.R. 1490.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Postal Service closing offices, cutting jobs

Postal Service closing offices, cutting jobs
"...close six of its 80 district offices this year, and reduce administrative staff positions at the district level by 15 percent, including 1,400 mail processing supervisor and management positions at nearly 400 facilities..."   
Reference: www.bizjournals.com

Saturday, March 21, 2009

USPS Announces New VER, Management Reductions

USPS Announces New VER, Management Reductions
"... In response to significant deficits caused by a substantial reduction in mail volume, the Postal Service has requested and received approval to offer Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) to 150,000 employees nationwide...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Post office project teaches Fairland youth

Post office project teaches Fairland youth
"... Fairland Dragon Post Office team that each day delivers in-house student mail to all the classrooms at Fairland East Elementary. The “post office” was established the first of the year at the kindergarten-through-second-grade school with the mission of getting the students enthused about an art in much disrepair in this current era of emails and text-messaging. ..."   
Reference: www.irontontribune.com

Friday, March 13, 2009

USPS Abandons Plan to Outsource; Management to Revamp BMC Network

USPS Abandons Plan to Outsource; Management to Revamp BMC Network
"... The revised plan calls for a three-tiered network in which some facilities would distribute only local and destinating mail. The renamed Network Distribution Centers (NDCs) would continue to process standard mail, packages, and some periodicals. Significant changes also are planned for transportation within the network...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

‘Employee Free Choice’ Legislation Introduced in Senate, House

‘Employee Free Choice’ Legislation
Introduced in Senate, House

"... It would make it easier for workers to choose to become union members, and would stiffen penalties for employers who retaliate against employees who try to gain a voice in the workplace. President Obama has pledged to sign it into law...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Budget won't raise carriers' benefit contributions:

Budget won't raise carriers' benefit contributions:
"... President Young announced today that the Obama administration will not pursue a proposal to raise postal employees’ benefit contributions in the 2010 budget. Vice President Joseph Biden confirmed the action when he met with President Young at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Miami on Thursday. ..."   
Reference: pages.citebite.com