Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NALC not offered early out incentives

Early out incentives for Mail Handler and APWU crafts
"... The Postal Service has not offered to negotiate a similar program for city or rural letter carriers with the NALC or the NRLCA. At present, the complements of city and rural carriers remain more closely aligned with the Postal Service’s needs to cover last-mile delivery at current mail volume. The new early-out programs should reduce the number of postal employees in other crafts excessed to the city carrier craft in the months ahead. ..."   
Reference: www.nalc.org

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

U.S. Postal Service offering 30,000 workers buyout


"... will offer buyouts to 30,000 workers, or about 4.5% of its workforce ..."   
Reference: www.marketwatch.com

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. The Postal Newsgroup

Do You Care If They Stop Saturday Mail Delivery?

Do You Care If They Stop Saturday Mail Delivery?
"... if the US Postal Service eliminates Saturday delivery as Pablo suggests. Up in Canada, they haven't had Saturday delivery for decades, even since pre-internet times;..."   
Reference: www.treehugger.com

Monday, August 24, 2009

Story in Mailers’ Publication Pointedly Misses the Point About Postal Salaries

Story in Mailers’ Publication Pointedly Misses the Point About Postal Salaries
"... even when applying the illegal standard, the typical FAA Electronic Technician is paid an amount that averages 25 percent higher than that paid a postal employee...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, August 20, 2009

USPS Station and Branch Closures

Burrus: ‘Short-Sighted’ Strategy Will Mean Long-Term Damage
"... “The Postal Service could accelerate employee attrition by offering a reasonable retirement incentives,” he said. “Postal managers say they cannot afford incentives, but this is a short-sighted response. They cannot afford not to offer them. At a time when postal finances are in such dire straits, how can postal management refuse to allocate a minimum amount in order to generate substantial savings in future years?” Burrus asked.

Postal management also should limit the workshare discounts that are given to large mailers for activities that could be performed by postal employees, such as sorting mail and affixing bar codes, Burrus said. “The Postal Service could increase revenue in the range of $1 billion annually by eliminating rate discounts for processing activities that can be performed by postal employees with underutilized USPS equipment,” he wrote.

In addition, the USPS should redefine its business plan, recognizing that its principle source of revenue is advertising. Postal operations should be adjusted to reflect this reality, he said. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Monday, August 17, 2009

Union Members Protest Proposed USPS Changes

Union Members Protest Proposed USPS Changes
"... The American Postal Workers Union claims the United States Postal Service will contract out 54 local truck driver jobs and close three Central Ohio post offices to help reduce costs. ..."   
Reference: www2.nbc4i.com

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Burrus: USPS Rate Policies Add to Fiscal Woes

Burrus: USPS Rate Policies Add to Fiscal Woes
"... Although arbitrators routinely consider the financial health or the Postal Service, if the amended bill is passed into law, it would have a profound effect on negotiations. When we begin our next round of contract talks in September 2010, discussion will be overshadowed by this new requirement. ..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Senators Weigh Postal Service’s Future

Senators Weigh Postal Service’s Future
"... Mr. Lieberman said that members of Congress were opposed to closing postal facilities and eliminating a day of delivery but said, “I fear that we’ll probably have to do both of those.” ..."   
Reference: www.nytimes.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

POST OFFICES URGED TO REDUCE PHILATELIC PRODUCT INVENTORIES

POST OFFICES URGED TO REDUCE PHILATELIC PRODUCT INVENTORIES
"... August and September are the last two months to make some money from these products. At the end of September, 89 philatelic products will be taken “off-sale” in preparation for the new Consumer Products Initiative (CPI).

Starting Oct. 1, only specified Post Offices can sell a limited line of philatelic products, so don’t order any more from Stamp Distribution Offices. To prepare for Oct. 1, USPS needs to sell as many existing philatelic products as possible, especially high-profit philatelic items like the 2008 Stamp Yearbook
and yearbooks from recent years. ..."   

Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

Sunday, August 2, 2009

USPS station and branch optimization and delivery route adjustments

USPS ON CAPITOL HILL JORDAN SMALL TESTIFIES AT HOUSE HEARING
"... since 2002, USPS has reduced costs by $1 billion per year and that last year, the Postal Service cut $2 billion in costs and reduced employee workhours by 50 million. ..."   
Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

Station and Branch Closures, Five-Day Delivery: Acts of Surrender, With the Battle’s Outcome in Doubt

Station and Branch Closures, Five-Day Delivery: Acts of Surrender, With the Battle’s Outcome in Doubt
"... Such actions “will impede the Postal Service’s ability to compete” when the economy rebounds, he said.
APWU President William Burrus “These are acts of surrender — when the outcome of the battle is still in doubt,” Burrus said. The Postal Service provided the panel with a list of 677 stations and branches [PDF] in Level 24-and-above post offices identified to date for possible closure or consolidation. The stations were selected from 3,243 on a list provided to the union in mid-May. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org