Wednesday, August 31, 2011

740 new jobs in the Motor Vehicle Craft, locations announced

740 new jobs in the Motor Vehicle Craft, locations announced

"...In accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the USPS has agreed to establish 740 new assignments in Vehicle Maintenance Facilities. A list [PDF | XLS] provided to the union on Aug. 30 specifies the locations for the new positions and indicates whether they are Level 8, 9, or 10 Automotive Technician or Lead Technician positions.

Under the terms of the contract, the new jobs are being created so that members of the APWU bargaining unit can perform work that was previously done by contractors.

“This is good news for the APWU,” said Motor Vehicle Service Craft Director Bob Pritchard.

“Locals should immediately submit information request forms asking local management what subcontracted duties will be brought in-house to provide work for the individuals assigned to the new jobs,” he said. “That is the only way to ensure these new jobs are being posted properly.

“If additional positions are needed because of general understaffing, additional jobs — beyond 740 on the list — should be posted.” ..."   


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Post Office closed due to chemical spill

Chemical Spill Shuts Down Post Office Near Tampa International Airport

"... A post office just south of the Tampa International Airport terminal was closed for about 90 minutes Monday after material inside a package spilled, sickening two employees. ..."   


Monday, August 22, 2011

Postal Service strategy will mean slower delivery of some first-class mail

USPS broke by August 2012, No. 2 official predicts

"...the Postal Service plans to run equipment, such as delivery bar code sorters, 20 hours a day, he said, compared to a pace of about five hours a day now. Besides costing jobs, the new strategy will mean slower delivery of some first-class mail..."   


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Laying off workers and breaking collective bargaining agreements would face resistance

USPS hopes Congress delivers overhaul package

"... Susan Collins, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, contends cutting Saturday mail would disproportionately hurt rural communities. A Democratic staffer said laying off workers and breaking collective bargaining agreements would face resistance ..."   


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

There will be a U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service will always be relevant

"... generate over $67 billion in revenues each year — a figure that ranks us 92nd on the 2010 Global Fortune 500 list. And we do it all without using a dime of taxpayer money. ..."   


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Postal Sevice wants to break union contracts

USPS seeks to break labor agreements...

"... If the U.S. Post Office is successful in doing this, possible ripple effects could be seen throughout the government in what would be a precedent-setting move...."   


Friday, August 12, 2011

As working-class rights are trashed, postal service joins in

Postal Service Plans to Slash 120,000 Jobs, Withdraw From Federal Benefits

"... the downsizing would require breaking labor agreements, the proposal has already drawn fire from labor unions. Congressional approval would be required for the plan’s activation, but if passed, it would be a historic--and devastating--precedent for the U.S. labor movement...."   


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Great article from the 'Save the Post Office' blog

Robber Barons Plunder the Post Office

"...the major stakeholders of the postal system—the corporations that do big business with the Postal Service. At the top of that list is FedEx, the biggest stakeholder of them all by far. For servicers rendered to the USPS in 2010, FedEx took in $1.37 billion. ..."   


Monday, August 8, 2011

Joe DiMaggio forever stamp coming in 2012

Postal Service to honor DiMaggio with Forever stamp

"...The United States Postal Service will honor Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio by putting him on a Forever stamp in 2012. ..."   


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Inglewood Post Offices

Inglewood may sound the last post

"... According to Dean Granholm, vice president for delivery and post office operations, the first wave of closings would begin this fall. He estimated that about 3,000 postmasters, 500 station managers and between 500 and 1,000 postal clerks could lose their jobs. ..."   


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

23 postal districts move FMLA processing to HRSCC

Processing FMLA Applications

"The Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) began processing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requests for employees of 23 districts and headquarters July 11. FMLA processing for all other districts nationwide will transition to HRSSC Sept. 10.

Employees who need general information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act can click here. HRSCC staff also will be available for case-specific questions, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. ET.

Supervisors and managers may email requests for FMLA information to the Outlook email address designated for each Area. Click here for the list, which includes detailed contact information of districts that were affected by the move of FMLA to HRSSC last month.

Until the transition is completed, employees who hand deliver their certifications to work locations within a district where FMLA processing has been transferred to HRSSC should be allowed to fax the information or be given an envelope to mail their information to HRSSC."   


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