Friday, January 27, 2012

APWU Discourages Members From Participating in ‘Align Networks’

USPS Partners With Align Networks

"... (01/26/12) The Postal Service has notified [PDF] the APWU that it has established a relationship with Align Networks to provide physical therapy services for employees with work related injuries and illnesses. APWU strongly discourages member participation. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

USPS Greater South Carolina District is now hiring

USPS announces job openings in Upstate

"... The job titles and their salaries are: postmaster relief (PMR), $9.50 hour; postal support employee (PSE) $14.60 hour; rural carrier associate (RCA) $19.45 hour; transitional employee (TE) $22.15 hour; and temporary rural carrier (TRC) $11.55 hr. ..."   

Reference: www.greenvilleonline.com

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Postal Service relied on questionable data in processing plant and post office closure process

Postal Service’s closure review process was flawed, panel says

"... Under pressure from Congress, the Postal Service earlier this month agreed to delay the proposed closures and consolidations until the spring in hopes that pending legislation to shore up the agency’s finances will pass. ..."   

Reference: www.washingtonpost.com

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Postal Employees have the right to publicly speak out against closures

Postal Workers Have the Right To Speak Out Against Facility Closures

"... A one-page list linked to the LiteBlue posting outlines permissible and prohibited activities under the Anti-Lobbying Act, but neglects to mention that activities listed as “impermissible” are impermissible only if they are done on postal time or using postal funds or facilities. They do not apply to activities conducted off-the-clock and outside postal facilities.

The LiteBlue posting also mentions a prohibition on the disclosure of non-public postal information. Postal employees who have access to non-public information may not reveal it to unauthorized individuals.

Once again, however, this restriction is irrelevant to opposition to postal closures. Our activities rely on non-restricted public information. If the union believes that restricted or non-public information is relevant and necessary, the APWU can officially request access to such information. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

USPS declines to extend contract negotiations with unions

USPS calls in the mediators for union negotiations

"... USPS wants to make use of more part-time and flexible full-time workers, and end lay-off protections for its workers as it seeks to reduce its overall workforce from around 570,000 towards 400,000 over the next few years. ..."   

Reference: postandparcel.info

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Postal Service no longer offers next-day delivery of first-class mail?

USPS changes to slow bill payments

"... When the U.S. Postal Service no longer offers next-day delivery of first-class mail — a change likely in May ..."   

Reference: The Postal Newsgroup

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Should You Fear USPS Campaign For Voluntary Transfers to Letter Carrier

Beware of Risks in USPS Campaign For Voluntary Transfers to Letter Carrier

"... The Postal Service is planning workforce changes with the goal of eliminating tens of thousands of Letter Carrier positions. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

City letter carrier craft awareness campaign regarding bargaining unit reassignment opportunities

USPS to start campaign encouraging Postal Employees to become Letter Carriers

"... As a matter of general interest, the Postal Service will initiate an awareness campaign regarding bargaining unit reassignment opportunities to the city letter carrier craft. The program is intended to provide career clerk, mail handler, maintenance, and motor vehicle craft employees with information on volunteer reassignment opportunities to the city carrier craft. ..."   

Reference: www.postalreporternews.net

Is the Postal Service ignoring community

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Postal Service is cost-cutting itself to death

"... the Postal Service makes a decision and then seeks out supporting arguments while ignoring dissenting opinions. That’s clearly apparent in the current proposals to close postal facilities and degrade service in an effort to cut costs. ..."   

Reference: www.registerguard.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Verizon gets $168M for private Internet protocol network

USPS awards $168M communications contract to Verizon

"... The Virginia-based company will receive $168 million over six years to build and manage a private Internet protocol network through which the agency will communicate with employees and keep tabs on operations. ..."   

Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Aquilent contract to support USPS.com

Aquilent Awarded Contract to Support USPS.com Daily Operations

"... The USPS operates a corporate website, www.usps.com , as its primary internet channel. USPS.com provides consumers and businesses with 24-hour access to Postal Service products, services, and information. ..."   

Reference: www.marketwatch.com

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Postal consolidation plan not working; used fuzzy data

Postal Service's plan to close post offices hits roadbumps

"... "The estimates we were able to get on cost savings from the proposal ranged from $100 million to $200 million," Goldway said. "When you're talking about losing billions of dollars, $100 million is not worth fighting about." ..."   

Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Monday, January 2, 2012

Letter: Breaking union contracts not the answer

Firing postal workers is not solution

"... In the jobs I had without union support, the management would treat their employees as they pleased without regard to seniority or the employees ability to do their job. I’ve seen employees fired simply because their boss did not like them...."   

Reference: www.natchezdemocrat.com