Friday, November 30, 2012

California 'Impacted' MVS employees incentive revocation date extended

Incentive Revocation Date Extended For California Motor Vehicle Employees

"... California Postal Vehicle Service employees who have been identified as impacted by the USPS decision to subcontract PVS operations in the state and who have indicated their intent to accept the USPS Voluntary Early Retirement offer now have until Jan. 31, 2013, to revoke their decision. The extension of the deadline is the result of an agreement [PDF] between the APWU and management dated Nov. 30, 2012. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Monday, November 26, 2012

Postal Service Retirement Counseling

Retirement Counseling

"... Employees contemplating retirement are eligible for retirement counseling and should take advantage of the opportunity, Executive Vice President Greg Bell is reminding union members. “The decision to retire is among the most important you will ever make. I encourage you to consider the decision carefully and urge you to participate in USPS-sponsored counseling so you can make an informed decision.” ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Friday, November 16, 2012

More postal buyouts on the way?

Lynch optimistic about solving U.S. Postal Service's financial woes

"... The Senate approved USPS restructuring legislation in April in a bipartisan vote, with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., among the chief sponsors of the measure. It would allow the USPS to offer buyouts and early retirement packages to 100,000 employees, and authorize a switch to five-day delivery – eliminating Saturday mail service – if the Postal Service cannot come up with other cost savings within two years...."   

Reference: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012

FedEx's SmartPost, which funnels shipments to the Postal Service, primed for 85-percent capacity increase

At FedEx, say hello to the next 40 years

"... FedEx will expand the capacity of its formidable ground parcel unit, FedEx Ground, so it can handle 45 percent more shipments by its 2018 fiscal year. FedEx's SmartPost operation, through which it funnels mostly e-commerce shipments to the U.S. Postal Service for "last-mile" delivery to residences and some businesses, is primed for an 85-percent capacity increase over that time frame, reflecting what is expected to be explosive growth in the volume of merchandise ordered online. ..."   

Reference: www.dcvelocity.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Postal employees laugh at unbelieved statement in court

APWU Suit Prompts USPS To Postpone MVS Subcontracting in CA

"... Acting on behalf of the USPS, the Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the case said the Postal Service is not currently negotiating with private carriers or signing contracts with Highway Contract Route providers. The statement elicited laughter from drivers in the packed courtroom, who believed the assertion was untrue. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lingerie model partial to Post Office's arrested

Post Office lingerie strut leads to arrest of South Carolina sex offender

"... A South Carolina sex offender was arrested recently following an investigation where a man was reportedly seen wearing women’s lingerie outside of local post offices. ..."   

Reference: www.examiner.com

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Expect no more Postal buyouts in the foreseeable future

No new buyouts on Postal Service horizon

"... After three separate buyouts in 2012, the U.S. Postal Service says it has no plans for any new offers in the foreseeable future. "Right now, we have all our plans in place," Anthony Vegliante ..."   

Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Postal Employees and Federal Workers Drive Win for President Obama

Federal employee unions back Obama in 2012 election

"... Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, have not endeared themselves to federal employee groups with their platform. Romney has said he wants to reduce federal employees’ compensation, and shrink the government workforce by 10 percent through attrition. Ryan favors reducing the government workforce as well as extending the current civilian pay freeze and increasing the amount federal workers contribute to their pensions. ..."   

Reference: www.govexec.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman says contract delays caused by USPS essentially interfering with its performance of mail sorter contract

USPS countersues Northrop Grumman for contract overruns

"... Nearly six months ago, Northrop Grumman filed a $179 million lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, alleging the agency delayed and disrupted its work on a multimillion-dollar contract to create and install high-tech mail sorters. ..."   

Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Sunday, November 4, 2012

worst processing center in the country for timely deliveries improves

12 INVESTIGATES: Improvements at USPS Sandston plant

"... It was one year ago today we broke news about major problems with mail delivery in Central Virginia. Packages, bills, letters and magazines sitting at the Sandston Distribution Center, untouched and delivered weeks late. ..."   

Reference: www.nbc12.com

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Clerk craft pay raise coming, COLA follows

Pay Raise Set for Nov. 17

"... Career employees will receive a raise of 1 percent. Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) will follow in March, and will include increases in the Consumer Price Index for January 2012 and January 2013. The across-the-board raise and cost-of-living adjustments were negotiated during bargaining in 2010 and 2011. Postal Support Employees (PSEs), who are not eligible for the COLAs, will receive an across-the-board increase of 2 percent. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

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Reference: northpolepostmark.blogspot.com