Blog: January 2015

Postal News Roundup

Workers Independent News: Postal Banking 
Thirty-eight percent of zip codes have no bank, but they have a post office, Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher tells a radio audience. Postal banking would generate revenue for the Postal Service and serve the millions of families for whom traditional banking is out of reach.

Union Edge: Postal Banking Would Help Low-Wage Workers While Preserving Postal Services and Jobs
The American Postal Workers Union is on a crusade to both preserve postal services and to save good middle class jobs in the process.

TWC News Buffalo: Schumer Urges New Postmaster General to Keep William Street Processing Center Open  
Senator Charles Schumer is urging the new postmaster general to keep the William Street processing and distribution center in Buffalo open until at least the end of 2015.

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The Register-Herald: McKinley Introduces Resolution to Return USPS to Prior Service Standards
District 1 Congressman David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the postal slowdown and a return to prior service standards.

Green Valley News and Sun: Postal Service Goes Wrong Way 
The U.S. Postal Service is obviously on the wrong track in pursuing profitability with slower service, according to a recent editorial. 

FedWeek: USPS Should Get Into Banking Business, Union Says
The Postal Service could put its infrastructure to better use and better serve the public by getting into the banking business, especially in areas lacking full financial services close by, according to the American Postal Workers Union.

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Upper Michigans Source: Sen. Stabenow Introduces Measures to Stop Postal Service Closures
Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced an amendment that would stop the Postal Service from continuing the closure of facilities for two years and re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail.

Missoulian: Post Office Alters Delivery Standards, Could Delay First-Class Mail
"What it boils down to is management at the highest level decided the sorting standard is less important,” said Suzanna La Grange, president of the local APWU.

KOAM TV: McCaskill: Postal Service ‘Essential to Rural America’
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill used a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting to discuss the urgent need for reforms to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to help protect delivery service for Missourians in rural communities.  Watch the video here

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Salon: “We Know Exactly Who Today’s Dream Killers Are”: Why Postal Banking Is So Needed — And on the Rise
Postal banking — allowing the post office to serve over 67 million Americans with little or no access to financial services, providing low-cost alternatives that would both promote financial inclusion and shore up the finances of the nation’s second-largest employer — has enjoyed a bit of institutional support, from Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Postal Service’s own Inspector General. But it hasn’t had the benefit of an activist movement pushing for it, until now.

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The Boston Herald: Sanders Proposes Moratorium on Postal Service Cuts
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed legislation to impose a two-year ban on the U.S. Postal Service's plan to cut up to 15,000 jobs, close more mail-sorting plants and stop overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. 

Kokomo Tribune: Coalition Looking to Spread Awareness of Postal Service Consolidations
When the United States Postal Service announced in November it was consolidating the Kokomo processing center into Indianapolis, Nancy Fowler sprang into action. A member of the American Postal Workers Union, she spearheaded the creation of the Consolidation Coalition.

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Rep. Clyburn on the Ed Show: Subterfuge on Social Security Disability Insurance is Like Tactics Used on the Post Office
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) appeared on the Ed Show on Jan. 13, where he said opponents of Social Security are using  tactics similar to those used to used to undermine the Postal Service.

Portland Press Herald: Postal Service Change Leaves Some Portland Boxes Empty
About a dozen post offices in southern Maine received a late delivery of mail Wednesday because of operational changes at the Scarborough distribution center. 

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Anti-Union Washington Post Praises PMG’s Attack
Yet again, the Washington Post - owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - has published an editorial that blames postal unions and mailers for management’s failures. 

The Hill: Goldway: Postal Service Cuts Ill-Considered
“This latest round of operational cuts, however, threatens the very integrity and concept of Universal Service -- the Postal Service’s primary obligation under the law,” Postal Regulatory Commissioner Ruth Goldway wrote in a column for The Hill, a publication widely-read by members of Congress.

The Press Democrat: New US Postal Service Standards to Add Delivery Time to Mail 
If plant consolidation is carried out, “Our entire community will lose business opportunities associated with e-commerce, which relies on the speedy delivery of goods ordered online,” Valerie Schropp, vice president of the Redwood Empire Area Local, told  the paper.

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ABC News: Fayetteville Postal Workers Protest Downtown Facility Closure
Marching through a downpour, about 30 postal workers made their way from the Airborne Special Operations Museum to the Green Street Post Office Monday morning, protesting the loss of 400 jobs and the degradation of postal service.

Worcester Telegram: Shrewsbury Postal Workers Say Their Lives Are in Limbo
Elimination of hundreds of jobs at the postal service's Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center will cause major disruption in lives and possibly lead to entire families being uprooted, some workers said Monday.

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Save the Post Office: How New Service Standards May Slow Down Much More Mail Than the Postal Service is Saying
The mail is slowing down again, but it's not clear how much.  There's good reason to be believe, though, that it will be more than the Postal Service is saying.

TWC News: Postal Workers Union to Rally Against Proposed Closure
Local union workers plan to hold an informational rally Monday to show the community how that would affect the city.

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MSNBC: A Viewer Asks Ed: Will the President Stand Up for the Postal Service Before It’s Too Late? [Video]

Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Shrewsbury Postal Workers Brace for Cuts
At least 383 jobs at the Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center will be reassigned when services at the facility are consolidated with two others, John H. Flattery, president of the APWU told reporters in Shrewsbury.

KPVI: Group Works to Keep Pocatello’s Mail Processing
Right now Pocatello leaders and community members are working on a plan to save Pocatello's mail processing plant. 

Billings Gazette: Rural Customers Suffer the Most with USPS Cutbacks
The USPS inspector general last October chastised the agency for not fully analyzing the impact from its proposed plant closings and the Postal Service said it would do so —but only after its slower service standards go into effect. In other words, it will consider whether it can reach its goals after it has lowered them.

PMG Blames Union, Mailers in Farewell Address

In a “farewell address” at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe blamed postal unions and mailers for Congress’ refusal to enact his legislative proposals. But union leaders accused Donahoe of launching an all-out assault on the Postal Service and hiding the truth about widespread mail delays caused by his policies. “He’s not telling the truth on delivery standards,” American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein said in an interview with the Washington Post. “Instead of cutting back hours of service, they should expand hours of service,” he said. APWU President Mark Dimondstein told USA Today Donahoe was "the worst Postmaster General the Postal Service has ever seen.” NALC President Fredric Rolando told the Washington Post that "the postmaster general’s tone in his remarks with regard to the employees — and to other stakeholders, including businesses and lawmakers — is insulting." Donahoe “is mired in blaming everyone but himself,” he said.

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MLive: Michiganders Can Expect Mail Delays from Planned Closures, Postal Unions Warn
Michigan residents can expect mail delays due to the closure of the Lansing processing plant. postal unions warn, due to the closure of the Lansing processing plant which also affects about 175 jobs. A plant in Kalamazoo is slated to shut down in April.

Washington Post: Do workers want flexibility? Depends on how you define it. 
On Monday, the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general
 posted a report with a seemingly innocuous title. “Flexibility at Work,” it read. As it turns out, however, “flexibility” means different things to different people. And the unions that represent the Postal Service’s workers saw in the report an immediate threat.

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Ridenbaugh Press: Two Economies
The looming closure of Pocatello’s regional mail distribution center, which would have a deep, widespread impact not only on greater Pocatello, but all of eastern Idaho.

Government Executive: USPS Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Many Facilities
Postal customers will, in many cases, see their mail delivered more slowly when the consolidations are completed, with overnight delivery reduced the most dramatically.

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"A service downgrade seems a sure way to ensure its demise," the DJ Journal wrote in a weekend editorial about USPS plans to slow mail delivery, effective Jan. 5.

“Anything that you might imagine that comes in one day now will be delayed to two or three days," Bradley Todd, secretary-treasurer of the Springfield [MO] Local APWU, told Ozarks First. People will lose about a day or two on mail headed outside of Springfield, the union told KY3-TV.

And in an Op-Ed column in the Denver Post, NALC President Fredric Rolando wrote that the Postal Service's financial difficulties are "a tale of red ink driven not by technological progress but rather by flawed public policy."

First-Class Mail Delays Take Effect Monday

Starting Monday, about half of first-class mail will arrive in three days, greatly reducing overnight mail delivery in the Lansing region, the Lansing State Journal has reported. John Greathouse, legislative director for the Central Michigan Area Local of the APWU told the newspaper, “The mail service that you currently receive is going to be downgraded and slowed down, in some cases dramatically slowed down. They’re getting away from what their primary mission is, which is to serve the American people.”