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Blog: March 2015

Postal News Roundup

North Coast News: Congressman Speaks Out Against Postal Service
Congressman Jared Huffman spoke out against the United States Postal Service and the plans to shut down Eureka’s processing center.

Washington Post: GOP Budget Plan Has a Surprise Among List of Cuts for Federal Employees
Among the policy retreads, there was a surprise in the House package. Republicans want to make the most popular employee investment fund in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) worthless. 

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Rep. Huffman to New Postmaster General: Don’t Close Petaluma and Eureka Mail Processing Centers
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) sent a letter to the new Postmaster General reiterating his strong opposition to the USPS' plan to close both the North Bay Processing and Distribution Center in Petaluma and the Eureka Customer Service Mail Processing Center.

Northland News Center: USPS Officials Confirm Mail Delays Starting in April Due to Consolidation
Expect delays in your mail delivery, starting as soon as next week, as the United States Postal Service begins consolidating the Duluth mail processing facility.

Government Executive: House Approves Budget That Cuts Agency Spending and Employee Compensation
The House on Wednesday evening approved 228-199 a budget resolution that would phase out the FERS annuity supplement, limit the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan’s G fund, make changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program,and increase federal employees’ contributions to their pensions, effectively resulting in a pay cut of between 2 percent and 5 percent. The plan suggests eventually phasing out the defined benefit program entirely in favor of just a defined contribution system.

Postal News Roundup

Government Executive: Future of the Postal Service: End the Monopoly or Grew New Business?
Postal experts and economists sparred at a panel discussion Wednesday over whether the cure to what ails the U.S. Postal Service is more competition or new streams of revenue.

Federal News Radio: Should the Postal Service Go Into Banking?
Consider this: Post offices sell money orders and conduct international transfers. Would it be such a big step to expand into the banking world via debit or prepaid cards?

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Common Dreams: How Privatization Degrades Our Daily Lives
The Project on Government Oversight found that in 33 of 35 cases the federal government spent more on private contractors than on public employees for the same services.

Washington Post: Federal Workers Could Pay More for Health Care, Get Less for Retirement Under GOP Plan
The federal budget proposed by House Republicans would reduce the amount of money that government employees earn through a popular retirement fund and potentially increase the amount they have to contribute to their health-care plan, according to newly released details. 

Postal News Roundup

Save the Post Office: Epic Fail for the Postal Service: Wrong Model and Wrong BOG
What if the problem with the Postal Service isn’t a failed business model at all?

Siskiyou Daily News: Local Fights Against Mail Facility Closure
American Postal Workers Union member Larry Nayer stood outside the Yreka Post Office on Friday, asking people to sign a petition that opposes the proposed closure of the mail processing center in Redding.

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WMUK: Kalamazoo Mail Plant to Close, Expect More Delays
“The postal service really is not doing as bad as they say, if it weren’t for that mandate," says Linda Sarratt, president of the Southwest Michigan local of the American Postal Workers Union.

Save the Post Office: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Proposes Moratorium on Sale of Historic Post Offices
Congresswoman Barbara Lee 
of California (13th District) has introduced legislation to halt the sale and consolidation of historic Postal Service facilities.

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Huffington Post: An Expanding U.S. Postal Service is Possible
Recently 64 organizations, led by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), came together in what is being called the Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. The alliance is advocating for increased services, including banking service.  

NPMHU: NPMHU Urges Participation in the Grand Alliance
The NPMHU is pleased to be working with the APWU, NALC,  NRLCA, and a number of like-minded organizations to establish “A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.”

NBC News: Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
Steve, a member of the postal workers union, has a clear sense that the situation his kids are in is a result of long-term economic shifts. But that does not mean he's any less rattled by the consequences.

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Alternet.org: Can One Union Save the Slumping U.S. Postal Service?
With new leadership, the APWU could turn the tide if they build an effective national movement. 

New Pittsburgh Courier: The Value of a Government-Owned Postal Service
As we can see from other experiments in privatization, in order to prepare the public for privatization it is important to discredit the public delivery of a specific service.

Idaho State Journal: Meeting on Mail Processing Center Closure Set for Monday
Mayor Blad said the closure of the mail processing center on or about April 18 will have an adverse impact on Pocatello and the surrounding region.

 

 

Postal News Roundup

Bidness Etc: American Postal Workers Union Stands in the Way of Office Depot-Staples Merger
The announcement sent a wave of concern amongst investors holding positions in both Office Depot and Staples stocks, with stocks of both the office equipment suppliers going down following the news.

New Haven Register: Forum: America Needs Congress to Act Now for Real Reform of Postal Service
The Postal Service’s current policy to dig the agency out of a hole by closing post offices and mail processing facilities is not a solution to its financial crisis, writes APWU Northeast Region Coordinator John Dirzius.

Vindy.com: Eleventh-Hour Effort to Save Postal Centers Merits Support
It’s crunch time for efforts of 82 hit-listed U.S. Postal Service processing centers to dodge the bullet of permanent closing.The APWU last week launched a one-stop website, MyMail-Ohio.com, on which postal consumers can vent their opposition to the closures and can send letters and emails to federal lawmakers in support of legislation to stop the closings and improve mail delivery standards across the United States.

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In These Times: With Corporate Profits Soaring, AFL-CIO Unions Say, ‘It’s Our Turn’
Union leaders are approaching negotiations in a way designed to win maximum support from both other unions and the general public. American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein is pushing for improving postal service quality and expanding its mission to help average Americans, especially low-income people with few available banking services, by creating a postal bank or financial service center.

Ohio.com: Union Launches Late Hour Push to Save Akron Mail Center
http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/feb/27/website-launched-in-effort-to-save-facil/
A postal workers union is making a late-hour push to prevent the planned April shutdown of four mail-sorting operations in Ohio. This week, the American Postal Workers Union launched the My Mail, My Ohio website (http://mymailohio.com), a Twitter feed and a Facebook page all aimed at encouraging people and organizations to speak out against the closings.

ECommerce Bytes.com: Online Selling and the Future of Package Delivery
PostalVision 2020 conference organizer John Callan, says that  "what USPS does best suits both mail and parcels both and that's deliver to households," while at the same time praises the effectiveness of centralized "cluster-boxes."