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2013 BMC Conference

(11/03/2013) The 2013 Bulk Mail Center (BMC) Conference convened at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 in Las Vegas, NV. The conference was chaired by I. Balogun and co-hosted by Ken France, President of Kansas Kaw Valley BMC Local. There was a total of 85 attendees.  Brother Omar Gonzalez welcomed the delegates to the Western region on behalf of the five regional coordinators.

The following BMC related issues were covered during the BMC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada: PSE usage and overtime, Self-transportation of Injured employees to ER, Posting Issues of Mail Flow Controller (MFC) jobs, Maintenance Control Clerk Staffing Issues, Clothing Allowances, MVS update on National Grievances and not limited to. National Assistant Director Lamont Brooks was fully involved in the discussion of the newly created Lead Clerk position. This was the most controversial issue discussed and it was hotly debated with the chair being challenged on this particular subject. [full report - PDF]

e-WHEP Staffing:
Coming to a BMC Near You!

(02/24/11) Last year, the Postal Service tried to pull a slick maneuver on Maintenance Craft employees at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs) by improperly changing staffing models – and implementing a new program before notifying the union of any change.

In April 2010, management provided the APWU with a draft Maintenance Management Order (MMO), which proposed new rules for determining the number of Maintenance Craft employees needed at BMCs (also known as Network Distribution Centers, or NDCs). The order said, “The purpose of this MMO is to provide interim guidance for completing staffing estimates for Network Distribution Centers (NDCs) using the electronic Workhour Estimator Program.” [read more]

APWU Slams Postal Service
On BMC Name Change

(07/29/09) In a letter to USPS management, APWU President William Burrus admonished the Postal Service for failing to officially notify the union that the Bulk Mail Center network has been renamed the Network Distribution Center network. “We have negotiated contractual provisions specifically applicable to the BMC and must discuss the ramifications of the change to contractual provisions,” he wrote on July 24. “I am disturbed that the union has not been officially notified of the change and I demand a full explanation.”[read more]

USPS Abandons Plan to Outsource;
Management to Revamp BMC Network

(03/12/09) The Postal Service has abandoned plans to outsource the work performed at 21 Bulk Mail Centers, and instead will revamp the BMC network, the USPS Senior Vice President for Operations told the APWU on March 10. The change in strategy was prompted by the nation’s financial crisis and the subsequent drop in the volume of flats.
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Defending the BMCs

(01/01/09)...We see that the Postal Service has begun to act on its strategic plan to contract out our parcel-post business to private companies. They have asked mailing companies to describe how they would handle the distribution and transportation of parcel mail, and to bid on the work, which is currently performed by union members at Bulk Mail Centers. This giveaway of our work could eliminate thousands of postal jobs. The APWU is, of course, committed to fighting against any such action. [read more]

New Jersey BMC Workers
Rally Against Privatization

(10/30/08) Given a boost by local and national elected officials, APWU members rallied in northern New Jersey on Oct. 27 to protest plans by the Postal Service to privatize Bulk Mail Centers. Reps. Donald Payne and Albio Sires, both Democrats, addressed an estimated 300 postal workers and their supporters. [read more]

APWU Activists Work to ‘Defend Our BMCs’

(10/09/08) The APWU “Defend Our BMCs Committee,” which was established to combat USPS attempts to privatize work at the nation’s 21 Bulk Mail Centers, has made its first inroads into the legislative arena, meeting with aides to both of New Jersey’s U.S. senators in early October. [read more]

Congressman, Postal Workers
Protest BMC Privatization

(09/15/08) Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) joined more than 100 postal workers and their families at a press conference outside the Philadelphia Bulk Mail Center Sept. 12, protesting plans to privatize operations at the nation’s 21 BMCs. Outsourcing the work would hurt service and result in a loss of union jobs, they said. The Postal Service announced plans to subcontract work performed at the BMCs in January. [read more]

Delegates Vow to Fight
Privatization of Parcel Post

(08/25/08) On the final day of the APWU 19th Biennial Convention, delegates adopted a resolution calling on the union’s national leadership to “lead and organize resistance to any/all attempts to privatize the parcel business.”
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Management Issues Draft 'Request
For Proposals' to Subcontract
Some Work at Bulk Mail Centers

(07/09/08) The Postal Service has posted a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a “Time-Definite Surface Network,” seeking comments from private companies that are interested in subcontracting work currently done at Bulk Mail Centers. The draft RFP is the latest step in a process that began last year when the Postal Service announced it was considering outsourcing some of the duties performed at the 21 BMCs across the country. [read more]

USPS Says It Will Request Proposals
To Outsource Some BMC Activities

(01/18/08) The Postal Service has notified the union that it intends to issue a Request for Proposals for the outsourcing of some Bulk Mail Center activities.

At a Jan. 9 meeting with APWU national officers, postal officials presented a “pre-decisional briefing” on its Request for Information (RFI) Concerning a Time-Definite Surface Network. The briefing was a follow-up to a Sept. 11, 2007, meeting. [read more]

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