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PRC Urges USPS
To Preserve Overnight Delivery

(10/02/12) In an advisory opinion on the Postal Service’s “Network Rationalization” plan issued Sept. 28, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) urged the Postal Service to preserve overnight mail delivery and concluded that "there is a point in the Postal Service’s cost curve beyond which the additional savings captured are too small to justify the additional reduction of service that would result." [read more]


PRC Dismisses APWU Complaint

(09/12/12) The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has dismissed a complaint filed by the APWU alleging that the USPS violated federal law when it began implementing a plan to eliminate half of the nation’s mail processing plants before the PRC issued an Advisory Opinion on the plan. Under federal law, the USPS must request an advisory opinion from the PRC when it makes nationwide changes in service. [read more]


APWU Members Keep Up the Pressure

(07/01/12) Hundreds of members of the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union rallied in front of post offices around the country Tax Day, April 17, to save America’s Postal Service. At the main post office in Royal Oak, MI, Local 480-481 President Roscoe Woods said he and his members have a simple message. “Congress created this mess,” he said, “and Congress must fix it.” Woods was referring to the 2006 congressional mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund future retirement health benefits for the next 75 years, and do it in a 10-year window. No other government agency or private business bears a similar burden, which drains $5.5 billion in postal revenue each year. [read more]


USPS Plays the Perception Game

(07/01/12) On May 17, the Postal Service announced that it would begin implementing a “new” network consolidation plan. Unfortunately, the new plan is the same as the old plan. In February, the USPS announced that it had approved 223 mail processing facilities for consolidation, with six more still under study. On May 17, we learned that the Postal Service intends to consolidate 48 plants before Aug. 31, take a break during the fall mailing season, and then consolidate another 92 plants beginning in January 2013. Management intends to consolidate 89 additional plants by the end of 2014 — for a total of 229 mail processing facilities. The bottom line is the same as it ever was: Cut the current mail processing network of 461 plants in half. [read more]


PRC Denies APWU Request to Halt July 1 Plan

(06/29/12) The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has denied the APWU’s request for an emergency order to stop the Postal Service from implementing its latest plan to consolidate the mail processing network and reduce service standards until after the commission rules on the union’s underlying June 12 complaint. “The decision demonstrates the need to strengthen the commission’s authority and to enhance public input into USPS plans that would affect service on a nationwide basis,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. [read more]


PRC to Expedite Decision
On APWU Complaint

(06/15/12) The Postal Regulatory Commission will issue an expedited decision on a complaint filed by the APWU that seeks to stop the USPS from implementing its network consolidation plan on July 1, the panel has announced. The union filed a complaint on June 12 asserting that the USPS cannot implement the changes without first obtaining an advisory opinion from the commission. [read more]


APWU Files Complaint to Stop USPS
From Implementing Plan on July 1

(06/13/12) The APWU filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission on June 12 seeking to stop the Postal Service from implementing Phase 1 of its consolidation plan, which calls for the USPS to consolidate 48 mail processing plants this summer and to lower service standards effective July 1. The USPS cannot implement the changes without first obtaining an advisory opinion from the commission, the complaint says. [read more]


APWU Seeks to Stop
Consolidations Until PRC Issues Opinion

(06/08/12) The APWU assailed a “modified” USPS consolidation plan at a hearing before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on June 7, and notified the panel that the union will file a complaint seeking to stop the Postal Service from consolidating mail processing facilities and reducing service until after the PRC issues an advisory opinion on the plan. [read more]


APWU Tells Members:
Get Ready for a Busy Summer

(05/29/12) APWU members should get ready for a busy summer, union President Cliff Guffey said as the unofficial start of the season got underway. “We must continue to take our message to members of Congress and the American people,” he said. [read more]


'Modified' Consolidation Plan Is More of the Same
USPS Union Members Must
Fight Back, House Must Act Now

(05/17/12) USPS management announced on May 17 that it would begin implementing a “modified” consolidation plan immediately, but the “new” plan employs the same essential strategy as the old plan: Impose drastic cuts to service and the mail processing network, and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs. The only difference is that the “new” plan will take a little longer to complete. [read more]


USPS Announces ‘Modified
Consolidation Plan’
Implementation to Begin This Summer,
No Specifics Provided

(05/16/12) The USPS notified the APWU today, May 16, that it has developed a modified network consolidation plan and, “Now that the moratorium has expired, consolidation activities will begin this summer.” However, postal managers did not provide the union with a list of which facilities would be affected and when. APWU President Cliff Guffey said, “The Postal Service’s actions are the best evidence there is that union members must contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to address postal reform immediately, using the recently-approved Senate bill as a starting point for discussion.” [read more]


Members of Congress
Seek Extension of Moratorium

(05/11/12) More than 100 U.S. representatives have signed a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, urging him to extend the moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing facilities, and asking him to refrain from cutting hours at rural offices.
[read more]


APWU Urges House:
Address Postal Reform Now,
Start With Senate Bill

(05/10/12) As the May 15 expiration of a moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing facilities approaches, the APWU is urging the House of Representatives to address postal reform immediately, and to use the Senate bill as a starting point. The USPS’ May 9 announcement about keeping rural offices open isn’t binding and won’t solve the USPS financial crisis, so we must keep fighting, the union says. [read more]


APWU Statement
On USPS Announcement
About Rural Post Offices

(05/10/12) The APWU is continuing to analyze the Postal Service’s May 9 announcement that it will allow rural post offices to remain open, but with reduced hours. “We applaud the proposal to allow greater community input on rural postal services and to keep offices open," said APWU President Cliff Guffey, "but we are disappointed by the decision to reduce hours at these offices." [read more]


Fox News, Wrong Again!

(05/09/12) Fox News may have set a new record for inaccurate reporting this week in a story about the Postal Service. The story, which was broadcast on May 8 and posted on Fox’s Web site, frantically warns viewers and visitors that because of a bill approved by the Senate, “taxpayers may be on the hook for Postal Service losses.” The Web posting even has a handy “taxpayer calculator” that shows visitors “how much the bailout will cost you.” [read more]


PMG: We Never Used the Word ‘Closure’

(05/04/12) In an interview televised on C-SPAN on April 27, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe down-played the threat of post office and mail processing plant closures and suggested no major changes would take place anytime soon. “‘Closure’ is a word we’ve never used,” he said. Really? [read more]


As Deadline Nears, APWU Keeps Up the Fight

(05/01/12) Time is running out. We are quickly approaching the May 15 expiration of the moratorium on the closure and consolidation of mail processing plants and post offices. The moratorium is intended to give Congress the opportunity to pass a bill to address the Postal Service’s financial crisis — without drastic cuts in service and jobs. [read more]


USPS Misrepresentations
Lead to Barrage of Criticism

(05/01/12) The Postal Service’s top management, including Postmaster General Donahoe, has been drawing fire from all sides in recent months, after a series of disturbing and embarrassing revelations. Criticism of postal management started mounting after the USPS filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for an advisory opinion on plans to degrade service standards — to eliminate overnight delivery of most first-class mail and periodicals, and generally slow delivery. Prior to the September request, postal managers had been telling legislators and affected communities that consolidating mail processing facilities would not affect service. [read more]


Postal Reform – At the 11th Hour

(05/01/12) With the expiration of a moratorium on the consolidation and closure of mail processing plants and post offices approaching, there has been a tremendous amount of activity about postal legislation on Capitol Hill — and a tremendous amount of activity in the APWU Legislative and Political Department. The impending end of the moratorium has forced politicians and interested parties to step up their efforts to solve the USPS financial crisis. [read more]


APWU Members Continue the Fight

(05/01/12) The Postal Service’s announcement on Feb. 23 that it has approved 223 mail processing plants for consolidation hasn’t deterred APWU locals from fighting back. APWU members have been rallying, marching and actively reaching out to their senators and representatives and urging them to support legislation that will correct the underlying cause of the USPS financial crisis without slashing service, eliminating jobs, and destroying the network of plants and post offices that keeps the mail moving. [read more]


Network Downsizing Plan Doesn’t Add Up
Secret USPS Market Research Shows Losses Would Wipe Out Savings

“After reviewing these studies, the Network Rationalization Plan is looking more like a rationalization than a plan.”

(05/01/12) Secret USPS market research on the Postal Service’s plan to close or consolidate 223 mail processing plants indicates that revenue losses caused by the program could wipe out any potential savings.

The data destroys the rationale for the Postal Service’s plan to close or consolidate hundreds of mail processing facilities, APWU President Cliff Guffey said. “Congress must act immediately to prevent the Postal Service from going forward with this destructive program,” he said. [read more]


Senate Approves Postal Bill,
Action Now Moves to House

(04/27/12) “With the moratorium on the closure of mail processing plants and post offices set to expire on May 15, we must now turn our attention to the House. We expect to face very tough challenges there,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “But we will do everything we can to get a good bill. We call on our members, small businesses, individual customers, and lawmakers to re-double our efforts to Save America’s Postal Service.” [read more]


Potential Consolidation List Not Reliable, Union Says

(04/26/12) A “potential consolidation list” developed by the Postal Service and provided to members of the Senate on April 24 has generated a lot of interest at postal facilities across the country, but it is not an official management proposal or reliable list, the union is warning. [read more]


Senate Approves Amended Postal Bill,
Next Up: The House of Representatives

(04/25/12) The Senate passed an amended version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) on April 25 by a vote of 62-37. “Although the bill is flawed, the amended version is far better than the original,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “That is a result of the tremendous effort of APWU members, postal customers, and elected officials who appreciate the importance of the Postal Service to American life. Thank you for your hard work.”
[read more]


Senate to Vote on Postal Reform Bill
APWU Members Must Let Senators Know Where We Stand

(04/24/12) The Senate will vote on the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) on Tuesday, April 24, with action expected to begin after 2:15 p.m. Senators will be asked to consider a revised version of the legislation, which the bill’s sponsors introduced on April 17, along with up to 38 other amendments. [read more]


Senate to Debate, Vote
On Postal Bill Starting April 23
APWU Members Must Let Senators Know Where We Stand

(04/20/12) The Senate will debate the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) beginning on Monday, April 23, with voting set to begin on Tuesday, April 24, as a result of an agreement by Senate leaders. Senators will be asked to consider a revised version of the legislation, which the bill’s sponsors introduced on April 17, along with up to 38 other amendments. “It is crucial that APWU members let their senators know where we stand on this important bill,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “With the moratorium on the closure of mail processing plants and post offices set to expire on May 15, we must do everything we can to improve the legislation,” he said. [read more]


Senate Leaders Announce Agreement
On Amendments to Postal Reform Bill

(04/20/12) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced an agreement April 19 to consider 39 amendments to the postal reform bill (S. 1789), with debate on amendments beginning on Monday, April 23. A cloture vote to end debate is expected Monday evening. If the motion passes, voting on amendments will begin on Tuesday, April 24. The APWU is reviewing the amendments, said Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid. “We will call on union members to contact their senators about the most important amendments,” he said. [read more]


Senate May Consider
Amendments to Postal Bill

(04/19/12) The Senate could begin consideration of amendments to S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, on April 19. Seventy-nine amendments were filed as of a 1 p.m. deadline on April 18, and they run the gamut from provisions that would eliminate workers’ protection against layoffs, to language that would extend the moratorium on consolidations, to provisions to protect the benefits of injured workers. “The revised version of S. 1789 is better than the original version, but we continue to have serious concerns about several issues,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. [read more]


Postal Workers Picket As Senate Begins Debate

(Updated 4/19/12) Members of the APWU and Mail Handlers Union rallied in front of post offices around the country Tuesday to alert the public to looming service cuts if Congress doesn’t act to fix the Postal Service’s finances by May 15. [read more]


Senate to Resume Consideration of Postal Bill

(04/18/12) The Senate is expected to resume consideration a revised version of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, with proceedings broadcast and Webcast live on C-SPAN. The APWU denounced the original version of the bill, saying it would lead to degradation of service and the closure of hundreds of mail processing centers and thousands of post offices. [read more]


Senate to Consider Postal Bill Today, April 17

(04/17/12) The Senate is expected to consider a revised version of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, on Tuesday, April 17, with proceedings broadcast and Webcast live on C-SPAN. The revisions were announced late in the day on April 16. “We are analyzing the new provisions carefully and will comment once we have completed our review,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. The APWU denounced the original version of the bill, saying it would lead to degradation of service and the closure of hundreds of mail processing centers and thousands of post offices. [read more]


APWU Public Outreach Campaign Continues

(04/10/12) With tax filing deadline quickly approaching, the APWU will re-air its Ever Wonder ad beginning April 11, with spots airing on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and Headline News. The union’s 30-second ad describes the enormity of the job postal workers do, and ends with a simple question and response: Ever wonder what this costs you as a taxpayer? Not a single cent. The ad informs the public about the work APWU members perform, and dispels the persistent myth that our work is funded by taxpayers. The airing of the ad is timed to coincide with two nationwide union-sponsored activities this month.
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One Week Left; Lobbying Efforts Take Off

(04/09/12) APWU locals and state organizations are responding enthusiastically to the call to lobby their senators during the congressional recess, which began April 2 and ends April 13. In addition to rallies and meetings with senators during the break, locals will conduct informational leafleting at post offices around the country on Tax Day, April 17.  With time getting short, APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging all APWU members to get involved.
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Union Calls for April Actions
To Save the Postal Service

(03/30/12) The APWU is asking state and local organizations to participate in two nationwide activities in April: Lobbying your senators at their home offices during the Easter recess, and informational leafleting on Tax Day, April 17. “Time is running out for Congress to enact postal legislation,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. The moratorium on post office closings and plant consolidations expires on May 15. “Congress must address the Postal Service’s financial crisis to avoid drastic cuts in service and jobs,” Guffey said. [read more]


Senate Action on Postal Bill Expected in Mid-April
Use This Time to Advocate Union’s Position, APWU Says

(03/27/12) The Senate is expected to vote on postal legislation in mid-April, following a congressional recess, APWU Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid has reported. The postal bill, S. 1789, is expected to be the Senate’s first order of business when lawmakers return to the Capitol on April 16. [read more]


USPS Explanation of Secret Study
Is Misleading, Inaccurate, Union Charges

(03/26/12) The Postal Service’s recent attempt to justify the decision to keep market research secret is misleading and inaccurate, the APWU has charged. The research, which was conducted in August and September 2011, indicates that revenue losses from the USPS plan to degrade service standards could eliminate any potential savings from consolidating or closing 223 mail processing centers. [read more]


USPS Market Research on Consolidations:
Revenue Losses Could Wipe Out Savings

(03/22/12) In testimony before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on March 21, a USPS witness made a startling admission: The Postal Service’s initial research on the network consolidation plan indicated that it could result in revenue losses of $5.3 billion, with net revenue losses as high as $1.9 billion. Revenue losses of that magnitude would virtually wipe out any cost savings derived from the plan, which the USPS initially estimated would be $2.1 billion. Recently completed Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies indicate far smaller savings. [read more]


A Stunning Admission:
USPS Hasn't Considered
Combined Effect of Proposed Changes

(03/13/12) In response to a motion filed by the APWU, the Postal Service admitted March 9 that it has not considered the combined effect of several of its major proposals, including plans to: Degrade service standards; end overnight delivery for first-class mail and periodicals, and slow mail delivery in general; Consolidate more than 220 mail processing facilities; Close 3,600 post offices; Eliminate Saturday mail delivery, and Raise postage rates. In a document filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the Postal Service declared that it “has conducted no ‘combined impact’ analysis” of the proposals. The USPS filed the document in response to an APWU motion that sought to compel the Postal Service to provide testimony about how it weighed the cumulative effect of the pending changes. [read more]


APWU Launches Next Phase
Of Television Ad Campaign

(03/13/12) The APWU is launching the next phase of its television ad campaign, with spots to begin airing on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News on Wednesday March 14, President Cliff Guffey has announced.  The ads also will appear in a limited run on NBC Nightly News. In the new ads, postal workers and customers talk about the importance of the Postal Service to our nation — and the devastating effect closing post offices and consolidating mail processing plants would have on our communities and our economy. The ads are slated to run through mid May. [read more]
[where and when to see the ads]


Latest USPS Announcement
On Consolidation Raises
More Questions than It Answers

(03/08/12) The Postal Service’s announcement on March 7 that it would suspend consolidation of mail processing and distribution centers during the “election mailing season” seems to have raised more questions than it answered. Lost in much of the reporting on the announcement is this pertinent quote from the USPS press release: “Therefore, most closures or consolidations would have to take place starting after May 15, 2012, and be completed by August 31, 2012.” It appears that the Postal Service intends to implement as many consolidations as possible between May 15 and Aug. 31; take a break, and resume consolidations early in 2013.
[read more]


How Many Postal Workers
Will Consolidations Affect?

(03/01/12) The Postal Service’s recent announcement that it has approved 223 mail processing facilities for consolidation has prompted questions about how many employees in the various crafts and areas will be affected. [read more]


Public Outrage Grows
As USPS Pursues Network Consolidation

(03/01/12) Across the country, hundreds of concerned citizens have protested the Postal Service’s plans to dismantle the nation’s mail processing network. In spite of the timing of the Postal Service’s town hall meetings — in the middle of the winter holiday season–spirited crowds packed theatres, auditoriums, and city streets to send a very clear message: Don’t destroy America’s Postal Service. [read more]


APWU Members Must Continue the Fight!
Of 264 facilities studied for closure, 223 were approved for consolidation. Six are still being studied. Only 35 consolidations were disapproved – at this time.

(02/23/12) The Postal Service’s announcement on Feb. 23 that it has approved 223 mail processing plants for consolidation leaves union members just one option, APWU President Cliff Guffey said: We must continue the fight! “That means getting Congress to act now to Save America’s Postal Service,” he said. In “stand-up talks” with employees on Feb. 22, managers emphasized that consolidations would not take place until after May 15, when a six-month moratorium on consolidations expires. The moratorium was intended to give Congress “the opportunity to enact an alternate plan,” postal officials pointed out. [read more]


USPS Notifies Employees of Consolidations
APWU Continues to Oppose Plan
To Slash Service, Jobs, Network

(Updated 02/23/12) As the Postal Service notifies employees whether their mail processing plants will be consolidated beginning in mid-May, the APWU is fighting back.   The union is continuing to oppose USPS plans to slash service, eliminate 35,000 jobs, and destroy the mail distribution network. In “stand-up talks” in offices all  around the country on Feb. 22, postal managers informed employees about the future of their plants, but refused to tell the unions how many plants would be consolidated and which plants they are. The USPS says it will notify the unions and media on Feb. 23. [read more]
UPDATE: The USPS has provided the APWU with copies of the “stand-up talks” and the text of a video given to employees on Feb. 22. The USPS released a list showing its consolidation plans on Feb. 23.


USPS Plans to Implement Consolidation
As Soon As Moratorium Expires

(02/15/12) In a meeting with the APWU on Feb. 13, postal officials notified the APWU that they plan to begin consolidating mail processing facilities as soon as the moratorium on consolidations ends. The moratorium is set to expire on May 15. APWU President Cliff Guffey condemned the USPS decision. “We are outraged that the Postal Service intends to forge ahead with the destruction of the mail processing network,” he said. [read more]


Senators Seek Changes to Postal Bill

(02/15/12) Twenty-seven senators have signed a letter to the sponsors of the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) asking them to approve amendments to the legislation that the APWU supports. The bill – which the APWU says is “unacceptable in its current form” – is expected to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote in the next few weeks. APWU President Cliff Guffey is asking union members to contact their senators and urged them to support the amendments to S. 1789 that are outlined in the letter. [read more]


Postal Service Gets It Wrong Again
Slashing the Network Won’t Save the USPS

(01/01/12) Among the Postal Service ’ s major plans for solving the USPS financial crisis is to slash the mail processing network — to close or consolidate as many as 252 of approximately 460 mail processing facilities. Wrong again! The Postal Service notified the APWU on Sept. 14 that it would study the feasibility of consolidating more than half of its mail processing centers as part of a nationwide plan to cut costs. The next day, with great fanfare, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced the plan to the media, and presented it as an essential component of resolving the Postal Service’s financial difficulties. But the reality is quite different. In fact, the Postmaster General’s prescription would do more harm than good. [read more]


APWU Locals Take Sophisticated
Approach to Fighting Consolidation

(01/01/12) As the battle against the consolidation of mail processing facilities intensifies, APWU locals are taking an increasingly sophisticated approach to the fight. Rallies and information pickets have raised awareness of the effect consolidation would have on service, but some locals are taking their outreach a step further — building community coalitions, launching media campaigns, and using economic data to expose the negative effects of consolidation. “By taking a strategic approach to fighting consolidation, APWU locals are better able to refute USPS management’s claims about the benefits of consolidation,” said APWU president Cliff Guffey. [read more]


USPS Announces Moratorium
On Post Office, Plant Closures

(12/13/11) The Postal Service has announced a five-month moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing facilities, in response to a request from 22 senators. The delay until May 15, 2012, is intended to give Congress more time to adopt legislation that would address the USPS financial crisis without drastic cuts in service. [read more]


Senators Seek to Stop USPS Cutbacks
Is Your Senator on Board?

(12/09/11) Twenty senators are asking Congress to impose a six-month moratorium on USPS plans to consolidate more than 250 mail processing plants, close thousands of post offices, and eliminate overnight mail delivery, in order to give lawmakers an opportunity to consider postal reform legislation. [read more]


USPS Plan Will Hasten Demise
Of a Still-Vital Institution
Degrading Mail Service Will Hurt, Not Help, USPS

(12/05/11) “The Postal Service plan will hasten the demise of the USPS,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said in response to the agency’s announcement that it would seek an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission on plans to eliminate next-day delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. “The USPS should be modernizing and striving to remain relevant in the digital age, not reducing service to the American people,” he said. “Degrading service is a direct consequence of Postal Service plans to eliminate half of its mail processing centers,” said Guffey. [read more]


Finally, An Admission:
Cuts will Degrade Service

(11/01/11) In late September, the Postal Service admitted something they’ve been denying for years: Cutbacks in the USPS mail processing network will lead to drastic reductions in service to the American people. The Postal Service announced plans to eliminate 252 mail processing facilities on Sept. 14, and one week later published a notice of proposed changes in service standards in the Federal Register. [read more]


Battle Over USPS Future Enters Critical Period
Union Launches Petition Drive to Protect
Post Offices, Mail Processing Centers, Service Standards

(10/31/11) The battle over the future of the Postal Service — and our jobs — has reached a critical stage: Key senators are meeting behind closed doors in an effort to produce a compromise bill to address the USPS financial crisis. It is likely that any proposals they develop will be submitted to the congressional “super-committee” to be incorporated into the committee’s plan to reduce the nation’s deficit. “It is absolutely essential that we make our voices heard now — before any deal is cut that could adversely affect the future of the USPS and our members,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. [read more]


Union Launches Petition Drive
To Save America’s Postal Service

(10/28/11) President Guffey is asking APWU members to collect signatures on a petition to Congress urging senators and representatives to oppose plans to close post offices, shutter mail processing facilities, and drastically degrade service to the American people. In a letter to state and local presidents dated Oct. 26, 2011, President Guffey wrote, “It is urgent that we bring as much political pressure as possible to bear against the Postal Service’s plans to dismantle its network of processing, distribution and retail facilities.” [read more]


Union Challenges Proposed
Changes to USPS Service Standards

(10/06/11) The APWU is challenging proposed changes to USPS service standards that would result from a major reduction in the number of mail processing facilities. The Postal Service announced plans to eliminate 252 mail processing facilities on Sept. 14, and one week later published an “advance notice” of the proposed changes in service in the Federal Register. “The APWU vehemently opposes the USPS proposal to eliminate 60 percent of existing mail processing facilities and to make corresponding cuts in service standards,” President Cliff Guffey wrote in a letter dated Oct. 5. “If adopted, this proposal would deprive postal customers of needed service, damage the economy, and drive customers away from the Postal Service. [read more]


APWU Battles Consolidation Onslaught

(09/01/11) The USPS is accelerating consolidation plans in the face of a looming financial crisis and growing calls from Congress to cut costs and eliminate “excess” network capacity. Since June, the APWU has received notification of the Postal Service’s decision to consolidate operations at more than 25 mail processing centers, and plans to conduct more than 15 more Area Mail Processing studies. There’s no let up in sight, but APWU locals are continuing to lead the fight against misguided consolidations. [read more]


Union Files ULP Charge Over USPS Refusal
To Provide Information on Consolidations

(08/04/11) The APWU has filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) protesting the Postal Service’s refusal to provide the union with information regarding Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies. The union contends that management’s failure to provide the information constitutes a breach of its obligation to bargain in good faith. [read more]


Threats to Our Service:
The Proof is in the Numbers

Flint, MI mayor Dayne Walling joined a rally against consolidation of the Flint P&DC in March. Walling (center) is pictured with children of local APWU members.

(07/01/11) After years of fighting tirelessly to debunk management’s claims that consolidations will result in improved efficiency and cost savings, APWU locals now have proof that network realignment has a negative impact on the mail service that communities rely on. An audit recently completed by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that a consolidation in Lima, OH, resulted in delayed mail and a decline in on-time performance and customer service. [read more]


Updated Consolidation Toolkit
Available to Assist in Locals’ Efforts

(06/01/11) The APWU has produced an updated toolkit to assist locals in their efforts to bring attention to the negative effects consolidation would have on mail service. “We encourage union activists to get involved in the fight against the Postal Service’s plans to cut the postal network,” said APWU Vice President Greg Bell. “In many cases, the consolidation of postal operations would have an adverse impact on customer service, the community, and jobs. This material will help union activists inform their communities, elected officials, and the media.” [read more]


Public, Legislators
Join the Fight to Save Mail Service

(04/13/11) The Postal Service’s assault on the nation’s mail processing network shows no signs of stopping — and APWU locals have responded by engaging elected officials, community leaders, and members of the public in the fight to save our service.

Nearly 100 members of the Flint, Michigan Area local and community activists gathered for an informational picket on March 16 to protest the proposed closing of the Flint mail processing facility.

February was a record month for consolidation announcements, as the USPS launched studies that could lead to the closing or significant downsizing of 20 mail processing centers. The previous record month was September 2010, during which the Postal Service announced 13 planned studies. [read more]


APWU Locals Demand:
‘Keep the Mail Here!’

(02/28/11) In response to the Postal Service’s efforts to reduce the nation’s mail processing network, the APWU has ramped up its fight against the cuts at locations across the country.

Locals have held public protests, contacted members of Congress, engaged members of the community and elected officials in their efforts, and rallied to save postal facilities. Using material prepared by the national union, members are demanding that the USPS stop cutting service, jobs, and the postal network. [read more]

APWU Locals Lead Fight
Against Consolidation Plans

(11/01/10) The Postal Service’s efforts to cut the nation’s mail processing network have picked up again in recent months – and so has the union’s response. Since August, the USPS has issued frequent announcements that it plans to implement feasibility studies in many locations. Using material prepared by the national union, locals across the country have rallied, held public protests, and engaged community activists and local representatives in the fight to save postal facilities and protect our service. [read more]


No Relaxing in Fight Against Consolidation

(03/01/10) The Postal Service’s assault on mail-processing jobs has picked up in recent months, with frequent announcements that the USPS is seeking to consolidate operations at many Processing & Distribution Centers. These consolidations compromise service to postal customers and jeopardize thousands of postal jobs. Last May, when the Postal Service announced it was considering closing more than 3,200 large stations and branches, many APWU members thought the focus of management’s “network realignment” efforts had shifted away from mail-processing facilities. But the pace of Area Mail Processing (AMP) surveys — which study the feasibility of consolidating mail processing operations — picked up again shortly after the announcement about retail services. [read more]


OIG Audit:
USPS Can’t Rationalize ‘Network Rationalization’

(01/19/10) Echoing APWU criticisms, a recent audit by the USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that after more than five years of initiatives aimed at streamlining the mail-processing network, the Postal Service has failed to establish criteria for identifying consolidation opportunities. The USPS has made only limited progress in implementing Area Mail Processing consolidations in the Processing & Distribution network, the Jan. 7 report says. [read more]


Plans Face Stiff Opposition

(01/01/10) Every day I come to work and work hard,” said APWU member Tom Thorpe, a postal worker since 1988. “But I might have to move.” Thorpe was among more than 60 union members at a spirited rally held by the side of U.S. Highway 29 on Nov. 15 protesting a plan to close down the Charlottesville (VA) P&DF. Thorpe told the Daily Progress that the proposal to shift mail processing 80 miles away to Richmond would mean an additional 800 miles of commuting each week. [read more]


Area Mail Processing Proposals:
Locals Fight Back

Southwest Florida Area APWU members have actively courted press coverage.

(08/17/09) APWU locals around the country have been busy fighting the consolidation of mail processing operations — even as the Postal Service announced it was considering consolidating more than 3,200 of the nation’s larger stations and branches. [read more]


Changes and Challenges

(07/14/09) If postal management continues to respond to the current economic crisis by cutting service and slashing the workforce, it risks causing the USPS irreparable harm, APWU President William Burrus writes in an Update for union members. The union president says the APWU will vigorously enforce the Collective Bargaining Agreement as the Postal Service implements new cost-cutting measures. Support from the public and elected officials also are crucial to the survival of the USPS, he said. [read more]


P&DC Consolidation
AMP Plans: Locals Fight Back

(07/09/09) APWU locals around the country have been busy fighting the consolidation of Processing & Distribution Centers — even as the Postal Service announced it was considering consolidating more than 3,200 of the nation’s larger stations and branches. Here’s a round-up of network realignment activities, most of them involving Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies to trim back operations or close down large mail-sorting facilities. [read more]


APWU Locals Lead Protests
Of USPS Consolidation Plans

(06/16/09) The controversy over USPS efforts to cut the nation’s mail processing and distribution network has been rekindled in recent months, following a rash of announcements that the Postal Service is seeking to consolidate operations in many locations. Workers, owners of small businesses, and other concerned citizens have been speaking out against USPS plans. [read more]


Union Updates
Consolidation ‘Tool Kit’

(06/11/09) An updated tool kit is available to help APWU local and state leaders in their efforts to stop the Postal Service from moving vital mail processing operations away from the communities they serve. Many of the USPS consolidation proposals would lead to diminished mail service, the union notes. [full story - members only]


Consolidation of Large Post Offices:
APWU Responds
To USPS Notice on Retail Operations

(06/09/09) In response to a USPS notice that “the Postal Service is considering consolidating operations in our larger stations and branches,” APWU President William Burrus has reminded management that a Memorandum of Understanding included in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement requires that “all existing retail operations will remain within the installation of which they are a part.” [read more]


Burrus Testifies on Capitol Hill:
To Survive, USPS Must Change Strategy

(05/20/09) In testimony before a House panel May 20, APWU President William Burrus told lawmakers that if the Postal Service is to survive, it must re-examine its overall strategy. He emphasized that the need was urgent for passage of H.R. 22, which would allow the USPS to pay its share of contributions for annuitants’ health benefits out of a retirees fund rather than from its operating budget. [read more]


Locals, Business Owners, Officials
Oppose Plant Consolidations

(05/19/09) Business owners, elected officials, workers, and other citizens continue to speak out against USPS plans to consolidate mail-processing consolidations. APWU locals in Northern Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, and Queens, New York, have been taken the lead in protests in their areas. [read more]


APWU-Led Consolidation Protests
Gather Steam, Gain Public Support

(04/20/09) Owners of small businesses, workers, and other concerned citizens continue to speak out at protests and at public meetings staged by the Postal Service to “share initial results” of Area Mail Processing studies. At one of the noisier of such gatherings, several business owners and public officials in Wilkes-Barre disagreed sharply with the USPS conclusion that moving mail processing operations 25 miles away to Scranton would leave the economy of Luzerne County unharmed. [read more]


APWU Locals Lead Protests
Of Postal Service Consolidation Plans

(03/04/09) APWU members staged informational pickets protesting USPS mail-processing proposals in several locations in north-central Ohio on March 2. The pickets, in sub-freezing weather, took place in Fostoria, Tiffin and Bucyrus, all towns in which outgoing mail is sent to Mansfield for sorting, but, under Postal Service plans, would be shifted another hour east to Akron, with service likely to suffer. [read more]


APWU Leads Protests
Of Florida Consolidation Plans

(02/17/09) Approximately 200 postal workers and their families and friends crowded a university auditorium in Lakeland, FL, on Feb. 11 to protest the Postal Service plan to move processing operations and as many as 40 jobs from the Lakeland P&DC to the Tampa P&DC, about 40 miles away. According to the Lakeland Ledger, about 50 additional people who wanted to attend couldn’t fit into the room — for the only public meeting the USPS planned to hold on the matter. [read more]


APWU Blasts USPS Response
To Postal Financial Crisis

(02/10/09) APWU President William Burrus decried Postal Service plans to address its financial crisis in a letter to the Postmaster General on Feb. 9. “It is extremely disappointing that not a single step is aimed at reducing the loss of revenue from ‘worksharing’ discounts or from subcontracting,” he wrote, referring to a list of steps the USPS outlined in a Feb. 4 edition of News Link Extra. Burrus said he is particularly disturbed by USPS plans to consolidate “excess” capacity in its mail processing and transportation networks while postal policy encourages the growth of private entities that perform these duties.
[read more]


APWU Local Collects 8,000 Signatures
In Support of Consolidation Fight in Florida

(01/23/09) As part of its drive to keep mail processing operations at the Manasota (FL) P&DC, an APWU local has collected more than 8,000 signatures from the community opposing the proposed shift of some operations to Tampa, about 60 miles away. “We’ve been gathering signatures for just over six weeks,” said Manasota APWU President Jim DeMauro. “Some we’ve collected near the facility itself, but we’ve been getting the message out every way we can, including at public events and online.” [read more]

APWU Members in Florida Enlist
Public’s Support in Consolidation Fight

(12/12/08) When the Postal Service announced a consolidation study in Bradenton, FL, APWU’s Manasota Area Local APWU swung into action without waiting for the first in “a series of community meetings” that the USPS said it would schedule. Instead, the local launched its own effort to inform the public about the plan, and prompted the area’s largest city government to hold a special meeting.
[read more]


Rough Rides Along
The Network Realignment Trail

(12/10/0) In the fall we learned of yet another example of the failure of the USPS network realignment plan: The Postal Service announced in November that it was rescinding two consolidation proposals — both of them nearly three years old. One was a plan to consolidate a western Iowa postal facility’s mail across state lines; the other was a proposal to consolidate a South Dakota facility to a plant 90 miles away. [read more]


Bronx Consolidation Plan ‘Not Approved’

(11/24/08) Nearly three years after an Area Mail Processing study was launched, a plan to send mail from three major processing facilities in the Bronx to a sorting facility in Manhattan has been shelved. The Bronx AMP study, announced Dec. 15, 2005, proposed transferring “secondary processing activities from the Bronx P&DC” and two other facilities in the borough to the facility located in midtown Manhattan. [read more]


USPS Scraps
Western Iowa Consolidation Plan

(11/07/08) Almost three years after the Postal Service announced plans to consolidate a western Iowa postal facility’s mail across state lines, the USPS has decided to allow the Sioux City Processing & Distribution Facility to continue with its normal operations. The Area Mail Processing survey in Sioux City was among the first batch of consolidation studies begun in late 2005. There was almost immediate public backlash, with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) assailing the Postal Service for ignoring “major issues such as the costs the USPS plan will impose on local businesses and possible delays in mail service..."
[read more]


APWU Testimony Assails
Latest ‘USPS Network Plan’

(07/28/08) The Postal Service’s strategy for “network realignment” is based on a faulty premise, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid told lawmakers July 24. The stated objective of the USPS Network Plan is to promote efficiency by eliminating redundancy, he said. “But the fallacy of the plan is that it artificially limits the definition of the postal network. By intentional design, the plan considers only the 400-plus USPS mail processing facilities to be ‘the network,’ while in reality, the network consists of both public and private facilities that prepare mail for delivery by USPS employees.” [read more]


USPS ‘Network Plan’ Would
Adversely Effect Postal Workers, Service

(06/26/08) The Postal Service’s latest plan to realign its mail processing, transportation, and retail network “would adversely affect APWU-represented employees and disrupt mail service to the American public,” APWU President William Burrus said in an update for union members. “Regrettably, postal management has developed a business plan that relies almost exclusively on reducing work hours as a means of remaining financially solvent,” he noted. “This is a failed strategy and it cannot sustain America’s mail service.” [read more]


Spending Bill Includes Rider
That Blocks 7 Consolidations

(12/20/07) A provision attached to the appropriations bill awaiting President Bush’s signature would indefinitely postpone most of the Postal Service consolidation plans still awaiting implementation. [read more]


Consolidation Plans Challenged

(12/20/07) Prompted in large part by an APWU advertising campaign, citizens of Flint and Detroit spoke out last fall against the consolidation of mail-processing operations into a new facility situated between the two cities, which are 65 miles apart.
[read more]


APWU Launches Ad Campaign
Against Consolidation in Michigan

Detroit, Flint Facilities Threatened

(10/15/07) An APWU advertising campaign in southern Michigan got underway last week, urging the citizens of Flint and Detroit to speak out against the consolidation of mail-processing operations into a new facility in Pontiac. The campaign is designed to generate interest in community meetings Oct. 22 and 23, when the USPS will discuss Area Mail Processing studies for the two cities. [read more]


3 Consolidations Stopped; 1 Reversed

(09/01/07) The APWU has been notified that three proposed consolidations that would have resulted in mail-processing shifts in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Texas will not occur. And thanks to the efforts of the Marysville (CA) Local, a nearly two-year-old consolidation is being reversed. [read more]


Postal Regulator: END Planning Flawed

(09/01/07) In a rush to redesign its nationwide network of facilities, the Postal Service acted on several misguided and poorly rationalized assumptions, a Postal Regulatory Commission official told Congress in late July. [read more]


Postal Regulator Tells Congress of
Failures in Consolidation Planning

(08/02/07) In a rush to redesign its nationwide network of facilities, the Postal Service acted on several misguided and poorly rationalized assumptions, a Postal Regulatory Commission official told Congress in late July. In testimony before a House of Representatives subcommittee, John D. Wailer also cited a lack of consistency in how proposed consolidations are reviewed; a failure to develop criteria for approval or disapproval of proposed consolidations; a failure to seek public input; and “severe tardiness and errors in analysis in post-consolidation reviews.”  [read more]


Tennessee AMP Study Terminated

(07/27/07) The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift from the Jackson, TN Post Office into the Memphis, TN Processing and Distribution Center will not occur.  [read more]


Texas Consolidation Plan Shelved

(07/25/07) The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation of mail-processing operations in Waco, TX, will not occur. A study to determine whether operations should be shifted both north (about 90 miles to Fort Worth) and south (100 miles to Austin) has been terminated. Approximately 250 jobs were at stake.  [read more]


Oshkosh-to-Green Bay Consolidation Cancelled
APWU Lawsuit Alleging USPS
Failed to Seek Approval of Plans Dismissed

(07/20/07) The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately from one Wisconsin P&DF to another 50 miles away will not occur, rendering “moot” an APWU legal challenge over the Postal Service’s lack of adequate public and stakeholder notification concerning its network realignment plan for the facilities.  [read more]


Seven More AMPs Terminated

(07/01/07) From late April through the first week of June, the Postal Service terminated seven Area Mail Processing studies, bringing to 28 the number of feasibility studies halted in the past year. “After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation” at the La Crosse (WI) P&DF, said a letter to the APWU on May 22. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.” [read more]


Public Affairs Group Honors APWU TV Ad

(06/25/07) An APWU-sponsored TV commercial that decried the negative effects of Postal Service consolidation plans has won a “Pollie Award” from the American Association of Political Consultants. [read more]


Zanesville Consolidation Study Terminated

(06/12/07) The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately 60 miles across central Ohio will not occur. “After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Zanesville OH Post Office into the Columbus, OH Processing and Distribution Center,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on June 7. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.” [read more]


Wisconsin-to-Minnesota AMP Halted

(05/22/07) The APWU has been notified that the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the La Crosse (WI) P&DF into the Rochester (MN) P&DF will not occur. “After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of mail processing operations at the La Crosse P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on May 22. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.” [read more]


Termination of AMPs Is Good News
For Northern Michigan, Southern Texas

(05/17/07) The APWU has been notified that studies of the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the Gaylord (MI) Main Post Office and at Beaumont (TX) P&DF have been brought to a close and the proposed consolidations will not take place.
[read more]


House Bill Would Set
Timetable for Consolidation Studies

(05/10/07) A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would establish firm deadlines for Area Mail Processing surveys and would prohibit the USPS from removing equipment or reducing the workforce in affected facilities during AMP studies. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 2177, which would require the Postal Service to complete AMP studies within 180 days. Extensions of 60 days would be permitted only if “persons likely to be affected” are notified prior to the expiration of the original deadline. [read more]


Mail Processing Staying Put in Western MD

The Cumberland Area Local's anti-consolidation T-shirt made its debut last summer.

(05/07/07) The APWU was notified May 4 that the proposed consolidation of some mail-processing operations involving two sites 90 miles apart in western Maryland has been cancelled. “After review, it has been determined not to pursue the consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Cumberland Main Post Office,” the Postal Service wrote to APWU President William Burrus of the proposal to consolidate some activities into the Frederick P&DF. [read more]


St. Petersburg Consolidation to Proceed

(05/03/07) The Postal Service has notified the APWU that it will implement plans to shift some mail-processing operations from the St. Petersburg (FL) Processing and Distribution Center to the Tampa P&DC. Citing declining mail volume at the St. Petersburg facility, postal management claims the move will result in “significant savings” for the USPS. [read more]


Twin Falls, Cape Cod Consolidations Stopped

(04/25/07) The APWU has been notified that the Postal Service has decided not to pursue the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the Twin Falls (ID) Customer Service Mail Processing Center into the Boise P&DC, and has also halted the consolidation of cancellation operations at the Cape Cod (MA) P&DC. [read more]


Bloomington, Two Upstate New York
AMPs Halted; Bronx Study in Limbo

(Updated 04/17/07) The APWU received notice recently that consolidations of mail-processing operations in Watertown and Binghamton, NY, and Bloomington, IN, no longer are being considered, and that the Area Mail Processing study in the Bronx may be on hold. “After preliminary review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations" in Watertown and Binghamton, Postal Service management wrote in April 13 and April 17 letters. “Therefore, no changes will be made at this time.” Similar language appears in a March 23 letter regarding the AMP study in Bloomington, although the review there is described as “exhaustive” rather than “preliminary.” [read more] | [APWU May/June magazine article]


USPS Abandons a Dozen AMPs

(03/01/07) The Postal Service cancelled 12 Area Mail Processing studies early this year, a direct result, APWU President William Burrus said, of the efforts of postal workers and community leaders. “They have demanded that individuals and small businesses continue to receive the postal services they deserve,” he said. “We are pleased that so many of these ill-advised studies have been abandoned.” [read more]


USPS Abandons Nine More AMP Studies

(02/12/07) The Postal Service has notified the APWU that it has cancelled nine more Area Mail Processing studies. In a statement on Feb. 9, the Postal Service told the APWU that “it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations” in: Carroll, IA; Glenwood Springs, CO; Hutchinson, KS; McCook, NE; Sheridan and Wheatland, WY; Fox Valley, IL; and Bryan and McAllen, TX. [read more]


Postal Service Cancels Another AMP Study

(01/29/07) The APWU won another battle in the fight against misguided “network realignment” plans when the USPS announced the end of a study aimed at consolidating mail processing operations in Yakima (WA) with those in Pasco, 85 miles away. Saying that the proposed consolidation would not result in improved service or efficiency, the Postal Service announced on Jan. 22 that the Area Mail Processing study begun in December 2005 would not be completed. The central Washington city of Yakima will keep its mail processing operations and its postmark. [read more]


Two Consolidation Studies Scrapped

(01/18/07) The U.S. Postal Service announced in early January that it was calling off plans to move some North Carolina mail-processing operations from Kinston to Fayetteville; in Montana a week later, Sen. Max Baucus (D) announced that plans to move mail-processing from Helena, the state capital, to Great Falls also had been abandoned. [read more]


Anti-Consolidation Resolution Introduced

(01/12/07) In a demonstration of the growing level of concern over the Postal Service’s consolidation plans, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) introduced a non-binding resolution on Jan. 7 seeking to ensure “a maximum degree of effective and regular postal service to all communities.” [read more]


Rate Commission Assails USPS Consolidation Plan

(12/22/06) In a blistering criticism of the Postal Service’s Evolutionary Network Development strategy, the Postal Rate Commission concluded that the “record does not provide assurance that the proposed realignment program will meet its declared goals. In particular, the record reflects flawed or absent information on certain crucial aspects of the Postal Service's plan for realignment.” [read more]


Portland APWU Rains on Potter’s Parade
Maine Officials Honor Union Picket
Union members braved rain and cold to protest management's staffing plan for the new mail processing center in Scarborough, ME.

(11/09/06) When the Postal Service announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 2 to celebrate the grand opening of an $82 million mail-processing center in Scarborough, ME, it expected that distinguished guests, such as Maine’s U.S. senators, would be pleased to be guests of honor. What USPS officials didn’t expect was an APWU protest — and that became much bigger news that the event itself. [read more]


Postmaster General Gets Noisy Greeting

APWU members showed solidarity in style and message during a protest of local and nationwide policies in early October.

(11/01/06) With chants of “Save Our Service” and other messages protesting USPS policies locally and nationwide, more than 100 APWU members protested Postmaster General John E. Potter’s early October visit to a downtown San Antonio hotel. “The US Post Service was created to serve all citizens and not just big special interests,” said Alex Aleman, president of the San Antonio Alamo Area Local. “It’s supposed to be based on customer service and demand, not on a computer program.” [read more]


The picketing was part of the APWU's campaign to expose the poorly conceived - and often well-hidden - network realignment plans and the serious negative impact they would have on mail service for consumers' and small businesses.

Protests of Ill-Advised Plans
Expand in Number, Size, Impact

(11/01/06) With a nationwide day of picketing representing both a crest and a continuing wave of protest, APWU locals continue to press the Postal Service for accountability in its plans to consolidate postal facilities across the country. The picketing was part of the APWU’s campaign to expose the poorly conceived — and often well-hidden — network realignment plans and the serious negative impact they would have on mail service for consumers’ and small businesses. [read more]


APWU Nationwide
Day of Picketing,
Oct. 26, 2006

Media Coverage
Photo Gallery
APWU Magazine    Feature [PDF]

Thousands of Postal Workers
Protest Ill-Conceived USPS Plans

(10/26/06) In a nationwide day of picketing Oct. 26, APWU locals across the country protested Postal Service policies that put the demands of corporate advertising mailers ahead of the needs of individual postal customers and small businesses. The picketing was part of the APWU’s campaign to expose the poorly conceived — and often well-hidden — network realignment plans and the serious negative impact they would have on mail service for consumers’ and small businesses.
[read more]


APWU Locals Prepare
For Nationwide Day of Picketing

(10/25/06) Momentum has been building for the APWU nationwide day of picketing to be held Thursday, Oct. 26, at locations across the country. The picketing will highlight the potentially damaging effects of the Postal Service’s plans to consolidate postal facilities and expose USPS policies of catering to big mailers at the expense of individual customers and small businesses. [read more]


OIG Report Criticizes Pasadena Consolidation

(10/23/06) A report by the USPS Office of the Inspector General concluded that the cost savings projected by the Postal Service for the consolidation of a California mail processing facility “may be significantly overstated, and the service impacts are not fully described.” The report on the Area Mail Processing (AMP) plan for the Pasadena Processing and Distribution Center, dated Sept. 26, 2006, also found that “the approval process was not consistently followed, notifications to stakeholders were not issued in a timely manner, and the implementation of the AMP differed from the proposal” that postal managers had approved. [read more]


Nationwide Solidarity Display Set for Oct. 26
Day of Picketing to Expose
Ill-Advised Consolidation Plan

(10/05/06) In accordance with a resolution adopted by delegates to the union’s 18th Biennial Convention, the APWU National Executive Board has selected Oct. 26 for a nationwide day of picketing to protest ill-advised postal consolidations. The coordinated informational picketing is intended to spotlight the potentially damaging effects of the USPS consolidation plan, and to expose how Postal Service policy panders to major mailers. The Oct. 26 date was selected to give local unions the opportunity to seek support from elected officials and candidates prior to Election Day, Nov. 7. [read more] | [click here for materials]


APWU Asks U.S. Lawmakers to Support
Citizens’ Right to Be Heard on Consolidation

(09/21/06) In a letter sent to every member of Congress, APWU President William Burrus asked legislators to support citizens’ efforts to be part of the debate about plans to realign the nation’s mail-processing network. “The Postal Service has failed to consider the concerns of the American people, denied them the information necessary to determine if the revised network will meet their needs, and excluded them from having real input in the decision-making process,” Burrus wrote. [full story]


PRC Testimony:
USPS Rate Proposal Shifts More Costs
From Major Mailers to Individual Customers

(09/14/06) Analyzing the Postal Service’s own data, APWU testimony before the Postal Rate Commission has demonstrated that proposed increases in the price of postage would expand a controversial USPS policy — shifting costs from large corporate mailers to small businesses and individual citizens. [full story]


Testimony: USPS Fails
In Effort to Get Input on Consolidation

(09/07/06) In testimony submitted to the Postal Rate Commission on behalf of the APWU on Sept. 1, Margaret L. Yao, an expert and senior associate at AmericaSpeaks, sharply criticized the USPS for failing to adequately consult with the public on its network consolidation plan. [read more]


USPS Tries to Keep It Secret –
But the APWU Takes It Public

(09/01/06) The Postal Service was forced to acknowledge in testimony to the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) in July that nearly a year ago it had compiled a list of 139 facilities that were being considered “potential candidates” for consolidation. The USPS provided the list to the PRC on July 25. David Williams, who coordinates the Area Mail Processing program at USPS headquarters, revealed the existence of the list during cross-examination on July 19. He testified that the list of facilities was part of the Evolutionary Network Development (END) initiative, and was generated in September 2005. It identified facilities that postal headquarters wanted regional managers to consider for possible inclusion in the program, he said. [read more]


Delegates Protest Consolidation
Nationwide Deterioration
In Service Spurs Rally at Post Office

Consolidation Rally - click for larger view

(8/18/06) Nearly 3,000 blue T-shirt-clad APWU union members sent a strong and unified message to the Postal Service Thursday, as they surrounded what used to be the Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center at a rally protesting failing service and mismanaged network realignment programs.
[read more]


APWU Convention Delegates
To Protest Decline in Service

(08/15/06) Postal workers will take to the streets of Philadelphia on Aug. 17, in a rally at the 30th Street Post Office to protest the dramatic deterioration in mail service that is the result of ill-advised postal policies that can — and should — be changed. [read more]

Postal Service Feels the
Heat Over Consolidation Plans

(08/03/06 Washington Post excerpt)
The U.S. Postal Service is moving to consolidate postal facilities to help lower operating costs, but the plan is drawing opposition from a large postal union and scrutiny in Congress. The American Postal Workers Union is putting on the full-court press to stop the move. It has launched a radio and television advertising campaign in four cities where consolidations are possible, including Cumberland, MD, and plans to expand the campaign to other cities. [read more]


Postal Service Drops Plans
To Consolidate Illinois Facility

(08/02/06) In a major win for the APWU and a northern Illinois community, the Postal Service has terminated its plan to move mail-sorting operations and as many as 100 jobs out of Rockford’s main post office. “This is a colossal victory for the people and the hard-working postal employees whose jobs were threatened by this consolidation plan,” said U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R), who had worked with community and union leaders in opposition to the proposal. [read more]


Postal Workers Warn of Service Delays
Under USPS ‘Consolidation’ Plan

Postal Service Forced to Disclose Plans Targeting 139 Facilities

(07/31/06) Postal workers are warning customers to expect week-long delays in mail delivery under a Postal Service plan to close parts of mail processing facilities across the nation. Last week, the USPS was forced to reveal a secret list targeting 139 sorting facilities across the nation for consolidation.... The Postal Service’s revelation coincides with the launch of a major advertising campaign by the American Postal Workers Union, representing 300,000 USPS employees. [press release]


USPS Lists 139 Facilities
As ‘Potential Candidates’ for Consolidation

(07/31/06) The Postal Service was forced to acknowledge in testimony to the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) in July that nearly a year ago it had compiled a list of 139 facilities that were being considered “potential candidates” for consolidation. Until July 25, 2006, the Postal Service had failed to provide a comprehensive list of sites under consideration. The USPS first announced the consolidation of some operations in October 2005 and has notified the APWU of only 40 facilities for consolidation “feasibility studies,” most of which are included among the 139 facilities. [read more]


Union Launches Ad Campaign
To Combat USPS Network Consolidation

(07/26/06) The APWU is taking its grassroots campaign against USPS “network realignment” to a new level by airing radio and television ads that warn of week-long delays in mail delivery. Broadcast advertising began July 26, with radio and television commercials running in Beaumont (TX), Bloomington (IN), Cumberland (MD), St. Petersburg (FL), and Yakima (WA), cities where APWU activists have already taken steps to inform citizens about the negative effect USPS network consolidation plans will have on mail service for individual postal customers and small businesses. [read more]


Our Action Plan to Fight Consolidation

(07/01/06) The specter of excessing has loomed large in postal workers’ lives seemingly forever, and its possibility is always a source of anxiety to the rank and file. That’s why management’s concerted effort to consolidate postal services in every corner of the country could be — unless we step up to the plate to battle it — a form of institutional excessing, with the lives of thousands of postal workers and their families disrupted. [read more]


Senior Florida Congressman
Challenges St. Petersburg Consolidation

(06/26/06) U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) has asked Postmaster General John E. Potter to respond to a detailed list of questions that challenge the Postal Services’ plan to shift mail processing operations from the St. Petersburg Processing & Distribution Center to the Tampa P&DC. Young asked Potter to postpone any further decisions about the merger of operations until the USPS provides more information and community leaders have an opportunity to study it. [read more]


Iowa’s U.S. Delegation
Pushes USPS to ‘Get Its Act Together’

(06/23/06) At the request of Iowa’s U.S. senators and Rep. Steve King (R), the USPS Inspector General’s office has agreed to conduct an audit of the Area Mail Processing study of the Sioux City Processing & Distribution Facility. King made the announcement about the audit plan last week, after he, Sen. Tom Harkin (D), and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) met with the Postal Service IG to discuss the report, which is expected to take months. [read more]


Five Consolidations Cancelled
USPS: ‘No Significant Opportunities to Improve Service’

(05/24/06) The APWU has been notified that the proposed consolidation of “certain operations” at five postal facilities in the Northeast Area has been cancelled, because they present no substantial opportunities to improve efficiency or service. The five facilities are: Utica (NY) Processing & Distribution Facility, Plattsburgh (NY) Post Office, Burlington (VT) P&DF, Springfield (MA) Processing & Distribution Center, Portsmouth (NH) P&DF. [read more]


19 Congressmen Express
Concern About ‘Consolidation’

(05/04/06) At the urging of the APWU, 19 members of Congress whose constituents would be affected by USPS “network realignment” plans expressed concern about the program in a May 1, 2006, letter to U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker. The letter urged the GAO to follow up on its 2005 report on the USPS realignment strategy, which the agency concluded, “lacks sufficient transparency and accountability, excludes stakeholder input, and lacks performance measures for results.” [read more]


Guy Cruz, Olympia Local treasurer, at a rally in April.

Consumers, Workers, Legislators:
The People Demand to Be Heard

(05/01/06) It didn’t take long for postal consumers and workers to react — and strongly — to the long-expected postal network consolidation that began in bits and pieces last fall. Shortly after the USPS announced that it was consolidating “some operations” at about a dozen processing and distribution facilities, and conducting Area Mail Processing feasibility surveys at approximately 40 others, APWU members and members of the public began to demand answers and accountability. And the campaign to fight consolidation is being coordinated with a grass-roots effort of individual citizens, community organizations, small businesses, and elected officials on all levels. [read more]


APWU Asks District Court
To Put Consolidation On Hold

(04/25/06) The APWU filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on April 21, charging that the Postal Service violated the Postal Reorganization Act in implementing its “network realignment” plan, known as Evolutionary Network Development (END). The complaint seeks a judgment that management violated the 1970 law, as well as an injunction against future violations. [read more]


PTFs in Small Offices

(04/24/06— Question submitted to "Ask the President")

What are the union’s plan to assist with conversion of PTFs in Associate Offices?
[President Burrus' Response]


Members of Congress Ask GAO
To Address Consolidation Concerns

(04/11/06) Echoing union criticisms of the USPS network consolidation plan, four key members of Congress expressed “concerns about the way the USPS is carrying out” the program, in a letter to the Government Accountability Office. “While we recognize the USPS may need to consolidate its facilities…,” the March 27 letter said, “... we are not convinced that USPS is following the recommendations made” in GAO’s 2005 report on consolidation. The 2005 study concluded that the USPS “strategy for realigning its mail-processing infrastructure lacks clarity, criteria, and accountability.” [read more]


Five Consolidation Studies Put ‘On Hold’

(04/06/06) The APWU has been notified that five Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies “have been placed on hold” indefinitely. An April 3 USPS notice to APWU President William Burrus indicated that the facilities involved are two in Illinois (Carbondale and Centralia), two in New Mexico (Las Cruces and Alamogordo), and one in Arkansas (Batesville). “We have not been informed whether these decisions are the result of community resistance or technical issues involving appropriate management review and approval for the studies,” Burrus said. [read more]


Postal Rate Commission Rejects
USPS Proposal for Expedited Schedule

(03/28/06) The Postal Rate Commission (PRC) has rejected a USPS motion for expedited Rate Commission review of the Evolutionary Network Development (END) plan for consolidation of postal facilities. The ruling is a victory for the APWU, which opposed the fast-track timetable, and for citizens whose postal services will be negatively affected by changes to the USPS network. [read more]


Union Asks Legislators to Support
Public Input on USPS Consolidation

(03/27/06)The APWU has asked key legislators to support language in the Senate version of postal reform legislation that would require the Postal Service to consider community input when contemplating consolidation of postal operations. The language, offered by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), was adopted by the Senate when it approved the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act on Feb. 9, 2006. [read more]


National Executive Board Acts
To Fight Network Consolidation

Dues Assessment to Help Pay for Ad Campaign

(03/10/06) Vowing to do “everything in our power to thwart the Postal Service’s network realignment plan,” the union’s National Executive Board has voted to approve a $5 dues assessment. Spread out over two pay periods, the assessment will help pay for an advertising campaign designed to make the public more aware of the expected negative changes. “The plan was created without any input from the American people whose mail service will deteriorate,” said APWU President William Burrus. [read more]


Network Realignment Update
Public Supports Workers’ Efforts
To Preserve Service, Postmarks, Jobs

(03/01/06) Postal Service announcements of plans to consolidate “some operations” at mail processing facilities around the country have generated mostly unfavorable reactions from elected officials and consumers alarmed by the prospects of deteriorated customer service, the demise of historical postmarks, and the dislocation of citizens important to local economies. As part of an effort to get the Postal Service to reconsider plans to relocate major functions of local facilities, these same displeased officials and consumers — aided by APWU members — have been seeking the support of state and federal officials. [read more]


USPS Briefs APWU
On Plans to Realign Network

(02/15/06) The Postal Service provided a long-awaited outline of the Evolutionary Network Development (END) program in a meeting with APWU officers Feb. 14, 2006, the same day it submitted the plan to the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) for evaluation. The USPS is required by law to seek an advisory opinion from the PRC when it proposes to make changes in service that are national in scope. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Postal Service is also required to notify the union when a major relocation of employees is planned “due to the implementation of national postal mail networks.” [read more]


USPS ‘Network Realignment’ Update
Public Supports Workers’ Efforts
To Preserve Service, Postmarks, Jobs

(01/25/06) From Waterbury to Waco, from western Pennsylvania to Pacific Palisades, public officials, consumers, and local businesses are expressing alarm at wide-ranging plans to consolidate “some operations” at postal facilities around the country. [read more]


The APWU and USPS Consolidation Plans

(01/18/06— Question submitted to "Ask the President") Why was the national APWU caught off guard by the USPS consolidation plans? The only time I know of that the APWU protested management’s refusal to provide the consolidation plan was during the first year of the contract extension. Why was there no follow-up? Why wasn’t legal action taken or a grievance filed? What is the national doing in regard to all the Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies? Grassroots efforts are fine, but what is the national union doing?
[President Burrus' response]


Consumers, Workers Get Glimpse Of Future Plans
Some Operations Consolidated
As ‘Network Realignment’ Begins

(01/03/06) To the consternation of the American public and APWU members, the Postal Service began making announcements late last year that it was consolidating “some operations” at approximately a dozen processing and distribution facilities, and conducting Area Mail Processing feasibility surveys at others.

The AMP studies are likely to result in additional instances of consolidation, and the APWU, at all levels, continues to press the Postal Service for details on its plans. [read more]


Realignment Plans Spark Controversies
Consumers, Postal Workers
Express Concerns About 'Consolidation'

(01/03/06) Postal Service announcements of plans to consolidate “some operations” at mail processing facilities around the country have generated interest in the press, as well as among elected officials and consumers. The reviews are almost universally unfavorable. The deterioration of customer service, the demise of historical postmarks, and the dislocation of citizens important to local economies are issues that seem to resonate with the media, legislators, and the public. [read more]


Stop the Presses!
USPS Kills Favorable Story About
Facility Targeted for Consolidation

(12/22/05) Why would the Postal Service decided against publishing an internally prepared story about one of its most productive facilities? According to Clint Burelson, president of the APWU local that includes employees of the extremely efficient Tumwater (WA) plant, there’s a very good reason: The plant is part of a consolidation plan and the good publicity might too easily result in, well, bad publicity. So the USPS-publication’s Tumwater tale has been put on hold. [read more]


Olympian Effort May Be Model
For Combatting Consolidation

(12/22/05) Activities by the Olympia (WA) Local in response to a plan to move the city’s mail processing to Tacoma (a much larger city 30 miles away) may prove to be a model for other APWU locals fighting consolidation. The Olympia local has taken its message to the public – and loudly – and has challenged each claim the Postal Service has made. [read more]


Postal Operations Identified
For Consolidation or Study

(11/22/05) The APWU has received notification from the USPS that some operations at the facilities listed would be consolidated, or that the facilities would be the subject of AMP (Area Mail Processing) studies. [read more]


Consolidation of USPS Network Begins

(11/21/05) Recently, the union received notification from the USPS of the planned consolidation of “some operations” at 10 offices one week, followed by a dozen more several weeks later. “The APWU will respond with all available resources,” APWU President William Burrus said in a Nov. 17 Update to local and state presidents.  “A group of resident officers has been empanelled to coordinate the APWU response, including activating and updating APWU plans that were developed and distributed to local and state presidents in 2003.”
[read more]


Consolidation Begins in Bits and Pieces

(11/17/05) The long-expected USPS network consolidation has begun in bits and pieces, with individual offices now being notified of changes to their mail processing operations. Over the past several weeks the union has received notification from the USPS of the planned consolidation of “some operations” at 10 offices one week, followed by a dozen more the following week. [read more]


Locals Threatened with Consolidation
Are Urged to Act to Protect Jobs, Service

(10/25/05) APWU President William Burrus has written to 17 local presidents, notifying them of USPS plans to consolidate some mail processing operations in facilities represented by their locals, and providing them with material to help protect jobs and service in their communities. [read more]


GAO Criticizes USPS Network Consolidation Strategy

(05/18/05) The U.S. Postal Service plan for consolidating its mail processing and distribution network lacks “clarity, criteria, and accountability,” a recent report by the Government Accountability Office concluded.

The agency’s study, conducted at the request of members of the House Government Reform Committee, also found that the USPS has failed to clearly communicate its network realignment plans to the mailing industry, employee groups, and Congress. [read more]

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