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What’s the Big Deal
About ‘Service Standards?’
(02/26/14) On Jan. 24, 2014, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced a postponement of the second round of cuts to service standards, which were scheduled to take effect Feb. 1. When and if the changes are implemented, the new service standards will end all overnight delivery of first-class mail. Previously implemented cuts in service standards have already drastically slowed down the mail, to the detriment of the postal public and postal workers. [read more]

Excessing, Job Withholding
Due to Consolidations on ‘Indefinite Hold’
(02/20/14) Union members are sure to breathe a sigh of relief following a recent notice from the Postal Service to the APWU. Excessing related to Area Mail Processing events has been placed on “indefinite hold,” according to a Feb. 14 letter from Postal Service to the APWU. As a result, the Postal Service is now releasing “residual vacancies” that were being withheld. [read more]

USPS Postpones Consolidations
(01/24/14) The Postal Service announced in the Federal Register on Jan. 24 that it is postponing Phase 2 of its latest mail processing consolidation plan, which was slated to begin on Feb. 1. The USPS is also delaying implementation of changes to service standards that would have been necessary if the plants were consolidated. The USPS will announce the new implementation date in the Federal Register at least 90 days before it takes effect. [read more]

Make it a Matter of Record
Tell the PRC About Delayed Mail
(12/23/13) Businesses, customers and APWU members who have complaints about delayed mail should be sure to let the Postal Regulatory Commission know, says Debby Szeredy, the union’s executive vice president.“Much of the delayed mail is in areas where plants and post offices have been consolidated or closed or where hours at post offices have been reduced,” she said. “Filing complaints with the PRC will help document how egregious the problem is, so encourage your family, friends and neighbors to file complaints if they experience delays, too,” Szeredy said. [read more]

APWU Files Amended Complaint with PRC
Union Alleges Network Consolidation
Causing Significant Mail Delays
(12/16/13) The APWU filed an amended complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Dec. 13, alleging that the USPS is failing to comply with service standards on first-class mail and periodicals. The APWU alleges that significant delays in mail delivery are being caused by the closure of processing facilities around the country. [read more]

APWU Calls on PRC
To Investigate Delayed Mail
Missing Teenís Letter Took Two Weeks
To Reach Mother, Szeredy Tells Panel

(12/11/13) APWU Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy called on the Postal Regulatory Commission to conduct an investigation into delayed mail at the agencyís public meeting on Dec. 11. Szeredy described a Dec. 7 CNN report about a missing 16 year old girl from Conway NH who wrote to her mother within two weeks of her disappearance. The letter was dated Oct. 22 and was postmarked Oct. 23, but it wasnít delivered to Abigail Hernandezís mother until Nov. 6, more than two weeks later. [read more]

PRC Ruling: One More
Week To Prove USPS is
Violating Service Standards

(12/03/13) In a ruling responding to a complaint filed by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued an order on Nov. 27 giving the APWU two weeks to submit additional evidence that the Postal Service is regularly violating its own mandatory service standards. The APWU complaint alleges that the Postal Service’s failure to comply with its overnight delivery standards for first-class mail and periodicals is denying the APWU and its locals — as customers — as well as other mailers, the level of service required by USPS regulations. [read more]

‘Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’

(11/26/13) The APWU family is deeply saddened by the death of Tyson Barnette, the 26 year old Maryland Letter Carrier who was killed while delivering mail on Saturday, Nov. 22, well after dark. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family. [read more]

APWU Files Charges
With Postal Regulatory Commission

(09/05/13) The APWU filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Sept. 5 charging that the USPS is failing to comply with its own service standards and is depriving individuals, small businesses and organizations of the service they are entitled to by law. The Postal Service’s failure to comply with the law is the result of an arbitrary decision to accelerate mail processing facility closures that were scheduled to take effect in 2014. The closures have resulted in the “regular and systematic violation” of first-class mail service standards, the complaint says. [read more]

Consolidations and Closures:
Local Efforts Amplify the Fight

(07/01/13) As the Postal Service proceeds with plans to consolidate the mail procession network, union members and citizens are fighting back.

More than 100 postal workers and supporters rallied in Norfolk May 24.

In Virginia, where the USPS plans to shift mail processing operations from the Norfolk Processing & Distribution Center to a facility near Richmond, union members have rallied opposition to the plan and generated considerable media coverage in the process. Maintaining overnight delivery of local mail would be impossible after the consolidation, Norfolk Local President Michele Wright told the Virginia- Pilot. “We believe that our customers will be greatly impacted,” she said. The union also rebutted management’s claim that the consolidation would save $20 million. [read more]

Rep. DeLauro to Introduce
‘Protect Overnight Delivery Act’

(06/13/13) Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will introduce legislation to preserve overnight mail delivery and, in the process, protect mail processing facilities from closure, she told fellow lawmakers in a letter dated June 13. Rep. DeLauro invited House members to become original co-sponsors of the Protect Overnight Delivery Act, which she plans to introduce later this month. Forty-three representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors, she said.
[read more]

Survey Says:
Most Americans Oppose Plant Closures

(06/04/13) "The results of a survey commissioned by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) in February and March validate what postal workers have been saying: The American people want a strong, vibrant postal service," notes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell in an online article. [read more]

47 Members of Congress Tell PMG:
Stop Accelerating Consolidation
Of Mail Processing

(05/20/13) Forty-seven members of Congress have signed a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to stand by his commitment to keep more than 70 mail processing facilities open until next spring. “We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule,” the May 20 letter says. The letter was written in response to management’s decision to close or consolidate 71 mail processing facilities this year that were scheduled for possible consolidation in 2014. [read more]

APWU President:
‘Congress is Killing the Postal Service’
Union Calls on USPS to Postpone Consolidations

(04/11/13) “Congress is killing the Postal Service,” President Cliff Guffey declared on April 10. “Its failure to act is pushing the Postal Service to the brink of bankruptcy and threatens to destroy the institution,” he said. “While Saturday mail delivery has dominated recent discussions about the Postal Service, little attention has been paid to other drastic measures the USPS is taking that will significantly delay mail and permanently damage the nation’s mail system,” he remarked after the USPS Board of Governors announced it was backing off plans to end delivery of letters and periodicals on Saturdays. [read more]

NLRB Settlement Reached
On Redacted AMP Studies

(04/02/13) The union won a victory in February when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reached an agreement with the USPS that requires management to provide the APWU with un-redacted copies of completed Area Mail Processing (AMP) Feasibility Studies for consolidations, APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell informed state and local presidents in a recent memo. [read more]

APWU Denounces USPS Plans to Accelerate Closure of Mail Processing Plants

(03/27/13) “The APWU is outraged by USPS plans to accelerate the closure of 71 mail processing plants that were originally slated for possible consolidation in 2014,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “These closures will eliminate jobs, harm communities, and delay mail delivery every day — Monday, through Saturday,” he said. The consolidations will drastically curtail local mail sortation and will virtually eliminate overnight delivery. [read more]

USPS Accelerates Implementation
Of 18 Consolidation Sites

(01/22/13) Postal management notified the APWU on Jan. 17 of its decision to accelerate the consolidation of 18 sites, moving implementation from 2014 to 2013.  The 18 facilities were originally among 89 sites that management identified for consolidation next year, in Phase 2 of a modified consolidation plan that was announced in May 2012. [read more]

Protestors Rally to Save Distribution Centers

(01/01/13) Protesters lined the sidewalk in front of the post office at Bay and Fahm streets in Savannah, GA, Oct. 15 to express their disapproval of the planned closure of the area’s mail processing and distribution center. Earlier this year, the Postal Service announced plans to close the sorting and processing center at 210 Bourne Blvd., which employs more than 200 people. Fewer than half of those employed at the facility would be offered jobs elsewhere, and the mail processed at the center would be divided between Postal Service facilities in Macon, Jacksonville, FL, and Charleston, SC. [read more]

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