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Save Historic Post Offices
From the Auction Block

(07/25/13) As part of the union’s ongoing struggle to save the Postal Service, the APWU has distributed information and guidance to local and state leaders who are engaged in efforts to stop the Postal Service from selling historic post offices. [read more]


Union Challenges POStPlan, Demands Jobs

(05/01/13) The APWU challenged management’s “POStPlan” at an arbitration hearing that began on May 1. The union charged that the plan, which resulted in a drastic reduction in the hours of operation at thousands of post offices, also deprives the APWU members of thousands of jobs, in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. [read more]


POStPlan in Direct Conflict 
With APWU National Agreement

(07/02/12) The APWU has put the Postal Service on notice that their plan to replace Postmasters at small, rural post offices with Postmaster Reliefs (PMRs) is a direct violation of our 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The USPS announced their POStPlan (Post Office Structure Plan) on May 9, 2012. The plan calls for reduced staffing and work hours at 13,900 small post offices, moving the Postmasters in these offices to an Administrative Post Office to manage their former post office remotely, and replacing the postmasters in those reduced-hour offices with PMRs. [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]


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.
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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]


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?
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House Members Seek Moratorium
On USPS Plans to Close Post Offices

(02/02/14) More than 100 members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe asking him to place a moratorium on plans to consolidate thousands of post offices “until the USPS resolves the numerous problems” identified by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in a Dec. 23, 2011, advisory opinion. [read more]


PRC Blasts USPS Retail Closure Plan

(12/30/11) The Postal Service plans to close a many as 3,600 retail facilities is based on questionable data, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) recently concluded. In a Dec. 23 advisory opinion, the PRC challenged the methods with which the Postal Service developed its “Retail Access Optimization Initiative,” charging that the USPS lacked sufficient data for determining which closures would reduce costs the most and that it lacked sufficient data and analysis to make the best decisions. [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]


APWU Vows to Fight
To Keep Offices Open

(07/28/11) “The American Postal Workers Union will stand with our neighbors to demand that post offices, stations, and branches remain open — and expand the services they offer — wherever they are needed,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. The USPS announced July 26 that it plans to study 3,700 post offices, stations and branches for possible closure. [read more]


APWU Denounces Post Office Closure Plans

(01/24/11) The union is “deeply disappointed” by the Postal Service’s announcement — via the Wall Street Journal — that it plans to close as many as 2,000 post offices beginning in March, APWU President Cliff Guffey said Monday. “Cutting service to the American people is not the solution to the Postal Service’s problems,” he said. “The USPS can only remain relevant and resolve its financial difficulties if it improves and expands service.”
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PRC Slams USPS Closure Plans

(04/19/10) Echoing recommendations made by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) sharply criticized USPS plans for closing stations and branches in an “advisory opinion” issued March 10. The Postal Service should give residents more notice when it plans to close stations or branches, and should improve opportunities for public comment on its plans, the PRC said. [read more]


Local Unions Fight to Save Post Offices

Local members protest the closing of the Maple Heights Post Office in Cleveland.

(04/19/10) Several south Florida communities are continuing the struggle to keep their neighborhood post offices open. In February, when the USPS released itsmost recent list of targeted stations, one office in Fort Myers, two in Naples, and two locations in Miami remained under consideration, down from eight in October.

One of the Miami stations is the Edison Post Office in Liberty City, in one of the poorest sections of the city. If the USPS follows through with its closure plans, residents would have to travel to locations either 22 blocks west, or 30 blocks southeast to get to the nearest post office. This is extremely challenging for residents in the area, many of whom do not have cars. More than 450 people visit this post office daily. [read more]


Commission Sharply Criticizes
USPS Station Closure Plans

(03/11/10) Echoing recommendations made by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) said March 10 that the Postal Service should give residents more notice when it plans to close stations or branches, and should improve opportunities for public comment on its plans. The USPS also should implement uniform procedures for closing or consolidating various types of retail facilities (such as post offices, stations and branches), and should enhance its financial analysis of station and branch operations, the commission found. [read more]


‘Closures’ Report Reveals Inconsistencies

(03/01/10) Call it what you will, shuttering retail Postal Service facilities reduces public service, and the public has been watching. Late last year, the Congressional Research Service issued a report titled “Post Office and Retail Facility Closures: Overview and Issues for Congress.” The study chronicles customer-service-reduction efforts, beginning with the original notification on May 15 that postal managers would evaluate more than 3,100 offices for possible closure, and documents activities through the announcement in November that only 241 offices were being considered for consolidation. (A USPS notice posted Dec. 14 — after the OIG report was issued — trimmed the list to 168 offices.) [read more]


Station & Branch Closures:
USPS Trims List to 162

(01/29/10) The USPS announced Jan. 29 that the list of stations and branches being considered for closure has been reduced to 162, six less than the last update on Dec. 15. The Postal Service cautioned again that the list does not represent a final decision on which locations would be closed. [read more]


Rallying Community Support
Is Key to Keeping Post Offices Open

(01/01/10) Too far for walking, too crowded for waiting, and too congested for driving and parking.” The phrase has become almost a mantra in communities where the Postal Service is rushing to shut down retail units, and shunt consumers off to what might be described as “the next nearest Post Office.” [read more]


USPS Cuts List of Stations
Considered for Closure to 168

(12/15/09) The USPS announced Dec. 14 that it has reduced the number of stations and branches under consideration for closure to 168, but cautioned that the new list does not represent a final decision on consolidation. APWU President William Burrus insisted that the union will continue to oppose management efforts to downgrade service. [read more]


Postal Service Trims List of Targeted Stations

(11/20/09) The USPS announced Nov. 20 that it has reduced the list of stations and branches under consideration for closure to 241 (from 371 in early October) but warned that the new list does not represent a final decision on consolidation. “The APWU will continue to fight the Postal Service’s attempt to reduce service to our customers,” said APWU President William Burrus. “Cutting service is counter-productive and will harm the USPS in the long-run.
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APWU Testimony on Station Closings
Postal Service Relies on Incomplete Data, Discriminates Against Underserved Communities

(10/29/09) An analysis of the postal stations and branches under consideration for closure shows that the USPS study process “discriminates against communities with high percentages of low-income, minority and transit-dependent residents,” according to recent testimony submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission by the APWU. In addition, the union asserted, the Postal Service uses incomplete data to support its conclusions. [read more]


APWU Presses Fight to Keep Retail Units Open

(10/26/09) With the number of USPS stations and branches under consideration for closure still in flux, the APWU continues to lead community-based drives to keep retail units open. The Postal Service first announced in May that more than 3,200 stations and branches in Level 24-and-above post offices were being evaluated for possible consolidation or closure. Since then the number has fluctuated dramatically, with the USPS providing varying numbers to the Postal Regulatory Commission, congressional panels and the union. On Sept. 2, the Postal Service announced that it had reduced to 413 the number of stations and branches under consideration for closure. But a USPS News Release reported that the list, which it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), “does not represent a final decision.” [read more]


371 Stations Remain Under Consideration for Closure
Union Vows Fight to Keep Stations Open

(10/09/09) The Postal Service announced Oct. 9 that 371 stations and branches in Level 24-and-above post offices remain under consideration for possible closure, but cautioned that the filing does not represent a final decision on consolidation. “The APWU is committed to fighting the Postal Service’s attempt to reduce service to our customers,” said APWU President William Burrus. “Our members have found significant opposition to these plans virtually everywhere they have been made public. [read more]


USPS Releases New List
Of Stations Targeted for Closure
Union Develops Action Plan to Oppose Closures

(09/03/09) The Postal Service announced Sept. 2 that it has reduced to 413 the number of stations and branches currently under consideration for closure. Locals are cautioned, however, that the list remains in flux. A USPS News Release reported that the list, which it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), “does not represent a final decision on consolidation.” The Postal Service has provided various lists to the Postal Regulatory Commission, congressional panels and the union with numbers ranging from 3,200 (corrected on Aug. 28 to 3,600) to 677 (corrected on Aug. 28 to 750) to 413. [read more]


Fighting Contract Postal Units;
Protecting Retail Jobs

(08/24/09) The USPS announcement in May that more than 3,200 stations and branches in Level 24-and-above post offices would be evaluated for possible consolidation or closure has sparked great concern across the country. Retail employees are understandably fearful that their jobs will be eliminated, and many union activists are convinced that management plans to replace the stations and branches with Contract Postal Units (CPUs), which are owned and run by non-postal employees. [read more]


Station and Branch Closures
APWU Spearheads Community Battles
To Keep Retail Units Open

(08/20/09) APWU members have been pressing the Postal Service for information about stations and branches targeted for closure, and rallying the support of communities, their legislators, and the media about USPS plans to shutter nearly 700 large post offices. In its third official presentation of retail facilities under consideration for consolidation, the Postal Service provided a House subcommittee with a list of 677 stations and branches on July 30, which were selected from more than 3,200 on lists received by the union in May and June. [read more]


USPS Station and Branch Closures
Burrus: ‘Short-Sighted’ Strategy
Will Mean Long-Term Damage

(08/19/09) In a follow-up to recent testimony before a House subcommittee, APWU President William Burrus explored alternatives to station-and-branch closures, which the Postal Service is planning in reaction to a severe financial crisis. “Closing and consolidating post offices based on recession-level volume is short-sighted, and will leave the Postal Service with an infrastructure unable to accommodate the larger volume of mail that will be generated by a more robust economy,” Burrus wrote Aug. 13. [read more]


Station and Branch Closures:
Burrus: 'Acts of Surrender'

(07/31/09) Closing stations and branches and reducing mail delivery to five days per week “will unquestionably have a negative effect on the postal monopoly,” APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee at a hearing July 30. Such actions “will impede the Postal Service’s ability to compete” when the economy rebounds, he said. [read more] | [News Bulletin #01-2009]


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]


Consolidating Stations

(07/01/09) At a meeting at USPS Headquarters on June 23, the Postal Service briefed APWU officers of the Clerk, Maintenance, and Motor Vehicle Crafts about plans to consolidate operations in large stations and branches. Managers also provided the union with an updated list of 3,243 stations and branches in Level-24-and-above installations that are being reviewed. At the briefing, postal officials said that 740 already had been identified as candidates for consolidation and/or closing. [read more]


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]

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