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Postal Unions Write to House Committee Leaders
(04/16/14) The presidents of the four postal unions have written to leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee expressing opposition to White House 2015 budget proposals regarding the Postal Service. In the letter, the presidents noted that Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) indicated at an April 8 hearing that the committee would seek to consider a new postal bill based on the administration’s proposals. [read more]


USPS Needs Real Reform – Not More Austerity
(04/09/14) The Postal Service needs real reform — not the austerity proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the White House, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after an April 8 hearing by a House committee. The hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Rep. Issa chairs, focused on White House budget items concerning the Postal Service. Unfortunately, Issa found a lot to like in the administration’s proposals. [read more]


Based on a Falsehood,
Ryan Budget Would Plunder Postal Service
(04/01/14) The postal provisions in the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 1 are a “thinly-veiled attempt to plunder the Postal Service — to slash service, cut workers’ benefits, and render our great national treasure ripe for privatization,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. They’re also based on a fallacy, Dimondstein points out: The USPS did not have “an operating loss of $1 billion” in fiscal year 2013, as Rep. Ryan asserts. “In fact, the Postal Service had an operating surplus of $600 million in fiscal year 2013. The Postal Service’s losses are the result of a manufactured crisis — the legislative requirement that forces the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees 75 years in advance and within a 10-year period,” Dimondstein said.
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Postal Unions Form Alliance
Declaration Promises Joint Efforts
(03/10/14) Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the presidents of the four postal unions have formed a historic alliance to fight back. “A congressionally-manufactured financial crisis drains the USPS of vital resources,” the union presidents write in a proclamation signed over the last several days. “Six-day delivery is under constant threat of elimination. The reduction of service standards and the elimination of half of the nation’s mail processing centers has slowed service and wiped out tens of thousands of good jobs. Post offices in cities and small towns are being sold or closed or having their hours cut back. [read more]


White House Budget Misses The Mark on Postal Matters
(03/06/14) The administration’s budget proposal for 2015 misses the mark on postal issues, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said.  “The White House budget echoes the misguided policies of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.  It calls for severe cutbacks that will harm service, drive away business, and eliminate jobs,” he said. The proposal calls for the immediate end of Saturday delivery and would allow the Postal Service to begin to shift from door delivery to centralized delivery. [read more]


Sen. Sanders Says It All
(03/06/14) In a March 5 guest column in the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes an eloquent case for postal reform that protects our beloved national treasure. It is reprinted here. “The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans. [read more]


PRC Dismisses APWU Service Complaint
APWU Vows to Fight On
(03/03/14) The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has dismissed an APWU complaint which charges that the Postal Service is failing to meet its own service standards regarding the delivery of first-class mail. The union brought the complaint in its capacity as a large mailer. The union’s complaint alleges that the USPS regularly fails to meet its service, including the first-class mail of the APWU.  [read more]


President's Viewpoint
‘We Hope You Can Make Headway’
(02/26/14) Soon after being interviewed on The Ed Show on MSNBC in December, I received an email from a cousin I don’t see very often who had seen the TV segment, which was about protests by postal workers in Springfield OR against planned plant closings. My cousin was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had been elected president of the APWU, but what was significant about the email was not the warm congratulations that one would expect from a relative, but what he said about the way he and his wife feel about the USPS: “We love the Postal Service and hope you can make some headway to keep it alive and functioning for the future of our country.” [read more]


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]


APWU Opposes USPS Proposal to Slow Down Standard Mail
(02/21/14) In a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission on Feb. 20, the APWU strenuously opposed a USPS proposal to reduce service standards for Standard Mail. The USPS has asked the Commission for an advisory opinion on the proposal, which the USPS claims would alleviate a problem with heavy workloads on Monday by permitting delivery on Tuesday of Standard Mail that now is due to be delivered on Monday.  [read more]


Postal Workers Protest
Rep. Issa at NH GOP Fundraiser

(02/19/14) More than 150 union members braved sub-zero degree winds on Feb. 17 to deliver an icy greeting to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, the author of legislation (H.R. 2748) that would lead to the demise of the Postal Service. [read more]


Senate Panel Approves ‘Disastrous’ Postal Bill
Unions Promise Fierce Opposition
(02/06/14) The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved an amended version of a postal bill (S. 1486) that faces vehement opposition from the four postal unions. The committee with oversight responsibility for the Postal Service passed the measure by a vote of 9-1 on Feb. 6. “This was a bad bill that was made worse by the ‘substitute’ version that was introduced last week,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director John Marcotte.” [read more]


Senate Committee Begins – But Doesn’t Complete – Debate on Postal Bill
(01/30/14) The Senate committee with oversight over the Postal Service spent nearly three hours on Jan. 29 debating amendments to a postal bill that all four postal unions oppose, but recessed before taking a final vote. There is no word on when — or if — the committee will reconvene to finish consideration of the legislation, S. 1486. [read more]


Four Postal Unions Express
‘Strong Opposition’ to Senate Bill
(01/27/14) The four postal unions sent a joint letter to members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Jan. 27 expressing “strong opposition” to an amended version of Senate bill 1486, and urging senators to oppose the bill when it is considered by the committee on Jan. 29. The substitute bill was issued on Jan. 23 by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the authors of the original bill. The substitute bill retains many of the negative features of the original bill and adds new provisions “that are totally unfair and unnecessary,” the letter says. One of the new provisions requires the USPS to pre-fund $17 billion in future workers’ compensation expenses.
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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]


Senate Panel Postpones Consideration of Postal Bill
(12/17/13) A Senate committee has postponed consideration of a controversial postal bill that was condemned by postal unions. Members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs were scheduled to meet on Dec. 18 to act on S. 1486, which was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in August. “We’re pleased that Sen. Carper has postponed a committee vote on the bill,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “But our fight is not over.” [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 Teen’s 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 agency’s 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 wasn’t delivered to Abigail Hernandez’s mother until Nov. 6, more than two weeks later. [read more]


Budget Deal Announced:
Future Postal, Federal Workers
To Pay More for Retirement Benefits
(12/11/13) A proposed budget deal announced late on Dec. 10 would require postal and federal workers hired after Dec. 31, 2013, to pay more toward their retirement benefits. The increase would not apply to employees who are already on the rolls and would not affect current retirees. [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]


APWU President Dimondstein:
‘Don’t Believe the Type’
(11/15/13) “Headlines across the country are shouting that the USPS lost billions of dollars again this year, but that’s a fallacy,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after the USPS released financial information for fiscal year 2013. “If it weren’t for the congressional mandate to pre-fund health benefits for future retirees, the USPS would have shown a surplus of $600 million.” [read more]


At Swearing-In, APWU’s New President Calls
For ‘Grand Alliance’ to Save the USPS

(11/07/13) In an impassioned speech before more than 1,000 union members, the newly-elected president of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, issued a call for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service and to protect postal jobs. “Writing to Congress is important,” he declared, “but it is not enough. Lobbying for legislation is important, but it is not enough.” To succeed, postal workers must build a movement, he said. [read more] | [Click here to view speech]


APWU Contributes to Fight to Save Historic Post Offices
(10/30/13) The APWU will make a $15,000 donation to the National Post Office Collaborate, an organization dedicated to fighting the sale of historic post offices, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. The Collaborate, which grew out of the fight to save the Berkeley CA post office, plans to mount legal challenges to the sale of hundreds of historic post offices across the nation. [full story]


PMG’s Credibility In Doubt Again
(10/03/13) At Senate hearings in September on proposed postal legislation, "Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe made several statements that once again call his credibility into question," notes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell in an article for the union's magazine. [read more]


In Senate Testimony,
Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Bill
Bill is ‘Fatally Flawed;’ Penalizes Workers, Cuts Service
(09/19/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Senate panel on Sept. 19 that the postal bill introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is “fatally flawed.”The bill (S. 1486) “fails to correct the cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis — the mandate in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees,” Guffey said. [read more]


Second Day of Hearings
On USPS ‘POStPlan’
(09/19/13) A second day of arbitration hearings was held Sept. 19 on the APWU’s grievance protesting management’s “POStPlan.” The first day of hearings was May 1, when union presented its case. The union charges 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.
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Guffey to Testify Before Senate Committee
(09/16/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Sept. 19. The hearing will address “reforming and renewing the Postal Service” and a bill proposed by Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Republican Tom Coburn (R-OK). The APWU declared that the Carper-Coburn bill (S. 1486) was “fatally flawed” when it was introduced in early August, just before Congress adjourned for a five-week recess. [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]


GAO: USPS Healthcare Plan
Would Hurt Medicare, Postal Workers
(08/20/13) A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms it: The Postal Service’s proposal to take postal workers out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program would weaken Medicare and would result in reduced coverage and increased costs for postal workers. “The American Postal Workers Union vehemently opposes the Postal Service’s proposal to remove postal workers from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program,” President Cliff Guffey said in a press statement following the release of a GAO report on the plan. [read more]


Congressional Neglect
Deepens Postal Crisis
(08/16/13) Although several postal bills have been introduced in Congress recently, our struggle for reform that makes sense is far from over. The “do-nothing” Congress is still a long way from passing legislation that will strengthen the USPS, preserve service, and protect jobs. [read more]


USPS Issues Stamps
Honoring Workers,
But What About Its Own?
(08/09/13) The Postal Service’s release on Aug. 8 of a series stamps featuring iconic images of the workers who built the nation’s bridges, railways, and skyscrapers almost a century ago is more than a little ironic, the APWU noted. ”We’re pleased that the USPS is paying tribute to the workers who made America the envy of the world,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey, “but the gesture would mean a lot more if the Postal Service were not simultaneously lobbying Congress for the right to slash the retirement and healthcare benefits of its own employees." [read more]


Senate Postal Bill Jeopardizes
Healthcare, Retirement Benefits
(08/06/13) A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Aug. 1 would jeopardize the healthcare and retirement benefits of postal employees by giving arbitrators the authority to remove them from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). “We vehemently oppose removing postal employees and retirees from these programs,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. [read more]


Thanks, But No Thanks
PMG Seeks to Take Us Out
Of Federal Healthcare Plan
(08/06/13) "The APWU will vehemently oppose any plan to take postal employees or retirees out of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program," writes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell in an article for the union's magazine. [read more]


In Letter to Senate Majority Leader,
Postal Unions Seethe Over Carper-Coburn Bill
(08/05/13) The four postal unions sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Harry Reid on Aug. 5 expressing “utter dismay” at the introduction of S. 1486, the postal bill co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill continues the disastrous policy of mandating massive pre-funding of retiree health benefits and provides for major downsizing measures to pay for it, the letter notes. [read more]


Next Step in APWU’s
TV Ad Campaign
(08/05/13) The APWU has launched the next phase of its television ad campaign, with spots airing on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. “As the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis deepens, several dangerous bills have been introduced in Congress,” said President Cliff Guffey. Bills proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in the House and by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in the Senate “fail to address the cause of the crisis,” he said. “Instead, they would punish workers, slash service, and lead to the demise of the USPS.” [read more]


APWU: Senate Postal Bill
Betrays Workers, American People
(08/02/13) The leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), introduced postal legislation on Aug. 1, just before Congress adjourned for a five-week recess.
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Update on August Actions
(08/02/13) As Congress begins its August recess, President Guffey is reminding APWU state and local presidents to meet with their legislators to urge them to co-sponsor the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate), the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459), and the United States Postal Service Stabilization Act (H.R. 961).  [read more]


House Panel Approves
Rep. Issa’s Postal Bill
Union Says: Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’

(07/25/13) The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a postal bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) by a vote of 22 to 17 on July 24. The vote was along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it. “If it is enacted, this bill will lead to the demise of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “I call upon all APWU members to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to vote ‘no’ when the bill is brought before the full House. [read more]


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.
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House Panel Approves Issa Bill
(07/24/13) The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a postal bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on July 24, by a vote of 22 to 17. The vote was along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it. “If it is enacted, this bill will lead to the demise of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “I call upon all APWU members to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to vote ‘no’ when the bill is brought before the full House.”[read more]


Rep. Issa Introduces Postal Legislation
APWU Urges ‘No’ Vote
On ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Bill
(07/22/13) Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) officially introduced postal legislation on July 19, which will be voted on by the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform on July 24. The bill (H.R. 2748) includes some minor modifications from a discussion draft Rep. Issa circulated in June, but is still “deeply disturbing,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said.
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Guffey Testifies Before House Committee (07/18/13) “The USPS was not broken in 2006 when Congress passed the PAEA [Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act], President Cliff Guffey told a House committee on July 17. “As a consequence of that legislation, it is nearly broke now; but it still is not broken. Even today it delivers mail to every address in the United States, and delivers six days per week, at less than half the cost of mail in other industrialized nations.” [read more]


APWU, Mail Handlers Plan
August Actions to Push Postal Reform

(07/17/13) The APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union have announced plans to conduct a nationwide joint lobbying effort over the Congressional recess from Aug. 5 to Sept. 6 to urge senators and representatives to co-sponsor the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate) and the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459).  This effort is intended to build support for the unions’ demand that Congress take action now to save the Postal Service and protect postal jobs. [read more]


Guffey to Testify
Before House Committee
(07/16/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 17. The hearing will examine a draft postal bill proposed by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the need for comprehensive postal reform. The APWU declared that the draft bill was “deeply disturbing” when it was released in June. Guffey will testify about the urgent need to enact postal legislation that rectifies the congressionally-manufactured USPS financial crisis and stops the dismantling of the mail processing network. [read more]


APWU Renews TV Ad Campaign
(07/08/13) The APWU is renewing its television ad campaign, with spots airing on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News beginning July 8, President Cliff Guffey has announced. “With postal bills pending in Congress, it is imperative that we remind the American people of the crucial role the Postal Service — and our members — play in meeting our nation’s commerce and communication needs,” he said. First up is a 30-second ad that describes the enormous task postal workers perform, and ends with a simple question and response: Ever wonder what this costs you as a taxpayer? Not a single cent. [read more]


President's Viewpoint

Hidden Agenda
When Doing Nothing Does Something
(07/01/13) Despite a flurry of legislative activity in June, it seems clear that some members of Congress aren’t at all interested in saving the Postal Service. They may talk about the USPS crisis; they may even introduce “postal reform” bills. But they’re content to fiddle while the USPS burns. Why? Because the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis helps achieve their goals. As the Postal Service lurches toward insolvency, politicians who favor privatization see an opening — the chance to turn a great public institution into a private business opportunity for their cronies on Wall Street. The deeper the crisis, the greater their chance of success. [read more]


The Postal Service’s Credibility Deficit
(07/01/13) The decision by Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe to accelerate the consolidation of more than 70 mail processing plants that were originally scheduled for 2014 underscores the urgency of our struggle to get Congress to pass legislation that protects service and preserves the mail processing network. Accelerating the consolidations causes unnecessary disruption in the lives of employees, harms communities, delays mail, degrades service, and drives away customers. [read more]


Issa’s Draft Bill ‘Deeply
Disturbing,’ APWU Says

(06/14/13) A draft postal bill released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on June 13 would punish postal workers, privatize major portions of the USPS, and deprive the American people of vital services, said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “We will examine the draft more thoroughly in the coming days and participate in discussions with lawmakers and other stakeholders,” Guffey said, “but our initial review is deeply disturbing. [read more]


Another Biased Report
Calls for Privatizing
Mail Processing

(06/14/13) Another conservative think tank has jumped on the “privatize everything but the last mile” bandwagon, reports APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell. A June 2013 report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation offers a plan that would "privatize all postal operations except delivery," he writes. [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]


Congressional Support Growing
For Postal Service Protection Act

(05/20/13) Since the beginning of May, 18 more U.S. Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630), a bill that would help solve the USPS financial crisis without hurting workers or downgrading mail service. The legislation has gained has 146 co-sponsors since it was introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) on Feb. 13. [read more]


Sign the Petition
Save the Postal Service!
(05/06/13) The APWU is asking union members and supporters to sign an online petition urging the White House to Save the Postal Service and Save American Jobs by supporting the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House and S. 316 in the Senate). The We the People petition must garner 100,000 signers by May 24 to generate a response from the White House. We still need more than 80,000 additional signatures! [read more]


Eight More U.S. Reps.
Co-sponsor Postal
Service Protection Act

(05/02/13) In the past week, eight more members of the U.S. House of Representatives became co-sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630), a bill that would help solve the USPS financial crisis without hurting workers or mail service.
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Sign the Petition
To Save the Postal Service

(04/26/13) The APWU is asking union members and supporters to sign an online petition urging the White House to Save the Postal Service and Save American Jobs by supporting the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate). The We the People petition, which was posted by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), must garner 100,000 signers by May 24 to generate a response from the White House. “So sign the petition!” said Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid.
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Postal Service Protection Act
Gains Support in Congress

(04/25/13) Legislation to restore financial health to the U.S. Postal Service has gained more support in Congress, thanks in large part to the efforts of APWU members who have contacted lawmakers. As of April 24, 20 senators and 120 representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316 in the Senate, H.R. 630 in the House). [read more]


Watch Your Mail, Tell Congress:
America Needs
Real Postal Reform NOW!

(04/17/12) "Our fight is at a critical juncture,” APWU President Cliff Guffey is telling union members. “After several failed attempts at postal reform, Congressional leaders are again negotiating over the terms of a postal reform bill,” Guffey said. “In the meantime, the USPS is proceeding with plans to dismantle the Postal Service — closing mail processing centers, slashing hours at post offices, and reducing service,” he added. [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]


Privatization Merits
‘Serious Consideration,’ Panel Says

(04/02/12) The National Academy of Public Administration, an organization chartered by Congress to provide advice to government leaders, recently evaluated a proposal to privatize all postal operations except delivery and concluded the idea “merits serious consideration.” Although it doesn’t quite endorse the proposal to privatize, the review gives a sense of legitimacy to privatization, which up to now has been dismissed as extreme, writes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell.  [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]


Postal Service Protection Act
Gains Co-sponsors

(03/21/13) Legislation to restore financial health to the U.S. Postal Service has begun to attract widespread support in Congress, thanks in large part to the efforts of APWU members. Soon after the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316/H.R. 630) was introduced, local officers who attended an APWU National Presidents Conference in Washington DC fanned out across Capitol Hill to make the case for preserving the USPS without hurting postal workers or damaging the service we provide citizens and businesses across the country.  [read more]


Rep. Lynch Introduces
Postal Stabilization Act

(03/11/13) Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced the Postal Service Stabilization Act (H.R. 961) on March 5, a measure that would enhance the financial viability of the USPS. The bill would require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to recalculate the Postal Service’s pension liabilities to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) using postal-specific salary and demographic assumptions.  [read more]


Union Urges Lawmakers
To Support Postal Protection Act
(03/11/13) Local officers who attended the recent APWU National Presidents Conference in Washington, DC made the rounds on Capitol Hill March 4 to build support for the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316/H.R. 630).
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Tell Your Legislator:
Support the Postal Service Protection Act
(03/01/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging postal employees to ask their U.S. senators and representative to support the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316 and H.R. 630). “This legislation would go a long way toward solving the Postal Service’s financial crisis. It would make many of the planned cutbacks in service unnecessary, give postal employees a greater sense of security, and give the American people a Postal Service they can count on for the future,” Guffey wrote in a mailing to union members, non-members and retirees.
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APWU Asks Union Members
To Build Support for Postal Bills
(02/19/13) The APWU President Cliff Guffey is calling on union members to ask their senators and representatives to co-sponsor a pair of postal reform bills that were introduced in the House and Senate on Feb. 13. The Senate bill (S. 316) was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with eight co-sponsors; the House bill (H.R. 630) was introduced by Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR). [read more]


Congress Must Act Now,
Guffey Tells Senate Panel
(02/13/13) “The crisis confronting the Postal Service is dire, but the demise of the USPS is not inevitable,” APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Senate panel on Feb. 13. “Congress must end the mandate of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees. This requirement, which ostensibly was implemented to protect taxpayers in the event the USPS ‘goes under,’ is instead drowning the agency in a sea of debt,” Guffey said in a written statement. [read more]


Guffey to Testify Before Senate Committee
(02/08/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Feb. 13 about Solutions to the Crisis Facing the U.S. Postal Service.“I will tell members of the Senate Committee that they have a solemn duty to save the nation’s mail system,” the union president said. “The future of the Postal Service is in their hands. [read more]


The End Game
Privatizers Say: Contract Out Everything But Delivery
(02/08/13) A document prepared by a group of “postal industry thought leaders” about the USPS financial crisis reveals the “end game of those who want to privatize the Postal Service,” writes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell.  “Privatization is the ultimate goal of those who are using the unsustainable mandates of the PAEA as an excuse to dismantle the USPS retail and mail processing network,” he says. While corporations like Pitney Bowes, UPS FedEx stand to benefit, he adds, privatization would mean “more cutbacks in service and higher costs for postal customers.” [read more]


APWU Condemns USPS
Plans to Cut Service

Dismantling Postal Service Will Not Save It
(02/06/13) “The APWU condemns the Postal Service’s decision to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, which will only deepen the agency’s congressionally-manufactured financial crisis," said union president Cliff Guffey. "The USPS has already begun slashing mail service by closing 13,000 post offices or drastically reducing hours of operation, shutting hundreds of mail processing facilities, and downgrading standards for mail delivery to America’s homes and businesses... USPS executives cannot save the Postal Service by tearing it apart. These across-the-board cutbacks will weaken the nation’s mail system and put it on a path to privatization." [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.  In the Jan. 17 letter to the APWU, the Postal Service wrote, “The reason for this change is that the Postal Service has identified the opportunity to accelerate the anticipated savings while still maintaining the interim SCF service standard.” [read more]


The End Game
Privatizers Say: Contract Out
Everything But Delivery

(01/22/13) In January, a group of “postal industry thought leaders” published a paper that advocates contracting out all postal functions except delivery — a plan that is often referred to as “the last mile strategy.”  The paper, titled “Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service: The Case for a Hybrid Public-Private Partnership,” helps us understand what’s behind the current financial “crisis” at the Postal Service. [read more]


Guffey Tells Union Members:
Get Ready – The Fight Goes On

(01/03/13) Congress’ failure to enact postal reform in 2012 means the legislative fight to Save America’s Postal Service goes on, APWU President Cliff Guffey is telling union members. Postal reform legislation that was introduced in the 112th Congress — but not signed into law — died on Jan. 3, when the members of the 113th Congress were sworn in. “New legislation must be introduced this year to reform USPS finances and undo the mess Congress made when it passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006,” Guffey said. [read more]


Convenient Untruths
(01/01/13) When the postal service announced in November that it had incurred a $15.9 billion loss in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012, newspaper editorial boards and anti-government politicians cited the figure as proof that the Postal Service is doomed. They bemoaned the USPS financial crisis and called for privatization of the nation’s mail system. Many blamed the Internet and some even attributed the postal deficit to “excessive” labor costs. But those explanations are just convenient distortions of the truth. [read more]


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]


APWU, USPS Negotiate Retirement Incentive
Employees to Receive $15,000 in Two Installments
(10/01/12) The APWU has negotiated a retirement incentive agreement that awards eligible full-time career employees a $15,000 payment in two installments, President Cliff Guffey has announced. The first installment will be $10,000; the second will be $5,000. “Our goal was to achieve an incentive for members who are ready to end their postal careers; to ensure that no groups of employees are excluded, and to lessen the hardships of excessing for those who remain,” Guffey said. “This agreement accomplishes those objectives.”
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House Inaction Brings USPS To Brink of Default – Again
(09/28/12) House inaction to resolve the congressionally-manufactured USPS financial crisis has brought the Postal Service to the brink of default for the second time in two months, President Cliff Guffey is warning APWU members. The USPS has announced that, “absent legislative action,” it will be unable to make a $5.6 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury to prefund future retiree health benefits on Sept. 30. [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]


Management and Privatizers:
Reading from the Same Script
(09/01/12) Instead of developing a strategy to preserve the Postal Service in the digital age, top management executives have been undermining public confidence in the USPS — angering communities and lowering employee morale with plans to close thousands of post offices, consolidate hundreds of mail processing facilities, and cut service in ways that will drive away customers and devastate our treasured institution. [read more]


“It’s the De-Fault of the Republicans”
(09/01/12) Rep. Barney Frank hit the nail on the head when he railed on the House floor on Aug. 2 against Republicans who left Washington for a five-week summer recess before completing the people’s business. Rep. Frank (D-MA) pointed out that Republicans were not tackling critical postal reform legislation and placed the ‘default’ of the Postal Service squarely on their shoulders. Because House Republicans failed to take action to resolve a congressionally-manufactured financial crisis, the USPS was unable to make a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury that was due on Aug. 1. [read more]


Postal Service Default:
A Congressionally-Manufactured Crisis
(09/01/12) The Postal Service’s default on a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury on Aug. 1 — and an expected default on Sept. 30 — is the result of a congressionally-manufactured crisis that could have been avoided, the APWU charged over the summer. Although the August default hasn’t had immediate consequences for mail delivery or on employees’ pay, the Postal Service’s precarious financial situation is forcing the agency to scale back overnight mail delivery, close half of the nation’s mail processing centers, and slash hours at post offices, APWU President Cliff Guffey pointed out. And businesses, communities and individual customers are bracing for more severe cuts in the months ahead. [read more]


APWU Members Tell Board of Governnors:
Follow the Contract; Save America's Postal Service
(08/31/12) Delegates to the APWU National Convention condemned USPS management for their failure to adhere to the terms of the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement and for their dismal response to the agency’s congressionally-manufactured financial crisis. Dismantling the USPS will only deepen the crisis, they said. [read more]


Update on Incentives
(08/02/12) As we reported in June, the APWU has been engaged in informal conversations with management on financial incentives to encourage employees to leave the Postal Service. Although no official offers have been made, discussions are continuing, APWU President Cliff Guffey has reported. “I understand that there is great interest in this topic among some members, but it is simply not feasible or smart to conduct negotiations in public,” he said. [read more]


Congress’ Failure Pushes
USPS to Brink of Default
(07/26/12) The failure of House Republican leaders to take action to resolve the congressionally-manufactured USPS financial crisis has brought the Postal Service to the brink of default, APWU President Cliff Guffey is warning union members. A $5.5 billion payment is due to the U.S. Treasury on Aug. 1, but the Postal Service cannot make the payment. The default will have no immediate impact on mail delivery or employees’ pay, Guffey noted. But the missed payment will focus attention on the Postal Service — and many of the pronouncements will be misleading or downright inaccurate, he warned.
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Guffey Blasts House Leaders
(07/18/12) APWU President Cliff Guffey is blasting House Republican leaders for their “utter failure to solve the nation’s problems.” Guffey made the remarks in response to recent signals that the chamber won’t act on postal reform legislation until after Congress’s August recess – and perhaps not until after the November elections. In light of the failure, the union president is calling on APWU members to focus their attention on the upcoming elections. “The House leadership’s inaction demonstrates the importance of changing the politics in our country,” he said. [read more]

President's Viewpoint
The Long and Winding Road to Real Reform
(07/01/12) Are you ready for a busy summer? I hope so, because it looks like APWU members will need to spend much of the season persuading members of Congress that enacting customer-friendly, worker-friendly postal reform legislation is absolutely necessary — and urgent. Although the Senate passed a bipartisan postal reform bill in April, the Republican-controlled House of Rep­resentatives hasn’t been in any hurry to address the issue — despite the fact that the USPS is beginning to consolidate mail processing facilities and will start downgrading service standards effective July 1. The Postal Service also plans to slash hours at thousands upon thousands of post offices in the near future. [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]


Postal Legislation Stalled in House
(07/01/12) Ignoring the urging of numerous senators and many others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has signaled his intent to bring to the House floor a postal bill that unions, customers, small businesses and many legislators have condemned. In a memo to Republican lawmakers dated May 25, Cantor said the GOP would work to bring H.R.2309 forward for consideration between the July 4 holiday and Congress’ August recess. [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]


APWU to Re-Air T.V. Ad
As Campaign to Defeat House Postal Bill Heats Up
(06/22/12)The APWU will air a revised version of one of its popular television ads beginning on June 25, President Cliff Guffey has announced. The ad will be broadcast through July, with spots airing on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. “Rep. Darrell Issa and GOP House leaders are trying to round up support for H.R. 2309, a bill that would destroy the Postal Service,” Guffey said. “We must make sure that the American people — and members of Congress — realize the danger it poses.” [read more]


Watch Your Mail, Tell Your U.S. Representative:
Stop H.R. 2309, Vote NO!
(06/19/12) A bill that would destroy the Postal Service — and our jobs — could be voted on in the House of Representatives in July, and APWU President Cliff Guffey is calling on union members to send their legislators a message: Vote NO on H.R. 2309! To help APWU members send the message to Congress, the union will be mailing a brochure to the homes of union members in the coming days. President Guffey is asking all recipients to sign the postcard included in the brochure, affix a stamp, and mail the card to their U.S. representatives.
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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 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]


Urgent Call to Action:
Contact Members Of Congress During Memorial Day Recess
(05/21/12) The APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) are asking their locals and state organizations to meet with their U.S. representatives at their district offices during the Memorial Day congressional recess, May 21 to May 29, to urge them to act now to save the Postal Service from financial collapse. “APWU members should urge House members to act on postal reform as soon as they return, and use the Senate bill as a starting point for discussion,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. [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]


House GOP Passes Pay Cut For Postal, Federal Workers
(05/17/12) The House of Representatives voted for a 5 percent cut in postal and federal workers’ pay on May 10 by approving an increase in employees’ pension contributions. Republican members of the House provided all 218 votes in favor of the measure, while 183 Democrats and 16 Republicans opposed it. [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]


GOP Votes Pay Cut
For Postal, Federal Workers
(05/11/12) The House of Representatives voted for a 5 percent cut in postal and federal workers’ pay on May 10 by approving an increase in employees' pension contributions. Republican members of the House provided all 218 votes in favor of the measure, while 183 Democrats and 16 Republicans opposed it. [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]


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]


Senate Approves Postal Bill, Action Now Moves to House
(04/27/12) The Senate passed an amended version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) on April 25, and legislative action on postal reform will now move to the House of Representatives. [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]


April 17 Plans Move Into High Gear
(04/13/12) Plans for April 17, Tax Day, are moving into high gear, with hundreds of locals organizing activities. That day, the APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union will conduct informational leafleting at post offices around the country to highlight an urgent message: Congress must act now to avert a Postal Service disaster. A moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing plants expires on May 15, and postal officials have said they intend to begin consolidating more than 200 mail processing facilities and 3,600 post offices if Congress fails to act by the deadline. The APWU has posted a list of locals that will participate in the April 17 activities to Save America's Postal Service. [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 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. [read more]


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]


PMG Tells Congress: Take Postal Workers
Out of Federal Healthcare Program
Healthcare Expert Rejects Claim of Cost Savings
(03/28/12) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe urged lawmakers to take postal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) at a House hearing on March 27, claiming such a move would save the USPS $7 billion annually. The PMG said the Postal Service should be allowed to develop and run a separate health insurance program. But Walton Francis, a federal health insurance expert, flatly rejected Donahoe’s assertion. “Their proposal isn’t going to save money... [and] would “massively disrupt or destroy the FEHBP,” he 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]


Senate Vote on Postal Bill Could Be Taken on Monday
(03/23/12) An amended version of a controversial postal bill (S. 1789) is tentatively scheduled for a vote during the week of March 26, and could be brought to the Senate floor as early as Monday, APWU Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid is reporting. Details of the final bill are unknown, however. The bill’s sponsors have been meeting to discuss possible amendments, but have not released information about their discussions. [read more]


USPS Market Research on Consolidations:
Revenue Losses Could Wipe Out Savings
(03/22/12) In testimony before the Postal Regulatory Commission 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. The testimony, which was elicited during cross-examination by APWU attorney Jenn Wood, undermines the rationale for the Postal Service’s plan to close or consolidate half of the nation’s mail processing facilities. [read more]


OIG Blog On Postal Solution
(03/16/12) The USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is sponsoring five week-long blog discussions on “the elements of a postal solution.” APWU President Cliff Guffey was invited to present ideas on the topic, “What would an optimized Postal Service infrastructure look like in the 21st century and beyond?” Click here to view his response.


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. [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]
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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
(02/22/12) 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 Postal Service did not provide the APWU with lists of the facilities that fall in the various categories.


H.R. 3813 Update:
New Hires to Pay More, Current Workers Still at Risk
(02/21/12) Current postal and federal employees won’t have to pay more for their retirement benefits in order to fund an extension of the 2 percent payroll-tax holiday passed by the Congress last week, but new government workers will be required to pay 1.5 percent more to fund another portion of the bill, which extends unemployment benefits.
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USPS Five-Year Plan: Doomed to Fail
(02/17/12) The Postal Service’s latest five-year plan, which it announced with great fanfare on Feb. 16, is “a warmed-over menu of proposals that are doomed to fail,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “The Postal Service cannot cut its way to financial health. The USPS must modernize, improve service, and offer new products in order to succeed,” he said.
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Update: Congress Refuses to Tax the Rich,
But New Postal, Federal Workers Must Pay
Current Workers Still in Jeopardy
(02/16/12) Published reports indicate that the latest deal to extend the 2 percent payroll tax holiday would require only new postal workers and federal employees to pay more for their retirement benefits. The increase would be used to fund another portion of the bill, which extends unemployment benefits. The latest compromise, which excludes current employees from the increased cost, was reached at the insistence of a group of Democratic lawmakers. The agreement has not been finalized, and complete details of the agreement are not yet known. [read more]


House Panel Approves Bill
To Cut Postal, Federal Pensions
(02/09/12) A House committee approved legislation on Feb. 7 that would cut pensions for postal and federal employees, while increasing the contributions the workers must make toward their retirement. The party-line vote was 22-16, with Republicans voting in favor of the retirement cuts and Democrats voting against. “This bill is an outrageous attack on postal and federal employees,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “Some politicians are quick to cut benefits for middle-class workers, but they fight to the death to protect tax breaks for the super-rich.” [read more]


APWU Members Urged to Take Action
As Senate Considers Postal Reform
(02/06/12) Postal reform is a hot topic in Congress as the Senate prepares to vote on the 21st Century Postal Service Act,  and APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging union members to contact their senators and let them know: Senate bill 1789 is unacceptable in its current form. As lawmakers review the bill, Guffey is asking union members to let their senators know that S. 1789 must be amended. [read more]


Senate to Vote on Postal Bill
APWU Members Must Take Action NOW!
(01/27/12) The APWU has learned that the Senate will consider postal legislation very soon, and President Cliff Guffey is asking union members to contact their senators immediately and tell them that the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) is unacceptable in its current form. “The stakes couldn’t be higher,” Guffey said. As currently written, the bill would give the USPS some short-term financial relief, but also would inflict long-term damage to the nation’s mail system, he said. [read more]


Postal Workers Have the Right
To Speak Out Against Facility Closures
(01/18/12) Recent notices posted by management have generated questions about APWU members’ right to participate in activities opposing the closure of postal facilities. Off-the-clock, postal employees have the right to: circulate petitions, participate in public meetings, encourage others to attend public meetings, encourage local merchants and business organizations to speak out against postal closings, and to contact elected officials to urge them to oppose postal closings. [read more]


Do You Know Where Your Legislators Stand?
(01/01/12) Lately, USPS management seems hell-bent on destroying the Postal Service — and some members of Congress have appeared eager to help. In December, however, in response to protests by postal workers, small businesses and community leaders, 22 senators persuaded the USPS to adopt a five-month moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing centers. The moratorium is intended to give Congress more time to adopt legislation to address the Postal Service crisis. [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.
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