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News: Fighting Consolidation

Are You Ready to Take Action?

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy


Vice President Debby Szeredy speaks with clerk Michelle Reid. 

We must fight back against consolidations and closures – and any attack on our workplace. 

To assist, the National has provided locals with information and strategies on how to build a movement.

As with Customer Convenience,

Are Blue Boxes a Thing of the Past?

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The familiar blue collection boxes are vanishing from our streets. A recent USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report charges that the Postal Service is not taking into account community need and service when removing the signature mail boxes. In the Eastern Area alone, the Postal Service did not follow proper procedure for 75 percent of the removed collection boxes between Oct. 1, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016 (322 out of 432).  

Organizing to Save Your Local Post Office

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy

Picture this scenario… your manager posts a formal notification stating the USPS’ intention to move your post office to an industrial park, or a carrier annex, or some other inconvenient and out-of-way location.

Maybe the posting says days and hours of operation will be cut, or the office will close indefinitely (suspended), or it will be closed and consolidated with an office in another neighborhood or town, or your office will be shuttered permanently. Perhaps the Postal Service proposes to substitute the closing office with a village post office or rural letter carriers or a retailer selling stamps.

Organize to Fight Consolidations!

01/01/2017 -


APWU members and allies hold a protest to save the Duluth, MN, processing plant. 

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

It is time to assess our goals for the next three years. we still have to work hard to stop the consolidations and restore the service standards. It is time to up the fight against the reason for delayed mail. It is hurting the Postal Service’s brand and lowering the public’s trust in us.

Together, Stop Consolidations and Mail Delays!

05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

This is a crucial time for postal workers and people who depend upon a public Postal Service. While we are engaged in the continued fight against consolidations and closures of processing plants, we are also fighting crushing mail delays that have impacted people all across the nation. We also are fighting to return mail standards to pre-Jan. 5, 2015, levels.

USPS Loses Money on Closures and Mail Slowdown Plan

03/07/2016 - Over the last few weeks, news has spread about a bombshell report that postal management’s supposed cost-saving decision to shutter plants and slow down the mail has actually lost the USPS money. As reported in Government Executive, “The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery. One problem: It did not cut costs.”

A Chance for Change in 2016

03/01/2016 -


Thousands of APWU members took part in the 2014 convention. 
Get involved and join the fight for justice.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

This year there is so much at stake for apwu members. This is a presidential election year, an APWU national officers election year, an APWU National Convention year, and we are still in the midst of the struggle for Good Postal Service!Good Jobs!Good Contract!

Pocatello Takes On Washington

01/01/2016 -


Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad speaks to a reporter at a
Pocatello Local rally, also attended by
Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine).

A group of elected officials from Southeastern Idaho have distinguished themselves as champions of the people. Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England, Bannock County Commissioner Howard Manwaring, Pocatello Planning and Development Service Director Lon Crowell, and Old Town Pocatello Executive Director Stephanie Palagi went to Washington, DC, at the end of October to fight to keep their mail processing plant operating and to keep post offices in their communities open.

APWU Web News Article 225-2015

Important Arbitration Win in Fight Against Plant Closures and Consolidations

12/04/2015 - Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled on Dec. 3, 2015, that the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union may now go forward with their Step 4 grievances challenging the Postal Service’s decision to close or consolidate approximately 82 mail processing facilities starting January of 2015.  The grievances had contended that the consolidations violated the PO-408 Handbook, Closures and Consolidations Area Mail Processing (AMP) Guidelines.

 

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