Union Says ‘Return-to-Sender’
12/21/2014 - Postal management has launched a new offensive – one that clearly reveals the sinister goals of its no-bid deal with Staples. The Postal Service has sent a mass mailing to “postal customers” advertising 20 percent discounts on USPS shipping services. But the coupon glued inside isn’t for use at your neighborhood Post Office. It’s for USPS shipping services at Staples.
The union's response? Return to sender!
APWU President Mark Dimondstein appeared on Washington Journal on Dec. 20, where he discussed the future of the USPS and the union's opposition to changes in service standards that will affect postal customers across the country. The public affairs program airs daily on C-SPAN,
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
After a day of drama and partisan wrangling, the Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday to send a government funding bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama then signed the bill into law on Tuesday. The $1.1 trillion legislation funds most of the government through September, but sets up a February showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. More at http://tinyurl.com/n2jjfxo. Twenty-one Senate Democrats voted against the bill, while 24 Republicans voted for it, including every member of the Senate GOP leadership. Democratic opponents included several senators rumored to have presidential ambitions such as Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). A tally of the Senate vote is at http://tinyurl.com/kn2okjq.
12/19/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein will appear on Washington Journal on Saturday, Dec. 20, beginning at about 9 a.m. Dimondstein will discuss issues of concern to postal customers and postal workers, as well as the importance of a vibrant, public Postal Service for future generations.
APWU President on The Ed Show:
12/18/2014 -APWU President Mark Dimondstein sounded the alarm on The Ed Show on Dec. 17, telling viewers, “Our Christmas seasons will never be the same,” if service standards are lowered on Jan. 5 and 82 mail processing centers are closed.
12/17/2014 - Before Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, senators and representatives approved a government spending bill that also weakens restrictions on the big banks that crashed the economy in 2008, allows mega-donors to make substantially bigger contributions to political candidates, and reduces pensions for some current retirees.
But Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions. The unions’ strategy ran on two tracks:
- We sought to include a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings in a spending bill that Congress had to pass to avoid a government shut-down;
- We also worked to hammer out agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.
12/17/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein will appear this evening on The Ed Show, which airs on MSNBC at 5 p.m. He will discuss Congress’ failure to address urgent postal issues before adjourning yesterday and he will talk about the fight to protect the U.S. Postal Service from those who would destroy it.
12/17/2014 - The USPS and APWU agreed to implement the MS-47 TL-5 dated June 27, 2014, and its cleaning procedures at no more than 15 facilities during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (for purposes of this MOU only, a "facility" is a single site or location which has its own PS Form 4869, PS Form 4839, and PS Form 4852). By the end of FY 2015, no more than 100 facilities shall have the MS-47 TL-5 cleaning procedures implemented. (This number 100 includes facilities, where the MS-47 TL-5 was implemented in FY 2014). The implementation in the remaining facilities shall be completed thereafter. Click here to view the full implementation list, as of November 22, 2014.
The Postal Service Already Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked
12/16/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein spells out the case for postal banking in response to “The Case Against Postal Banking," a post on the Mother Jones website by blogger Kevin Drum.
“Kevin Drum should do his homework,” Dimondstein writes in an article that explains why the USPS is uniquely qualified to offer expanded financial services.