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Tell the Postmaster General, Board of Governors:

Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

National Day of Action Nov. 14

10/19/2014 - The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send an urgent message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! 

“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.

  • On Jan. 5, 2015, the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town. All mail (letters, periodicals, packages) throughout the country will be delayed.
  • Beginning Jan. 5, 2015, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close or “consolidate operations.”

The unions selected the Nov. 14 date because it coincides with the USPS Board of Governors’ last public meeting of 2014. On that day, the board will release the USPS financial reports for the fiscal year, and undoubtedly will once again bemoan “billions of dollars in losses.”

“We plan to tell the truth about the Postal Service’s financial condition,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We will point out that the USPS has earned more than $1 billion in profit from operations this year. The ‘losses’ are the result of the bogus pre-funding requirement and have nothing to do with the cost of collecting, sorting and delivering mail,” he said. “We will tell the Postmaster General and the Board of Governors to stop using ginned up ‘losses’ as a pretext for delaying America’s mail,” Dimondstein said. “Brothers and sisters, get ready to join your co-workers in front of your post office to help send the message!”

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Health Experts: Sequester and Other Budget Cuts Left us Vulnerable to Ebola

10/17/2014 - Health experts are saying that the budget cuts, including sequestration, resulting from fiscal conservatives’ goal of cutting government at all costs, has greatly exacerbated the Ebola crisis in Africa and left the U.S. vulnerable. Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe. Several Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would increase NIH funds to $46.2 billion in 2021. But there is no indication that such a bill will move forward any time soon. 

APWU Web News Article 186-2014

Tell the Postmaster General, Board of Governors:

Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

Postal Unions Call for National Day of Action Nov. 14

10/16/2014 - The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.

APWU Web News Article 187-2014

Dimondstein Talks to Ed Schultz

10/16/2014 - In an interview on The Ed Schultz Show on Oct. 16, APWU President Mark Dimondstein explained how USPS plans to lower "service standards" and close 82 mail processing plants would slow mail delivery throughout the country. The cuts would affect every postal patron, regardless of where they live, and would send the Postal Service into "a death spiral," he said.

Berkeley Residents Fight Back

New Zoning Rule Halts Post Office Sale

10/14/2014 - Management’s drive to sell historic post offices has met resistance in many communities, but none has been more creative – or relentless – than those of Berkeley, CA, where residents have fought the sale of the Main Post Office since 2012.

On Sept. 30, the Berkeley City Council approved a new zoning ordinance that restricts the use of property in the Civic Center Historic District. The new law will make it virtually impossible for the USPS to sell the office to a commercial company.

APWU Fights Plant Consolidations

Keep Them Open!

10/14/2014 - Filled with enthusiasm after the union’s national convention in July, APWU members in cities and towns across the country have been forming community alliances and organizing protests to fight plant consolidation.

212 Violations? That's Not an 'Isolated Incident'

10/14/2014 - 212. That’s how many times the USPS failed to properly notify the APWU of management decisions to renew Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) in one year.

Yet at a recent arbitration hearing, the Postal Service urged the arbitrator to deny the union’s request for a nationwide remedy for the violations, which took place across the country, from Pennsylvania to Texas and California. Instead, management argued, the arbitrator should stand by a ruling he issued in a 2004 case from St. Petersburg, FL, where he said the remedy should be decided at the local level.

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