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).
(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.
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.
04/25/2016 - An Idaho resolution opposing mail processing plant consolidations and USPS service cuts was delivered to the U.S. Senate on April 19 – a year after Postal Service shuttered the Pocatello plant.
03/24/2016 - Postal workers and postal customers got some good news recently: The Deputy Postmaster General notified a member of Congress that “consolidation activities remain in a deferred status.” A one-year moratorium on more than 70 plant consolidations and closures was set to expire in April.
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.”
(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.
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 ConsolidationsArea Mail Processing (AMP) Guidelines.