01/29/2007 - The APWU won another battle in the fight against misguided “network realignment” plans when the USPS announced the end of a study aimed at consolidating mail processing operations in Yakima (WA) with those in Pasco, 85 miles away.
Saying that the proposed consolidation would not result in improved service or efficiency, the Postal Service announced on Jan. 22 that the Area Mail Processing study begun in December 2005 would not be completed. The central Washington city of Yakima will keep its mail processing operations and its postmark.
01/18/2007 - The U.S. Postal Service announced in early January that it was calling off the only Area Mail Processing studies in the states of Montana and North Carolina.
In a written statement on Jan. 5, the Postal Service said that it had dropped plans to move some North Carolina mail-processing operations from Kinston to Fayetteville, approximately 100 miles away. In Montana a week later, Sen. Max Baucus (D) announced that plans to move mail-processing from Helena, the state capital, to Great Falls had been abandoned.
10/23/2006 - A report by the USPS Office of the Inspector General concluded that the cost savings projected by the Postal Service for the consolidation of a California mail processing facility “may be significantly overstated, and the service impacts are not fully described.”
The report on the Area Mail Processing (AMP) plan for the Pasadena Processing and Distribution Center, dated Sept. 26, 2006, also found that “the approval process was not consistently followed, notifications to stakeholders were not issued in a timely manner, and the implementation of the AMP differed from the proposal” that postal managers had approved.
09/07/2006 - In testimony submitted to the Postal Rate Commission on behalf of the APWU on Sept. 1, Margaret L. Yao, an expert and senior associate at AmericaSpeaks, sharply criticized the USPS for failing to adequately consult with the public on its network consolidation plan.
Yao concluded that Postal Service’s Public Involvement Plan was “needlessly flawed” and that the “deficiencies of the current adversarial approach have invited scrutiny, delay, frustration, and cynicism.”
08/15/2006 - Philadelphians are keenly aware of a decline in area mail service in recent months, and Thursday afternoon the APWU will help make sure that residents hear that the dramatic deterioration in service is the result of ill-advised postal policies that can — and should — be changed.
Postal workers will take to the streets Aug. 17, in a rally at the 30th Street Post Office. The protest will coincide with the convention’s traditional “Blue T-Shirt Day,” when approximately 3,000 delegates will wear the union colors.
04/25/2006 - The APWU filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on April 21, charging that the Postal Service violated the Postal Reorganization Act in implementing its “network realignment” plan, known as Evolutionary Network Development (END). The complaint seeks a judgment that management violated the 1970 law, as well as an injunction against future violations.
03/10/2006 - Vowing to do “everything in our power to thwart the Postal Service’s network realignment plan,” the union’s National Executive Board voted to approve a $5 dues assessment at a special meeting March 10. The assessment will help pay for an advertising campaign designed to make the public aware of the expected changes and the negative effect they will have on service to individual consumers and small businesses.