New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery; Reduction in Service Standards Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers; Union Renews Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and Other New Services
05/14/2015 - WASHINGTON – Members of the American Postal Workers Union will gather at the U.S Post Office located at 14th and L Streets N.W. on May 14. The event is part of a National Day of Action by APWU members and supporters across the country to demand improved postal services and to protect good, living-wage jobs. Protests are planned in 85 cities across 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday.
Actor Danny Glover, the son of postal workers, will join American Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein at the Washington event, make brief remarks, and, along with other supporters, hand out material to postal customers.
Who: Actor Danny Glover, APWU President Mark Dimondstein,
APWU members and community supporters
What: Protest USPS cutbacks and delays in mail service
Where: 14th and L Streets N.W., Washington, DC 20005
New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery; Reduction in Service Standards and Closure of Mail Sorting Centers Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers; Union Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and New Services
05/12/2015 - WASHINGTON– Members of the American Postal Workers Union will rally in more than 85 cities in 36 states across the country during a National Day of Action on May
The Senate approved a motion on S. Con. Res. 11 introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that instructs budget conferees to insist on a deficit-neutral fund to halt mail processing center closures, restore overnight mail delivery, and protect rural services. A deficit-neutral amendment may not increase the nation’s deficit.
The non-binding instructions were approved 85-11 in a resounding bipartisan vote on April 15.
05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Across the country, postal customers are complaining that they’re waiting longer for their mail. And while postal management dismisses the complaints as isolated, the numbers tell a different story.
First-class mail delivery for the first seven weeks of 2015 declined dramatically compared to the first seven weeks of 2014, according to an analysis by David Yao, vice president of the Greater Seattle Area Local.
Yao examined data from the External First-Class Mail Measurement System (EXFC), which calculates the time it takes first-class mail to reach its destination and compares the results to USPS service standards. Since 1990, the Postal Service has contracted an independent organization to measure performance based on a sampling of single-piece letters, cards and flats. Currently, testing is performed by IBM Corporation.
03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The time to act is now! On Nov. 14, 2014, our national day of action, we had protests at 150 sites and at least one activity in every state. It was one of our biggest turnouts. We appreciate those who stood on the front lines and spoke out against management policies that are destroying our communities, our jobs, and the Postal Service.
Members of the APWU endured freezing temperatures with their brothers and sisters from other federal and postal union at a “Government Works for America” rally organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) outside the Senate on Feb. 10. The rally was held in conjunction with AFGE’s Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization conference.
02/08/2015 - The Postal Service’s operating profit for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 was $1.1 billion, with cash at hand increasing to $7 billion, according to the unaudited financial report released on Feb. 6. Revenues have increased 4.3 percent to $18.8 billion, compared to the same time last year.
02/06/2015 - New Bill Would Stop Mail Slowdown, Reinstate Service Standards
Recognizing the essential role mail plays in American society, some in Congress are responding to the Postal Service’s disastrous action to eliminate overnight delivery and plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing facilities. This week, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the “Protect Overnight Delivery Act,” a bill intended to undo the Postal Service’s mail slowdown and reinstate service standards to their 2011 levels.