Department & Division News

Postal Service Gets It Wrong Again

Slashing the Network Won’t Save the USPS

02/16/2012 - Among the Postal Service ’ s major plans for solving the USPS financial crisis is to slash the mail processing network — to close or consolidate as many as 252 of approximately 460 mail processing facilities. Wrong again! The Postal Service notified the APWU on Sept. 14 that it would study the feasibility of consolidating more than half of its mail processing centers as part of a nationwide plan to cut costs. The next day, with great fanfare, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced the plan to the media, and presented it as an essential component of resolving the Postal Service’s financial difficulties. But the reality is quite different. In fact, the Postmaster General’s prescription would do more harm than good. 

Surviving an Earthquake or a Hurricane

11/01/2011 - (This article appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Joyce B. Robinson, Research & Education Department Director

This year’s devastating natural disasters demonstrate the importance of preparing an emergency plan, which can reduce the likelihood of serious injury or loss of life during an earthquake or hurricane. As I write this, we are still “recovering” from this year’s devastating weather effects. My prayers continue to go out to my APWU sisters and brothers and their families who were adversely affected. Listed below are tips to help you prepare before the disaster strikes:

Postal Legislation Stalled in House

07/07/2010 - Ignoring the urging of numerous senators and many others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has signaled his intent to bring to the House floor a postal bill that unions, customers, small businesses and many legislators have condemned. In a memo to Republican lawmakers dated May 25, Cantor said the GOP would work to bring H.R.2309 forward for consideration between the July 4 holiday and Congress’ August recess.