APWU Denounces Post Office Closure Plans

The union is “deeply disappointed” by the Postal Service’s announcement — via the Wall Street Journal — that it plans to close as many as 2,000 post offices beginning in March, APWU President Cliff Guffey said Monday.

The Postal Service did not specify the locations under consideration for closure, but said it is currently looking at offices “operating at a deficit.” The announcement comes after a brief lull in post office closings. The USPS originally announced in July 2009 that it planned to review more than 3,000 stations and branches for possible closure, but by early 2010, that number had dropped to 162 locations.

“Cutting service to the American people is not the solution to the Postal Service’s problems,” Guffey said. “The USPS can only remain relevant and resolve its financial difficulties if it improves and expands service.”

The cause of the Postal Service’s multi-billion dollar losses over the last few years is a little-known provision of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which requires the USPS to pre-fund future retiree healthcare liabilities, Guffey said. No other government agency or private business is required to pre-fund these obligations, which cost the USPS more than $5 billion annually.

Had it not been for these payments, the Postal Service would have experienced a $611 million profit over the past four years — despite the recent recession and online competition, he noted.

“Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem,” Guffey said. “The Postal Service should be permitted to use the surplus in its two pension funds to cover the cost of its future retiree health obligations.” Three independent actuarial studies have confirmed the USPS has a surplus of between $50 billion and $75 billion in its Civil Service Retirement System pension account, and $6 billion to $7 billion in its Federal Employees Retirement System account.

“Congress and the president must address this issue so that the U.S. Postal Service can remain viable and continue to serve the American people,” he said.

“This would not be a bailout,” Guffey added. “It would allow the USPS to use its revenue from postage to meet the congressional mandate, and it would not require any taxpayer contributions.”

  • Rural mail lady

    Well, my post office grosses 35,000 to 40,000 a year. The Postmaster makes 56,000 a year. The rent is 450.00 monthly plus utilities and there is a Post office 4 miles away.

  • Rudibear

    Union views are always cloudy. Get with the program, it’s
    2011 already.

  • david miranda

    Well, well here we go again….the union is upset and deeply disappointed because the Post Office wants to do everything it can to stay afloat. Why doesn’t the union stop telling their workers to slow down and get with the program before no one has a job?

  • cityman

    Mcdonalds would loose billions of dollars each year if they put a Mcdonalds in every little town with 50 people living there, way do we think we can run a facility in every little town paying a PM, rent and overhead.

  • Rheya

    If the P.O. wants to save money, they should do something about these routes that are supposed to be so big, they evaluate to 8.5 to over 9 hours, yet the carriers rarely work more than six hours a day, yet still get paid for all those hours they never work, or those carriers who lie on their timesheets, saying they were there on time in the morning, yet who come in almost every day 35 minutes to 50 minutes late. I am a carrier, but I despise the union, they’ve never done anything to help me when I needed them.

  • cwow

    Carriers make half the money,time,and benfits as management but does 100 times more work! Carriers miss out on school programs,sporting events&even doctor app with their love ones.Carriers are given overtime with out notice regardes of years of service.Carriers are always fighting four their job.

  • postalmafia

    I find it extremely funny how the half the posts are quick to blame the Unions. Likely Scabs who are too cheap to pay their dues but are quick to put their hands out to collect the benefits that the Unions fight for.
    The problem here is that overabundant upper management supervises NOTHING. So our corporate crap supervises matters that 4 to 6 other supervisors are being paid the same thing to do. Start chopping at the top and not at the crafts who put in 8 hours of work everyday who 8 hours pay. For every person who sluffs out cause they dont want to work quite as hard as the next guy there are 20 people out busting their behinds to ensure that the birthday card to grandma gets there on time or that baby shower gift arrives when it does. Those of you who criticize have zero clue on how the Postal System really works.
    UNION PROUD UNION STRONG!

  • apmu

    five-cent?

  • Rheya

    I work six days a week, have to BEG for ANY time off, get ridiculed by other carriers for wanting to spend time with my son and daughter or my parents or see friends, AND YES I PAY MY UNION DUES BUT THE DAMN REP WILL NEVER RETURN MY CALLS WHEN I NEED HIM! YOU are probably one those with friends who can call on the union any time and they’ll fall all over themselves to help you, but me? I’m just one of the peons out here who work far more hours than my route evaluates to, while watching other people get the benefits! If I had ANY options, I’d say to hell with this, but I have a family I love to take care of!

  • UnionSupporter

    The one thing that I have learned the most about the Union is that I try to support my Local however, I know that the National is the only reason I stay in the Union. Without them, we wouldn’t have the benefits and pay that we have today. Yes, some people may think that we are overpaid, but in reality, they all need to know what exactly we as Clerks, Carriers, Maintenance go through to protect the sancity of the mail and the customer. As the the scabs, you need to join the Union and protect your rights through National.

  • union member

    the union is being treated like the red headed step child. i doubt they will be around much longer. goodbye union

  • SANTA CRUZ

    PLEASE START CHOPPING AT THE TOP WITH THE INCOMPETENT MANAGEMENT STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SANTA CRUZ

    THE UNION HAS NEVER BEEN THERE TO HELP WHEN I NEEDED THEM. I AM NOT CHEAP BUT REFUSE TO PAY THE UNION ONE PENNY FOR THEIR FAILURE TO REPRESENT ME. IF OTHERS WOULD DO THE SAME MAYBE WE WOULD SEE SOME MUCH NEEDED POSITIVE CHANGES IN THE UNION AND I THEN WOULD GLADLY RECONSIDER JOINING AND PAYING UNION DUES!!!!!!

  • SANTA CRUZ

    OUR UNION REP ADAMANTLY TOLD EMPLOYEES NOT TO TAKE THE EARLY OUT WITH THE $15,000 INCENTIVE. NOT LONG AFTERWARDS, I CALLED TO SPEAK WITH HIM ABOUT A GRIEVANCE ISSUE ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT HE ABRUPTLY RETIRED AND TOOK THE VERY MONEY HE ADVISED US NOT TO TAKE!!!!!! WHAT A UNION REP!!! WAY TO GO APWU!!!!!!

  • RENEE OF NTX

    Well! Where do I start. As to all of us who support the concept of “Union” I agree often times it appears we have no union support. I personally have observed many times the union gettin in/out of bed with management. Union officials may win a grievance, yet management totally ignores the ruling and our local union looks the other way.

    Therefore, I say to my sistas and brothas why don’t we do as the Egytians and take it to the street. Management ignores the contract at will – when it gets to uncomfortable they slip into something more suitable to their cause. So I say to you, maybe we should become the eptiome of “UNION” and stick together. If management continues to blatantly ignore our contract, we blatantly ignore their policy.

    I’m just sayin’….