From former APWU President Bill Burrus:
April 9, 2011
In closely guarded statements, postal management has struggled to conceal its total satisfaction with the tentative agreement. In a series of public statements, USPS officials have guardly extolled their unanticipated success in transforming APWU represented workersâ€™ assignments and reducing costs (wages) in the staggering amount of 3.8 billion dollars on the backs of the employees we represent.
Louis Giullano, Chairman of the Board of Governors said â€œthis tentative agreement provides the Postal Service with three important things: immediate cost control, greater workforce flexibility, and long term structural changes.â€ â€œMost importantly, we do not believe these vital changes would have been possible in arbitration.â€â€¦.. â€œThe tentative labor agreement negotiated with APWU is a solid step to reducing labor costs.â€ â€œThe Board unanimously supports the tentative agreement.â€
James C. Miller of the Board of Governors, A President Bush appointee who has never been accused of being a friend of workers opined: â€œthe reason we did not get more, and the reason we agreed in the end to the contract now out for ratification by the rank and file is that the current law governing our labor negotiations is biased against management and in favor of labor.â€
And finally, Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General could barely contain his satisfaction: â€œOne of the most important aspects of this tentative agreement is that it provides significant workforce flexibility.â€â€¦Interest arbitration is not going to result in flexibility gains of this magnitude.â€
The APWU officers who negotiated these provisions are in good company, and if USPS management had a vote they would vote â€œYesâ€ to ratify.
In union solidarity,