Postmaster General Pat Donahoe spoke to employees at the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center in New York City last Monday- Mailhandlers Union Local 300 has posted a summary of the PMG’s remarks- among the highlights:
Under the USPS’s proposed service cutbacks, large mailers will still be able to get next day delivery by dropping their mail at 8AM, or noon if it’s presorted. Post offices would start receiving their mail at 4PM- sorting would happen overnight, carriers would pick up their mail in the morning and go directly to the street.
Donahoe doesn’t think Congress will allow USPS to leave CSRS, but says future retiree’s pensions should be capped, with no COLA. He doesn’t see any VERAs any time soon- but in a year or so, there’s possibility of $10-20K incentive, and/or 2 or 3 years service credits. He said that if the USPS is allowed to leave FEHBP, a USPS Health Plan would be operated by a contractor, not by the USPS itself.
Donahoe thinks the Carper bill is the best deal for USPS, and says he opposes privatization, and doesn’t think it will happen. He doesn’t think Congress would pass either the Issa or Lynch bills.
Donahoe expects flexibility similar to the APWU contract in the other unions’ contracts. He says negotiations with the Mailhandlers and Letter Carriers won’t be extended after November 20, but would go straight to arbitration if there’s no agreement.