APWU: Service Cuts Disrupt Workers’ Lives

From the American Postal Workers Union:

01/13/2015 – When postal officials lowered “service standards” on Jan. 5, they didn’t just slow down America’s mail: They set in motion a process that is causing serious disruption in the lives of thousands of hard-working postal employees. As management reconfigures mail processing, they are also causing massive reassignments and shift changes for workers.

“It’s an outrage,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal bureaucrats are virtually eliminating overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals, slowing down all mail delivery across the country, and jeopardizing the future of our great national treasure. At the same time, they’re causing major upheaval in the lives of workers.

“In implementing the changes, they ignored the pleas of 51 senators and 178 members of the House, who asked for a one-year moratorium on the reduction in service standard and the closure and consolidation of mail processing facilities,” Dimondstein said. “They disregarded the warnings of the USPS Office of Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Postal Regulatory Commission, which raised serious concerns about delayed mail. Management even overlooked the concerns of some mailing industry trade associations.

“They also ignored the demands of postal unions and the hundreds of thousands of workers we represent,” Dimondstein added.

“Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is ending his reign the way he began – undermining, degrading, and weakening the public Postal Service he was supposed to lead, and spitting in the eyes of tens of thousands of proud postal employees.

Responsibility for the upheaval in the lives of postal workers rests squarely on his shoulders,” the union president said.

“The APWU has fought long and hard to stop the destructive changes from taking effect, and we intend to keep up the fight. Our rallying cry, ‘Standing Up and Fighting Back,’ doesn’t mean we will win every battle. But if we don’t wage the struggle, we are guaranteed to lose,” he noted.

“The struggle must continue on many fronts,” Dimondstein said. “The APWU – from the national officers to members on the work floor – must renew our efforts to win support for postal legislation that restores the previous service standards. We must fight for better service and better jobs when contract negotiations get underway in February, and we must act in concert with our many allies who are demanding a vibrant public postal service for generations to come.”

via Service Cuts Disrupt Workers’ Lives | APWU.

  • JBM

    Mr. Dimondstein, GET REAL!! Things are different now, the postal service needs to change. A LOT. After 30+ years as a postal employee (and an APWU member from Day One) I retired two years ago from a P&DC when we were told in mid-2012 it would be closing “soon”. There was so much waste of time and money then: machines off, clerks sitting around waiting for something to do, being told “slow down, save the mail for the next crew”, and still, almost daily overtime. Even at that time I thought the facility should have been closed years earlier. So now, three years later, with mail volume drastically lower, the plant is finally scheduled to close on 9/30/15. I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of dollars–how many millions of dollars?–could have been saved if that facility, and the others on “the list”, were consolidated as originally scheduled. Pat Donahoe has been trying to save the USPS. If the business fails, everybody loses their job. The union should be helping in the transition to a smoother-running, more profitable modern postal service that can provide jobs with a good future. Stop the subterfuge. Be a part of the improvements, not dragging heels to sustain the “status quo”.

  • Eric Simon

    Well said and as a retired 29 year employee quite trueful. Sorry APWU.

  • William Repke

    That may be true at your P&DC but at mine we’ve been understaffed for 10 years. We have 16 DBCS’s and many nights we have between 4-8 machines running with only one person. Our office will become a hub, so no savings there. We will have to change crafts or drive the 50 miles to the P&DC that is taking our mail. Again no savings there.

  • John

    But you were told 3 years ago that this would happen. You should have prepared yourself for this. It is just like when the OCRs and DBCSs came in, the level 6 MPLSM workers never thought their job would go away.

  • William Repke

    John – the point is to save money. The processing we do will not go away. It will be done 50 miles away with no savings at all.

  • Jose Sandoval

    Wow Bill what you saw as under staffed still got the work done. Plus you forgot to tell us how many sick lame and lazy you had not showing up everynight for those 10 years. Yes no savings because it cost to cover those peoples jobs everynight. APWU just trying to grab all they can from arbitrators because their exisitance is getting less and less viable in the futre to the Postal Service. Their members are so disillusioned that they are leaving in droves. Come on Bill we can use you as a city carrier and I am sure you dont have to go 50 miles away and work. Out here you wont have to worry about sitting around. Package business is growing so much we will stay working and be represented to the fullest exctent. Our craft is growing as we will always be needed and wanted.

  • William Repke

    Joe – so you think clerks are lazy. You probably wouldn’t last a month. Working midnights, so many clerks couldn’t sleep during the day. The injuries because of repetitive motion. Working with incompetent bosses. You know what they say, “Until you walk in someone’s shoes” Joe you are clueless.

  • Paul Gravelime

    I believe I can impartially chime in on this one. I worked as a casual mail handler as well as a casual clerk before my appointment as a city letter carrier. I worked many different machines as well as the dbcs. I worked the overnight shift as well. I can say unequivocally that far and away, letter carrier is a far more difficult position. Sure, being a clerk is not without its challenges and difficulties, but I can attest to the fact that the jobs are like comparing apples and oranges when it comes to difficulty.

  • freecountry

    Are you from a state that it is legal to smoke that funny stuff. Because you obviously have over indulged if you really think Patrick Donahoe has been trying to save the USPS!! Or you are related to Issa…..