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HQ Issues Clarification on POStPlan Re-evaluations of Level 18 Offices

From NAPUS:

As the result of a recent meeting between NAPUS President Bob Rapoza and incoming President Tony Leonardi with Postal Service representatives, a clarification has been issued on the effective date of Level 18 offices that would be downgraded in FY 2016. The original statement from Postal Headquarters was that while encumbered EAS-18 offices would continue to be evaluated under POStPlan on an annual basis, none of these offices would be downgraded until FY 2016. During a recent meeting with Postal Service representatives, NAPUS requested that the downgrade of encumbered EAS-18 offices be extended through FY 2016, and that request was approved, with an effective date of the end of September, 2016.

Charlie Moser

December 26, 2016

POStPlan Re-evaluations of Level 18 Offices in FY 2014 Won’t Impact Incumbent Postmasters Until FY 2016

POStPlan office evaluations will still take place as originally planned

As announced earlier, encumbered EAS-18 offices that are evaluated under POStPlan in FY 2014, won’t be changed until FY 2016. These offices will be evaluated as originally intended under the POStPlan process in Fiscal Year’s 2014 and 2015, but the results of the evaluations won’t take place until FY-2016. This decision comes as welcome news to Postmasters who were upgraded to EAS-18 under the POStPlan process last year, thus allowing them additional time to remain at their current salary levels.

NAPUS.

Video: Vermont post offices facing slashed service

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

WEST NEWBURY, Vt. -

The future of rural post offices across Vermont could bring major changes and slashed service.

"The people that are here, their day either begins, or ends at this post office. It’s a way of life for these people, and for me," said Charlie Metz of West Newbury.

Dozens of West Newbury residents gathered for a heated discussion Monday night over the future of the local post office. Many argued the building is more than a place to collect mail calling it the hub of the community.

"This is a community center, you come and see your neighbors and get your mail and hear someone is ill, so there is all of that," says Andrea Nye of West Newbury who opposes a recent U.S. Postal Service decision to cut hours at the town’s branch in half.

The USPS is billions of dollars in the hole and is scaling back to close the gap. West Newbury is one of 148 post offices in Vermont to have retail hours adjusted.

Read more: Vt. post offices facing slashed service – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-.

Charges dropped in Oregon postal protests

Activists vow to escalate the pressure on USPS

 “I suspect the authorities dropped the charges because they were afraid of us,” said Rev. John Schwiebert, one of the “Forever Five” arrestees (so named for the “forever” stamp and to protect “forever” the postal service).  “They knew we were planning to plead not-guilty to criminal trespass and to demand a jury trial.  We were ready to plead that our “occupation” of the Salem mail processing plant was in the public interest, to preserve our constitutionally mandated postal service.”  The protesters claim that closure of the Salem plant is itself a criminal act, violating Title 39, U.S. Code, Sec. 404 which requires the postal service to provide a “maximum degree of effective and regular services…” and to consider the effect of plant “consolidations” on communities, jobs and service.

 Mail sorting machines from the Salem plant began to be removed on April 30th, headed north to Portland and south to Medford.  In the beginning of May, mail collection times and overnight delivery standards changed throughout Oregon.  Although their plants are not scheduled for closure until later this year, mail from Eugene/ Springfield, Bend and Pendleton is already being shipped all the way to Portland to be sorted.  Mail is being delayed one or two days.

 The U.S. Postal Service’s own studies (see attached), which they attempted to suppress, showed that big mailers leave the system as a result of such delays, costing more in lost revenue than is saved by lowering labor costs, not to mention the dramatic increase in trucking costs as mail is transported hundreds of extra miles to be sorted in the closest still open facilities.

 “Postal management is tearing apart the infrastructure of the public postal service,” said Jamie Partridge, retired letter carrier and one of the Forever Five arrestees.  Vowing further bold actions, Partridge declared that “we plan to escalate this fight to save our national treasure.”  

 The Salem, Springfield, Bend and Pendleton plant closures will eliminate approximately three hundred local union jobs, delay Oregon mail delivery, and disproportionately affect small businesses, the elderly, rural communities, the one-half of the public that pays bills by mail and the many who lack access to reliable internet service.   Oregon’s vote-by-mail system could be compromised.

 Despite a “no lay-off” provision in union contracts, at least forty workers in the Salem plant have lost their jobs, according to local union officials.  Twenty-eight were forced into early retirement and twenty Postal Support Employees “lost their hours.”  Over sixty other workers were “excessed” to Portland or other facilities. 

 At least eighteen of these union, postal jobs will be subcontracted to Matheson Flight Extenders, according to union leaders in Portland.  Twelve mail handler positions and six clerk positions will be filled by low wage, non-postal, non-union workers at Matheson, which owns a warehouse next to the USPS Portland Air Cargo Center.  Postal management states that the PACC cannot hold all the machines from Salem, so they must moved into the private facility.  They claim that union workers are too expensive, thus subcontracting is required.  

 Further subcontracting has hit postal truckers in the Portland area.  Faced with understaffing and extensive overtime, the USPS decided to contract out twenty tractor-trailer routes to Dill Star Trucking, instead of hiring union postal truck drivers.  Claiming an “emergency”, postal management issued the no-bid contract, sub-leased postal trailers to Dill Star, and put APWU-represented postal truckers in “short” trucks with many on stand-by for up to six hours.

 The protesters, organized by Communities and Postal Workers United, a national grassroots network, claim that a 2006 Congressional mandate, which forces the U.S. Postal Service to prefund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance, has created a phony financial crisis.  Not only would the postal service have been profitable without the mandate, says CPWU, the USPS has also overpaid tens of billions into two pension funds.

The activists are calling on postal management to suspend cuts and closures and allow Congress to fix the finances by repealing the prefunding mandate and refunding the pension surplus.    Twin bills, HR 630, sponsored by U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (Oregon) and S 316, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont), would fix postal finances and prevent plant and office closures and service cuts. 

www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20130417/UPDATE/130417026/Five-arrested-during-protest-Salem-Post-Office

Gallery of photos here:  www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=J0&Dato=20130417&Kategori=NEWS&Lopenr=304170802&Ref=PH&odyssey=mod|galleriespic

Video: Mr Postman Our Post Office Is Not For Sale!!!!

From Save the Berkeley Post Office via Youtube:

Across the country, over 3700 post offices are at the risk of closure, including many historic buildings with New Deal public art.

George W. Bush signed legislation in 2006 that destroyed the financial stability of the Postal Service and laid the groundwork for its privatization. The Post Office is being required to pay its pension fund 75 years in advance, which needs to be stopped. Without this requirement, the post office is actually making a profit.

C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE) chaired by Richard Blum has an exclusive contract to sell USPS properties. Billionaire Blum is a UC regent and is married to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Sign an online petition at: http://www.savethepostoffice.com

We are in immediate need of legal fees to stop the imminent sale of the Berkeley Post Office.

Please click on the link below and donate what you can. GO TO http://www.nationalpostofficecollabor… then click on DONATE OR MAIL A CHECK TO: National Post Office Collaborate P.O. Box 1234, Berkeley, CA 94701 Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee EMail: savetheberkeleypostoffice@gmail.com WEB:
savethebpo.com

FACEBOOK: Save the Berkeley Post Office

Freddie Gorman (April 11, 1939 — June 13, 2006), who wrote the original lyric to “Please Mr. Postman”, was a retired letter carrier in Detroit MI both before and after the hit song.

Post Office Graphic in the video is the work of Jos Sances and Art Hazelwood.

APWU challenges POStPlan at arbitration hearing

apwulogoThe APWU challenged management’s “POStPlan” at an arbitration hearing that began on May 1. The union charged that the plan, which resulted in a drastic reduction in the hours of operation at thousands of post offices, also deprives the APWU members of thousands of jobs, in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Testifying at the hearing was Abigail Schmeelk, a member of the Greater Connecticut Area Local, who is the only clerk at the Thompson Post Office. Schmeelk described the work of clerks in small offices that is typical of those affected by the plan.

“The POStPlan violates the clear language of new provisions of the contract,” said Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris. New language in the 2010 contract stipulates that the work in question must be performed by craft employees, he testified. Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lyle Krueth also testified.

“This is a crucial case that has the potential to create and protect thousands of jobs,” Morris said.

Management will present its case at a future date.

NAPUS: Postal Service Announces Plans to Post Additional 6-Hour Offices

From NAPUS:

Posting Timeline Released for 2013 PTPO/RMPO Offices

Today, the Postal Service notified NAPUS of plans to post additional vacant offices that are scheduled to become 6-hour POStPlan offices.  Offices on the next posting list will include those where POStPlan is implemented, making them 6 –hour offices on February 9, February 23, and March 9, 2013. The effective date for these postings will be May 4, 2013. A list of these offices will be provided as soon as it is available.

The Postal Service also released the timeline for a future posting which will occur between April 24 and June 29, 2013.  Included with the timeline is eligibility and pay information that will be included on the vacancy announcements.  A list of affected offices will be provided when it becomes available.

Please click on the link to see the information on the additional vacancy postings and the timeline. Additional 6 -hour office postings

Charlie Moser
January 25, 2013

NAPUS.

Retiring Postmaster says POStPlan is a step towards eliminating universal service

The following letter was submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission by Mark Jamison, Postmaster of Webster NC, who is retiring today. Mark is a frequent commenter on this site and others:

Commissioners,

I am not an intervener in this docket. I understand that these comments cannot become a part of the record and may not have an impact on your deliberations in this case. I hope however that you will read them and give them some thought even if they do not add to the weight of your decision. Read the rest of this entry »