Video: PMG Megan Brennan Installation Ceremony – March 6, 2015

USPS will embrace change and aggressively pursue new business opportunities, PMG Megan Brennan said during her installation ceremony March 6.

“The story of the Postal Service is really about change. It’s about an organization that is continually changing and improving to better serve the American public,” Brennan said.

To achieve its goals, USPS will provide employees with more flexibility and better tools to serve customers. The PMG also called for new investment in infrastructure and improved operational efficiencies through better use of data and technology.

The Postal Service will also repurpose facilities and improve processes, and it will invest in new vehicles and package sorting equipment, Brennan said.

Other priorities include using analytics to help grow the package business and developing strategies to improve customer service.

Brennan, the first woman to serve as PMG, said she’s witnessed “tremendous improvement” in the Postal Service over the years and cited employees as the source of the organization’s resilience.

“When I visit our facilities and meet with employees, I see it everywhere and at every level, and it’s the strength of our organization. We have an incredibly talented and dedicated workforce, and this should give us all confidence in our future.”

Video message to postal workers from PMG Megan Brennan

Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan outlines her vision of investing in the future of the U.S. Postal Service. In her first recorded message to all employees, she said the USPS will:

– Invest in the future, including strengthening employee training and making needed infrastructure improvements.

– Speed the pace of innovation by developing new products and services.

– Empower employees, giving them more flexibility to better serve customers.

– Build an efficient network, including continuing to streamline the Postal Service’s operational footprint.

Megan Brennan takes over as 74th Postmaster General of the United States

WASHINGTON — Megan J. Brennan officially became the 74th Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service yesterday, Feb. 1.

Outlining key themes in a letter to employees today, Postmaster General Brennan said she would seek to advance transformative strategies that invest in the future of the Postal Service and shape growth opportunities for the organization and the industries it serves. Among these strategies are better use of data and technology, speeding the pace of product and service innovations, continual process improvements throughout the organization, and fully engaging and leveraging the talents of its 600,000-employee workforce.

“We can reinvigorate the way we serve our customers and the public by constantly looking forward as an organization, anticipating the changing needs of our customers, and adapting as quickly as we can to a competitive and evolving marketplace,” said Brennan.

Brennan expressed gratitude and appreciation for the hard work, dedicated service and commitment of the Postal Service’s 600,000 employees, and the value they provide to the American people every day. Continue reading

With a ‘Golden Parachute’ in Hand, Donahoe Opposes Retirement for Young Workers

From the American Postal Workers Union:

pat01/26/2015When Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe retires at the end of the week, he’ll get a retirement package of more than $4 million.

Not bad for a “civil servant.”

But in his controversial farewell address to reporters at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, Donahoe made clear that he doesn’t think the union’s newest members deserve any postal retirement at all.

“In today’s world, does it really make sense to offer the promise of a government pension to a 22-year-old who is just entering the workforce?” he asked.

And apparently Donahoe’s views have nothing to do with the Postal Service’s manufactured “financial crisis.” He opposes government pensions on principle and wants to impose his view to the entire federal government.

“I would encourage Congress to view the Postal Service as a test bed or laboratory of change that might be applied to the rest of the federal government,” he said.

“I’d like to see the Congress encourage much more experimentation at the federal level,” Donahoe added. “The Postal Service has the kind of management that would appreciate being at the front edge of change and would make good use of opportunities.”

APWU President Mark Dimondstein denounced Donahoe’s parting shot at young workers. “Donahoe’s remarks are the height of hypocrisy,” the union president said. “Every worker should be able to look forward to a stable, secure retirement.”

According to a financial report filed by USPS December, as of Sept. 30, 2014, Donahoe’s defined-benefit pension plan totaled $4,080,932.

Donahoe: ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign is Taking a Toll

From the American Postal Workers Union:

01/16/2015 – Outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe made headlines when he blamed postal unions and big mailers for the Postal Service’s problems in a recent farewell address, but he made a few other surprising comments as well.

In a speech to the National Press Club on Jan. 6, Donahoe admitted that the union’s Stop Staples campaign has “disrupted” the Postal Service’s deal with the office-supply chain. It has also made it more difficult for the USPS to get other businesses to participate in management’s scheme to privatize postal retail operations, he said.

“Just last year the American Postal Workers Union mounted a protest campaign and disrupted our partnership with Staples,” the Postmaster General said. “Unfortunately, it’s now tougher for us to find retail partners,” he added.

“This shows the effectiveness of the Stop Staples campaign,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said. “When you’re out there telling your co-workers, friends and neighbors not to shop at Staples, you’re making a difference. When you pass out flyers at Staples stores and ask their customers to shop elsewhere, you’re protecting living-wage, union jobs, and you’re protecting the public Postal Service.”

Wrong Again

In the speech to reporters, Donahoe mischaracterized the union’s position, saying “the APWU approach is to try to keep all of our transactions in post offices.”

Not true. The union would have considered supporting the pilot if the Staples postal counters were staffed with USPS employees. As the APWU reported  just after President Mark Dimondstein took office in 2013, “In a meeting with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on Nov. 20, the union president insisted that if the plan proceeds, the postal units at Staples must be staffed by career postal employees.”

Dimondstein added, “The APWU supports the expansion of postal services. However, we are adamantly opposed to USPS plans to replace good-paying union jobs with non-union, low-wage jobs held by workers who have no accountability for the safety and security of the mail.”

As secret USPS documents later revealed, that was the management’s true motive: To replace Postal Service retail associates with low-wage Staples employees.

“We’re going to continue to fight the Postal Service’s dirty deal with Staples until they get out of the postal business,” Dimondstein said.

via Donahoe: ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign is Taking a Toll | APWU.