PMG tells postmasters no layoffs

At the NAPUS convention this week, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe assured Postmasters that despite the downsizing the organization is facing, no one will lose his or her job:

Donahoe assured NAPUS members no one will lose their jobs as a result of downsizing and consolidations. “We will find a job for you somewhere in the organization,” he pledged. “We’ve never had to lay anyone off and we won’t do that. Are there bugs? Yes, there are, as we make these changes; there is a safety net down there.”

He said the Postal Service needs the authority to expand new products and services and get into areas of new opportunity, especially in the digital environment.“We need to continue to move along the way we’re going,” he stressed. “These things have to be addressed and resolved: get the legislation behind us, get the debt down to a reasonable amount and focus on the future going forward. We think there are big opportunities.”

The convention also heard from USPS COO Megan Brennan, who was slightly more conditional in her comments on the subject of job security:

“If we’re flexible and work together, we’ll ensure everyone has a landing spot,” she assured Postmasters. She talked about plans for having mini career conferences in certain geographic areas to identify opportunities for affected Postmasters.

Brennan encouraged everyone who is affected to update their profiles in eCareer and let their managers know what they would like to do in the short term. “There will be landing spots,” she pledged, “but I need you to be flexible and help us with that.”

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League says Issa’s bill endangers rural mail service

nat-league-pm2SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mark Strong, President of the National League of Postmasters said today “H.R. 2748, which was reported out of committee last night would endanger the quality of mail service in rural America by lowering the standard of quality to which the Postal Service must adhere.” H.R. 2748 is sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R CA), chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

Speaking from the League’s 110th Convention in San Diego, Strong said “H.R. 2748 also eliminates the public policy provision in the law that ensures that urban and rural Americans receive parity in mail services.” “Under H.R. 2748, rural citizens would inevitably become second-class citizens,” added Strong. “Before the House passes this bill, this provision should be removed,” concluded Strong.”

“In addition to lowering the quality of rural mail service, H.R. 2748 does not protect small rural post offices,” said Strong. “While HR 2748 purported to include Congressman Adrian Smith’s (R NE) Rural Postal Services Act, a measure that did protect small rural post offices, H.R. 2748 incorporated Smith’s bill in a way that effectively gutted much of the bill’s protections.”

Under H.R. 2748, residents of small rural towns could end up without the ability to send from their hometown a care package to their son or daughter who is serving overseas in the military, or who is away at college. This is because H.R. 2748 would allow rural communities to be served solely by contract stations, which do not offer all the services of a full service Post Office.

Founded in 1887, The National League of Postmasters represents postmasters from all quarters in America, but since its beginning has always been a strong voice for rural post offices and the residents of rural America that they serve.

NAPUS: Postal Headquarters Meets With Management Associations

napusLeaders of the three management associations continue to meet with Postal Headquarters officials concerning the Fiscal Year 2014 Unit Goals. Headquarters has committed to work with the associations in an effort to ensure that the Unit Goals will be finalized by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. Postmaster Pay For Performance (PFP) ratings wil be applied to salary determinations for FY 2014 and FY 2015. A decision on PFP ratings applications to salaries for FY 2013 has not yet been determined.

Discussions with postal leaders also included OIC opportunities for POStPlan impacted Postmasters to vacant level 18 postions. These assingments should provide the impacted Postmasters with the needed experience to better qualify for vacant level 18 positions prior to the RIF effective date next year. Additonal discussions on POStPlan impacted Postmasters who will face possible RIF separations will continue between the Postmaster organizations and Postal Headquarters.

House Postal Hearing Update

On July 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducted a hearing on postal relief legislation, at which NAPUS offered testimony. In addition, the Committee intends to vote on a postal bill next Wednesday, July 24.

Additional details on the hearing and the full testimony of all witnesses can be found at the NAPUS Legislative News link – http://www.napus.org/house-committee-tees-up-postal-legislation-for-vote/

Charlie Moser
July 18, 2013

 

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

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Adjustments to Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) Process Announced

From NAPUS:

Postal Headquarters Responds to Management Association’s Concerns

In response to concerns raised by the three management associations (NAPUS, NAPS and the League,) Postal Headquarters officials announced adjustments to the DUO process, which will be rolled out this Thursday, January 24, 2013.  Adjustments will include changes to the DUO Financial Worksheets in CSDC, as well as an approval process through the Area Vice President.

Leaders of the three management associations have been involved in a series of meetings with  top Postal officials on issues concerning DUO implementations that were being done without following the proper guidelines and failed to show cost savings.  One of the most important adjustments to the DUO process will now require a signoff by the Area Vice President, which should ensure that guidelines are followed and cost savings estimates are valid.

As previously posted on the NAPUS website, on January 11, 2013, the USPS announced a temporary suspension of DUO implementations, pending adjustments to the process.  With the roll out of the new process on January 24th, 2013, DUO activities will be resumed; except in offices that have rural routes that will be counted in the national rural count, where the DUO moratorium will be in effect.  Updates to the DUO process will be posted on the NAPUS website as it becomes available. DUO Suspension

Charlie Moser
January 22, 2013