April 26,2010
USPS granted an extension from EEOC to Comply on National Reassessment Program Class Action complaint. Click here for full story.

April 2010
GAO Suggests Plant Closings, Two-Tiered Wage Structure for USPS
The U.S. Postal Service should look into closing more than half of its mail-processing facilities, be wary of "exigent" rate increases, and consider getting postal unions to "eat their young," the Government Accountability Office recommended today.

The news media are focusing on other aspects of the GAO's report, such as its support for giving the USPS the power to eliminate Saturday delivery, close post offices, and reduce its workforce. But three other significant recommendations in the report are escaping the headlines:

Two-tiered pay system
To rein in wages and benefits, which make up about 80% of its costs, the Postal Service should consider "a two-tier pay system that would pay new hires lower wages, while 'grandfathering' current employees under the current pay structure," the report says. In the labor movement, that is often called "eating your young" -- trading away future employees' pay in return for protecting the compensation and job security of current union members.

Close mail-processing facilities
The GAO urges the Postal Service to move faster in the closing of its 270 processing and distribution centers, stating that only two have been closed since 2005. (It apparently overlooked some recent closures and others that have been approved but not yet implemented).
"Some stakeholders have estimated that roughly over one-half of these facilities are not needed," the report says. "One senior USPS official estimated that about 70 processing facilities could be eliminated if local First Class mail were to be delivered in two days instead of overnight."

Postal officials acknowledge they have excess capacity in the mail-processing network, according to the GAO. Mailers complain that having too many P&DCs is a lose-lose proposition -- wasting the Postal Service's money while also making it harder for customers to get dropship discounts.

A caution on exigent rate increases
The report questions whether the Postal Service can implement exigent (higher than inflation) rate increases, as it plans to do early next year, because such rate hikes are "limited by law to extraordinary or exceptional circumstances." Some have questioned whether a financial crisis is the sort of circumstance Congress had in mind when allowing for exceptions to the inflation-based price cap.

"An exigent rate increase over the price cap may produce a large short-term revenue boost. However, a very large rate increase could be self-defeating by increasing incentives for mailers to accelerate diversion to electronic alternatives, thereby lowering revenues in the long run and adding to USPS excess capacity," the report says. Copied from, PostalReporter.

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March 2010.
Please contact your Representative and urge them to cosponsor H. Res. 173, a resolution by Representative Sam Graves, (MO). 

This resolution urges the Postal Service to continue to provide 6 days of mail delivery. The Postal Service is once again seeking congressional support in their effort to reduce mail delivery to 5 days.  I am certain you understand the consequences of such an action.  In addition to the thousands of jobs lost there will undoubtedly be an erosion of confidence the public has in the Postal Service’s ability to provide the services they depend on.  As a postal worker you know that there are many goods and services that simply cannot be delayed.  Medicine, lab tests and payroll checks to name a few. People currently depend on the Postal Service to provide those services, and if we don’t, they will find someone else who will.

You can contact your legislator by clicking on the following link and follow the simple steps to initiate an email message to your Representative.               

February 2010.

Update: EEO Class Action For Postal Employees Placed Under National Reassessment Process - The EEOC agreed that the class should be defined as all permanent rehabilitation employees and limited duty employees at the agency who have been subjected to the NRP. Therefore, the EEOC reversed the Postal Service's order rejecting the class and ordered the Postal Service to notify potential class members. Read EEOC's Decision  

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2011 New England States Convention
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The 2nd Annual New England States Convention will be Hosted by the New Hampshire State APWU
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