Thursday, December 27, 2018

APWU Collective Bargaining Update: APWU and USPS are at impasse so it's Arbitration again

Statement from President Mark Dimondstein to APWU on Status of Collective Bargaining

"...As your president, taking general guidance from the National Negotiating Committee, I led in reaching a tentative agreement with management on December 6, 2018. I believe it to be fair and positive for the members...However, we were unable to reach any changes or new agreements with the Postal Service. The APWU and USPS are now at 'impasse...Negotiations and interest arbitration are fluid and challenging. They are not helped by rumors, half-truths, fabrications, innuendos and accusations...

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Update on APWU Contract Negotiations will be on Friday December 21, 2018

Update on Negotiations

APWU President Mark Dimondstein reports that the national union leadership will make an announcement on Friday December 21, 2018 regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement... Web News Article #: 116-2108

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

APWU and USPS Agree to an Additional 30 Days of Negotiations

APWU and USPS Agree to an Additional 30 Days of Negotiations

APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service again agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for an additional 30 days until November 20, 2018. The union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours, and working conditions of 193,000 postal workers and expired September 20, 2018. At that time, the parties agreed to an initial 30 day extension on negotiations until October 20, 2018.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Postal Service Utilizing Disgraced Former NLRB Commissioner

USPS Utilizing Disgraced Former NLRB Commissioner

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson

The United States Postal Service is utilizing Terence F. Flynn, the disgraced former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member, during their current negotiations with the APWU.

Terence “Terry” Flynn started with the Postal Service in 2018 as a labor relations attorney and is currently advising the USPS representatives who are meeting with the APWU Clerk Craft. The USPS team is meeting with Flynn prior to and after each meeting with the Clerk Craft.

Flynn previously represented Dr. Pepper/Snapple corporation as head of labor relations. His biography states his duties, in part, were to “develop and implement labor relations and union avoidance strategies.”

Prior to working for Dr. Pepper, Flynn was at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where he started in 2004 as general counsel for Republican board members. In 2012, Flynn himself was appointed to the NLRB. He was forced to resign shortly after the agency’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued two reports that severely criticized his prior conduct as a staff attorney.

The OIG found that Flynn leaked confidential information to former NLRB Republican Members Peter Schaumber and Peter Kirsanow. At the time Flynn leaked information, Schaumber was co-chair of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s labor advisory committee and Kirsanow was serving as outside counsel to the National Association of Manufacturers, a notoriously anti-union corporate association. Flynn provided Schaumber and Kirsanow confidential information including drafts of NLRB decisions as well as materials about NLRB internal deliberations. Schaumber resigned as the co-chair of Romney’s labor advisory committee after the scandal broke. Flynn also improperly shared information with his former anti-union law firm, Crowell & Moring.

The NLRB OIG report regarding Flynn in March of 2012 stated: “The facts as outlined above provide a basis for finding that Mr. Flynn violated the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and that he lacked candor during the investigatory interview.”

The OIG report also found that Flynn leaked “information that was protected from disclosure and considered by the NLRB to be the most confidential of Agency information.” Additional findings for the OIG include:

“Given Mr. Flynn’s position as a Chief Counsel and his years of service,” the OIG stated,“he knew, or should have known, that he had a duty to maintain the confidence of the information that he received in the performance of his official duties”

“We also find that the improper disclosure of information to former Members Kirsanow and Schaumber amounted to a conversion of the information for the private benefit of former Member Kirsanow and his client, the National Association of Manufacturers, and former Member Schaumber’s labor relations consulting and/ or legal practice.”

In a second report in April of 2012, the OIG also indicated that Flynn did improper favors for Schaumber in return for Schaumber helping to secure Flynn’s nomination to the NLRB.

Whatever the USPS is paying Flynn, he probably made ten times more working as head of labor relations for Dr. Pepper/Snapple. So why is he working at the Postal Service and is his public postal salary being supplemented by outside interests who would benefit from his presence in labor relations at the Postal Service?

Given the Postal Service’s willful and blatant violations of the contract and the interests of many large corporations in eliminating unions, the hiring of a corrupt anti-union lawyer for national negotiations is disturbing, yet not surprising.

APWU members are encouraged to attend their union meetings, join the Contract Action Teams, and otherwise participate in the fight for a public Postal Service and a good contract. When we organize, we win.

2012-03-19 NLRB OIG - Investigative Report on Terence Flynn (7.18 MB)
2012-04-30 NLRB OIG - Follow-up Investigative Report on Terence Flynn (660.05 KB)
2012-04-03 NLRB OIG - Letter to OSC Regarding Hatch Act Violations by Terence Flynn (53.58 KB)

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Monday, September 10, 2018

APWU Contract Negotiations Hotline Opened Call 866-412-8061 for Updates

APWU Contract Negotiations Hotline Opened Call 866-412-8061 for Updates

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service expires at midnight September 20, 2018. The union entered the final 10-day stretch of intense negotiations – including days of round-the-clock bargaining – on Sept. 10. National President Dimondstein will provide regular updates starting Sept. 14

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Contract Negotiations 2018: APWU Members are FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!


American Postal Workers Union members from coast-to-coast say why they are FIRED UP AND READY TO GO for the 2018 Contract Negotiations!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

New APWU Contract Pay Scales Posted

New APWU Contract Pay Scales Posted

The new pay scales under the 2015-2018 contract are now posted at According to information provided by the Postal Service, management will implement the new pay rates on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and they will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 5, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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The Postal News Group

The Postal News Group offers postal news excerpts from a diverse collection of cited online sources that are of an interest to unionized postal workers, postal enthusiast, stamp collectors and

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

We Have a New Union Contract!

We Have a New Union Contract!

The big news is in - 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract! Workfloor solidarity was instrumental in the fight for a new contract. With the issuance of the “interest arbitration” award on July 8, we have gained many positive results in these difficult times. (See the pages following this article for summary and highlights.) We refused, with your support and the guidance of the 2014 National Convention, to engage in another round of concessionary bargaining. As the union’s lead negotiator with the Postal Service, I defined our major goals in negotiations as

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Contract Update: ‘Postal Workers Earn the Right To Be Justly Compensated For Our Service, Hard Work’

‘Postal Workers Earn the Right To Be Justly Compensated For Our Service, Hard Work’

“We do all this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with much night, weekend and holiday work,” he added. “We face excessing events, job abolishment, frequently changing work schedules and mandatory overtime that can negatively impact our lives and that of our families. Working conditions are far from ideal, with 36,000 injuries a year, largely due to poor ergonomics of mechanization and automation. “And we carry out our mission frequently short-staffed, under stress, and all too often in the environment of management decisions – such as processing facility closings, reduction in retail hours, subcontracting and service standard reductions – that undermine our work and service to the people of this country,” he said. “Postal workers earn the right to be justly compensated for our service and hard work,” Dimondstein declared. “The economic lot of workers should be constantly improving, and those improvements should be passed on from generation to generation. We earn the right to be provided a safe workplace, free of harassment and discrimination, and, after concluding our careers, to enjoy a secure and dignified retirement.” APWU members want a workforce where all members make decent wages and get solid benefits – where our children reap the benefits of a better life, he said.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

APWU Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

APWU Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

Goldberg Selected as ‘Neutral Arbitrator’

The APWU seeks to win fair wage increases; protect cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs); defend the no-layoff clause; win improvements for Postal Support Employees (PSEs) and Part-Time Flexibles; secure more career jobs; redefine “full-time” so that it again guarantees a 40-hour work week; limit subcontracting, and win better service for our customers. Management wants to gut the COLA for current workers and is seeking a new tier in the career workforce that would earn no COLAs; have virtually no protection against layoffs, and face a reduction in annual leave and sick leave. (The APWU currently has a three-tier workforce, consisting of pre-2010 career employees; post-2010 career employees – who earn lower pay than their pre-2010 counterparts – and post-2010 PSEs, who earn even lower pay and fewer benefits.)

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

2015 APWU Contract Negotiations Update

2015 APWU Contract Negotiations Update

...The timetable is hard to predict, but if mediation doesn’t result in an agreement soon, I expect that the USPS and the APWU will choose an arbitration panel and begin the initial arbitration hearings by mid-November. Interest arbitration takes time. In 2000, the last time we engaged in the process, it took 13 months to complete.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 APWU Contract Campaign Ramps Up

Contract Campaign Ramps Up

APWU Sticker
The APWU is inviting union members to participate in a live Town Hall Conference Call with President Dimondstein on Feb. 17, to discuss negotiations and how union members can join the fight. To take part, register here. Participants will be able to select from four times. The call is expected to last approximately 35 minutes.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 APWU Contract Negotiations set to begin on Feb. 19

Contract Negotiations: Our Theme

With contract negotiations set to begin on Feb. 19, the APWU has been busy preparing for bargaining and for winning support from the American people.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Convention delegates were inspired by rousing speeches from two great supporters of working people

Convention delegates were inspired by rousing speeches from two great supporters of working people

Ed Schultz, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC addressed the delegates on day 4 of the National Convention. Schultz first became associated with the APWU when he attended the 2011 APWU National Postal Press Association Conference. At that meeting he pledged his continued support for postal workers. “We have to tell your story, over and over again,” he said. True to his word, over the past three years, he has repeatedly reported on postal worker issues; especially the manufactured postal service financial crisis and most recently the Stop Staples Campaign. In his remarks to delegates, Schultz focused on what he called the attack on workers. “The postal service is being attacked unfairly,” he said, while promising to do everything he can to help save the postal service. Schultz said he believes that working together people can force change. “They can’t beat us collectively,” he said. “If we stick together, fight hard and stay focused, we can’t lose.” Reverend William Barber, a leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina told delegates that the time is right for a new coalition in America. In an impassioned speech, Reverend Barber echoed APWU President Mark Dimondstein’s call for a Grand Alliance. Reverend Barber said our country is in the middle of a moral crisis, and that low-wage workers are longing for justice. “How do we come together to deal with this crisis,” he asked. “Labor and civil rights are one and the same. All of us have to fight together.”

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

APWU Members at B&B Trucking Ratify Tentative Agreement

APWU Members at B&B Trucking Ratify Tentative Agreement

Members of the Great Lakes Area Mail Haulers Local APWU have voted to ratify a Tentative Agreement reached on March 29. Contract ratification ballots were mailed to the 100 APWU members of the local; 62 were returned, with 34 voting in favor of the agreement and 20 voting against. Eight ballots were disqualified. Richard Phillips was assigned by Support Services Director Stephen Brooks to chair the APWU Negotiation Team, which included David Holder, Raoul Quiambao, and Terry Jakushevich. Phil Tabbita provided technical support. The previous contract between the Great Lakes Area Mail Haulers Local APWU and B&B Trucking expired March 31. Negotiations and the ratification process continued through an extension period ending April 30, 2014. The new contract will be in effect from May 1, 2014, through March 31, 2018.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

APWU Elects New President

Dimondstein Wins Presidency

Mark Dimondstein was elected the new president of the American Postal Workers Union in a hotly-contested race that ended Oct. 7. His “Members First” team won most of the offices they sought, defeating incumbents.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Salmon & Sons / APWU Tentative Agreement Ratified

Private-Sector APWU Members at Salmon & Sons Ratify Tentative Agreement

APWU members who are truck drivers and mechanics working for Pat Salmon & Sons voted to ratify a tentative contract by a vote of 82-34 on Sept. 10.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A bid to unseat the national officers of the American Postal Workers Union: An effort to protect the American working class

Could a New Union Leadership Stop Sell-Off of Post Office?

“At the core of this whole struggle is whether the post office is going to be decisively privatized and turned over to profit-making entities and low-paid, non-union jobs—or remain a public entity that serves all the people and maintains good-paying union jobs.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

APWU: First Installment of Retirement Incentive Due May 24

First Installment of Retirement Incentive Due May 24

APWU President Cliff Guffey is congratulating APWU retirees and other former employees who will soon receive the first installment of the $15,000 incentive the APWU negotiated last year. The first payment of $10,000 (minus applicable taxes and withholdings) will be available on May 24, 2013. The second installment of $5,000 will be paid on May 23, 2014.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Postal MVS / PVS Arbitration Award

Union Wins Motor Vehicle Subcontracting Case

“The Postal Service can no longer justify contracting out work that would be less expensive to keep in house on the ground that it has given due consideration to cost as well as the other Article 32.1 or 32.2 factors. To be sure, each of those factors must be considered, but if factors other than cost do not rule out keeping work in house, and the cost of keeping work in house would be less than contracting out, both the text and the bargaining history of the Contracting MOU require that the work be kept in house.”

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Friday, December 7, 2012

23,600 take usps buyout

23,600 postal employees take buyout

the Postal Service can require them to take other jobs or change workplaces. “When they go forward with the next round of consolidations, there will be a lot more employees forced to relocate,” Burrus said. The Postal Service announced the buyout

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Incentive Revocation Date Extended For California Motor Vehicle Employees

California Postal Vehicle Service employees who have been identified as impacted by the USPS decision to subcontract PVS operations in the state and who have indicated their intent to accept the USPS Voluntary Early Retirement offer now have until Jan. 31, 2013, to revoke their decision. The extension of the deadline is the result of an agreement [PDF] between the APWU and management dated Nov. 30, 2012.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

USPS argues to halt raises and COLA's for Mail Handlers while overpaying execs

USPS Execs Get Illegally High Salaries Admid $11.6 Bil Loss

"...turns out that at least three USPS officers made more than the legal compensation limit for their respective work category, according to the agency’s inspector general. In a report made public this month, the Postal Service watchdog reveals that one of the officers, identified as the president of digital solutions, made a whopping $306,250 last year. This exceeds even the “critical position” cap set by the federal law. ..."

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

California Postal Service MVS Subcontracting Update

APWU Suit Prompts USPS To Postpone MVS Subcontracting in CA

The APWU filed the suit on Oct. 16, seeking an injunction to prohibit the Postal Service from proceeding on Nov. 17 with plans to replace all postal truck drivers in California with drivers employed by contractors until a decision is rendered in the arbitration case. The union asserted that the plans would have caused “irreparable harm” to affected employees and the APWU.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Did the APWU sign one of the worst negotiated contracts in the history of labor?

How the Postal Service foundered: Parceling out the responsibility

Fred Rolando, the union’s president, has offered negotiating positions that would abandon FEHB, thereby undermining an insurance exchange that actually works well. The APWU signed one of the worst negotiated contracts in the history of labor

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Postal Service sides with APWU represented craft on AFCS-200 assignment issue

Postal Service sides with Clerks on one of the AFCS-200 assignments a letter faxed to the NPMHU office on Friday evening, September 28, 2012, the Postal Service has outlined its intent to assign one “operator position” on the new AFCS-200 to the clerical craft. ...

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

APWU Contract Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers on the Contract

The APWU and the USPS have agreed to a set of Questions and Answers [PDF] regarding the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Locations announced for 740 new Motor Vehicle Craft Jobs

Locations announced for 740 new Motor Vehicle Craft Jobs

In accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the USPS has agreed to establish 740 new assignments in Vehicle Maintenance Facilities. A list [PDF | XLS] provided to the union on Aug. 30 specifies the locations for the new positions and indicates whether they are Level 8, 9, or 10 Automotive Technician or Lead Technician positions.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Why Wisconsin's recall election matters to the rest of America

Why Wisconsin's recall election matters to the rest of America

Since taking office last fall, Governor Walker has successfully passed several hallmarks of the Republican agenda, including tax cuts, limits on union collective bargaining powers, concealed-carry gun rights, harsher ID restrictions in the voting booth, and new political redistricting.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2010-2015 Contract: Questions and Answers, Staffing Tool

2010-2015 Contract:
Questions and Answers, Staffing Tool

The APWU has posted a series of Questions and Answers regarding the recently-negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris announced July 6. “We have been meeting with our counterparts at the Postal Service to resolve a number of issues that have caused confusion in the field,” he said. “We have agreement on 65 items and are continuing discussions on the remaining items.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Implications of the APWU contract

What does Postal Service-APWU contract mean for other postal unions?

"...Historically, unions have been leery of these kinds of arrangements because they risk driving a wedge between older and younger members. But with the Postal Service in undeniably awful financial shape, it’s easier to push the pain off on to people..."

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

APWU Contract now in effect

APWU, USPS Sign New Contract

APWU President Cliff Guffey and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe have signed the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Their signatures formalize the new contract, which was ratified by APWU members on May 11.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

APWU Contract is Ratified

Union Members Ratify Contract

also includes several new concepts: The “full-time” designation will apply to any position of 30 or more hours per week and to any position of 48 hours or less per week. This will allow for the creation of a variety of full-time schedules, including four 10-hour days, three 12-hour days, and four 11-hour days.

However, no current employee can be forced into a full-time position of less than 40 hours per week or more than 44 hours per week. Furthermore, there will be no mandatory overtime for employees in non-traditional assignments or in functional areas that utilize non-traditional full-time assignments.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

APWU tentative contract attacked by government anti-union thugs during inquiry

House Hearing Sets Troubling Precedent

Clearly, the Republican majority on the panel had an agenda: To change the law that governs postal bargaining in order to strengthen management’s position and weaken postal unions.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

APWU President Cliff Guffey sets the record straight on tentative agreement

Clearing Up Confusion About the Tentative Agreement

A few provisions of the Tentative Agreement have been misunderstood by some union members. APWU President Cliff Guffey sets the record straight in video messages
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Postal Service Defends APWU Contract

USPS defends union deal ahead of grilling in Congress

The deal, which still requires ratification by the union members after its eight-month negotiation, adopts a two-year pay freeze but then a wage increase of 3.5% over three years.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Postal Announcement of March 25

This post is courtesy of The Postal Newsgroup

The highly anticipated March 25 USPS announcement is referenced below as found on the USPS' website. The largest majority of the information was put out yesterday (March 24, 2011) detailing the district closings, the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), The financial incentive programs being offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative). However, the additional information provided in the following announcement that stands out boldly is 'additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.' Read below to see the official release. Stay tuned and we will provide further internal information as it trickles out.

March 25 Postal Announcement

The Announcement
I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure.

As part of the ongoing redesign of the Postal Service, PMG Pat Donahoe yesterday announced USPS will close 7 of its 74 district offices. This reflects continuing alignments within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, will help realize approximately $750 million of annual cost savings (Link Extra, 3/23).

The district offices scheduled for closure — Columbus, OH, (Eastern Area); Southeast Michigan in Troy, MI, and Northern Illinois in Carol Stream, IL (Great Lakes Area); Southeast New England in Providence, RI (Northeast Area); South Georgia in Macon, GA, and Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (Southwest Area); and Big Sky in Billings, MT (Western Area) — house only administrative functions that will be assumed by surrounding district offices. The closures will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.

“I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure. One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry,” said Donahoe.

This organizational redesign builds on previous PMG announcements that include a 16 percent reduction in officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units, closing the Southeast Area Office, and further reducing the employee complement by about 7,500 positions.

While yesterday’s announcement focused on the administrative and executive corps, additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.   

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

APWU Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement Online (members only)

Tentative Agreement Available Online

The full version of the Tentative Agreement (PDF) between the APWU and the Postal Service is available for union members only at: full version of the Tentative Agreement (PDF) .
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lawmakers question your tiny one percent pay increase next year

Lawmakers question pay for USPS employees

the first 1 percent of which would take effect in November 2012, the agreement would protect APWU employees
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