Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sign the petition to save the Post Office and help poor families: Tell President Obama to bring back postal banking.

President Obama has the power to issue an executive order that can simultaneously cut down on predatory businesses, save millions of low-income families money, and help shore up the Post Office’s finances, thus securing hundreds of thousands of jobs and … Continue reading

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http://stopstaples.com/ U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale! Don’t let Staples destroy your Post Office. Share this petition before it’s too late. Send Staples a Message: “Staples: stop killing post offices and postal jobs.”         Staples attacks good … Continue reading

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Labor Report: Union members have higher wages, more benefits than non-union workers

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 Union Membership Report In 2013, the union membership rate—the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions—was 11.3 percent, the same as in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. … Continue reading

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Carper-Coburn Postal Bill S.1486 Props-up Broken USPS

With the USPS’s $5 billion deficit driving Congressional action, Sens. Carper and Coburn’s bill protects a bloated union workforce, paves the way for rate hikes With the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) $5 billion deficit driving Congressional action, Sens. Carper … Continue reading

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The disappearing postal workforce: Counting up the losses

BY MARK JAMISON On the first Friday of each month, economists, policymakers, and professionals in the finance industry wait for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to release the current jobs report.  The BLS report, which quantifies unemployment in the U.S., … Continue reading

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Four postal unions express ‘strong opposition’ to Senate bill

Jan. 27, 2014–The four postal unions–the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union–sent on Jan. 27 a joint letter to members of the Senate committee … Continue reading

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Pay raises for USPS Management

According to Postal Regulatory Commission Reports, those receiving Executive Level 1 & 2 Pay Increased by 33% since March, 2009. On January 20, 2014, the USPS made a statement on the increase in headquarters staffing levels. http://blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-times-blog/2014/01/20/postal-service-explains-increase-in-headquarters-staffing/ According to PRC … Continue reading

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Understanding and Getting the Most Out of FERS

For those who entered covered service with the United States Government on or after January 1st, 1984, retirement benefits are referred to as FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System). FERS is a complex system and much depends on an individual’s status with the … Continue reading

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Giving Federal Employee Unions Official Time to Lobby Congress

Much has been written about the amount of official time that the unions consume each year.  Since federal unions cannot negotiate salary or benefits for federal employees, official time is their sacred cow.  According to the last official time report … Continue reading

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Tennessee Congressman Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers from Postal Delays

[WASHINGTON, DC] – With the United States Postal Service (USPS) proposing the elimination of Saturday deliveries and other threats to the speedy delivery that consumers around the country rely on, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) late last week introduced thePostmark Payment … Continue reading

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EAS employees get 1% raise, PFP and awards programs reinstated

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors: The Postal Service has released a directive outlining a 1% salary increase for non-bargaining employees effective on Saturday, January 25, 2014. In addition, PFP ratings will apply for FY 2014 salary determinations and … Continue reading

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Postal Service, mailers poised to challenge exigent rate decision

In granting a emergency postal rate hike last month, the Postal Regulatory Commission left both sides unhappy: The mailing industry, represented by an umbrella group known as the Affordable Mail Alliance, was displeased that the five-member commission agreed to any increase … Continue reading

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Coalition Letter

Dear Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Coburn: The members of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) have had the opportunity to review the proposal in your substitute concerning rates and governance. We are greatly disappointed that we … Continue reading

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The Privatization Ruse

BY MARK JAMISON Accusations that the PMG’s ultimate goal is to privatize the Postal Service are apparently starting to make some of the folks at L’Enfant Plaza a little touchy. On January 17, the Washington Post ran a story about the new … Continue reading

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Postal workers’ benefits aren’t free

The American Postal Workers Union, 200,000 strong, is rightfully fearful that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is looking for ways to stop the bleeding (“Unions angered by Postal Service’s Staples outlets,” Web, Jan. 20). Our current postal system loses on the order of $3.2 billion … Continue reading

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USPS centralizes field TACS operations in Eagan

From USPS News Link: Time and Attendance Collection System (TACS) functions have recently been merged into a TACS Help Desk, located at the Eagan, MN, Accounting Service Center. The change streamlines processes and cuts costs. The new facility is expected … Continue reading

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Outbox fizzles, CEO blames USPS

An Austin based startup that promised to revolutionize the way Americans read postal mail is going out of business. Outbox was founded by a pair of Harvard Business School graduates with little or no actual business experience, Evan Baehr and … Continue reading

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Try, try again: Postal Service and mailers to appeal PRC ruling on exigent rate increase

According to a short article in yesterday’s Federal Times, the Postal Service will file an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals today challenging the decision of the Postal Regulatory Commission regarding the exigent rate increase.  The article also says that “the … Continue reading

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