What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

The U.S. Postal Service has long maintained that requiring it to set aside funding for future retirees’ health care costs in the form of fixed multibillion-dollar annual payments is a drag on its dire financial condition. In fact, the agency … Continue reading

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Postal Service to reduce workforce by 10,000

The Postal Service plans to shrink its workforce by 10,000 positions in fiscal 2015, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. The reductions will be entirely through attrition — there will be no buy-outs or reductions in force— Donahoe said at … Continue reading

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Misdirected Mail: White House Budget Proposes Damaging Postal Service Cuts

Among the very worst ideas for “reforming” the United States Postal Service are proposals to end Saturday delivery and to shift from at-the-door delivery of mail to a scheme that would force Americans to go to collect letters and packages from central delivery spots.

Both approaches would diminish the scope and character of the postal service while increasing the likelihood that private firms will move in to fill the void.

These are the sort of ideas that are peddled by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, R-California, and others who target the USPS for deep cuts. Unfortunately, they’ve turned up in the Obama administration’s budget.

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President Dimondstein on Ed Show

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Re-newed Alliance

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Don’t shut the post office, expand their services

What’s the matter with the post office? The US Postal Service, I mean – the corporate hierarchy that runs this enormously popular public institution. Yes, I know that USPS has lost… [read more] Read More

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Attacks on the USPS did not begin with the present crop of Congressional Republicans

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There have been numerous times when the free exchange of ideas by mail has been attacked. One of the most egregious was directed against the USA‘s first known direct mail campaign. The mailing organizers were not hawking credit cards, insurance … Continue reading

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The Case for a 21st Century New Deal – A Stronger People’s Post Office

September 14, 201321st Century New Deal, Post Office The United States Postal Service has always been a cornerstone of American society since Ben Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General back in 1775. That’s 238 years of continuous service to the … Continue reading

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Republicans attack the essential USPS

Ed Schultz Show on New Postal Legislation

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The movement that sings for freedom

Proponents of progressive political change lost two vital contributors this past month. Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger shared an important understanding – that music is central to the creation, deepening, and extension of social movements. “Music is a method,” writes … Continue reading

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US Postal Service selling out workers and… America

You know what America needs? More jobs, that’s what. Not Walmart-style “jobettes,” but real jobs, stable ones with a good salary and benefits, union jobs so workers have a say in what goes on, jobs that have strong protections against … Continue reading

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Postal workers warn public about outsourcing deal with Staples

ORLANDO, Fla. – Postal workers and their allies braved the cold and rain to hold a rally here outside of an east Orlando Staples store on Feb. 8. Their goal was to educate the public about the impact on the … Continue reading

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U.S. Postal Service offers buyouts to 45,000 workers

By Emily Stephenson (Reuters) – The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service will offer buyouts this summer to nearly all of its 45,000 mail handlers, part of a plan to consolidate operations at 140 mail-processing facilities in the next year. The mail … Continue reading

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Staples Plucks Postal Jobs

Staples’ latest ad slogan is “What the L?” That sounds like what postal workers said when they found out the retail chain planned to steal their work. The Long Island, New York, local of the American Postal Workers Union didn’t … Continue reading

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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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L NO

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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