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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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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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