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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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On MLK Day, Protesters Called for No More Letter Carrier Deaths

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A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march in Washington, D.C. brought together postal workers and family members of 26-year-old letter carrier Tyson Jerome Barnette, who was shot and killed while delivering mail in the dark in Landover, Maryland, in November. … Continue reading

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The Postal Service’s Latest Problem: Dilapidated, Unsafe Buildings

The U.S. Postal Service has slashed jobs, posted net losses for several consecutive years, raised its prices and cut back on services. The latest problem for the beleaguered agency? Decrepit post offices. USPS instituted a capital spending freeze in 2009, … Continue reading

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Postal Workers Rally To Make Their Job Safer

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Is Staples Cheating Its Employees?

APWU Web News Article #010-14, Jan. 21, 2014 Is Staples guilty of chronically cheating its employees out of their hard-earned wages? According to 2010 report by the National Employment Law Project [PDF]: “Our nation’s workers too often are cheated out of … Continue reading

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PSEs Not in Clerk Complement for Lead Clerks

  (01/16/14) In a decision [PDF] issued Jan. 10, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that Clerk Craft PSEs should not be included in the Clerk Craft complement for the purpose of determining whether Lead Clerk positions must be created in a facility. … Continue reading

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OTDL Employees on Penalty Overtime To be Priority-Scheduled over Casuals

APWU Web News Article #007-14, Jan. 16, 2014 In a decision [PDF] issued Nov. 19, 2013 , Arbitrator Shyam Das sustained the APWU’s position that full-time employees on the Overtime Desired List (OTDL) must be scheduled for overtime ahead of casual employees … Continue reading

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Postal Service, union wrangle over Staples outlets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency’s unions. The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not … Continue reading

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The Mall of America, free speech, and the labor movement

By Peter Rachleff, Conversations Between the Past and the Present January 12, 2014 From early childhood to old age, a “rights discourse” dominates Americans’ sense of the world and our place in it. Governments around the globe, we are told, deny their … Continue reading

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Thinking inside the PO Box

BY MARK JAMISON On January 26, postage rates are going up — about 6 percent across the board, which means a First Class stamp will go from 46 to 49 cents.  But there’s another rate increase going into effect on … Continue reading

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