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PRC Blasts USPS Retail Closure Plan
APWU Web News Article 134-2011, Dec. 30, 2011
"...The PRC’s criticism of the post office closure plan echoes concerns expressed by the APWU, consumer groups, and other mail users in recent months. “Closing post offices and slashing service to the American people is not the answer to the Postal Service’s financial crisis,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “The USPS is well aware of the cause of its financial difficulties,” he added. “They cannot cut their way to fiscal health...”  [Read more]

USPS Announces Moratorium
On Post Office, Plant Closures
APWU News Bulletin 31-2011, Dec. 13, 2011
The Postal Service has announced a five-month moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing facilities, in response to a request from 22 senators. [Read more]

Senators Seek to Stop USPS Cutbacks
Is Your Senator on Board?

USPS Plan Will Hasten Demise
Of a Still-Vital Institution

Degrading Mail Service Will Hurt, Not Help, USPS
“The Postal Service plan will hasten the demise of the USPS,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said in response to the agency’s announcement that it would seek an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission on plans to eliminate next-day delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. [Read more]

APWU-Supported Workers’
Compensation Bill Passes House
Legislator Criticizes Postal Bills’ Approach to Injured Workers
APWU Web News Article 127-2011, Dec. 1, 2011
The House of Representatives passed bi-partisan legislation supported by the APWU to update benefits for injured federal and postal workers on Nov. 29. [Read more]

Watch Your Mail, Tell Your Legislator: 
Vote No on H.R. 2309

APWU News Bulletin 30-2011, Nov. 16, 2011
A bill that would destroy the Postal Service as we know it was approved by a key congressional committee on Oct. 13, and could come up for a vote in the full House at any time. It is urgent that APWU members ask their legislators to vote no on H.R. 2309. [Read more]

Senators Introduce Postal Legislation
Union: Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Damage

APWU News Bulletin 26-2011, Nov. 3, 2011
The 21st Century Postal Service Act, introduced by four senators on Nov. 2, provides short-term financial relief, but also would inflict long-term damage to the nation’s mail system, President Cliff Guffey said. [Read more]


Battle Over USPS Future Enters Critical Period

Union Launches Petition Drive to Protect
Post Offices, Mail Processing Centers, Service Standards
APWU News Bulletin 25-2011, Oct. 31, 2011
The battle over the future of the Postal Service — and our jobs — has reached a critical stage: Key senators are meeting behind closed doors in an effort to produce a compromise bill to address the USPS financial crisis. It is likely that any proposals they develop will be submitted to the congressional “super-committee” to be incorporated into the committee’s plan to reduce the nation’s deficit. [Read more]


Union Launches Petition Drive
To Save America’s Postal Service

APWU Web News Article 121-2011, Oct. 28, 2011
President Guffey is asking APWU members to collect signatures on a petition [PDF] to Congress urging senators and representatives to oppose plans to close post offices, shutter mail processing facilities, and drastically degrade service to the American people. [Read more]

House Panel Approves Postal 'Destruction' Bill

Amendment Prevents Bargaining to Limit Layoffs
Union Vows Fight to Save America’s Postal Service
APWU News Bulletin 24-2011, Oct. 14, 2011
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved an amended version of the Issa-Ross postal bill on Oct. 13 by a vote of 22-18. All but one Republican (Rep. Todd Platts of Pennsylvania) voted in favor of the bill; Democrats voted against it.  [Read more]

Union Challenges Proposed
Changes to USPS Service Standards
APWU Web News Article 113-2011, Oct. 6, 2011
The APWU is challenging proposed changes to USPS service standards that would result from a major reduction in the number of mail processing facilities. The Postal Service announced plans to eliminate 252 mail processing facilities on Sept. 14, and one week later published an “advance notice” of the proposed changes in service in the Federal Register. [Read more]

At 492 Rallies, Workers Say:
‘Save the Postal Service’
APWU News Bulletin 23-2011, Sept. 30, 2011
“We don’t need a bailout! We just want to get the mail out,” postal workers chanted. Ralliers encouraged people to sign petitions while passing motorists honked and waved to show support.
[Read more & photos etc.]

The Real Cause of the Postal Crisis:
Ed Breaks It Down On MSNBC
09/29/11 UPDATE: The Ed Show addressed the struggle to save America's Postal Service again Sept. 28. [Read more]

Guffey on C-SPAN: Save America’s Postal Service

Postal Workers Across the Country Say,
'Save America's Postal Service'
APWU Web News Article 109-2011, Sept. 27, 2011
Postal workers and supporters held rallies at 492 locations on Sept. 27 to Save America’s Postal Service. [Read more & photos etc.]


APWU Calls on Rep. Issa
To Correct Misstatements
APWU Web News Article 107-2011, Sept. 26, 2011
APWU President Cliff Guffey has called on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to correct inaccurate statements he made on Washington Journal, a public affairs program that airs on C-SPAN [Read more]


Issa's 'Postal Destruction' Bill
Passes House Subcommittee
Bill Would Authorize Layoffs, Force Out Senior Employees First
Unions Keep Pressure On, Urge Members to Join Sept. 27 Rallies
APWU News Bulletin 22-2011, Sept. 21, 2011
A bill that would destroy the Postal Service as we know it passed a House subcommittee on Sept. 21 by a vote of eight to five, along party lines. Republicans voted in favor of the bill; Democrats voted against it. The bill, H.R. 2309, was co-sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), chairman of the postal subcommittee. [Read more]

Union Denounces USPS Plans to Dismantle
Mail Processing Network
APWU Web News Article 101-2011, Sept. 15, 2011
APWU President Cliff Guffey condemned USPS plans to study 252 mail processing facilities for possible closure, saying widespread closures would “dismantle the mail-processing network.” On Sept. 14, the USPS released a list of offices where studies will take place.  [Read more]

Guffey Tells Senate Panel:
Congress Must Save Postal Service
USPS Plan Would Hurt Service, Workers, Communities
APWU News Bulletin 19-2011, Sept. 6, 2011
Testifying before a Senate panel on Sept. 6, APWU President Cliff Guffey urged Congress to take action to prevent a collapse of the Postal Service, and he denounced USPS proposals to abrogate the union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
[Read more]

USPS: No Excessing for Failure to Bid on NTFT Jobs
APWU Web News Article 095-2011, Aug. 26, 2011
The USPS has instructed Area Labor Relations Managers that employees may not be excessed because they fail to bid on Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments. [Read more]

Thousands of Part-Timers
To Be Converted Aug. 27
APWU Web News Article 094-2011, Aug. 25, 2011
Thousands of Part-Time Flexibles and Part-Time Regulars in the Clerk and Motor Vehicle Crafts will be converted to regular Aug. 27 under the terms of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. “This is an important achievement of our contract,” Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris said, “although we are continuing to battle with the Postal Service to ensure that management adheres to the rules we agreed upon during negotiations.” [Read more]

Tell Your Legislator:
Save USPS, Stop Layoffs, Support H.R. 1351
APWU News Bulletin 18-2011, Aug. 22, 2011
With headlines predicting the imminent demise of the Postal Service — and management brazenly exploiting the crisis to attack postal employees — the APWU is asking union members to contact their members of Congress and urge them to take action to save the USPS and protect our jobs. [Read more]

NTFT Assignments Cannot Exceed
The Number of Employees to be Converted
APWU Web News Article 090-2011, Aug. 17, 2011
At a meeting between APWU officers and USPS officials in Washington DC on Aug. 16, the Postal Service acknowledged that local managers have no authority to post more Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) assignments in Customer Service areas than the number needed to accommodate Part-Time Flexibles and Part-Time Regulars when they are converted to full time on Aug. 27, Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris has reported. [Read more]

Remember when Pat Donahoe only needed three things from Congress?
When the US Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union reached a collective bargaining agreement in March, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said “This is a responsible agreement that is in the best interest of our employees, our customers and the future of the Postal Service. The contract will help lay a foundation that is fair to our employees and stakeholders.” [Read more]

Ross is Working on Postal Bills
"...One bill that Ross is likely to handle personally is for his boss, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has his own plan.
Ross chairs the House Oversight subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy..." [Read more]

USPS Seeks Legislation
To Allow Layoffs, End Federal Benefits
APWU News Bulletin 17-2011, Aug 12, 2011
APWU President Cliff Guffey has condemned Postal Service legislative proposals that would permit the USPS to layoff 120,000 employees and remove postal workers from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and from federal retirement programs. [Read more & watch video]


Union Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge
Over USPS Refusal to Provide Information on Consolidations
APWU Web News Article 086-2011, Aug. 4, 2011
The APWU has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) protesting the Postal Service’s refusal to provide the union with information regarding Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies. The union contends that management’s failure to provide the information constitutes a breach of its obligation to bargain in good faith. [Read more]

APWU to Washington Post:
Destroying Unions Won’t Fix USPS
APWU Web News Article 083-2011, Aug. 2, 2011
APWU President Cliff Guffey has a simple message for the Washington Post: Destroying unions and attacking workers’ rights won’t solve the Postal Service’s financial problems. [Read more]

USPS Identifies First 100 Sites
To Utilize Non-Traditional Assignments

APWU Web News Article 081-2011, July 28, 2011
The Postal Service has provided the APWU with a list of the first 100 mail processing sites that will utilize Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments, as well as computer models showing proposed schedules for three of the sites: the Boston Processing and Distribution Center, the Central Mass P&DC, and the Delaware P&DC. [Read more]

APWU Vows to Fight to Keep Offices Open
APWU Web News Article 082-2011, July 28, 2011
“The American Postal Workers Union will stand with our neighbors in demanding that post offices, stations, and branches remain open – and expand the services they offer – wherever they are needed,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. The USPS announced July 26 that it plans to study 3,700 post offices, stations and branches for possible closure. [Read more]

What the Postal Service Doesn't Want You to See:
An Interactive Map of the Post Office Closing List
"We’re witnessing the largest effort to close post offices in the country’s history.   For the past 40 years—since the Postal Service was created out of the old Department of the Post Office—they’ve closed post offices at the rate of about a hundred a year.  Over the coming year, they want to close 30 or 40 times that many, and over the next six years, 16,000—half the country’s post offices."  [readmore]

Center for American Progress:
Issa Bill’s Hidden Agenda
APWU Web News Article 079-2011, July 20, 2011
The postal reform bill (H.R. 2309) introduced last month by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has a hidden agenda, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP): To eliminate collective bargaining for postal employees. [Read more]

APWU Rejects Issa’s Call to Cancel Ad Campaign
APWU Web News Article 078-2011, July 18, 2011
The APWU has rejected a call from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to cancel a union-sponsored television ad that has been airing on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. “The APWU stands by the ad, which dispels the myth that the USPS is funded by taxpayers,” APWU President Cliff Guffey wrote on July 15 [PDF].  [Read more]

APWU Ad Campaign: Phase Two
APWU Web News Article 077-2011, July 18, 2011
The APWU has launched the second phase of its advertising campaign with a radio spot, President Cliff Guffey has announced. The radio ad began airing July 18 and will run for three weeks on news and/or talk stations in Washington DC and other markets. [Read more]

APWU to Launch TV Ad Campaign
APWU News Bulletin 15-2011, July 7, 2011
The APWU will launch a television ad campaign on July 11, with spots airing on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX, President Cliff Guffey has announced.  [Read more]

2010-2015 Contract:
Questions and Answers, Staffing Tool
APWU Web News Article 075-2011, July 6, 2011
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. [Read more]

Postal Jobs, Pay, Benefits Threatened by Congress
APWU News Bulletin 14-2011, June 29, 2011
The Postal Service is in danger of financial collapse, and could close its doors as early as July 2012. A battle is raging on Capitol Hill over what to do about it, and one thing is clear: Our jobs, our pay, and our benefits are in jeopardy! Two very different plans are under consideration in the House of Representatives. 
[Read more]

Rep. Issa’s Bill
A Reckless Attack
On Postal Services, Postal Employees
APWU News Bulletin 13-2011, June 24, 2011
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the powerful chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has introduced a bill, H.R. 2309, that is “a reckless assault on postal workers and the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. [Read more]

APWU President:
‘We Will Take Every Step Necessary
To Ensure Retirement Benefits Are Protected’
APWU Web News Article 074-2011, June 22, 2011
The American Postal Workers Union is working fervently to make certain that the Postal Service’s decision to suspend employer contributions to FERS does not negatively affect the nation’s postal employees, President Cliff Guffey said on June 22. “We will take every step necessary to ensure that retirement benefits are protected. We are currently evaluating the best course of action.”  [Read more]

APWU, Mailing Groups
Urge Legislators to Support H.R. 1351

APWU Web News Article 072-2011, June 16, 2011
The APWU, along with dozens of key mailing industry groups and labor unions, urged U.S. representatives to support crucial legislation that would restore financial viability to the Postal Service. [Read more]

Postal Infrastructure: How Much Can We Afford?
Guffey Asks, Who’s the ‘We?’
APWU News Bulletin 12-2011, June 15, 2011
Testifying before a House panel on June 15, APWU President Cliff Guffey began by taking issue with the title of the hearing, “Postal Infrastructure: How Much Can We Afford?” [Read more]

Headlines Predict Demise of USPS
Legislative Action Needed
APWU News Bulletin 11-2011, June 6, 2011
Recent headlines that predict the Postal Service will collapse within one year demonstrate the importance of APWU members getting involved in legislative affairs, President Cliff Guffey said.
“To ensure the survival of the Postal Service — and our jobs — I urge each and every member to make a commitment to legislative action,” he said. [Read more]

Guffey Encourages Postal Veterans
To Spread the Word About New Job Opportunities
APWU Web News Article 066-2011, June 1, 2011
APWU President Cliff Guffey is encouraging postal workers who have served in the armed forces to reach out to fellow veterans and encourage them to take advantage of new hiring opportunities. [Read more]

It’s Official:
APWU, USPS Sign New Contract
APWU Web News Article 062-2011, May 23, 2011
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. [Read more]

Guffey to Senate Subcommittee:
Legislators Must Apply
Pension Overpayments to Pre-Funding Bill
APWU News Bulletin 10-2011, May 17, 2011
In testimony [PDF] before a Senate Subcommittee on May 17, APWU President Cliff Guffey urged legislators to take immediate action to restore financial stability to the cash-strapped agency. [Read more]

The Coming Postal Bailout
Congress wants taxpayers to save mail worker pensions.
"One thing we'll say about federal bailouts—if you pay attention, you can usually see them coming a mile away. It was true of Fannie Mae and General Motors, and it's increasingly clear that the next candidate will be the U.S. Postal Service...The obligation of postal management is to negotiate this inevitable transition while protecting taxpayers from another union raid. If Republicans don't start paying attention, the raid is going to arrive on their doorstep." [Read more]

Union Members Ratify Contract
APWU News Bulletin 09-2011, May 11, 2011
APWU members approved a new contract May 11, with more than 75 percent of those casting ballots voting in favor of ratification. The final tally was 69,451 to 22,351 in balloting that ended May 10. The agreement will expire May 20, 2015. [Read more]

Guffey to Congress:
USPS Will Continue as ‘Vital Public Service,’
But Needs Relief from Pre-Funding Requirement
APWU Web News Article 052-2011, May 4, 2011
“We expect the Postal Service to continue as a vital public service agency funded solely by postal customers for the foreseeable future,” APWU President Cliff Guffey told a House Committee in a May 3 statement. [Read more]




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