As closings and consolidations of mail processing facilities continue and the threat of further staffing cuts plague the employees of the Postal Service, our efforts in the legislative arena have never been more important. The ongoing destruction of our mail processing network as an alleged cost saving measure at a time when revenue exceeds expense, exposes, in our opinion, something a lot more sinister. Shrinking the network when our share of the package market increases makes little sense, yet this is the plan of the PMG. This is not the model of a growing business, but a blueprint for disaster and the end of the United States Postal Service as we know it. Read More.
Brothers and Sisters,
On October 7, 2014 the Union was provided Regional notification regarding the proposed consolidations within the Central PA District. As we have reported, the Service’s misguided efforts to “rationalize” the mail processing network within Central PA have failed miserably in the past as evidenced by the mistake in both the Reading and Williamsport consolidations. The Service has not been dismayed however and intends to go through with further consolidation. As you know, the consolidation of Lancaster into our Harrisburg facility and Scranton into our Lehigh Vallley facility has been on the table since the results of the AMP studies were issued in 2011. Read More.
Dear Mr. Colin,
The American Postal Workers Union, Philadelphia PA Area Local # 89 and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 308 are jointly writing this letter with grave concerns regarding physical and verbal confrontations on the workfloor. Read More.
Take the time to review the USPS' preliminary July financial report. Without the onerous and unprecedented retiree health benefit pre-funding requirement we are actually making money. This is obviously not consistent with PMG Donahoe’s version of reality.
As required by Article IX of the Constitution of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, the second Semi-Annual Meeting of the Local Unions (SAMLU) for 2014 was convened in our Nation’s Capital, August 21-23, 2014. Our National Officers met with representatives from each of the Local Unions, providing a State of the Union report, a full financial report, a report from the Contract Administration Department as well as discussed matters related to legislation, and the Committee on the Future. Other items of interest submitted by the Local Unions were also discussed. The meeting concluded with a comprehensive workshop covering Mail Handler Assistants. Read More about National & Local issues.
Take the OIG Poll on whether to continue the misguided and self destructive consolidation of the Postal Network. Read More
Click the link under Important Updates for a schedule of consolidations.
The Cost of Living Adjustments effective September 6, 2014 (Pay Period 20-14) will add $1,227.00 annually to FTR career mail handler salaries for those hired prior to February 15, 2013. View updated pay scales.
-By now every mail handler at the NDC whose job was either abolished or had the non-scheduled days changed, which required reposting should have received their letter notifying them of such. Mail handlers whose bids have changed the non-scheduled days requires, by contract, that the job be reposted and available for any mail handler eligible to bid. . Read More
The commitment of those in USPS Headquarters to dismantle the great American institution that is the United States Postal Service really has no limits. With the recent announcement to reinstitute the Service’s Network Rationalization Plan, which would be more aptly named the "Network Irrationalization Plan", eighty four facilities across the country, including our own Scranton and Lancaster plants, will see reductions in operations and personnel. The implementation of this absolutely toxic agenda will ultimately lead to the destruction of the mail processing network, which appears to be the plan.
More than 5,000 NALC Delegates from across the country gathered in Philadelphia for their 69th biennial convention as our own National President inspired our Sisters and Brothers in the Letter Carriers with a message of Unity and Solidarity. Joining Brother Hegarty in Solidarity at the event were our National Legislative and Political Director Bob Losi and Local 308 President John Gibson. Read More.
Meetings & Events
October 25th, 2014 2:00PM-5:00PM
Scranton Branch Meeting
October 30th, 2014
Article 12 Training Washington DC
December 4th, 2014
Advanced Steward's Training
Inside Local 308
President Hegarty addressed the Delegates of the APWU’s 2014 National convention sanctioning a message of solidarity between our Unions. When commenting on the recently signed Postal Union Alliance, Hegarty said, “We are not divided on the issues — those who would do us harm cannot divide and conquer.” President Hegarty noted that the Postal Union Alliance has solidified the joint spirit of cooperation that has us working towards common goals like never before. Read More
The Union was notified this afternoon that the Postal Service plans to reinstitute the “Network Rationalization Plan” starting next year, in January 2015. You will recall that many of the plant closings and consolidations were put on hold earlier this year, in February 2014, when the Postal Service announced in the Federal Register that it was suspending any further implementation of its changes to service standards.
Yes, it's true, we know there is no such thing as management accountability. We know that holding management responsible for their actions is nothing more than a myth. When a manager screws up, 99.99% of the time nothing happens other than maybe a promotion or reassignment to some other department or facility. If you've been around for any length of time you know this to be true. Now, when it comes to mail handlers there are plenty in management that can't wait to hold us accountable for the most insignificant of transgressions. When management decisions result in the loss of Millions of Dollars I challenge you to show me where any individual manager is held accountable. Read More
On March 10, 2014 an historic agreement was signed by the Postal Union Presidents representing the Mail Handlers, American Postal Workers, City Letter Carriers and Rural letter Carriers. The purpose of the agreement is to show our solidarity, and to protect the invaluable institution that is the United States Postal Service. We call upon our members, and the American Public to join with us in this important endeavor. Read More.