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The Facts Behind The Scenes At The USPS: O’Brien Has No Idea

I want to set the record straight about what really happens behind the scenes at the USPS.  After the accusations of mail delays from NH Speaker O’Brien, here is how deliverable mail is handled by Postal Management as spelled out in our contract.

The Employer shall have the exclusive right, subject to the provisions
of this Agreement and consistent with applicable laws
and regulations:
A. To direct employees of the Employer in the performance
of official duties;
C. To maintain the efficiency of the operations entrusted to it;
D. To determine the methods, means, and personnel by
which such operations are to be conducted;

What the National Collective Bargaining Agreement clearly spells out is that management has total control of all operations within the Postal Service including what is delivered in any given day.
What House Speaker Bill O’Brien stated a recent face book post is that the Postal Service is run by a group of, and I quote, “union thugs” who decided that my mail would not be delivered that day and that when the election is here they probably won’t deliver it then either. Those statements were beyond just plain ignorance of an elected leader of one of the largest governing bodies on the planet but a deliberate unfounded diatribe at the men and women who move the nations mail to 150 million households a day six days a week in all kinds of weather.It was clearly political in nature because if true there will certainly be a lot of Postal management types on their way to federal prison very soon.


What the speaker alleges needs to be investigated by the Postal Inspection Service immediately and a Congressional Investigation launched because Congress oversees the Postal Service through committees in the Government and Oversight Committee chaired by Congressman Issa from California. Speaker O’Brien needs to testify to this committee immediately while all this intimate knowledge of this illegal mail activity is still fresh in his mind. Congressman Issa is really good at getting to the bottom of Postal Union malfeasance from previous committee hearings by discovering that APWU contract negotiations ended up with a “sweet deal” for the union, or so he alleged.


If in fact the Oversight Committee discovers that Speaker O’Brien purposefully led the public down a blind witch hunt to just excoriate Postal Unions because he could not get his “Right to Work” (for less) legislation passed in the last session of the New Hampshire legislature, than the Committee and the New Hampshire voters should immediately demand his resignation.


Accusing workers of a crime that is blatantly not true and punishable with jail time and a $250,000 fine is actually the criminal act here.


The gist of this article is to dispel the myth speaker O’Brien has been putting forth that postal workers control the flow of mail That is blatantly false. Postal Management tags all the mail to be delivered in a given day and clerks move that mail to letter carriers cases to be delivered that day. All first class, including political mail, has to be delivered that day or you will find yourself in Levanworth making small rocks out of big ones and your savings account will be depleted to pay enormous fines. There are NO union workers at the post office who would risk that. They are just hard working public servants who sort and deliver every piece of mail they are told to deliver in a given day.



About Wayne Alterisio

Wayne has been an activist for over 40 years. He started by protesting the Vietnam War in the early 70's. He also worked with the NH Peoples Alliance since the late 70's. Wayne is currently the President of the NH State Association of Letter Carriers. As a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Wayne has held many positions including: VP NH AFL-CIO Dist.6 Manchester, President Nashua Branch 230, CD-1 State Legislative Liaison, Sec/Treas. Nashua Central Labor Council, Chief Steward, and Secretary and Editor Branch Newsletter, Nashua Br.230. Wayne has worked with the NH AFL-CIO on the last five election cycles. Follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneAlterisio Statements by Wayne on the NHLN are not official statements from the NALC or NHALC unless stated as such.
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