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Huge Win For APWU And Allies – USPS Ends Deal With Staples

After Years of Protest and Boycott by APWU and Allies – The Deal Between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to Sell Postal Services Ends

Big win for postal workers who waged a three-year campaign against Staples/USPS partnership that included a boycott, rallies, legal battles, outreach to customers and a successful effort to block the Staples/Office Depot merger

 American Postal Workers Union Calls Off Staples Boycott 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service announced in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO that the deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples has ended. Staples will be removing all signage and will discontinue postal services at the national retailer’s roughly 500 U.S. locations that handle postal services by the first week of March 2017. In response, APWU is calling off the boycott of Staples effective immediately and will notify its many supporters and allies.

         This is a big win for the public as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and the union’s allies who waged a national campaign, Stop Staples, against the office-supply chain and a battle against the USPS over the Postal Service’s partnership with the national office supply retailer. Three years ago, the union challenged the USPS’ scheme of privatizing postal retail operations and shifting postal services from neighborhood post offices to Staples locations. The union contended that this privatization effort undermined the public’s right to good quality and secure postal services and represented a shift of good living wage positions to low-wage jobs, thereby hurting the well-being of the communities where the union’s members lived. 

APWU’s members strongly believed that this plan would diminish the USPS brand by having mail processed in unsecured locations by workers who had little or no training in protecting the privacy and sanctity of the mail as well as ineffectively serving the customers with the broad array of postal products and services.

“The public Postal Service is a national treasure that was treated like a cheap trinket by the former Postmaster General,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “First, former Postmaster General Donahoe cut a dirty deal to set up post offices staffed by Staples employees in 82 Staples stores. Then they downgraded the offerings to the ‘Approved Shipper’ status in hopes of ending the protests, but expanded nationally. In each case, the security and the sanctity of the mail, the training of clerks, and proper oversight were tossed out the window. This was bad for the consumer, bad for the USPS brand and an insult to our dedicated members.”

         Staples and USPS announced in late 2013 that they would launch a pilot program operating mini post offices in the company’s retail outlets. The initial test markets were the San Francisco Bay Area, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Boston suburbs.

         Beginning in 2014, the APWU held protests, rallies and other demonstrations outside Staples retail locations and the Staples headquarters with crowds that at times numbered in the thousands, proclaiming “The U.S. Mail is Not For Sale!” APWU members from across the nation joined the campaign and participated in street protests and leafleting efforts to educate customers about the dangers of privatized postal services which would result in the decline of service to the postal customers.

The union organized a national boycott of Staples stores that was joined by other labor groups including the AFL-CIO, The National Association of Letter Carriers, The National Postal Mail Handlers Union, the Service Employees International Union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, the Communication Workers of America, and, perhaps most importantly, the nation’s two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. A significant portion of Staples revenues is generated by the sale of school supplies.

         Following the AFT’s convention in July 2014, where the union’s leadership announced that it would ask its 1.6 million members, colleagues and family members to boycott the chain and buy school supplies elsewhere, Staples and USPS announced that they were ending the mini post office idea and would handle postal services through the already existing “Approved Shipper” program.  APWU at the time called this “a ruse.”  Dimondstein, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal stated that, “this attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect. We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business.”

         APWU and its allies maintained the boycott and continued protests outside Staples stores across the country, expanding protest activity beyond the pilot program locations.

         In February 2015, Staples announced its planned $5.5 billion merger with Office Depot. APWU became the largest public opponent of the merger. The union released two white papers critical of the Staples/Office Depot proposal and met with the Federal Trade Commission staff examining the merger. The FTC eventually blocked the merger.

         The union also prevailed on a number of cases before the National Labor Relations Board adding more pressure against the USPS/Staples deal.

         “This is a big win,” said Dimondstein. “Staples is out of the mail business which they should never have gotten into.  Our members take great pride in their training and their responsibilities; they swear an oath; they perform a public service. The quality of service at a Staples store isn’t comparable.  The public should have confidence in the mail. Important letters, packages and business correspondences shouldn’t be handled like a ream of blank paper.”

         “This is also a win for those who care about the neighborhood post office,” he continued, “and for all those in our society who think that workers should earn a fair living wage with decent health care and a pension, rather than the Staples model of minimum wage, part-time hours and no benefits.”

National Association Of Letter Carriers Announce Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), released the following statement regarding the NALC Executive Council’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president of the United States:

ClintonFollowing a tremendously hard-fought primary process, NALC is proud to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve as the next president of the United States.

Secretary Clinton has a long history of supporting the issues most important to letter carriers—a strong Postal Service, collective-bargaining rights for postal employees and decent pay and benefits for all American workers. She has been a friend of NALC since her first meeting with us in 1994.

Former Sen. Clinton was among the first in the Senate to support legislation to prohibit the contracting out of letter carrier jobs to low-wage private contractors, a bill that helped us stop the practice in 2006. She has defended six-day delivery, supported federal employees and was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act.

NALC is proud to once again stand with Hillary, just as it did when she ran for president in 2008.

This year, we had the good fortune of seeing two tremendous champions of letter carriers compete for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.  In fact, both have been made honorary members of the NALC by delegates to our national conventions. As I informed our members in March, based on the issue surveys we sent to both parties’ candidates and the polls we conducted among our 280,000 members and activists, both Secretary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders earned our support. Out of respect for both candidates and the passionate supporters each has in our union, we decided not to endorse either until the primary process produced a nominee.That has now happened.

We commend Sen. Sanders—who also is a long-time friend and a fierce advocate for letter carriers in Congress—for running a fantastic campaign. The energy and passion that he brings to politics have ignited a national conversation and moved the needle in our national debates about inequality, wage stagnation and the power of corporate interests in our democracy. NALC intends to continue fighting alongside Sen. Sanders to strengthen our employer, our political system and our country.

This endorsement was not a difficult one to make, given the two choices before us. Leaving aside his anti-worker record as an employer, his dishonesty and erratic temperament, and the bigotry and sexism he has demonstrated as a candidate, Donald Trump showed blatant disrespect to America’s letter carriers. In our endorsement process, he not only failed to answer our candidate questionnaire, he would not even acknowledge receiving it. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has demonstrated her commitment to letter carriers and has dedicated her entire life to public service. Few candidates have ever been better prepared for the Oval Office.

There is a lot at stake on Tuesday, Nov. 8—for our country, our jobs and our families. Starting in the key battle ground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and Nevada, NALC and America’s letter carriers are ready to unite behind Hillary Clinton to make this great country even greater.

After the endorsement was announced, Secretary Hillary Clinton released the following statement:

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“The Postal Service is consistently ranked as the most trusted government agency, and the brothers and sisters of NALC are one reason why. Since our nation’s founding, efficient and effective mail service has connected families and enabled commerce. Today, more than 160 billion pieces of mail travel through the postal system each year—many of them in the hands of a Letter Carrier.

“As President, I will stand with the Letter Carriers to protect workers’ fundamental rights to organize, to bargain collectively, to be safe on the job, and to retire with dignity and security. And I will work with the Letter Carriers to build a bright future for the postal system and postal workers in the 21st century. I know that the postal system is still a vital lifeline for American communities from coast to coast, and recognize the Letter Carriers’ vital role in building the American middle class.

“Above all, workers deserve a seat at the table and a champion in the White House. Because when workers are strong, families are strong—and when families are strong, America is strong.”

Postal Workers Take Case To Save USPS To The Nation’s Largest Stamp Collection Trade Show

You’ve Got Mail Today, Will You Have it Tomorrow? 

Postal Workers, Supporters Urge 250,000 Stamp Collectors At NYC Trade Show to Join Campaign to Support USPS 

NEW YORK – The mail always seems to get through somehow, but how do you get a crucial message about mail through to the public?

Start with the world’s largest stamp show.

Members of the American Postal Workers will reach out to stamp collectors at the upcoming World Stamp Show in New York City this week to issue a warning: The future of the public Postal Service is threatened by a congressionally-manufactured financial crisis and efforts to privatize the 240-year old national treasure.

“We can’t wait to talk with stamp collectors, who understand as well as anyone how a strong Postal Service connects our country,” said Dennis O’Neil, a retired postal employee. “They can be a key constituency in efforts to protect our public Post Office.”

More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the eight-day World Stamp Show, which begins on Sat., May 28, and runs through Sat., June 4, at the Jacob Javits Center at 655 W. 34th St. in New York City. The show is held in the U.S. once every 10 years.

For the first time, the American Postal Workers Union – with more than 200,000 members at the heart of the world’s largest postal system – will have an official presence at the show. APWU members will distribute informational handouts and souvenir items, joined by supporters of an advocacy group, A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.

The Grand Alliance includes more than 130 national and local senior advocacy coalitions, civil rights organizations, labor unions, environmental groups, and other groups concerned about the future of the U.S. Postal Service.

Priorities of the Grand Alliance include:

·      Standing up for postal standards, including door-to-door mail delivery six days a week.  USPS management is currently pursuing a failed and self-defeating strategy of downsizing and service cuts, including a nationwide downgrade of delivery standards in 2015.

·      Restore standards to July 2012 levels: According to news accounts, the USPS is not even meeting its own lower standards, with late mail having a significant impact on small businesses, senior citizens, consumers awaiting mail-order medicines, and other postal patrons.

·      Addressing a costly, inappropriate retiree health benefits pre-funding mandate, which will solve a manufactured “financial crisis” at USPS; A 2006 law created an artificial financial burden for the Postal Service with an unreasonable requirement to pay in advance for retiree health benefits. This mandate, which costs billions each year, does not exist for any other public agency or private company.

·      Adoption of a permanent moratorium on plant closings and consolidations.  Postal management can save money and enhance productivity and efficiency by using existing personnel and resources, instead of continuing to outsource key functions – including its retail operations – to for-profit companies like Staples, which are not accountable to the people.

·      Expanded services – including longer office hours, enhanced package delivery, low-cost digital access and postal banking.

·      A full and functioning Postal Board of Governors, acting as champions of the public postal service:  At present, there is only one confirmed member of the Board; eight seats remain to be filled.

“We’re at a pivotal point,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We can allow privatizers to destroy our beloved U.S. Postal Service and leave millions of businesses and residents with second-class service – or none at all – or we can boost service, expand hours, take advantage of the booming ecommerce sector, and offer new services, such as postal banking.  

“We believe the public, starting with these stamp collectors, will favor a stronger USPS.”

The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. For more information on APWU, visit www.apwu.org.

NH Postal Workers Union (APWU) Announce Endorsement Bernie Sanders

APWU Endorsement of Bernie Sanders (Image by Rick Rothwell)

APWU Endorsement of Bernie Sanders (Image by Rick Rothwell)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Postal Workers Union on Saturday endorsed Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

“I am proud to announce that both the New Hampshire Postal Workers Union and Manchester Area Local have voted to endorse Sen. Sanders as the next president of the United States,” said Janice Kelble, Legislative Director for the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Manchester Area Local #230 & the NH Postal Workers Union, representing close to 1500 members and retirees in New Hampshire.

In a prepared statement, Kelble said:

The American Postal Workers Union is committed to fighting for decent pay and benefits, a safe workplace and dignity and respect on the job. As affiliates of the AFL-CIO, we also strongly believe in social and economic justice for all working families.

Bernie Sanders has been a long time champion of postal workers & postal customers. Years ago he held a Town Hall Meeting where nearly 400 workers, community residents, veterans and area business people came together in a crowded VT school cafeteria to talk about the impact of service changes. He left that meeting on a mission to maintain a thriving public Postal Service and he has not let up on that mission, defending the Postal Service with the same passion as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

He has been a forceful advocate for working people in many ways, fighting for paid family medical leave & a livable wage, while rejecting unfair trade deals that favor special interests. His focus is always on creating opportunities that lift the middle class and those living in poverty.

In keeping with the strong principles of our organization, I am proud to announce that both the NH Postal Workers Union and Manchester Area Local have voted to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States. It is time for us to stand up and fight for a President we can count on.

“It is time for us to stand up and fight for a president we can count on,” she added in remarks to about 200 supporters who turned up for the opening of a new campaign field office.

Bernie Sanders in Manchester NH (Image by mark king)

Bernie Sanders in Manchester NH (Image by mark king)

Labor Leaders Meet with Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders

Image from AFGE

Image from AFGE

WASHINGTON – A “meet and greet” was held at the office of the American Postal Workers Union this evening between more than 40 U.S. labor leaders and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is running for president.

“Bernie Sanders has been an outspoken champion of postal customers, postal workers and the public Postal Service – demanding expanded services for all Americans, an end to mail delays, and an end to the closure of postal facilities,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“And he has been a forceful advocate for working people for decades. He’s not in the pocket of big corporations. We thought it was important to hear his ideas about the 2016 campaign – especially how he plans to take on the big-money interests that are strangling our political system and our economy.

“There has been tremendous interest and excitement about his campaign in the labor movement,” he said.

The meeting at APWU’s office was co-hosted by former president of the Communications Workers of America Larry Cohen, APWU President Mark Dimondstein and APWU Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell. Neither the APWU nor the CWA has endorsed a presidential candidate in 2016. Both unions are affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

 

 

The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. For more information about the APWU, visit www.apwu.org.

Congressional Inaction Threatens The Postal Service Yet Again (Shocking I Know)

USPS Headquarters

In a month when the Postal Service received both great economic news and a government “best” approval ratings, Congressional inaction continues to put the Postal Service’s future in peril.

The Postal Service Board of Governors job is to be responsible for long range planning  and setting policies that are crucial to the Services future survival. Yet Congress refuses to confirm any appointments to the board. Leaving the board with only 3 of the 9 Presidential Appointees actually serving. To no surprise those three were appointed  by George W  Bush.  Neglect by Congressional leaders has left this board without a quorum and operating under a “temporary emergency committee.”  This is certainly no unforeseen emergency.  This is part of the conservative plan to “shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.”

In seven short months the Board of Governors will be down to one appointed member as the terms of two governors will expire. That will leave just one appointee James Bilbray on the board. He will be joined by Postmaster General Meghan Brennan and Deputy PMG Ron Stroman. This will amazingly leave 8 out of 9 appointed seats vacant at a time in which the postal service has many crucial decisions to make in a constantly changing business environment.

The role of the Board of Governors is spelled out quite clearly by the USPS:

The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service is comparable to a board of directors of a private corporation. The Board includes nine governors who are appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate.”

The nine governors select the postmaster general, who becomes a member of the Board, and those 10 select the deputy postmaster general, who also serves on the Board. The postmaster general serves at the pleasure of the governors for an indefinite term. The deputy postmaster general serves at the pleasure of the governors and the postmaster general.

In 1970, when the Board was established by the Postal Reorganization Act, the governors of the Postal Service were appointed for terms of nine years. The first nine appointments were for staggered terms of one to nine years. Subsequent appointments were made for the full nine years. On December 20, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, P.L. 109-435, which changed the terms of subsequently appointed governors from nine to seven years. The Act also added some professional qualifications for the governors. The governors are chosen to represent the public interest generally and cannot be representatives of special interests. Not more than five of the nine may belong to the same political party. They shall be chosen solely on the basis of their experience in the field of public service, law or accounting or on their demonstrated ability in managing organizations or corporations (in either the public or private sector) of substantial size, except that at least four of the governors shall be chosen solely on the basis of their demonstrated ability in managing organizations or corporations (in either the public or private sector) that employ at least 50,000 employees.

“The Board directs the exercise of the powers of the Postal Service, directs and controls its expenditures, reviews its practices, conducts long-range planning and sets policies on all postal matters. The Board takes up matters such as service standards and capital investments.”

We need to get politics out of the process of choosing members of the Board of Governors,” NALC President Fred Rolando said. “Managing an agency whose mission is to serve the public by delivering the mail shouldn’t be a political issue. Too often the board stresses how bad things are and warns of cuts in service, instead of advocating solutions. The Postal Service needs entrepreneurial leadership and support for expanding and modernizing, and for fixing the real problems the agency faces. It needs a coherent plan for the future”

Craft employees productivity and job performance are constantly monitored. Some may call it obsessive micro managing. Either way craft employees do an outstanding job  7 days a week 365 days a year in every weather condition. The workers of the Postal Service have produced an operational profit of over $1.4 Billion this fiscal year already.

Contrast that with Congressional inaction on confirming any members to the Postal Service Board of Governors. Also this Congress has taken no steps to repeal or mitigate the unnecessary and unprecedented 2006 Congress mandate that  placed a$ 5.6 Billion annual payment for retiree health care obligations 75 years into the future on the Postal Service.

The American public can recognize a job well done. The Postal Service has an excellent/good performance  rating of 72% in a poll just released. That is easily the best among government agencies. Postal workers are quite clearly not only making the grade but achieving the top score.

Congress on the other hand has abysmal performance ratings in a Pew Research poll released last week. Democrat members of Congress are at 33% approval while the GOP  members are at a stunningly low 22% . Its not too hard to figure out that if congress acts to enhance the postal service it would be popular among constituents and in turn benefit their approval ratings.The catch is it seems many congressman are more beholden to their financial backers than their constituents. The Postal Service in their eyes is a Pinata for the wealthy (their donors) to further enrich themselves.

If a non government, non-union enterprise was turning over a Billion Dollar profit this year and with that carrying high approval ratings from the American public and was deemed as the best company of its kind in the world than politicians of every kind would be scheduling a visit and a photo-op with its employees. Instead being a highly unionized,government agency postal workers are demonized by most politicians.  Rigid ideology and campaign donations dwarf  governing the country in a responsible manner every time.

 

Contract Talks Between American Postal Workers Union and U.S. Postal Service Hit Impasse

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Union Fights for ‘Strong, Vibrant, Public’ Postal Service and Protection of Living-Wage Jobs

 Washington DC – Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27. The union and management had agreed to extend the current labor contract, which expired on May 20, for a one-week period that ended at midnight.

With no new agreement in place, the APWU and USPS will begin a mediation process that is expected to last approximately 60 days. In the meantime, the terms of the current contract will remain in place.

During this round of contract talks, the APWU made the unprecedented move of bringing consumer issues to the bargaining table, insisting that quality service is crucial to maintaining a strong, public Postal Service.

“The American people want a strong, vibrant and public Postal Service – and so do members of our union,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

Community Comes Together To Say “I Stand With Postal Workers” In Manchester

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Yesterday, dozens gathered to show their support for the US Postal Service at a rally held in Manchester, NH in conjunction with a national day of action to support the American Postal Workers Union whose contract is set to expire.

During contract negotiations, the APWU has made the unprecedented move of bringing consumer issues to the bargaining table, insisting that quality service is crucial to maintaining a strong public Postal Service.

In addition to proposals that would protect good, stable jobs, postal workers are demanding extended hours at post offices to shorten customers’ wait time in line, an end to the closure of mail sorting centers, restoration of prompt mail delivery, and the addition of postal banking.

According to an April 27 Washington Post article titled, “It’s not just you: Letters really are taking longer to get delivered:”

  • A decision by the Postal Service this past January to abandon overnight mail delivery is causing severe delays in mail delivery.
  •  “Preliminary internal data shows that the Postal Service did not meet even its lower targets for first-class mail during the first seven weeks of 2015, with letters that are supposed to take three days … arriving on time just 54 percent to 63 percent of the time.”

The Washington Post also reported on May 11 about outrageous delays for residents of rural communities in an article entitled, “Senators Press New Postmaster General on Troubled Rural Mail Service.”

The Postal Service, which isn’t funded by taxpayers, earned an operating profit in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and is on track to earn a substantial operating profit again in 2015. Although revenue from first-class mail has been declining, package volume – largely due to the growth of e-commerce – has been rapidly expanding.

“U.S. Postal Service executives and the agency’s Board of Governors are using a manufactured financial crisis to justify their strategy of reducing service, delaying mail delivery, and dismantling a great national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein in a previous statement.

“Postal workers are fighting for a vibrant, public Postal Service that expands hours, offers new services, and gives quality service to people across the country – no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they have,” Dimondstein stated..

 

Postal Workers, Customers To Hold Protests All Across The Country On May 14

New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery;

Reduction in Service Standards and Closure of Mail Sorting Centers Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers;

 Union Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and New Services

WASHINGTON – Members of the American Postal Workers Union will rally in more than 85 cities in 36 states across the country during a National Day of Action on May 14 to demand improved postal services and to protect good, living-wage jobs.

“U.S. Postal Service executives and the agency’s Board of Governors are using a manufactured financial crisis to justify their strategy of reducing service, delaying mail delivery, and dismantling a great national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“Postal workers are fighting for a vibrant, public Postal Service that expands hours, offers new services, and gives quality service to people across the country – no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they have,” Dimondstein said.

The nationwide protests will take place one week before the APWU contract with the U.S. Postal Service expires (on May 20) – and amid new reports of severe delays in mail delivery. Postal workers will urge customers to sign postcards to the Postmaster General declaring, “I Stand with Postal Workers,” and in support of improved postal services.

During contract negotiations, the APWU has made the unprecedented move of bringing consumer issues to the bargaining table, insisting that quality service is crucial to maintaining a strong public Postal Service.

In addition to proposals that would protect good, stable jobs, postal workers are demanding extended hours at post offices to shorten customers’ wait time in line, an end to the closure of mail sorting centers, restoration of prompt mail delivery, and the addition of postal banking.

According to an April 27 Washington Post article titled, “It’s not just you: Letters really are taking longer to get delivered:”

  • A decision by the Postal Service this past January to abandon overnight mail delivery is causing severe delays in mail delivery.
  •  “Preliminary internal data shows that the Postal Service did not meet even its lower targets for first-class mail during the first seven weeks of 2015, with letters that are supposed to take three days … arriving on time just 54 percent to 63 percent of the time.”

The Washington Post also reported on May 11 about outrageous delays for residents of rural communities in an article entitled, “Senators Press New Postmaster General on Troubled Rural Mail Service.”

The Postal Service, which isn’t funded by taxpayers, earned an operating profit in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and is on track to earn a substantial operating profit again in 2015. Although revenue from first-class mail has been declining, package volume – largely due to the growth of e-commerce – has been rapidly expanding.

For a list of protests at U.S. Post Offices on May 14, visit www.apwu.org/may-14-national-day-action.

NH PROTEST

Manchester Post Office
955 Goffs Falls Road, Manchester NH

Time: 4:30-6:00pm 

RSVP via Facebook event here

For additional background on the threats to a strong, public Postal Service, visit www.apwu.org/sites/apwu/files/resource-files/In-Depth%20BrochureV2.pdf.

The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. For more information on the APWU, visit www.apwu.org.

The USPS Is Profitable Yet Again! But Why Are You Only Hearing Something Different?

USPS Letter Carrier Truck In Winter (Joel Kramer FLIKR CC)The revival of the US Postal Service continues to pick up steam according to Quarter 3 financial results released today. For the sixth consecutive quarter the Postal Service turned an operational profit when accounting for costs it can control. Fueled by an avalanche of packages the Postal Service continues to out perform expectations.

NALC President Fred Rolando commented: “Today’s results show the impressive Postal Service financial turnaround continuing in full force. The quarter’s $313 million operating profit puts black ink for the first half of the year above $1.4 billion – surpassing all of last year’s operating profit. Equally encouraging is what produced the operating profit – continuing revenue growth as an improving economy and rising online shopping drive better performances in letter mail and package deliveries. Package revenue is up a striking 11.2 percent this year; first-class letters and standard mail GCA on USPS pension and retiree benefitsalso are up.”

“This three-year trend in operating profitability makes clear the need to strengthen – not degrade – the now-profitable networks. We hope to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, the administration and the new postmaster general to build on the progress achieved in the last Congress, within the mailing industry and among major stakeholders on consensus postal reform that promotes a strong and vibrant Postal Service.”

“We’re pleased with the increase in our controllable net income compared to the same period last year, which demonstrates that our cost containment and revenue strategies are delivering results,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan Brennan.

The only blemish in this financial report was the continuing unprecedented burden of being the only enterprise in the America that is required by law to pre-fund future retiree health care benefits. The graphics below outlines the absurdity of this requirement.

The Postal Service has updated its business model and through the dedication of its highly unionized work force it has turned an operational profit six consecutive quarters . It’s now time for Congress to update its thinking about postal reform and instead of decimating the worlds best postal service they should be acting to further enhance it. Ideas of plant closings and service cuts now seem quite antiquated in lieu of this economic turnaround.

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