April 2012

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100+ House Members Join Connolly, Young Letter on USPS reform
excerpted from postalnewsblog

Washington, D.C. — Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly was joined by more than 100 members of Congress in calling on Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to maintain robust mail service, including 6 day delivery and rural post offices, and develop a transformational 21st Century business model for the USPS. Republican Don Young of Alaska joined Connolly in circulating the letter.

Connolly and Young's letter suggests alternatives to legislative proposals that cut mail delivery from six days to five, eliminate 3,600 or more rural post offices, end next day mail service, and stop 90% of door-to-door mail delivery.

For the text of the Connolly/Young letter, please visit the entire blog post at postalnewsblog.com

     pushpin[April 1st]

Maintenance Craft PSE National Dispute Resolved

The APWU and the Postal Service settled a Step 4 grievance on March 30 regarding the use of Postal Support Employees (PSEs) in the Maintenance Craft. The settlement stipulates that PSEs will only be used in custodial positions.

Please visit the link at APWU.org to view the official documents [PDF.]

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Senate Debate on Postal Bill Expected in Mid-April
excerpted from APWU Web News Article 024-2012

The Senate is now expected to consider a postal bill in mid-April, following a two-week congressional recess that begins Friday, March 30, APWU Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid reports. The postal bill, S. 1789, is expected to be the Senate's first order of business when lawmakers return to the Capitol on April 16.

The APWU has sharply criticized the legislation in its current form, saying that it will provide short-term relief but inflict long-term damage on the nation's mail system. Numerous lawmakers, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have been advocating changes to the bill that would address many of the union's concerns.

The APWU is urging senators to support several amendments that would address the underlying cause of the Postal Service's financial crisis and prevent devastating cuts in service and the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs.

"The clock is ticking," Guffey said. "We are approaching the end of the six-month moratorium on the closing and consolidation of mail processing plants and post offices, so it is crucial that our members impress upon their senators the importance of getting it right." The moratorium, which is intended to give Congress time to address the Postal Service's financial crisis without severe cutbacks in service and jobs, expires May 15. Postal managers have announced that they intend to begin implementing closures as soon as the moratorium expires, and to complete as many as possible by the end of August.

Please read the entire article at APWU.org

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Scholarships Remain Available to PMAPWU Members

John T. Boxler Scholarship

Patrick McShane Memorial Scholarship

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