NALC Stands With APWU to ‘Stop Staples’ and Other Postal News of the Past Week

Stop StaplesNALC stands with APWU to ‘Stop Staples:’ NALC President Fredric Rolando encourages all NALC members to join with the members of the American Postal Workers Union and the other postal unions in a national day of action on Thursday, April 24, to protest the privatization of postal retail services at Staples stores. “As we proved in our successful 2007 campaign against the contracting-out of mail delivery,” Rolando said, “Americans value and deserve postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed and accountable employees who work directly for the Postal Service, not for an office-supplies retail chain. Just as the members of the APWU stand with the NALC in our battle to preserve six-day mail delivery service, so do letter carriers stand with our brothers and sisters in this fight against privatization.” Click here to stay informed and join the fight.

NALC signs onto AFL-CIO letter to DCCC: NALC President Fredric Rolando has joined with the leaders of several other labor organizations in signing a letter from the AFL-CIO to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The letter signals the federation’s disappointment with the DCCC in its effort to defeat Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) in this fall’s mid-term election. “The role of the AFL-CIO and our affiliates is to support candidates who fight for working families, regardless of party,” the letter states. “During his 20 years in Congress, LoBiondo has maintained a consistent and strong record of support for working families.” Click here to read the letter.

Postal Service to reduce workforce by 10,000 in 2015: The Postal Service plans to shrink its workforce by 10,000 positions in fiscal 2015, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. The reductions will be entirely through attrition — there will be no buy-outs or reductions in force— Donahoe said at a media roundtable at the annual National Postal Forum at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md. “We have been good planners and we use overtime and other things to work our way through that,” he said. He said the Postal Service has been able to reduce its workforce by about 320,000 since fiscal 2000 and avoid reductions-in-force because its average employee age is 52 and through careful management. Read the rest of the Federal Times story here.

Through rain and snow, sure, but try getting mail in some new Cary, NC, neighborhoods: Residents of some new subdivisions are finding empty mailboxes day after day because the U.S. Postal Service has determined that it isn’t going to always provide door-to-door service in order to save money. Rosely Chellamkott moved into the Holland Farm neighborhood, off Green Level Church Road and Morrisville Parkway in west Cary, two weeks ago. Despite checking her mailbox daily, she has received no mail. Like most of her neighbors, she had no idea that she would have to pick up mail at a nearby post office for the foreseeable future because the Postal Service has no plans to deliver in Holland Farm unless the developer installs a centralized cluster mailbox kiosk. “It’s a real problem because every day we need to go to the post office to get it,” Chellamkott said.”I want it at my driveway in my mailbox,” said Mani Govind, who moved to the neighborhood Thursday. “We have kids, school, work. I can’t afford time every day to go to the post office.” Read the rest of the WRAL article here.

Saturday Mail Delivery Affordable and Needed: A recent editorial properly criticized the U.S. Postal Service for ending door delivery for new housing developments, instead sending residents to cluster boxes for their mail. Unfortunately, you supported USPS’ bid to end Saturday mail delivery. Either reduction in service would hurt Floridians, would be counterproductive for the Postal Service and is unnecessary. Stopping Saturday mail would inconvenience residents and raise costs for Florida’s small businesses, which are open on weekends, need to send and receive checks, and employ 2.8 million Floridians. Those businesses would have to contract with expensive private carriers. It would damage the Postal Service by driving mail – and revenue – away. Read the rest of Judy Willoughby’s letter to the editor here.



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