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photo: APWU

photo: APWU

The Trial and Verdict: Dump the Postmaster General

07/22/2014 – After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal, and a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”

“Now I wouldn’t want to recklessly charge the PMG without a fair hearing and the opportunity to be judged by a jury of his peers. You all look like a jury of his peers. Brothers and Sisters I am now calling you to jury duty.”

What were the charges?

“We charge Donahoe with slowing down the mail, undermining service and demolishing tens of thousands of good jobs by closing processing plants. What say you? Is he innocent or guilty as charged?” The ‘jury’ roared, Guilty!

“We charge Donahoe with dismantling the Postal Service through post office closings, reduction in customer service hours, constant efforts to end six-day and door delivery, subcontracting Motor Vehicle Service work and outsourcing Maintenance Craft duties.” Guilty, the delegates shouted. Continue reading ‘APWU Convention Delegates Pass Resolution Calling For Resignation of PMG Donahoe’ »

usdoj2013GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On July 21, 2014, Jason Matthew Smalling, 34, of Piney Flats, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 14 months in federal prison.

Upon his release from prison, Smalling was ordered to serve three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $330,000 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service and pay a fine of $5,000.

Smalling pleaded guilty in October 2013 to an information charging him with devising a scheme to defraud the U.S. Postal Service through the creation of counterfeit postage mailing labels. Smalling operated a business from his residence in Piney Flats, Tenn., called Value Decals. Value Decals created and sold vinyl decals, some being generic graphics and images and others being unlicensed reproductions of trademarked logos of professional sports teams including Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball League, and National Hockey League teams. Value Decals obtained orders for vinyl decals through its website,, as well as In addition to paying for the decals, customers were also charged for the costs of shipping the orders through the U.S. Mail. The orders were shipped to the customers by U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail. Continue reading ‘Tennessee Man Sentenced To Prison For $330,000 Counterfeit Postage Scheme’ »

Postal Workers Turn up the Heat on Staples
Thousands to Protest in Chicago Loop Against Shift by USPS of Postal Services to Retailer
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Chicago Teachers Union Leaders and Other Supporters Will Join Postal Workers to Send Message: The U.S Mail is Not for Sale

July 21, 2014 – Thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), joined by supporters, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, will protest the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service at a Staples store in the Chicago loop on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading ‘Thousands to Protest Staples in Chicago Loop Against Shift by USPS of Postal Services’ »

For illustration only- credit: Broudy Printing

For illustration only- credit: Broudy Printing

Effective July 24, bargaining unit employees with government-issued individually billed travel cards will no longer be permitted to use the cards for cash advances.

Cash advances are no longer a standard component of travel card programs. The guideline doesn’t affect other card features or employees’ ability to pay for travel-related expenses.

The change is being implemented because employees already use their cards to pay for most travel expenses and don’t require cash advances for expenses made when they’re traveling on business.

The directive was implemented for officers, Postal Career Executive Services (PCES) and Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS) employees in May.

USPS News Link Story – Travel card guideline changes for bargaining unit employees.

Billy-HayesSpeech: American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Chicago

Billy Hayes is the general secretary (GS) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). The CWU is the seventh largest union in Britain with around 203,500 members.

Thank you for the invitation to address your convention. A special thank you to your new President, Mark Dimondstein, for his hospitality. I am sure he will measure up to the problems you face.

I understand that your biggest campaign at the moment is against the decision of the USPS to locate counter facilities in Staples stores. Continue reading ‘UK postal union officer addresses APWU Convention’ »

apwulogo21307/21/2014Delegates to the APWU National Convention are ready for action after several days of pre-convention workshops and conferences.

Monday, July 21, will feature a State of Our Union address by President Mark Dimondstein, speeches by several  members of Congress, and messages of solidarity by postal union presidents from the U.S. and abroad.

Plans are in full swing for a Stop Staples protest on Tuesday, July 22, in the Chicago Loop at 111 N. Wabash. Continue reading ‘APWU National Convention Gets Underway’ »

carpenters_600Union carpenters shut out of work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center picketed the facility Friday and said they will protest every day next week when the National Association of Letter Carriers union (NALC) holds its convention.

The protest will put unionized letter carriers in the position of deciding whether to cross a picket line to attend convention sessions.

However, despite overtures from the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, the letter carriers union declined to cancel their convention – one of the city’s largest this year, with an expected economic impact of $24.8 million.

“It was unfortunate what happened with the carpenters,” said James Sauber, chief of staff for NALC.

But, he said, with 12,000 letter carriers and family members expected to attend the convention, arrangements were made long before the carpenters’ troubles with the Convention Center came to a head when they did not sign a new customer-satisfaction agreement by a May 5 deadline.


Carpenters to picket letter-carriers’ convention

senator jon testerHELENA, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester is taking another shot at making sure that Duck Stamps can still fulfill their original purpose: preserving wetlands and supporting Montana’s sportsmen and women.

Tester, the former Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, this week introduced legislation to increase the price of the Federal Duck Stamp to $25. The current price of $15 was set more than 20 years ago. Duck Stamps serve as hunting licenses on National Wildlife Refuges and allow access to Refuges where admission is charged.

Tester’s legislation is needed because Duck Stamps, the sale of which supports conservation efforts, have lost 40 percent of their value since last being increased in 1991. Paired with higher land values, the decrease in the value of Duck Stamps is making wetland preservation more difficult. Continue reading ‘Senator Jon Tester introduces bill to increase price of Duck Stamps’ »

ups2013Company has added more than 1,100 ZIPs in 2014

For the second time in five months, UPS® (NYSE: UPS), will boost its competitive advantage by expanding its coverage area for early morning deliveries.

The company will add another 766 UPS Next Day Air Early A.M. ZIPs beginning July 21 after adding more than 400 earlier this year. The Early A.M. service is the earliest morning delivery from UPS, guaranteeing service to more than 87 percent of U.S. businesses. The move will extend UPS’s advantage over the competition in serving more ZIPs and businesses by 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. than any other carrier.

“For critical, time-sensitive shipments, this is one of those services our customers rely upon,” said Charles Strain, #UPS vice president, marketing. “UPS Early A.M. is experiencing strong growth over last year, and this announcement is another example of how we will continue to respond to our customers’ needs for express solutions.”

Examples of industries that rely upon morning deliveries include healthcare laboratories that want to receive specimens quickly to process patients’ test results faster; professional service companies, like legal and financial firms, that depend on urgent documents; manufacturers of parts that are needed for urgent repairs; and high tech companies that need to repair mobile devices rapidly so their customers don’t lose connectivity.

usdoj2013A North Dakota postmaster who has worked for USPS  since 2000 (14 years) with an annuals salary of m0re than  $58,000  has agreed to plead guilty

Edmund Sharp IV, former Beulah, North Dakota  postmaster  was indicted in May 2014 on charges of Misappropriation of Postal Funds -Between June 2013 and February 2014 converted to his own use, money and property at a value exceeding $1,000, to which he was not entitled;  False Statements -Between August 2013 and February 2014 Sharp made false entries on postal financial reports by using the names of employees he supervised to issue emergency salary advances to himself and took the advances without gaining the approval of his supervisor. Continue reading ‘North Dakota postmaster to plead guilty in USPS emergency salary checks fraud’ »