House resolution ignores provision addressing USPS consolidation plan

A spending bill to keep government agencies open appears poised to clear Congress this week, though the final iteration of the measure remains unclear. Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday, with members of both parties agreeing the […]

160 House Members Urge USPS Plant Closure Moratorium

A large body of Members of the House of Representatives — 160 strong — today called upon House appropriations leaders to include in the stopgap funding bill a one-year moratorium on the closure of the 82 mail processing facilities that are slated for consolidation by USPS, beginning January 2015. The 82 plants are located in […]

Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform?

Why Congress Can’t Get It Done Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? It seems I’m asked that question all the time – in conversations at conferences and conventions, in letters, phone calls and email correspondence. In part, the answer is a lack of understanding by members of Congress about how the USPS […]

NALC Branch President Jim Falvey: Congress has created Postal Service crisis

Portland Communities and Postal Workers United Our President Jim Falvey made it into the Big O (Oregonian, the newpaper of record in Oregon).  He called the editor and argued for an “In Response” opportunity and got it.  This exchange started with a series of articles on the visit of the Deputy PMG, our protest and […]

Dear Colleague Letter Sent to All House Members Seeking Moratorium on Postal Closures

The primary message of an NPMHU-endorsed August 15, 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter by Congressman David Joyce sent to all House members is to Support the Preservation of First-Class Mail Delivery Standards. In response to the United States Postal Service’s plans to close 82 mail processing facilities throughout 37 states in January of 2015, Representative Joyce […]

Deputy PMG: USPS reports quarterly losses in the $2 billion range due to pre-funding

How bad is the outlook for the Postal Service? Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general, doesn’t hesitate. We’re defaulting on our retiree health benefit obligations, he explains. We owe the Treasury $15 billion, he says. First class mail volume is declining about 4 percent a year, he notes. The Post Office should spend about $10 billion […]

APWU: Bipartisan Group in House calling for moratorium on USPS cuts and closures

Stop Service Cuts and Plant Consolidations Tell Your Congressman: Sign the Letter! A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail […]

Postal Employees Have Free Speech Rights

by Don Cheney, retired Local APWU President I would like to commend the postal employees in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for speaking out on the delay of their customers’ First-Class Mail. Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims. Some of it was caused by the collection time of mail being moved up from 5 […]

50 U.S. Senators Call for 1-Year Moratorium on USPS ‘Cuts and Plant Closures’

50 Senators Tell Appropriations Committee: ‘Stop Postal Service Cuts and Plant Closures’ 08/14/2014 – Half of the U.S. Senate has called for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery. An Aug. 14 signed by 50 senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General […]

Video: Postmaster General blames Congress for $2 Billion loss

The Postal Service needs help from Congress to stop the red ink, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told CNBC on Wednesday. Despite an increase in package revenues and an emergency price hike that took effect in January, the agency said Monday it lost $2 billion in the second quarter. “The problem we face … is we […]