Briefs Newsletter – July 19, 2018
US House of Representative Resolution Regarding Postal Service Privatization
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal
Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.
For the full resolution, click here.
White House Proposal to Restructure the Postal Service
Summary of Proposal: This proposal would restructure the United States Postal System to return
it to a sustainable business model or prepare it for future conversion from a Government agency
into a privately-held corporation. Like many European nations, the United States could privatize
its postal operator while maintaining strong regulatory oversight to ensure fair competition and
reasonable prices for customers. The President’s Task Force on the United States Postal System
will make recommendations on reforms towards this goal in August 2018.
For the full plan, please click here and go to page 68.
Retirement Planning Seminar – Sunday, September 16, 2018
We have a Retirement Planning Seminar scheduled for Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10am – 4pm to be held at the Union Office, 7901 Oakport Street, Suite 2300, Oakland,CA 94621.
The seminar instructor is Yoggi Riley.
Only APWU members are allowed to attend, and you MUST RSVP by 1:00pm Pacific on Friday, September 7, 2018.
Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA
This fact sheet provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010 (P.L. 111-148). This law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Items like this one will also be posted in the Resources section of the website under Library >> To Your Health:
New Maintenance Division Council Appointments
After the tragic passing of Director Raymer, Idowu Balogun is now the Maintenance Division Director, effective immediately in accordance with Article 21. Brother Balogun served as the Assistant Director (A) and BMC Coordinator for the past fifteen years. For seven years previous, he served as a Western Region National Business Agent, a member of the Greater Los Angeles Local, and an Electronic Technician at the Los Angeles Plant.
Please click on the image below for the appointments of Assistant Director Waldon and Western Region NBA Baez.
The Threat is Real to Privatize the Postal Service
The White House proposal on restructuring the federal government released today, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” delivered nothing but misinformation and, if implemented, would end regular mail and package services at an affordable cost to 157 million addresses every day. Furthermore, the White House plan is an attack on many federal agencies and the public services they provide.
The White House’s plan states, “Like many European nations the United States could privatize its postal operator…” What’s left unsaid is European nations charge substantially more for mail services delivered in a much smaller area. They also regularly raise the cost of delivery. For example, the cost of sending a letter in the United Kingdom has increased 80 percent over the past decade. By comparison, the U.S. has the lowest postage rates in the industrialized world.
Eliminating the universal service obligation, as the plan suggests, would hurt business and individuals alike, and would be a dagger aimed at the heart of rural America and undermine e-commerce.
The draconian plan uses “burdening the taxpayers” as justification to promote the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service when the truth is USPS is self-supporting and receives no tax dollars for postal operations.
And, while letter mail volumes are lower, package delivery is up substantially. No institution is better suited for the e-commerce revolution than USPS. The public postal service serves each and every person and belongs to the people of this country. According to recent surveys by Gallup and the Pew Research Center, it enjoys the highest level of satisfaction and trust of any government service or agency, rating the highest among young people.
Privatizing the Postal Service is not in the public interest or the interest of postal workers and would be nothing more than a raid by corporate pirates on a national treasure.
This outrageous White House plan should be a wake-up call to every postal worker and APWU member. The threats of postal privatization, the threats to decent union jobs, the threats to good services, are real.
The American Postal Workers Union stands with the people of the country and our many allies in the ongoing fight to ensure a vibrant public Postal Service for generations to come.
More information and calls for action will be forthcoming.
USPS Responds to Trump Administration to Reorganize Some Federal Agencies
USPS responds to administration plan
The Postal Service has issued a statement regarding a Trump administration proposal to reorganize some federal agencies.
External Tractor Trailer Operator Job Posting 10205004
External Tractor Trailer Operator Job Posting. The job posting period is 06/19/2018 – 06/25/2018. The job does require an exam.
For more information, click here for the job posting.
For future postings like this one, please see the News >> Craft News >> Motor Vehicle page.
PSEs Receive Huge Gains In Workforce Benefits Fund Agreement
APWU HQ issued the message below today. Fredric Jacobs, President, Local 78
On June 13, 2018 the APWU and the Postal Service reached agreement on additional benefits for PSEs. This agreement came out of the APWU’s dispute over a fund that was set up as part of the 2010 National Agreement first for PSE Health care then for additional PSE benefits. The APWU took its dispute over the Postal Service’s failure to use the fund for its intended purposes to arbitration. The APWU’s persuasive case brought the Postal Service to the table, and President Dimondstein after long negotiations and looking at every possible option under the memo negotiated pay, hour and additional benefits for PSEs consistent with the original purposes of the fund.
[To see the full Update & Agreement, please click on the PDF document below.]
For future postings like this one, please see the Resources >> The PSE Zone.