Local 304 is a branch of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union
A Government Executive analysis of postal estimates show the consolidation plan will result in a net job loss — jobs lost at each facility minus those being relocated to existing plants — of 7,320.The map below shows where each closure will take place. Click on the pins to see when the closure is scheduled to take place how many net job losses USPS predicts for each facility.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014- Vice President William "Bip" McLemore, full-filling his campaign promise and continuing his years of work in the field, drove from Bloomington, Indiana to Canton, Ohio to attend an RI-399 meeting with management. Recording Secretary and Canton, Ohio BP Timothy Manning and VP McLemore held a similar meeting a few months ago in Canton, Ohio, but management refused to give the work of "spreading the mail" to incoming Carriers to the Mail Handler craft. Canton was one of the first facilities to be consolidated last year, and all that remains is a HUB between Akron and Cleveland, and all that is left now, are 18 Mail Handlers. With an empty building, management decided to move some city zone Carriers back to Canton beginning on September 22, 2014. Carriers were in fact in this facility, but were moved out prior to the RI-399 Inventory in 1992, leaving the NPMHU with nothing to back up their claim to 'spreading the mail" work except the national arbitration award (Eichen 2000). Management will begin with the movement of 88 Carriers (four zones) on the 22nd, with plans to move one more station and another zone from another station soon afterwards, This should mean more work, and more Mail Handlers. Management could be planning on doing the same thing to tie up leases of stations nationwide, to other facilities that have been consolidated but not closed. VP McLemore and Recording Secretary Manning were able to convince management to give the work to the Mail Handler craft, and settled long-standing labor/management issues with management as well.
The Local 304 Scholarship deadline passed on August 15th for this year. The Scholarship Committee will be meeting on September 15, 2014 to review all applications, and if any information is missing, they will contact the applicant's for that information. Once the committee has determined that all applications are proper, a review will be conducted of all applicant's and checks will be sent out as soon as possible after the review.
The U.S. Postal Service is aggressively slashing prices to attract big e-commerce companies in time for the holidays, aiming to steal business from both FedEx Corp. (FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS).
Over loud protests from its rival delivery giants, the Postal Service won approval from its regulators in August to lower prices by as much as 58% on certain Priority Mail packages for customers shipping at least 50,000 parcels a year.
The post office says its prices were too high to be competitive. But in documents filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission, both UPS and FedEx say the agency is taking advantage of its status as a near monopoly to unfairly snag a bigger piece of the e-commerce pie.
The price cuts "do not reflect a minor cost-related adjustment in the postage that Grandma will have to pay to send a sweater to young Johnny," wrote FedEx in its filing with the commission in July. "What USPS is proposing is an aggressive push to gain market share in the fast-growing business of e-commerce."
A number of e-commerce shippers are considering or have decided to use the Postal Service because of the price change, said Rob Martinez, president of Shipware LLC, a shipping strategy consultant and auditor. "A lot of shippers are going to take another look at the Postal Service," he added. READ MORE
Prevent the Elimination of up to 15,000 Postal Service Jobs
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union is calling upon every member to contact their respective House Member, and urge them to support a one-year moratorium on the PMG's proposed closure of 82 mail processing facilities. These actions will inflict irrevocable harm upon the mail system, adversely affect commerce and the quality of mail service, and potentially eliminate up to 15,000 Postal Service jobs.
Now is the time to act. Please help get our message out. Contact your House Member and ask them to co-sign a letter in support of inserting language in the FY 2015 Continuing Resolution, and any potential omnibus legislation, requiring the Postal Service to suspend its processing facility closure plans for one year.
The letter will be sent to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. TAKE ACTION CLICK HERE!
BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 4 – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has added his crucial backing to calls for a one-year moratorium on U.S. Postal Service plans to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow down mail delivery and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.
Reid added his signature to those of 50 other senators who signed a letter calling for a ban on Postal Service cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) organized the effort to block the cuts proposed by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
“This one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future,” the senators wrote in the letter to Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “At a time when our middle class is disappearing, the loss of 15,000 good-paying Postal Service jobs will harm our local communities and economies,” the senators added.
With Reid’s signature, a bipartisan majority of all senators now have signed the letter.
Despite misleading reports about the Postal Service’s supposed money woes, revenue outpaced expenses by almost $1 billion since the fall of 2012. Revenue from more package deliveries for online retailers has more than made up for fewer letters being mailed because of email and online bill paying. On paper, the Postal Service “deficit” is a result of an unprecedented requirement that it pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits over a 10-year period into a fund that already has more than enough money to cover retirees’ health care needs.
The Postal Service claims it lost $46 billion since 2007, but those paper “losses” are almost entirely a result of the pre-funding mandate. “Let’s be clear,” Sanders said. “The Postal Service is not going broke. Instead of slashing decent-paying jobs and slowing down mail, the Postal Service must be allowed to sell more products and offer more services that the American people need. We must also end the Bush-era mandate to pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits. This mandate is responsible for all of the ‘losses’ at the Postal Service for the past two years.” READ MORE
Effective on September 6, 2014, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive both the second and fourth of seven possible cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Articles 9.3 and 9.7 of the 2011 National Agreement. These two COLA increases are based on: 1) the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) Base following release of the July 2013 Index (this amount totaled $540, and as prescribed in the Fishgold Arbitration Award, the implementation of this COLA increase was delayed by one year); and 2) the upward change in that Index Base following release of the July 2014 Index (this amount totaled $687, but was not subject to a deferral period). Taken together, these two COLA adjustments resulted in an annual increase of $1,227 for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 have received the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.7 of the National Agreement.
Click here to download a chart which reflects the new wage rates for career Mail Handlers resulting from these COLA increases that are effective on September 6, 2014.
Local 304 officers are fulfilling their constitutional duties and are touring ALL facilities
As promised by this administration, Advanced Shop Steward Training will be conducted regionally (to offset costs) during the periods of September 23-26 of this year. Because of the financial state the past administration left us with, we will train as many as possible in September and more next spring, when the Basic Shop Steward training will also be conducted. Be assured that everyone who needs to training, will receive the training! Training will be conducted in Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.
We have had requests to put a retirement calculator on this website, and we have found a site that is self-explanatory, and gives you the option to calculate your retirement whether you are a CSRS or FERS employee. It also allows you to calculate your TSP retirement. Look to the left on this page to the sidebar, and click on the retirement picture to go to this site.
To see the minutes from the May 2014 Executive Board and the Council minutes from January 2014, simply click on the page tiled, BOARD/COUNCIL MINUTES or CLICK HERE
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