Local 304 is a branch of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union
Just a reminder that the deadline for applications for the 2014-2015 Local 304 Scholarship is steadily approaching! No applications will be accepted after AUGUST 15TH! All information and forms are on this webpage below for your convenience. This Local is awarding $500 per scholarship to high school seniors who will be entering college this fall.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Richmond (LA-02) introduced a bill that would expand access to basic financial services to millions of Americans and provide a venerable and struggling American institution an opportunity to generate billions of dollars in revenue.
“In the New Orleans area alone, 181,000 households do not have access to a full range of financial services,” said Rep. Richmond. “These are primarily low-income households that are forced to pay exorbitant interest rates to predatory lenders in order to borrow. Allowing the Post Office to offer some basic financial services would save these households thousands of dollars every year, and put the USPS on more stable financial footing.”
The Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions and Lending Act – or the POSTAL Act – would allow the United States Postal Service to offer basic financial services. Post office customers would be able to open checking accounts, deposit funds in an interest-bearing savings account, and receive small-dollar loans. The bill would also require that the Postal Service offer customers a convenient “Postal Card” that functions as a debit card and allows them to engage in in-store, mobile, and online transactions. READ MORE HERE
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday addressed the annual convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He drew standing ovations from the big convention crowd in Philadelphia for opposing cuts in sevices and jobs at the U.S. Postal Service at a time of rising revenue.
Sanders is the chief sponsor of legislation to modernize the U.S. Postal Service, save Saturday mail and prevent other unnecessary cuts in services provided by one of the most popular and important institutions in America.
Sanders credited the letter carriers with helping to stave off plans in recent years by postal service management to make drastic cuts like closing 15,000 post offices and half of the mail processing plants in this country, ending overnight and Saturday deliveries. But even at a time of rising revenues – the U.S. Postal Service has taken in $1.2 billion more in revenue than it spent since the fall of 2012 – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe still wants to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow mail services and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs. READ MORE HERE
Local 304 has already suffered three consolidations during 2013. The USPS is planning on closing/consolidating 10 more facilities from our local beginning in January of 2015. Three of those ten facilities are scheduled to be consolidated into installations that do not belong to Local 304, further weakening the numbers of members in this local. The facilities scheduled to be consolidated or closed are as follows: KENTUCKY- Lexington. INDIANA-Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Gary, and South Bend. OHIO-Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. Unlike the past administration who was non-existent during last year's closures, this administration has already taken measures to help ALL facilities scheduled to be closed or consolidated.
The Local 304 Scholarship information and applications are now available! Please click on the pictures below to open the information and application. Please remember that the deadline for ALL applications is August 15, 2014. Your application and requested information must be postmarked by that date.
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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