Local 304 is a branch of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union
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.
July 17, 2014 - When the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) voted to join the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement on July 12, it struck fear into the hearts of Staples bosses and USPS management.
So much so that just two days later Staples and the USPS resorted to trickery to try to derail the boycott. They announced they are terminating the no-bid deal and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program.
The problem? “It’s a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.
A USPS spokesperson confirmed the APWU’s assertion, telling the Boston Globe, “We look forward to continuing the partnership, whether it’s called Retail Partner Expansion or approved shipper.”
“Staples and the USPS have made it clear: They intend to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail,” the union president said.
“If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” he added. “This duck may have a few less feathers, but it’s still a duck.
“This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect. We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business,” Dimondstein said.
“The announcement that Staples and the USPS are abandoning the no-bid deal is just ‘spin.’ They hope to convince boycott supporters that the battle is over,” he said. “It’s not.” READ MORE HERE
In a message to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers in the union’s Postal Record magazine, NALC President Fred Rolando has revealed that Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, who once claimed that repealing the PAEA pre-funding requirement would solve the USPS’s financial problems, was behind a scheme to increase the pre-funding requirement by $15 billion:
in February, he proudly bragged to one of my fellow postal union presidents that he was the author of one of the more bizarre proposals included in S. 1486, the Carper-Coburn postal reform bill that was marked up by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this year. The proposal was to require the Postal Service to pre-fund $15 billion in future workers’ compensation benefits decades in advance… I thought the PMG had lost his mind.”
Rolando says that the PMG’s recent actions, including his support for Eric Cantor’s USPS financed bailout of the Highway Trust Fund prove that he is “so obsessed with cutting Saturday delivery that he can no longer think straight”, comparing him to Captain Queeg in “The Caine Mutiny”. READ MORE HERE
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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.
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