Notes on 2014 NJSPWU Convention

I had the extreme pleasure and honor, once again, of being an invited guest of the 2014 New Jersey State Postal Workers Union Convention held June 16-18 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Monday’s activities consisted largely of registration, a NJSPWU Executive Board Meeting, and an early evening Federal Retirement presentation. Tuesday…

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Postal service looking to hire 600 people in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) – The US Postal Service is seeking candidates to hire as Rural Carrier Associates throughout the Indiana area. You can apply online at their website, http://www.usps.com/employment. Paper applications will not be accepted. In order to be considered, applicants must have a valid state driver’s license, a safe driving record and at least…

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APWU: For Students to Win, Teachers Don’t Have to Lose

Web News Article #: 122-14 June 20, 2014 – “On Tuesday morning, teachers across California got up, went to their schools and dedicated their day to helping students learn and grow. “While teachers led their classrooms, a judge in a Los Angeles courtroom said that for students to win, teachers have to lose,” wrote Randi…

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The Postal Service delivers the fail, audit shows

DES MOINES, Iowa — When it comes to incompetence, losing money and union muscle-flexing, the U.S. Postal Service always delivers. A recently released audit by the USPS Office of Inspector General shows Postal Service officials failed to follow proper procedures and wildly overestimated potential savings when it awarded a contract for mailbox maintenance in 18 states…

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Perfecting the Process – Strategy For Success in the Grievance Arbitration Procedure

I attended a presentation the last day of the APWU New Jersey State Postal Workers Convention and some very useful information was discussed and made available to assist representing our Members more effectively in the Grievance Arbitration Process.  I highly urge and recommend all stewards, officers and members on the workroom floor download and keep this…

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USPS: Fast lane – USPS uses Agile to speed up technology development

The Postal Service has joined a growing number of government agencies and private organizations that use Agile, a collaborative process that allows projects to roll out faster and with fewer glitches. Through Agile, organizations develop, test and assess technology projects in increments, then implement the projects for short durations before full deployment. “Agile allows greater…

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U.S. Postal Service offers buyouts to 45,000 mail handlers (old news?)

(Reuters) – The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service will offer buyouts this summer to nearly all of its 45,000 mail handlers, part of a plan to consolidate operations at 140 mail-processing facilities in the next year. The mail agency, which lost $3.2 billion in the first three months of 2012, plans to begin this summer moving…

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