Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity. Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system.  In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the…

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Meeting to be held Monday over Midlothian, MD Post Office fate

CUMBERLAND — MIDLOTHIAN — The U.S. Postal Service plans to make a final decision soon on the future of the Midlothian Post Office that will result in the branch reducing operating hours to four hours per day or closing the office completely. A public meeting on the consolidation plan will be held at 3 p.m….

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10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s 239th birthday

On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution. 1. The Founding Fathers were all for a postal system, especially Franklin.  It was Franklin who modified and improved the postal delivery system as…

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Letter: Delays in postal service drive away customers

I am going to whine for a bit. The U.S. Postal Service moved most of our services to Portland and they assured us over and over again it would not affect our mail service. Well, I beg to differ. It now takes an extra day to get our mail. Gee, whiz. We live in the…

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at NALC Convention: Postal Service Revenue Rising

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 services and jobs at the U.S. Postal Service at a time of rising revenue. Sanders is the chief sponsor of legislation to modernize the…

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APWU: COLA Update For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

(07/22/14) In June 2014, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) rose to 699.107. The sixth COLA adjustment under the 2010 National Agreement will be based on the July 2014 CPI Index point and will be effective September 6, 2014, (pay period 20-2014, pay date September 26, 2014). However, if the adjustment were made based on the…

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APWU: COLA Update For CSRS Retirees, FERS Retirees, and SS Recipients

For CSRS retirees: (07/22/14) The 2015 CSRS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index in 2014 over the 2013 third quarter average. After the second quarter of 2014, the third quarter of the 2015 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly index has risen by 1.7%. For FERS retirees: (07/22/14)…

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APWU: COLA Update For FECA Employees

(07/22/14) The percentage increase in the December CPI-W index from year to year determines the FECA COLA increase. The 2014 FECA COLA will be 1.5% effective March 2014. After the sixth month of the twelve-month adjustment period for the 2015 FECA COLA, the CPI-W index has risen 2.412%. via Pay | APWU.

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