2 thoughts on “Postal Employees Have Free Speech Rights

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU Local 4088
    The official word I received from OIG and a US Postal Inspector was that neither law enforcement body gets involved in delivery standard (delayed mail) issues. If that is true, why are there US Postal Inspectors picking apart and examining evidence of intentionally mis-sent mail in the Hazelwood and St. Louis mail processing centers?

    The reports I am getting from contacts there are saying that long-established practices of intentionally misdirecting mail to hide delays are being investigated and documented. The people need to know, do they only investigate mail delays involving gaining facilities, while ignoring delays that could prove what a disaster the network rationalization plan is going to be for the service we provide to our non-urban residential and commercial customers?

    The admission from an OIG Special Agent that the agency has suspected this activity from some time and the timing of the intensive attention STL and Hazelwood are getting is starting to feel like an attempt to detract attention away from the intentional delays taking place in Cape Girardeau, MO. The difference? St. Louis isn’t going anywhere.

    Added note: Our union President was notified today that our closure date has been moved from April 18, 2014 to January 15, 2014 and the 60 day excess notifications will be mailed in November.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU Local 4088
    Great article. I must say that if it weren’t for the support and encouragement I received from Randy Zelznick and a handful of friends and coworkers, I don’t think I would have had the resolve to continue the fight.

    This is an amazing opportunity for every USPS employee from the floor of the largest P&DC in the nation to the most remote carrier route in the edges of America’s wilderness to break the wall of silence that is formed from a systematic structure of fear, threat, intimidation, apathy and lies. Each of us has a voice and when we speak up together, it is tougher for them to use that structure to isolate and marginalize us as “that one troublemaker with an axe to grind.”

    Go through proper channels and then go as far as it takes, within the limits of the law, to expose the saboteurs who are on a relentless mission to destroy the US Postal Service from within. Those are the people we are working against, not the USPS itself.

    We are in a fight that isn’t just about protecting our livelihoods. We are standing up to preserve a vital public service to OUR communities.

    The First Class letter remains the most secure and private means of non- face to face communication between private citizens in today’s digital universe. This is one of the most important reasons to preserve the service. The PMG preaches about the inevitable decline of this letter, even as we see the prosecution of a systematic effort to make his prediction come true.

    We cannot afford to sit silent and wait for someone to lead this charge. To do so will only result in the inevitable total destruction of the vital service WE provide.

    Aggressively monitor and report ALL service standard violations. Document and expose, never giving the crook an avenue of escape or a shadow to hide in.

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