April 12, 2018- President Trump issued an Executive Order to form a task force charged with evaluating the finances of the U.S. Postal Service including pricing, policies and workforce costs.
The White House reports that the Task Force will be comprised of multiple agency heads including the: Secretary of the Treasury as Chair; Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Director of the Office of Personnel Management; and other agency heads. The Executive Order goes on to highlight consultation with the Postmaster General and the Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission and the Secretary of Labor.
Postal Unions were not named in the EO as task force participants, however the Order does note that task force recommendations shall also consider the views of the USPS workforce; commercial, non-profit, and residential users of the USPS services; and competitors in the marketplace.… Keep reading...
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TASK FORCE ON THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SYSTEM
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order the following:
Section 1. Policy. (a) The United States Postal Service (USPS) accounts for almost half of global mail volume and is regularly cited as the Federal agency with the highest public approval rating. However, a number of factors, including the steep decline in First-Class Mail volume, coupled with legal mandates that compel the USPS to incur substantial and inflexible costs, have resulted in a structural deficit where revenues are no longer sufficient to fund the pension liabilities and retiree health obligations owed to current employees.… Keep reading...
As published in the January issue of the Mail Handler Update.
National President Paul Hogrogian recently made two appointments to the NPMHU’s Committee on the Future: Alex Cervantes, President of Local 320 (Arizona), and Kelly Dickey, President of Local 322 (Pittsburgh, Central & Western PA, and Wheeling, WV) will be joining the Committee.
“The National Postal Mail Handlers Union must be prepared to challenge the never-ending threats to our work and the services that we provide. The challenges facing the United States Postal Service and all bargaining unit employees are vast, but not insurmountable. However, the Agency’s reliance on a flawed Function 1 scheduler analysis has, in part, emboldened the USPS to unilaterally exercise its Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA), without consultation with the Union.… Keep reading...
“The National Office has filed a National-level grievance alleging the Postal Service has violated Article 34. The grounds for this grievance are set out, in detail, in the attached grievance letter.”
‘Keep Reading’ to view the cover letter in its entirety and the mentioned grievance.… Keep reading...
The Postal Service delivers for America. Even in an increasingly digital world, the Postal Service remains part of the bedrock infrastructure of the American economy, serving its people and businesses, and binding the nation together. The core function of the Postal Service is to provide secure, reliable, affordable delivery of mail and packages to every address in America, its territories and military installations worldwide.
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With ratification of the 2016 National Agreement now complete, the National Office has been notified that the Postal Service will be implementing the prospective application of the November 2016 general wage increases during Pay Period 5 of 2017, which starts this Saturday, February 18, 2017. Also expected to be implemented in that Pay Period will be the small September 2016 cost-of-living adjustment of $21.
The next COLA for March 2017, recently finalized at $333 for career mail handlers receiving the full COLA, should be included in paychecks starting with Pay Period 6 of 2017, which starts on March 4, 2017.… Keep reading...
The members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union have overwhelmingly ratified the terms of the 2016 National Agreement with the Postal Service.
The vote to ratify exceeded 93%.
Our National Union is addressing effective dates and payment dates for retroactive increases.
More information will be made available soon.
President NPMHU Local 320… Keep reading...
On January 23, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a memorandum addressed to “Heads of Executive Department and Agencies” prohibiting them from hiring any new employees for 90 days.
Clarification regarding the coverage of this President Trump memorandum has now been issued jointly by the U.S. Office of Management & Budget and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The above agencies clearly state that one of the “exemptions to the Federal civilian hiring freeze” is “hiring by the U.S. Postal Service.”
In other words, the hiring freeze has NO impact on hiring or related issues at the U.S. Postal Service.
President NPMHU Local 320… Keep reading...
NATIONAL POSTAL MAIL HANDLERS UNION
SUMMARY OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
ESTABLISHING TERMS OF 2016 NATIONAL AGREEMENT
The following is a summary of the tentative agreement reached between representatives of the NPMHU and the Postal Service to establish the terms of the 2016 National Agreement.
The 2016 National Agreement will cover three years and four months, or 40 months, and will expire at midnight on September 20, 2019.
General Wage Increases
All career Mail Handlers will receive three general wage increases during the term:
— the first, retroactively effective to November 26, 2016, will be 1.2%;
— the second, effective on November 25, 2017, will be 1.3%; and
— the third, effective on November 24, 2018, will be 1.3%.… Keep reading...
From Link website at http://link.usps.com
The Postal Service has announced additional price changes to take effect next year, after the end of the holiday season.
The changes, which USPS filed Oct. 19 with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), include adjustments to Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes.
The current and new prices are:
- Small flat-rate box: $6.80 (current), $7.15 (new)
- Medium flat-rate box: $13.45 (current), $13.60 (new)
- Large flat-rate box: $18.75 (current), $18.85 (new)
- Large Army/Air Post Office and Fleet Post Office flat-rate box: $16.75 (current), $17.35 (new)
- Regular flat-rate envelope: $6.45 (current), $6.65 (new)
- Legal flat-rate envelope: $6.45 (current), $6.95 (new)
- Padded flat-rate envelope: $6.80 (current), $7.20 (new)
The changes, if approved, represent a price increase in Priority Mail of 3.9 percent and an average increase of 3.3 percent in retail prices.… Keep reading...