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The amount Postal employees pay for their health care premiums will not be part of the full, formal version of the President's budget

ALEXANDRIA, VA, MARCH 4, 2009—Yesterday, Congressman Jerry McNearney (D-CA) became the 76th cosponsor of H.R. 22, a bill to refinance the Postal Service’s retiree health benefits obligation. Click for Press Release (PDF)


Historic Kentucky ice storm - League Postmasters working togather

A Do Not Mail bill, has been introduced in New York by Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn

Text of PMG Potter's Testimony to Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management.


The LEAGUE and Other Management Associations Meet with USPS on NPA issues.

VER Irrevocable Date Change; If you are a Postmaster, field EAS, Field PCES, or Area Office EAS & PCES, eligible for early retirement, the irrevocable date for your decision has been changed from January 16, 2009 to February 9, 2009

Latest Postal Industry News Briefs - December 2008

Freeze Announced - effective immediately all Area and District job postings are frozen until further notice including laterals and downgrades

VER effective date change, you can elect to change the original effective date from March 31, 2009 to December 31, 2008, or January 31, 2009 or February 28, 2009

Policy clarification for NPA Goals, Objective Setting Discussions and Behavioral Objectives

Perhaps you've heard that the Postal Service has gone to Congress asking for a handout. Well that is not the case at all.

Latest Postal Industry News Briefs - November 2008

League rejects Postal Service proposal to forego or defer NPA increases or payouts for FY 2009.

Postal Service OIG opens public blog.


View VER Offering and Steps (PDF)


Voluntary Early Retirement Timeline Released

Postal Service representatives met with us on POVs and a pilot program that is slated to go nationwide soon - the SSA Revenue Goals System

Voluntary Early Retirement Authority VERA Approved by OPM for all EAS and Postmasters field positions

Postal Service announces a freeze on any further postings for field administrative EAS hires.

LEAGUE President Charley Mapa testified before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 10, 2008.s

VERA (early out) is being offered to most crafts, some supervisors but NO Postmasters

The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would require the United States Postal Service to study the cost-effectiveness and fuel consumption of a five-day delivery system.

League President Testifies before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service & the District of Columbia

Focus group at Postal Headquarters to work with issues covering the Variance Programs

20 LEAGUE Members Recognized as Growth Award Winners

USPSNEWSLINK EXTRA - MEET THE NEW PRICE LEADER - We now have unprecedented pricing flexibility and we’re going to use it!

Sunsetting of Mechanized Stamp Vending

Adverse Action Counselor Training Evolves to Meet Increasing Demands

PAY INCREASE F0R POSTMASTER RELIEF(PMR)

Award Issued, Ending Arbitration With Rural Letter Carriers Union

Route Count Dates for 2008 and 2009

Congressional Subcommittee on Social Security met to hear testimony on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)

Designing a Rate Setting System (Part 2)

The Westchester District has received approval to increase the hourly rate of pay for PMRs to $15.00

The Automated Workforce Projection System (AWPS) is now being implemented in all parts of the country

Box Rents: 50 Percent of Nation’s Post Offices Move to New Fee Group

Bruce Evans from Postal Headquarters contacted the League in reference to two minor inaccuracies regarding the pay package

Joint Statement on Pay Package by The LEAGUE and NAPUS.

EAS Pay Package FY 2007 - 2010(PDF)

League's Agenda Items for the upcoming USPS Consultative Meeting

Designing a Rate Setting System (Part 1)

League President, Charles Mapa Testifies Before The Subcommittee On Federal Workforce, Postal Service, And The District Of Columbia, Of The Committee On Oversight And Government Reform Of The US House Of Representatives

League Honors Senator Susan Collins for Postal Reform Efforts


 

March 5, 2009


Dear Leaguers,


We've heard so much over the last few days regarding President Obama's budget for 2009, especially the portion regarding the amount Postal employees pay for their health care premiums. Of course, this caused much consternation among all of us. This is what our Legislative Counsel, Bob Brinkmann, has provided regarding that issue:


"The summary version of the budget that President Obama sent up to the hill contained a provision that suggested that postal workers bear the same proportion of the costs of their benefits as do other federal workers. Our understanding is that putting that provision into the summary budget was an error, and that it has been rectified. The full, formal version of the President's budget that will be submitted later in the year will not contain that provision. "


At this point, it seems that what was a big issue, has become a non-issue.


Respectfully,


Charley Mapa

President

National League of Postmasters


Featured Article: Historic Kentucky ice storm


Dear Leaguers,


Attached is a preview of an article that is going to print for our next article. Its author, Peggy Smith from Kentucky, writes about how terrible things were in Kentucky, just about a month ago, during our Legislative Forum, which she and several other Kentucky Leaguers were forced to miss because of the extreme icy weather in Kentucky. In her article she gave credit to the League for helping out her situation. So much thanks to Bob Bittner for pushing this situation. I was in the basement of the Rayburn congressional building getting ready to eat lunch with the California delegation when I noticed that I had received not one, but two, messages from Bob. Bob said, "Charley, I don't know what you can do, but things are horrible up in Kentucky. The Postmasters are all at work with no electricity, heat or running water, can't we help?" The Rayburn building may be in the most powerful city in the world, but I didn't feel too powerful down in that basement! I thought of the person at Postal Headquarters who would react most quickly to this crisis based on a mostly unsubstantiated report from Kentucky. I called that person (who usually avoids the limelight), left a voice message on his phone describing the emergency situation in in Kentucky, and went about my business. Next thing I hear is that there are some very happy Postmasters in Kentucky who have electicity, water and heat. See, you can get good things done through Headquarters; I only wish that it was always that easy! Thank you Bob and my unnamed contact at Postal Headquarters!


Charley


February 17, 2009 - Mail Moves America Legislative Update:


SB 2132, a Do Not Mail bill, has been introduced in New York by Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn). The bill is a variation on the standard Do Not Mail bill we have seen in that it is styled as a “Do Not Offer” registry. It exempts only existing business relationships and verbal or written requests from the customer. Non-profits appear to be exempted by definition, in that the bill defines a “direct mail marketer” as one who mails for financial profit or commercial purposes. This is a refile of SB1403 from the 2007-2008 session, which never received initial consideration in the Senate. However, the November elections brought the Democrats in control of the Senate, so the dynamic is somewhat different now. There are two other bills we are watching in NY that are not Do Not Mail bills per se, but could have a limiting effect on mail in the state.


This makes the fifth DNM bill we have in 2009, two in CT, two in FL and now one in NY. The Legislative Committee of MMA is reviewing response options.


FYI, as of this writing, there is no update on the non-binding resolution before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.


Ben Cooper

Executive Director

Mail Moves America

1155 21st Street NW/ Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036



January 15, 2009 - NPA Issues Meeting


Dear Leaguers,


The link below is a copy of the minutes of a meeting held January 14, at Postal Headquarters between the representatives and leaders of the management associations, NAPS,NAPUS, and the LEAGUE and Postal Service Headquarters. We have been unsuccessfully trying, over the last few years, to engage the Postal Service in meaningful dialogue regarding PFP/NPA, however, at our meeting we may have turned the corner towards coming into compliance with Title 39 of the U.S. Code which states in part that the management associations will directly participate in the planning and development of programs affecting pay. It is our hope that our recommendations will be given very serious consideration, in fact, we'd like to see that they are all implemented. We believe that the Postal Service and its managers will all benefit from an improved NPA/PFP process. The portions of the minutes that appear in red are clarifications added by the LEAGUE. Many thanks to Presidents Dale Goff, Ted Keating and their teams for their participation, and of course, many thanks to LEAGUE Executive Vice President Mark Strong for joining me on behalf of the LEAGUE.

Respectfully,
Charley Mapa


Click to view minutes (Word Document)


December 16, 2008 - VER Irrevocable Date Change


Dear Leaguers,


If you were identified as a being a Postmaster, field EAS, Field PCES, or Area Office EAS & PCES, eligible for early retirement, the irrevocable date for your decision has been changed from January 16, 2009 to February 9, 2009. No reason was given to us by Postal Headquarters and this apparently does not change the offer to elect an earlier date than March 31, 2009 (see newsbreak of December 9 below). The Postal Service will be mailing you the attached letter.


Revised - Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) Offer Letter – New Irrevocable Date (Click to view)


Acknowledgment Of Irrevocability Of Voluntary Early Retirement Decision form. (Click to view)


Respectfully,


Charley Mapa


December 11, 2008 - Latest Postal Industry News Briefs


Postal procrastination doesn’t pay - OPM Instructs Federal Agencies to Accept Belated Open Season Enrollments - Pre-Orders Now Available for Inauguration Commemorative - Modified Work-Week Talks Stall - Sweden’s Postal CEO to Work for Free - Another Small Post Office Closes: Click to View Details


December 10, 2008 - Freeze Announced


As information, the following message was just sent to the Area V.P.s and to the field from Tony Vegliante:


Staffing changes will be made in the Field beginning early 2009. Due to these changes, effective immediately all Area and District job postings are frozen until further notice including laterals and downgrades. Any exceptions need to come through my office by contacting Bretta Bombac, Mgr. HR Integration and Support.


Please proceed with current postings. The last date for processing PS Form 50s will be 1/16/09.


December 9, 2008 - VER effective date change, you can elect to change the original effective date from March 31, 2009 to December 31, 2008, or January 31, 2009 or February 28, 2009


Dear Leaguers,


Just received this message from Postal Headquarters. As you can see from the following documents, Postmasters can designate dates earlier than the March 31, 2009 date specified on the original offer.


ESA VER MEMO - December 9, 2008. (Click to view)


REVISED - This decision letter is be used for VER 3 employees electing to retire 12/31/2008. (Click to view)


If you elect to change your VER date from March 31, 2009, to January 31, 2009 or February 28, 2009 use this form. (Click to view)


Respectfully,


Charley Mapa


President, National League of Postmasters



December 2, 2008 - Policy clarification for NPA Goals, Objective Setting Discussions and Behavioral Objectives


Dear Leaguers,


Many of you have contacted me regarding your districts' including numeric targets in your core requirements for NPA goal setting. Core requirements are all about 'behaviors' for Postmasters. Your core goals should not be explicit, such as, "Raise retail revenue 5%" or implied, such as, "Increase retail revenue to SPLY". Note also from Ms. Gandhi's letter the references to "arbitrary targets" and "additional core requirements". You can see that this should be an interactive process "typically done during a one-on-one discussion" and, "evaluators must also afford the employees the opportunity to discuss the core requirements individually. Core requirements should never be mandated to all employees with no opportunity for the interactive discussion".


I had request a policy clarification from Mangala Gandhi at Postal Headquarters, Ms. Gandhi was very gracious in issuing this policy letter. I hope that it provides the clarification you and your districts need to make this part of the process work as intended. Please feel free to share this with your fellow Postmasters and district personnel.


USPS Objective Setting Discussions and Behavioral Objectives - December 2, 2008. (Click to view)


Charley Mapa


President, National League of Postmasters



November 18, 2008 - Proposed legislative change Sought by USPS


Dear Leaguers,


Many of you have certainly seen or heard so-called news releases and commentary over the last few days on the internet or the radio regarding the bailout of a government Agency, the United States Postal Service. You've perhaps heard that the Postal Service, like our huge financial services companies and the American automobile industry has gone to Congress asking for a handout, something to tide us over during these severe financial times. Well that is not the case at all.


You've heard and read the rumors and commentary, now let's get down to some simple facts. The Postal service operated in a deficit for FY 2008. The fact that we operated in a deficit can be fully attributed to the more than $5 billion dollars that the Postal Service is required to pay into a fund that will pay for future medical benefits for retires (most of you and me). Had we not had to make this payment, we would have, thanks greatly in part to Postmasters' efforts in cutting costs and raising revenue, been profitable in a down year. The Postal Service, as you can see from the very good explanation put forward by our Legislative Counsel, Bob Brinkmann, is not asking for a bailout, it is, rather, asking to essentially refinance our the terms of our payment to the U.S. Treasury, and to pay obligations for current employee benefits from our already established fund. This will save the Postal Service over $2 billion, and is something doable because it is revenue neutral, i.e., it doesn't cost the government anything. That is the saving grace of this idea. If we were to go to Congress asking for a handout in this very strapped economy, their answer to us might likely be ,"No!".


This option, one that Bob Brinkmann has worked on with other Postal leaders, is a very good option and one that is supported by all of the postal unions and management associations.


Description of Recent USPS Proposal to Refinance Postal Retiree Health Benefits. (Click to view)


Actual proposed legislative change Sought by USPS. (Click to view)


November 12, 2008 - Latest Postal Industry News Briefs


Documentation Sought on Supervisors’ Work in Small Offices


APWU’s Web news of Nov. 5, 2008, reported that APWU President William Burrus asked the Postal Service to provide documentation that will help the union track the amount of craft work performed by supervisors in small offices. The article noted that “rulings by Arbitrator Sylvester Garrett and Arbitrator Shyam Das have determined that historical practice sets the baseline for the amount of work that can be performed by Postmasters and supervisors in small offices.” Burrus noted that the information requested will help APWU determine whether management is shifting work from craft employees to supervisory employees.


TSP Funds Slide in October


Alyssa Rosenberg, writing on www.GovernmentExecutive.com on Nov. 3, 2008, reported that “every fund except the government securities option lost ground” in October. She noted that the S Fund, which invests in small- and mid-size U.S. companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, posted the largest October loss: its value fell 20.99 percent. The international (I) fund dropped 42.67 percent in 2008 and 46.95 percent since October 2007.


Rate Hike for 2009: 5 Percent


“Many catalogers are wondering what they can expect in terms of a rate hike in May 2009,” said writer Jim Tierney on www.multichannelmerchant.com. Tierney wrote that Dan G. Blair, chair of the Postal Regulatory Commission, offered his educated prognostication that “... the average increase for each class of mail will be approximately 5 percent. The actual rate cap will depend upon the behavior of the CPI between now and December.”


Magazine Postage Increases


The October 27, 2008, edition of deadtreeedition.blogspot.com reports that, “contrary to popular opinion in the industry, Periodicals rates could increase by more than the rate of inflation next year, especially for inefficient mailers.” It is noted that “the U.S. Postal Service seems likely to implement extra-high rate increases next year for Periodicals-class mailers who use sacks instead of pallets, especially if the sacks are not drop-shipped, several contacts say.” USPS is slated to announce rate increases for all classes of mail in February for implementation 90 days later in May.


First-Ever Postal Service Layoffs


David Yao, writing on labornotes.org recently, reported that “Postmaster General Jack Potter, after reporting losses of $2.3 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, informed the unions that 16,000 craft employees (out of approximately 600,000) are not protected by contractual, seniority-based no-layoff clauses.” He went on to note “early retirement which, based on acceptance rates thus far, will have around 7,000 takers. In early 2009, when the number of early retirees will be known and income can be assessed for the traditionally profitable fourth quarter, there’s a chance that the first layoffs of craft employees may occur.”


Acting Chief Postal Inspector Named


PMG Jack Potter has announced the appointment of William Gilligan as Acting Chief Postal Inspector to replace Chief Postal Inspector Al Lazaroff, who retired Nov. 3, 2008. Gilligan has been the deputy general counsel at Postal HQ since May 2000. He began his postal career in 1973 as a clerk-carrier in Philadelphia and worked as a postal police officer and an Inspection Service analyst prior to becoming an attorney in 1987. Lazaroff retired soon after an ABC News “20/20” interview of October 16, 2008.



October 30, 2008 - The League President and the other Management Associations reject Postal Service proposal to forego or defer NPA increases or payouts for FY 2009.


League National President, Charley Mapa, Naps National President, Ted Keating, Napus National President, Dale Goff, along with Naps Executive VP Louis Atkins and Naps Secretary/Treasurer Jay Killacky met with representatives from Labor Relations at Postal Headquarters. The stated purpose of the meeting was to receive a response from the Management Association Presidents as to whether or not the Associations would agree to forego or defer NPA increases or payouts for FY 2009.


Early on League President Mapa rejected Postal Headquarters’ suggestion that Postmasters give up Convention Leave. He cited how important this leave was to keeping Postmasters trained and informed and how valuable it was to the Postal Service just as it is to Postmasters. Napus and the League, do all the work putting the conventions together, pay for the meeting space, meals, and equipment, schedule speakers, develop training and spend time encouraging and motivating Postmasters. Postmasters pay their own transportation, lodging and meals. All the Postal Service has to do is provide for 5 days paid leave. President Dale Goff agreed wholeheartedly and suggested that Naps be afforded the same Convention Leave for its members.


The Management Associations then asked for information from the recent agreement between the NALC and the Postal Service concerning route evaluations.


The Postal Service responded that the goal of this agreement was to ultimately reduce the cost of delivery through the changes in the route evaluation process. In a change from the current method of route evaluations, the adjustments to routes will be data driven through the use of eight weeks of information from current computerized systems. The evaluations will be conducted jointly between the NALC and the Postal Service. The results of this agreement will significantly reduce and eliminate the costs that are involved in the current process.


The Associations brought up several of the rumors that have flooded the field. According to Postal Headquarters most of them were unfounded. In short, there are no plans to consolidate Areas and Districts.


There was some discussion on how we might deal with the changes in the workplace, then the discussion quickly turned to Postmasters and supervisors giving up or deferring their General Increases earned in FY 08. President Keating told Postal Headquarters representatives that there is no way to sell the idea to his membership and that Naps rejected the proposal, President Mapa cited the fact that Postmasters have worked under extremely demanding conditions for the last four years and that we would not give up what we had earned. President Goff stated that Napus also rejected the notion.


A letter signed by all three Association Presidents officially rejecting giving up pay was presented to Headquarters personnel.


The meeting was abruptly ended before any thoughts on how the Postal Service could save money could be presented.



October 08, 2008 - BUSINESS FOCUS - MAKE EVERY VOTE COUNT - HOW TO HANDLE ABSENTEE BALLOTS WITH INSUFFICIENT POSTAGE

Marilyn Walton (NAPS) is the election mail co-ordinator at the Sacramento plant. She wants all postal employees to be aware of how to handle absentee ballots with insuffiecient postage.


Absentee balloting materials are now entering the mailstream. Some will be shortpaid or have no postage at all. See the note at end of this article.


Employees need to be aware that absentee balloting materials are handled differently than other unpaid or shortpaid mailpieces — do not return them to the voter for postage. Absentee balloting materials are not to be detained.


Any absentee ballot materials identified as shortpaid or unpaid will be accounted for according to Postal Service policy and will be delivered to the addressee. No absentee balloting materials will be detained or treated as unpaid mail, as directed by Postal Operations Manual section 171.3.


Willful delay of absentee balloting material or other election material is a violation of policy, ethics and law. Shortpaid and unpaid absentee balloting materials must never be returned for additional postage to the sender. Postage must be collected from the election office upon delivery or at a later date.


Uniformed (military) and overseas absentee ballots bearing an indicia “US Postage Paid 39 USC 3406” are not shortpaid and no additional postage is needed.


Employees with questions or concerns about handling absentee balloting material should contact their supervisor or their District Political Mail Coordinator.


NOTE: Balloting materials may be sent without prepayment of postage to and from 1) Members of the Merchant Marines and active service members of the Armed Forces, their spouses and dependents; and 2) U.S. citizens residing outside the territorial limits of the U.S. and spouses and dependents residing with or accompanying them. These balloting materials must have “Official Absentee Balloting Material — First-Class Mail” or similar language printed on the face of the envelope. (DMM 703.8.1)


October 01, 2008 - VER Timeline Released

The Postal Service has finalized the timeline for the VER (Voluntary Early Retirement) for Postmasters. This early out is being offered by Postal Headquarters in response to our request on your behalf. As you can see, the rollout begins very soon. For those of you considering pursuing this course of action, we encourage you to start investigating what impact leaving the Postal Service might have on your lifestyle. More information on the early out will be shared by The LEAGUE as soon as it is received.
Here's some of the key dates and time frames:
November 21, 2008 - Annuity estimates will begin being mailed to eligible employees.
November 28, 2008 - VER Offer packages will begin being mailed to VER eligible employees.
December 03, 2008 through January 16, 2009 - VER Window Period
The VER effective date is Tuesday, March 31, 2009.



September 18, 2008 - Postal Service meeting on POVs and a pilot program that is slated to go nationwide soon - the SSA Revenue Goals System.

Postal Service representatives met yesterday with leaders of Napus and the League. While the stated purpose of the meeting was to discuss the liability of Postmasters and other postal employees while using their privately owned vehicles (POVs) to conduct postal business, part of the meeting was used to discuss a pilot program that will be pushed out to the field soon.


The discussion which centered around the use of POV was lively and touched upon the different scenarios in which Postmasters and others might be in the situation where the use of a POV may be possible and how employees would be covered by insurance in the event of an accident. Part of the discussion dealt with the differences in insurance from state to state and company to company. Though no agreement was reached in the meeting, through the healthy exchange of ideas, a couple of courses of action were decided upon. The League is optimistic that something good will come from this meeting regarding the use of POVs.


Postal Headquarters representatives briefed the Postmaster organizations on a pilot program that is slated to go nationwide soon. Called the SSA Revenue Goals System, the process will track the retail performance of Sales and Service Associates (SSAs) at offices on the POS system. The system will generate a daily report on the retail performance that will be made available to Postmasters and supervisors. In turn, Postmasters and supervisors will be able to share the information with the SSAs during morning huddles to let them know where they stand as far as helping their post office or station reach retail revenue goals. According to Postal Headquarters, the pilot has shown that the SSAs like the system as it engages them in the day-to-day operation of their offices. The APWU apparently has supported the efforts. The greatest concern to the Postmaster organizations was the additional workload to an often already overloaded Postmaster or supervisor. We were assured that the input was minimal, but the return should be large. Time will tell how effective the program will be.


August 28, 2008 - Voluntary Early Retirement Authority VERA Approved by OPM for all EAS and Postmasters field positions.

As you know, in response to requests by a significant number of you, several weeks ago, the League sent a letter jointly with Napus to Postal Headquarters requesting a VERA or early out for Postmasters. Just moments ago I received the attached letter from Postal Headquarters stating that the Postal Service has received approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to offer a Voluntary Early Retirement to Postmasters. Judging from the tone of the attached letter, the Postal Service has set itself to the task of formulating the plan to offer the VER to Postmasters.


If you have any inclination that you may participate by accepting an early retirement, start planning today by contacting your financial advisor to help you make your decision.

Respectfully,


Charley Mapa

President

National League of Postmasters


USPS VERA Initial Approval Notice (Click to view letter)


August 22, 2008 - Update - Earlier this week the Postal Service announced a freeze on any further postings for field administrative EAS hires. This reflects what is going on in some districts already, both for craft employees and supervisors and Postmasters. The League's stand has always been to vigorously oppose any move to close post offices in a wholesale manner and we work now with individual communities to do all that we can to see those communities are able to retain their post offices. All of the top leaders at Postal Headquarters have continually stated that post offices are not on the chopping block.

Field Non-Bargaining Job Postings Letter (Click to view Details)


Postal Service Recommends Vera for Postmasters

This afternoon, July 23, League President Charley Mapa was contacted by Bill Jones, HQ Labor Relations. Mr. Jones stated that, in response to the letter that his office had received from League and Napus, today the Postal Service had sent to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) their own letter recommending a VERA (early out) for Postmasters. For this process to go forward, OPM must approve the request.

Mr. Jones was careful to point out that even if OPM approves the request, the Postal Service may not choose to exercise the option of an early out for Postmasters. If approved, and if the Postal Service decides to offer the VERA to Postmasters, the VERA will occur over the next two years. The request sent to OPM would cover all Postmasters, levels 11 through 24.

As always, the League will stay on top of this issue and communicate any updates to you as soon as they become official.

Charley Mapa

President

National League of Postmasters


July 10, 2008 - LEAGUE President Charley Mapa testified before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 10, 2008.

The public hearing, which was held in response to a query by President Mapa to the PRC weeks earlier, included leaders of the APWU, NALC, NARLC, NAPS and NAPUS commenting on universal service and the postal monopoly.


PRC Chairman Dan Blair called the dialogue important, saying it “aids our work” in “looking to the future” for where the Postal Service is going. Written testimony was submitted for online access through the PRC website, but the postal group leaders took questions from the commissioners after the initial presentations.


President Mapa, in response to Commissioner Ruth Goldway’s question on how can the PRC measure the costs of universal service in economic terms, spoke about the value of the post office as the absolute center of a community.


“As a Postmaster, they call me the face of the federal government,” he says.

“Look at the U.S. Constitution and what it says the government gives to its people—the postal system, addressing universal service, is there.”


President Mapa notes that the ever-evolving postal system reflects “form follows function,” where the growth of the system was created by the needs of the people. “It was not created as a well-defined entity, but happened on its own.”


“Look at eBay,” says Mapa, “90 percent of the delivery of items sold is through the U.S. mail. As the cost of gas goes up, people go online and order; we’ll be seeing even more package mail generated in our changing economic times.”


In summarizing the hearing, Mapa praised the management and union organizations for unity, with all speaking up firmly for the continuance of universal service and six-day delivery. At the LEAGUE’s request, the PRC is adding access on its website for testimony via the short video, “Post Roads,” a documentary on Past National President and Horatio, South Carolina Postmaster Steve LeNoir’s rural post office. A full report on the hearing will be printed in the next issue of the Postmasters Advocate.


Click to view Written Testimony


July 10, 2008 - VERA (early out) is being offered to most crafts, some supervisors but NO Postmasters

This morning I received the accompanying e-mail from Postal Headquarters regarding a VERA (early out). I happened to be at the Postal Regulatory Commission testifying on your behalf for post offices, Universal Service, and the importance of the mail monopoly to the Postal Service and the American people. I'll have something in print on that soon.


Note that the VERA is being offered to most crafts, some supervisors, and NO Postmasters. Also realize that these early outs may not be blanket offers nor may they be happening soon. Therefore, you may caution your employees not to sell their homes yet! Regarding Postmasters, over a week ago, we drafted a letter to Labor Relations requesting an early out for Postmasters. Dale Goff from Napus signed our joint letter and the letter was sent to Postal HQ. Postmasters need to remember that there has to be a good business reason for an early out for PMs; it won't happen just because Postmasters work hard.


I will caution the Postal Service to be careful where they offer the early outs. It will be of little benefit to offer early outs to employees in facilities where a short-staffing situation already exists.


Stay tuned for more information on this issue.

Respectfully,


Charley Mapa

President

National League of Postmasters


June 30, 2008 - The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment offered by Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) that would require the United States Postal Service to study

the cost-effectiveness and fuel consumption of a five-day delivery system and consumer demand of Saturday postal delivery. (Click to view Details)


May 12, 2008 - Charles W. Mapa, League President Testifies

Before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service & the District of Columbia. (Click to view Testimony)


April 8, 2008 - Focus group at Postal Headquarters to work with issues covering the Variance Programs

Click to view issues currently being discussed


March 24, 2008 - 20 LEAGUE Members Recognized as Growth Award Winners

Click to view 2007 CMO Growth Award Winners Details


March 20, 2008 - MEET THE NEW PRICE LEADER! We now have unprecedented pricing flexibility and we’re going to use it! Forget everything you thought you knew about how the Postal Service sets its shipping prices. Starting May 12, it’s a brave new shipping world!

Click to view Details


January 8, 2008 - The US Postal Service strategically developed its vending machines removal plan.

Click to view Details


December 28, 2007 - The Adverse Action Counselor program—which prides itself on having the best trained representatives for Postmasters will meet for intensive training in Washington, D.C., on Friday, February 29.2008

Click to view Details (PDF)


December 17, 2007 - PAY INCREASE F0R POSTMASTER RELIEF (PMR)

Click to view Details


December 6, 2007 - Route Count Dates for 2008 and 2009

In 2008, a national mail count will be conducted for twelve (12) working days beginning February 23, and ending March 7, 2008. All vacant and auxiliary routes will be counted. The only other routes to be counted will be those in which either the employer or the regular carrier opts for a count. The mail count will be effective at the beginning of the second full pay period in the calendar month following the count.


In 2009, a national mail count will be conducted for twenty-four (24) working days beginning February 14, and ending March 14, 2009. All vacant and auxiliary routes will be counted. The only other routes to be counted will be those in which either the employer or the regular carrier opts for a count. The mail count will be effective at the beginning of the second full pay period in the calendar month following the count.


November 6, 2007 - The Congressional Subcommittee on Social Security met to hear testimony on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)

While many postal groups had hoped to provide testimony, access to the hearing chamber was limited and, apparently, no postal groups were able to gain access to the hearing. We do have another avenue to have our voices heard on these very important issues.


Here is your opportunity to have each of your voices heard. Please take the time to send a letter to the Subcommittee and encourage fellow Postmasters, postal employees, and any other Federal employees, active and retired, to write. Take the time to tell your story and be sure to include as many facts on your life as reasonable. Send your letter to:


Subcommittee on Social Security

Pensions and Family Policy

Committee on Finance

219 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.

Washington DC 20510.


If you need to review these issues, go to Position Papers under the Legislation tab to find them.


Let’s pull together to try to get some movement on these issues!



League Legislative Counsel - Designing a Rate Setting System (Part 2)

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October 2007

On October 9, 2007, the Westchester District sent to District Postmasters a directive stating that, “The Westchester District has received approval to increase the hourly rate of pay for PMRs to $15.00. This will become effective for all PMRs currently on rolls whose salary is below $15.00 as well as for any newly hired PMRs.”


This is tremendous news for Postmasters across the country that have been seeking better pay for their PMRs, and for those PMRs who have been working for wages far below what they should have been. The National League of Postmasters commends the Westchester District in New York for doing the right thing in adjusting the pay for this very important part of our Postal Team.


This move is especially gratifying for the National League of Postmasters whose president, Charley Mapa, has been pushing for fair pay for PMRs for many years. A few months ago he sent out messaging which reiterated the Postal Service’s own policy, which states that, the Area Manager, Human Resources (or designee) may approve rates (of pay) for new hires above the minimums. Those rules also state that the Area Manager, Human Resources, (or designee) may make salary adjustments, presumably for PMR currently employed by the Postal Service.


President Mapa again encourages Postmasters and other League leaders to use this avenue to secure a more equitable pay rate for PMRs in their districts.


President Mapa is hopeful that this particular action by the Westchester District is one that will be emulated by districts throughout the country as districts continue to recognize the value of PMRs and how valuable it is to the Postal Service to retain these employees, in part, through providing a pay rate commensurate with the duties of the position of PMR.


The president has accepted an offer by Postal Headquarters officials to the Postmaster Organizations to meet with Postal Headquarters to talk about pay for PMRs. Mapa is eager to engage in these talks and is confident that the Postal Service will see the wisdom in providing good wages for PMRs. The National League of Postmasters has welcomed PMRs as members for about fifteen years and the League is always pleased when the Postal Service does something to benefit its members.


The Automated Workforce Projection System (AWPS) is now being implemented in all parts of the country

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Box Rents: 50 Percent of Nation’s Post Offices Move to New Fee Group

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September 14, 2007

Bruce Evans from Postal Headquarters contacted the League in reference to two minor inaccuracies regarding the pay package announced below. The change to the minimums and maximums of all EAS grades will be 2% for FY 07 and FY 08, and 2.25% for FY 09 and FY 10. Regarding the Administrative Leave for bone marrow donations etc., the effective date will be January 5, 2008.


EAS Pay Package FY 2007 - 2010.

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LEAGUE’s agenda items for the USPS Consultative meeting scheduled for Friday, July 20, 2007, at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, location of the 104th National Convention. The entire LEAGUE National Executive Board will be in attendance.

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League Legislative Counsel - Designing a Rate Setting System (Part 1)

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April 17, 2007, Washington DC, League President, Charles Mapa Testifies Before The Subcommittee On Federal Workforce, Postal Service, And The District Of Columbia, Of The Committee On Oversight And Government Reform Of The US House Of Representatives

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League Honors Senator Susan Collins for Postal Reform Efforts

Sen. Susan Collins received the League's first-ever Samuel Osgood Award, named in honor of the First Postmasters General of the United States

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League Events

August 2 - August 6, 2009

National League of Postmasters Convention

Adam's Mark Buffalo-Niagara
Buffalo, New York

January 30 - February 2, 2010

League Legislative Forum

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202