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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


 

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.

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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)

Click to view Article (PDF)


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

Click to view Article (PDF)


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

Click to view Article (PDF)


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.

Click to view (PDF)


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.

Click to view Agenda (PDF)


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

Click to view Article (PDF)


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

Click to view Testimony from President, Charles Mapa (PDF)


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

Click for Details


 

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