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NAPUS HOTLINE
February 20th, 2009

Thank you for contacting the NAPUS Hotline. This is Executive Director Ken Engstrom at the NAPUS national office in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday February 20, 2009.

Reminder: The time is NOW for making your plans to attend the NAPUS Leadership Conference being held over March 21-25, 2009. Sign up by going to the NAPUS web page. (www.NAPUS.org) Also call Ross Davis, Marriott Housing Director at (703-271-5119) for rooms. A tentative program for this conference is also online for your use. Note: We will be hearing from ALL the Congressional Postal leaders from the House of Representatives. James Clyburn, House Majority Whip; Ed Towns, Chair House Oversight & Government reform Committee; Darrel Issa, Ranking GOP House Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Steve Lynch, Chair House Federal Workforce & Postal Service Subcommittee; and Jason Chaffetz, Ranking GOP House Federal Workforce & Postal Service Subcommittee will be in attendance and will be addressing the membership. Hope to see you there.

Updated Issue: As NAPUS President Dale Goff stated in last weeks “hotline”, the irresponsible and threatening comments made by Western Area Vice President Sylvester Black and Dakota District Manager Clem Fleche merits a prompt, decisive and firm response by our Postmaster General. Dale further states: “You should know that, as a result of the red flag thrown by NAPS, NAPUS, and the League, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) began an investigation of our mutual concern that such venomous remarks reinforce and often breeds a hostile and unsafe work environment. While we all eagerly await the OIG’s conclusions, the ongoing investigation must not delay Postal Headquarters from commencing an aggressive education campaign for those Postal Executives who do not understand the definition of “respect and dignity.”

Need to Know: On February 13, 2009 Anthony J. Vegliante, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer notified by letter to the “field’ that the policy regarding casual rate of pay is being changed due to the current economic and business climate. The new casual appointments are to be now paid at a rate that is at least $1 less than the previously established rate of pay for each position within your facility.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 NAPUS President Dale Goff and the Presidents of the Unions and Managements Organizations met with PMG Jack Potter to discuss operational and legislative issues.

On February 12, 2009 NAPUS filed reply comments with the Postal Regulatory Commission in response to a document that the Commission Public Representative submitted in early February. In this February 2cd document, the Representative suggested that the USPS privatize “most of the Postal Service’s tens of thousands of retail offices…”. NAPUS questioned the wisdom of privatization, in which the PRC’s own analysis concluded that only $586 million would be saved with the closure of every small Post Office. NAPUS believes that such action would compromise universal service to rural areas, without doing much to improve the economic sustainability of the United States Postal Service. Please refer to Bob Levi’s (NAPUS Government Relations Director) eNAPUS Legislative & Political Bulletin in the NAPUS web page for the full story. Note: The link to NAPUS’ comments at the PRC website is also listed in eNAPUS.

President Dale Goff; Secretary/Treasurer Wayne Orshak; and the NAPUS Staff hoped that ALL enjoyed a successful President’s Day holiday this past Monday.

As always, I am here to help you.

Ken Engstrom
National Executive Director