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December 5, 2012

POStPlan Staffing of 6 hour Postmaster Positions

Today we received a final document outlining the steps that will be taken to fill vacant part time 6 hour Postmaster positions in the field. LEAGUE and NAPUS has been working with Postal Headquarters to find the best way to fill these jobs while continuing to find a landing spot for impacted Postmasters. These jobs can only be made available after the community meetings have taken place. The initial posting on 12/18/2012 will include most all those offices that have had community meetings so far and the 30 day notice requirement to the community has been met. Future staffing of 6 hour Postmaster positions will repeat this process when the community meetings have taken place.

It is important that Postmasters considering non-competitive downgrades to these jobs start thinking about their choices now as the limited area of consideration (LAC) opportunity to request a downgrade will only be 9 days from 12/18/2012-12/26/12. These positions will then be available in eCareer for all eligible employees to apply. There is a brief description of how to request a non-competitive downgrade on the attached document.

Here is a brief summary of the attached.

• LAC is for EAS Postmasters and EPM Postmasters in Levels 51-55

• LAC is 12/18-12/26

• Postmasters must request a voluntary non-competitive placement

• Level 16 and below will receive saved salary through September 30, 2014. (See FAQs on Saved Salary).

Although not perfect, this LAC will give more opportunity to place impacted Postmasters into positions prior to October 2014.

December 3, 2012

Incentive Payment Information

The LEAGUE office has been getting a number of questions regarding the incentive payments for those Postmasters that took the VERA with the $20,000 incentive this past summer. The LEAGUE office received the following information regarding those payments.

The incentive payment is an adjustment that is included/generated in the normal payroll period pay cycle. The first installment is scheduled to be paid in PP 26/2012 (included on payroll checks dated 12/21/2012). The second installment is scheduled to be paid in PP 26/2013 (included on payroll checks dated 12/20/2013). Because these payments are included in the normal payroll cycle, they follow the normal payroll mailing cycle.

These checks will be mailed to the installation from which the employee retired or separated. They are included with the other checks normally sent to the office each pay period (like terminal leave payments). Former employees make arrangements with their former installations for picking up incentive payments or having those payment mailed to the former employees. There is an exception concerning employees who retired and are reemployed as PMRs. Employees who are due the incentive payment and who have been reemployed as non-career Postmaster Reliefs (PMRs) will have the incentive payments processed as part of their current pay. The incentives will be included on the checks sent to their current employing offices (or included with their Net-To-Bank amounts if that is what they have set up for the handling of their current pay.) We have approximately 275-300 employees that have come back as PMR’s.

Former employees can pick up the checks at the installations from which the employees retired or separated, or they may provide PS Forms 3077 to their final employing offices to have the checks mailed to the addresses provided by the employees on PS Forms 3077 or to the employees’ addresses of record. PS Forms 3077 must NOT be submitted to the Eagan ASC.

Anyone having issues with the incentive payment can contact the Accounting Help Desk at 1-866-974-2733 for assistance

November 8, 2012

Updated NEWSBREAK - LEAGUE Headquarters has just been notified that the FLSA exempt issue for the upgraded level 18 has been corrected. On Oct 6 there were 2858 offices upgraded to level 18 and all of these office were coded non-exempt on their Form 50. Headquarters has now evaluated all 2858 offices and found that 1168 of these offices should be upgraded to FLSA exempt status. This is the list (EXCEL) of those offices. The exempt upgrade will be effective 11/17/2012.

I wanted to share a POStPlan update, 495 offices will be impacted by POStPlan implementation and converted to RMPOs on November 17. This spreadsheet (EXCEL) shows those 495 offices, hours of operation and the APO they report to. POStPlan activities will be suspended during Thanksgiving week, Monday, November 19 through Sunday, November 25. No community meetings will be scheduled for that week and there will be no implementation activities. POStPlan activities will be suspended during the peak Christmas season, starting Saturday, December 8 and continuing through January 6, 2013.

We were also advised that Delivery and Post Office Operations decided that Delivery Unit Optimization implementations and Post Office closures will be suspended temporarily starting Monday, November 19 and continuing through Friday, January 4, 2013. This is the normal moratorium that takes place during the holiday season.

Mark Strong

November 5, 2012

NEWSBREAK - Last week LEAGUE and NAPUS Presidents met with Postal Headquarters regarding FLSA changes and level 18 Postmaster jobs. The classification of the upgraded level 18 Postmasters jobs to non-exempt when in fact most of these positions were exempt continues to be a problem in the field. Headquarters has assured the organization heads that this issue will be fixed expeditiously and the correct status applied to each position. The FLSA law has not changed and there is no disagreement on what justifies a non-exempt vs. an exempt position. This will be corrected on those impacted Postmasters soon. More Information

November 2, 2012

Help Your Postal Family Recover from Natural Disasters such as Hurricane Sandy - Contribute to the Postal Employees Relief Fund (PERF)

The League is asking it's members and all other members of the Postal Family to contribute to the Postal Employees Relief Fund (PERF), which gives aid to postal employees and retired postal employees who sustain significant property damage as a result of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy. It is operated jointly by postal unions and management associations.

Please send checks or money orders to: Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, P.O. Box 7630, Woodbridge VA 22195-7630, Click to download a Contribution Form. Credit card contributions can be made by visiting and clicking on “Donate to PERF.” Contributions also can be made through the Combined Federal Campaign by designating CFC#10268. Contributions are tax deductible.

October 23, 2012

NEWSBREAK - On October 6, 2012 POStPLan level 18 offices with incumbent Postmasters received their upgrades. The LEAGUE national office has received numerous inquiries from these Postmasters who were recently upgraded to level 18s and have since been classified to a non-exempt status. Many of these Postmasters have been exempt Postmasters for years and still meet the criteria of being exempt. The LEAGUE office has notified Postal Headquarters officials that it is our position that EAS 18 Postmasters who manage two or more full time equivalent employees (FTEs) should be classified as exempt. FLSA law has not changed and this fact is not disputed by Postal Headquarters.
Headquarters officials have responded to the LEAGUE by saying that they are looking into the matter and will provide a clarification as soon as possible. An update will be posted on the LEAGUE website as soon as information is received from USPS headquarters.


October 2, 2012

Presidents Message - The community meeting dates and surveys started their weekly cycle of being mailed out, the first going out the week of August 29 and the first community meetings starting October 9, 2012. Many customers are receiving them now and a lot of questions are coming in as a result of this. There are over 1500 meetings schedule for October alone. The media has been doing a pretty good job regarding the surveys and the community meetings but one thing they do not emphasize is how critical the surveys are to the results. I want to remind everyone that these community meetings and surveys are for vacant POStPlan impacted offices only. View Details and More Information

August 29, 2012

The USPS has released the attached announcement looking for assistance with the upcoming rural count. The announcement also includes information regarding the hiring of retirees for PMR positions in the level 2 and 4 offices. Anyone wanting more information should contact their District HR department.

August 3, 2012

The LEAGUE’s National Postmaster of the Year honors went to Debra Alums of Alabama as announced during the Thursday evening banquet, August 2, 2012 in Orlando. Alums, who joined the LEAGUE in 1988, seeing something that she wanted to be a part of, said she progressed in her career because of the information gained through the LEAGUE. Her favorite quote, from the Lion King, is “remember who you are …”

During LEAGUE elections earlier in the day, Mark Strong was reelected National President and Mike Engleman and Jack Jameson were voted in as new VPs. Sean Acord was elected as Executive Vice President. Current Board members include VPs Kelly McCartney and Steve LeNoir; Secretary/Treasurer Shelly Souders; and Retiree President Nancy Trautman. Going off the Board are John Olson and Norma Powell.

Barbara Veech, the LEAGUE’s Director of Meetings and Conventions, has retired as of this convention after 30 years and 45 years as a LEAGUE member. Barbara worked under nine presidents and boards, and was named a National Postmaster of the Year and Oscar Pogue winner in the past. “I’ve made so many friends in this journey of life,” she said, “and most important are the people along the way.”

The California State Branch gave a rousing presentation on next year’s National Convention in San Diego. See you there!

July 9, 2012

On Monday the National League of Postmasters received these PMR FAQs that answer a great deal of questions Postmasters and PMRs had asked about the retention and hiring of PMRs after POStPlan begins. These FAQ address some of the salary questions for newly hired vs. those that are currently working in some of the impacted offices. There are also a few FAQs on Postmaster promotions and relocations benefits.

June 15, 2012

The LEAGUE office received the attached LINK outlining the opportunity for optional eligible and VER eligible Postmasters who retire to be hired back to PMR positions to continue to serve their communities and not affect their annuity payments.

Postmasters retiring can apply for PMR positions in the 2 and 4 hour offices they request to work at and supplement their retirement income while utilizing the valuable postal knowledge they have. The attached FAQs answer a number of questions that Postmasters may have about this opportunity. Postal Headquarters will be sending letters to all VER and optional retirement eligible Postmasters with this offer.

Those interested Postmasters should contact their District Human Resource office.

June 14, 2012

The Postal Service has released an update to the POStPlan FAQ's, they changed the question to FAQ #6 to include all career postmasters (it previously read career full-time) and added the link to the Organization Change FAQ #56 that provides detailed information about Discontinued Service Retirement (DSR).

Updated/Consolidated POStPlan HR and Organization Change FAQ's (PDF) click here to view

June 8, 2012

The Postal Service has released Updated/Consolidated Frequently asked Questions (FAQS) Related to POStPlan. The update includes a new question #1, which is a summary overview of POStPlan and the summary includes links to three additional sites for detailed information on the VER; the incentive; and the Organization Change FAQs, where employees can find current information about issues such as severance pay, effects on benefits and leave when moving to a part-time career position, retirement, social security and many other topics.

Updated/Consolidated POStPlan HR and Organization Change FAQ's (PDF) click here to view

June 1, 2012

The Postal Service has released Updated/Consolidated Frequently asked Questions (FAQS) Related to POStPlan.

Updated/Consolidated POStPlan HR FAQ's (PDF) click here to view

liteblue Human Resources Workforce Connection featuring additional FAQ's and POStPlan information. Click to view

May 31, 2012

POStPlan Earned SOV Formula Certified Correct

We have received the attached memo from Dean Granholm, Vice President of Delivery and Post Office Operations. The attached Power Point has the formula that Mr. Granholm has certified on slide 8. I encourage each impacted Postmaster to verify their POStPlan daily earned hours using this formula. The Power Point shows you how to get to SOV on the Postal Service Blue Page. Type in SOV and follow the slides. Once on the Summary page click on your office and the Variance Summary opens. Follow the three steps on the Retail/Admin section. It is important that you use the correct retail days and total operation days from your FY/11 data. If you sort mail at all on Saturday you will be dividing your Workload Value hours by 308 if completely closed then divide by 257. If you have Saturday retail hours you will divide the retail by 282.5 and if no window operation on Saturday then divide by 257. This is the daily earned hours for the POStPlan SOV that is used to determine the level of offices under POStPLan.

Until the mapping is finalized you will not know if the office is a PTPO and meets any of the three exceptions from the POStPlan calculation so that would be the final anomaly that could change the level.

May 25, 2012

Special Announcement

Deadline to Initiate Optional Retirement with Incentive Extended

Today the Postal Service announced it is extending the deadline from June 22, 2012 until July 2, 2012 to initiate a VER or Optional Retirement with the incentive. It is important that a well informed decision is made before taking this step and the Postal Service felt the extra time was needed for Postmasters to make this decision.

While many are looking at retirement, others are looking to apply for the approximate 1,600 Postmaster positions that were posted today. These positions are posted District wide for limited competition, meaning only Postmasters can apply.

Please read the attached Link Extra, the HR FAQ Postmaster Incentive and Newsbreak for complete details.

Postmasters can go to LiteBlue at the Workforce Connection for more detailed information. Human Resources will mail formal communications directly to Postmasters within the next week.

May 24, 2012

FAQ on Discontinued Service Retirement

Please read the response on the FAQ that was submitted on Discontinued Service Retirement (DSR). Click here for more information. (PDF)

May 22, 2012

The Postal Service has released a 2nd Update to the Additional Frequently asked Questions (FAQS) for HR Related POStPlan Questions, #14 - #25 are New.

Additional POStPlan HR FAQ's (PDF) click here to view

New 5/23/2012 Link to the Organization Change Management RIF FAQs website on Lite Blue:

Additional POStPlan HR FAQ's can be found on Lite Blue:

Additional POStPlan Operations FAQ's can be found on Lite Blue:

May 18, 2012

The National League of Postmasters has Received the List of Offices that will be Upgraded under POStPLan.

The Postal Service has provided the list of offices that will be upgraded to level 18 under the POStPlan process. Each incumbent Postmaster will receive a letter from the Postal Service informing them of this upgrade. Salary raises will follow current Postal Service policy. Postmasters whose salary is not at the minimum of a level 18 will be slotted in at the minimum of the level 18 pay scale. Postmasters above the minimum salary of the level 18 will receive a 2 percent raise.

Click to view the list of upgraded offices (Excel)

May 16, 2012

Postal Service has released the First Set of Frequently asked Questions (FAQS) for HR Related POStPlan and POStPlan Questions.

HR FAQ's Post Plan (PDF)

Post Plan Frequently asked Questions (PDF)

May 09, 2012

PMG Announces POStPlan

This morning, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe and Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan held a press conference regarding the Postal Service’s plan to keep rural post offices open while addressing the declining mail volumes and declining revenue. This new program is called the POStPlan which stands for Post Office Structure Plan. For details visit The LEAGUE's POStPlan site POStPlan

May 09, 2012

Postmaster Pay Package Announced

After months of trying to get a pay packaged that was agreeable, the Postal Service released the pay package that all parties have found common ground on. LEAGUE and NAPUS had decided to take the pay package to third party mediation at one point in the consultative process. All parties felt that an agreement could be reached without outside intervention. In December of 2011 we went back to the table. Although far from the perfect pay package, we believe it is fair to all parties and in line with the financial difficulties facing the Postal Service while recognizing the hard work of Postmasters. View Details

April 25, 2012

S. 1789 Passes Out of Senate

Mark Strong, President of the LEAGUE, wishes to thank Senators Lieberman, Collins, Brown, Carper and all the other senators for the hard work that went into S. 1789. I want to congratulate the senators on their effort and the fact that they showed that legislation can still work, especially with this very difficult bill. The LEAGUE is pleased with the amendments that strengthened S. 1789 that gave extra protection to rural post offices and dealt with some of the overpayment issues, specifically the FERS overpayment. Click to view the text for s.1789. (PDF)

April 25, 2012

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2012 - Senate Passes Postal Bill - Rural Post Offices Get Support, New Restrictions on Closing Added

Today, the United States Senate passed S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Act of 2012, in a bi-partisan fashion 62 to 37. The bill gives rural post offices more support and adds on a number of restrictions to the Postal Service’s ability to close them. Clearly, the Senate was not at all pleased with the behavior of the Postal Service in attempting to close thousands of small post offices over the last year or two. The bill contained a moratorium on closing small post offices in rural areas for one year, as well a moratorium of going to five-day delivery for two years.

From a broader perspective, the bill returns some $11 billion of overpaid FERS money back to the Postal Service, allowing some to be used for buyouts, and the remainder to be used to pay down its debt and to cover other employee benefits, such as workers’ compensation, pensions and health care. Further, the bill also begins a 40-year amortized payment schedule for the Postal Service to fund the rest of its retirees’ health benefits and would calculate those payments using the same discount rate that is used for the major federal government retirement funds. Open For More Information...

April 24, 2012

Senate Consideration of S. 1789 Continues. Final Vote on Passage Set for Wednesday.

Washington - Tuesday April 24 2012. Today the Senate actually started voting on amendments to S. 1789. The first vote was a critical vote on waiving a budgetary point of order. It passed and the budgetary point of order was waived. This was necessary because of the quirky way CBO calculates a score and its failure to adjust for the Postal Service’s unique on/off budget situation which gives S 1789 a positive score. Thus, it appears that passage of the bill would cost the government money, even though that is not the case.

Among the amendments adopted were ones by Senators Tester, McCaskil, Bennett, and Blunt that give further protections to communities to avoid post office closings, and set a one year moratorium, although it would let the Postal Service reduce hours if appropriate.

Among those amendments that failed was one extending the moratorium from going from 6 day to 5 day delivery beyond two years. There were several negative amendments, notably ones by Senator Corker (R TN), McCain (R AZ) and Paul (R KY) that would have destroyed the Postal Service which also failed.

About half the amendments have been considered. The other half should be considered tomorrow as should a vote on final passage. So far, things look pretty good for passage. The vote on the budget waive was a very good sign.

April 23, 2012

Postal Legislation: The Deals Continue

The National League of Postmasters is continuing to monitor the deal making and political maneuvering of all sorts continued over the weekend. The postal bill and amendments are scheduled to go to a vote tomorrow, Tuesday around 2:15 p.m., although that time could easily change. It will be cablecast on CSPAN 2. I would not be surprised to see some postal speeches on the floor today, although the votes will be tomorrow.

At this point, the number of amendments have decreased to 39 and rewriting is ongoing in order to make amendments more palatable to a broader group. Indeed, several amendments might be combined and offered up by unanimous consent. We also we expect some senators to back off of some of the other amendments. Don’t be surprised, then, when Tuesday rolls around, to see a narrower field of amendments. More Information...

April 19, 2012

Postal Legislation: Behind-the-Scenes Maneuvers Continue as Senate Considers Postal Legislation

There are some 79 amendments that have been officially noticed for S. 1789 and the Senate is in the process of trying to narrow down those that will simply be accepted by the managers of the bill, those that will have a vote, and those that will have neither a vote nor be accepted. The idea is to eliminate all (or as many as they can) of the non-germane amendments to the bill, and get senators with very similar amendments to combine their amendments.

Among them is a McCaskill/Merkley amendment that the League supports that will further improve small rural post offices position in the legislation, and other amendments to better the bill. There is also an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to eliminate the postal monopoly, and another Rand amendment to drive up the premiums of the Federal Employee Health Benefits system.

Negotiations are intense and senators are pushing hard for their positions. A very strong contingent is insisting on yet better protections for small rural post offices--a position we strongly support.

April 18, 2012

Postal Legislation: Senate Continues with Consideration of S. 1789 Attempts to limit Amendments Only to Those Relevant to the Postal Bill

Today, the Senate continues its intermittent consideration of S. 1789 as Senators are giving speeches on the Postal Service, small post offices, and the current state of postal affairs. Democratic and Republican leaders are working on an agreement to limit amendments only to those relevant to postal matters. They have called for all Senators to submit to them any amendment they wish to offer to the bill. The deadline for the submissions was 1:00 pm today.

April 17, 2012

Postal Legislation: Senate Cloture Vote on Motion to Proceed Passes S. 1789 Goes to Senate Floor

The Senate Motion for Cloture on the Motion to Proceed passed this time around, 74 to 22.. The brings S. 1789 to the floor of the Senate for debate. The first item of business will to be substitute the managers’ amendment, see section by section analysis here, and then debate will occur and other possible amendments will be possible. It is not clear how long the Senate bill will remain on the floor. Some have suggested that the Republicans could keep it on the floor for up to two weeks in order to eat up Senate legislative time during an election time. We will see. Both Maryland Senators, liberal democrats both, voted against the Motion, thus probably indicating that some bad feelings between them and Senator Carper remain.

April 16, 2012

Postal Legislation: S. 1789 to proceed to Senate Floor for Debate, Consideration, and a Eventually a Vote.

Both parties in the Senate have reached an agreement to reconsider the cloture vote tomorrow, April 17, on the motion to proceed to S.1789 that failed a little less than a month ago. Following routine morning business tomorrow, the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to S.1789 will be taken up, and the agreement is that the motion to reconsider will be agreed to.

This will start around 11 a.m. tomorrow, with the vote around 11:10. It will be cable and web cast on CSPAN 2. That means that S. 1789 will go to the Senate floor tomorrow for debate and ultimately for a vote on passage. Debate will surely last several days, or more.

Initially, there will be a managers amendment in the nature of a substitute bill. This will strike all the language of S. 1789 and replace it with the language of the managers amendment. That amendment includes most of the text of S. 1789 but adds some measures, deletes others, and changes still others. You can see the managers amendment in the nature of a substitute here. Once the managers amendment passes, the amended bill will be the subject of the debate. Many amendments are expected.

The League is analyzing the managers amendment and will release a statement after careful and deliberate analysis of the measure.

March 27, 2012 4:15 pm

Postal Legislation: First Cloture Vote Fails.

This afternoon, the Senate voted against invoking cloture on S. 1789. Sixty votes are required to pass a cloture amendment, and thus the Republicans control the outcome. The final vote was 51-46.

The primary reason for the “no” vote is that the Senate wants to keep its focus on the oil and gas bill that is before them now, and there is a concern that not all the issues in the postal bill managers’ amendment have been satisfactorily dealt with.

Senator Reid and several others ended up voting against cloture so they can move to reconsider the vote in the future, probably after the Senate returns from its Easter recess on April 16. By then, the Republicans will either vote with the Democrats to invoke cloture or allow the bill to proceed to debate.

The following is a helpful excerpt from a 2011 Congressional Research Report, explaining the procedure:

“In relation to the Senate’s initial consideration of a bill or resolution, there usually can be at least two filibusters: first, a filibuster on the motion to proceed to the measure’s consideration; and second, after the Senate agrees to this motion, a filibuster on the measure itself. If the Senate cannot agree to take up a measure by unanimous consent, the majority leader’s recourse is to make a motion that the Senate proceed to its consideration. This motion to proceed, as it is called, usually is debatable and, consequently, subject to a filibuster.14 Therefore, the Senate may have to invoke cloture on this motion before being able to vote on it. Once the Senate adopts the motion to proceed and begins consideration of the measure itself, a filibuster on the measure then may begin, so that cloture must be sought anew on the measure itself. Except by unanimous consent, cloture cannot be sought on the measure during consideration of the motion to proceed, because cloture may be moved only on a question that is pending before the Senate.

March 26, 2012

Postal Legislation: Senate Consideration Likely To Be Delayed

Late last week it seemed that the final stages of the process to pass postal legislation through the Senate would start today, Monday, March 26. However, developments late this morning have changed that and indicate that consideration might be put off until after the upcoming Senate Easter recess, which is scheduled for the first two weeks of April. A procedural vote on cloture could occur later this week. Watch our website for updates. View More Details

March 22, 2012

Postmasters Advocate Featured Article

The Plight of the Postmaster by Robert Brinkmann, League Legislative Counsel.

February 29, 2012

Postmaster Organizations Agree that Pay Talks Should Continue

On February 28 League President Mark Strong and NAPUS President Bob Rapoza met with Postal Headquarters regarding the 2011-2015 pay package. Today an agreement was reached with the Postal Service to extend the talks. The pay talks were set to expire today February 29, 2012. We have made progress with our last few meetings and believe it to be in the best interest of everyone to remain at the table.

The Postmaster organizations began these pay talks in July of 2011 and could not reach an agreement with the final offer coming from the Postal Service on November 11, 2011. The LEAGUE and NAPUS entered third part mediation on November 17, 2011. In early December after a meeting with Postmaster General Pat Donahoe both organizations agreed to extend the talks and get back to the table.

The pay talks were extended again in January and most recently today. If we did not feel that progress was being made we would have stopped the talks long ago. It is in the best interest of all parties to find common ground, make needed compromises on both sides and reach agreement if possible without third party intervention.

February 27, 2012

Ratings Recourse Requests can be submitted from February 21, 2012 through March 21, 2012 only.

Final ratings for individual PFP are now posted for 2011. Even though there is no pay associated with PFP for 2011 you need to review your scores.

We are concerned that some rating managers may have taken shortcuts in FY 2011 when rating their employees due to the fact that there are no raises associated with PFP. Be sure that this did not happen to you by logging into PES and reviewing your core requirement ratings NOW.

Recourse is still valid and it is incumbent upon YOU to file Recourse if you do not agree with the score. Keep in mind that these scores can have lasting impacts. RIF procedures as well as some hiring procedures for the Inspection Service and OIG look at these ratings. You never know when these ratings are going to be reviewed and taken into consideration for upward mobility and hiring. You are responsible for any Recourse action.

Part of the RIF scoring process when decisions are made on who stays and who leaves uses the ratings for the last three years. Non-contributor ratings can have a very large impact on the RIF process. Although we have not received the 2011 recourse guide and overview we have not been made aware of any changes. Utilize the 2010 eRecourse process with this flow chart, the eRecourse overview and the quick-start guide for employees.

February 17, 2012

Things are heating up on the Hill in the usual jump ahead, pause, jump ahead, pause, soar ahead fashion. S. 1789, which those pushing it said was to be cued up and ready to go to the floor, is slowing down just a bit as Sen. Bernie Sanders, with whom we have worked closely, has sent a letter to Senators Lieberman, Collins, Carper and Brown with 26 other Senators congratulating the four of them on their work to date, and asking for further changes to S. 1789 to further protect small post offices and the quality of service. You can see a copy of the letter and for more information on this week in Washington click here for the Presidents message.

January 30, 2012

LEAGUE Legislative Forum 2012 – US Senator Bernie Sanders was greeted with a standing ovation from League Postmasters who welcomed his effort to block widespread closings of post offices and processing plants. Click to view the video of Senator Sanders addressing the LEAGUE Forum.

January 20, 2012

Presidents Message - The LEAGUE is preparing for its 42nd Legislative Forum January 29-31. Timing could not be better as the House returned to the Hill this week from its holiday break and the Senate returns next week. Depending on who you talk to, there are over 20 bills having to do with post office legislation pending and many feel that postal legislation will take a front seat during this session of Congress. View Details and More Information

December 26, 2011

PRC Releases Advisory on Postal Service’s Retail Access Optimization Initiative

On Friday December 23rd the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) released this press release on the long awaited advisory for the Postal Services Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI). The LEAGUE had submitted over a hundred pages of rebuttal testimony, briefs and reply briefs, along with actual testimony from LEAGUE President Mark Strong and Mayor Hobbs from Iowa. Our legal counsel cross-examined almost every witness and we were heavily involved in this advisory. Indeed, it was favorable to our position that the RAOI was fundamentally flawed and the PRC had recommendations for the Postal Service about what needed to take place to improve it. You can read the entire advisory to better understand the PRCs recommendations. What they found is that the model they used simply did not take enough into consideration when looking at closing offices, and that managers in the field need to be trained on how to close and properly use the PUB 101.

It is true that it is just an advisory, but the wakeup of Congress with regard to rural post office closure and the impact it has on rural America, gives this Advisory more weight. On page 117, Chairman Goldway gives her opinion. Her last paragraph says it best….

“The Commission's Advisory Opinion advises the Postal Service on the best methods to maintain service comparable to 1983 levels and, in fact, how overall service can be improved while making necessary cuts. We do so by presenting the outlines for developing a bona fide optimization plan. Such a plan would include the comprehensive analysis of hard data and the more careful consideration of each individual community's needs.

The Postal Service, by law, may not be required to follow the recommendations presented in the Commission's decision. If it chooses not to and rather proceeds with the RAOI as originally submitted to the Commission, it risks, I believe, violating the law I cited earlier and the consequences that could follow.”

Mark Strong

December 13, 2011

USPS Delays Closings and Consolidations

USPS, in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012.

The Postal Service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings.

USPS hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation. Given the Postal Service’s financial situation and the loss of mail volume, the Postal Service must continue to take all steps necessary to reduce costs and increase revenue.

This is in response to the letter from 22 US Senators calling for a moratorium on post office and mail processing facility closures. This will prevent the Postal Service from proceeding further with any closings or consolidations and allow Congress to work out an appropriate long term solution.

December 9, 2011

LEAGUE and NAPUS Agree to Re-open Pay Talks.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, LEAGUE President Mark Strong and NAPUS President Bob Rapoza met with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and agreed to re-open Postmaster pay talks. This agreement was reached in the midst of the selection of a fact-finding panel from a list of panelists received from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. If no agreement is reached by the January 27, 2012 deadline, the fact-finding process will resume. All parties are looking to find an agreeable compromise to the pay package without a third party. We look forward to further discussion on our proposals.

At a meeting on Friday December 2, 2011 both Presidents met with Postal Headquarter to discuss RIF- Avoidance procedures. We have a commitment from Labor Relations for RIF Avoidance for impacted Postmasters. This RIF Avoidance link explains RIF Avoidance in 354.23 and specifically RIF Avoidance for Postmasters impacted by discontinuance in 354.3. Part of RIF Avoidance may include Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) and the possible use of incentives. We will continue to meet with Postal headquarters and discuss incentives as well as who should be offered VERs. We hope to get more information and have this resolved before the end of the year.

Late breaking news, today December 9, twenty Senators sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate requesting a 6 month moratorium on post office and mail processing closures to be inserted in the next appropriations bill to pass. This would prevent the Postal Service from proceeding further with any closings or consolidations and allow Congress to work out an appropriate long term solution.

December 8, 2011

Updated - 42nd League Legislative Forum Program Summary. The League Forum is approaching fast, January 29 -31, 2012. It has never been more important than now to have your voice heard. Make your plans to attend and Register now!.

Click for more details and the online Registration.

December 3, 2011

Final Rule on Consolidations and Staffing of Post Offices is Effective December 1, 2011.

On November 30th the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued their decision denying a complaint filed by the LEAGUE and NAPUS. On November 7, 2011 the LEAGUE and NAPUS renewed a complaint previously filed on the changes proposed to 39 CFR part 241. The PRC denied our request for an expedited process as well as a request to prevent the Postal Service from implementing the Final Rule on December 1, 2011. The PRC did leave it open for the Postmaster associations to file another complaint against the Postal Service on the issue of consolidation and staffing of Post Offices.

The LEAGUE and NAPUS Presidents will be meeting with legal counsel next week to review our options. Read further for the events leading up to the Final Rule going into effect.

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November 18, 2011

LEAGUE and NAPUS file request with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for Fact Finding Panel. View Details

November 10, 2011

Extensive Grassroots Work Pays Off: Senate Committee Markup Adopts Small Post Office Closing Standards Amendment.

The LEAGUE wants to thank the many Postmasters who helped generate tens of thousands of legislative contacts who were instrumental in making this happen. We are pleased that the committee adopted this amendment for rural post offices that also resulted in an agreement to stop the closings until legislation has a chance to work. This idea of a moratorium was first suggested by President Strong in his direct testimony in front of the PRC on October 18.

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November 10, 2011

National League of Postmaster Files Final Reply Brief on RAOI with PRC

Yesterday the LEAGUE filed their reply brief with the PRC regarding the advisory request by the Postal Service for their Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI). Months of interrogatories, testimony, cross examinations, the initial brief and reply brief finalized the efforts of the LEAGUE to present the case for the importance of rural post offices to America and the fundamental flaws of this initiative. The case is now in the hands of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). It is our hope that the LEAGUE along with a number of intervenors have provided them with enough information so they have the knowledge to make the right decision. Both the initial brief and the reply brief are available for you to read.

November 9, 2011

Postmaster Pay Package Released for FY 2011-2015.

During the past four months, The LEAGUE and NAPUS have been engaged in pay talks with the Postal Service. During this time we presented our case and put forth our best arguments to no avail due to the current financial condition of the postal service. Today we received the final pay package delivered to our offices. Below is a joint statement from The LEAGUE and NAPUS. View Details

November 2, 2011

Bipartisan Senate Postal Legislation Introduced

A group of bipartisan Senators introduced legislation that addresses several areas of the financial and service issues facing the Postal Service.

The 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2011 (S 1789), introduced by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Scott Brown (R-MA), appears to provide relief for the Postal Service.

The LEAGUE appreciates the efforts of these four Senators and looks forward to a more in depth look at how this legislation impacts the financial difficulties in addition to the impact on our service obligations.

Attached is a short version, as well as a detailed summary that gives an overview of this Legislation. The actual text of the bill will be available shortly. The LEAGUE will be reviewing this legislation and will provide further information after we have had the opportunity to analyze the total contents of the bill.

October 26, 2011

Postal Service files for final rule with regard to 39 CFR Part 241

On Wednesday, October 26 the Postal Service filed a final rule with the Federal Register amending regulations with regard to Post Office closings. This final rule adopts changes to the staffing of Post Offices and to the definition of “consolidation”. The proposed changes would be effective December 1, 2011.

This is a very serious amendment to regulations impacting Postmasters and Post Offices. The LEAGUE and NAPUS has been in contact with our legal counsel and they are reviewing the proposed change. We will be discussing all options available to us. As more information becomes available we will bring you up to date.

The following is the history of the proposed rules changes.

April 28, 2011 the two organizations sent a letter to the PRC expressing our views on the proposed changes along with a legal opinion letter from Hal Hughes former General Counsel to the Postal Service...

May 23, 2011 the LEAGUE and NAPUS two retired Postmasters filed a formal complaint before the Postal Regulatory Commission PRC...

July 14, 2011 - Post Office issues Publication on Final Rule on Retail Discontinuance Actions...

October 13, 2011

Statement of the National League of Postmasters on Markup of the H.R. 2309, the Issa Bill

Finally, We Are Beginning to Win the Post Office Closing Battle. The rural Congressional Giant is finally awake. Thanks to all the grassroots efforts of the members of the National League of Postmasters... Click for details (PDF)

October 7, 2011

Legislative Updates and Closing News

There are a number of activities going on with regard to legislation and new Bills on the hill. You received my message on H.R. 2309 and what a disaster it is. The good news is that it was suppose to get marked up in full committee this past Wednesday and did not. Click for details and other information

October 7, 2011

Legislative Picture Diversifies In Senate. A number of bills have been recently in introduced to oppose the current attempts to close small post offices. Read More.. (PDF)

September 29, 2011

News Release - LEAGUE President Mark Strong Tells Commission That Closing Rural Post Offices Will Harm Economy of Rural America and not Help Postal Service.
For Immediate Release (PDF)

September 26, 2011

The League has filed the following testimony today at the PRC addressing the USPS Retail Access Optimization Initiative. Rebuttal Testimony of Mark Strong on behalf of the NLPM (PDF) and Rebuttal Testimony of Mayor Donald Hobbs on behalf of the NLPM (PDF).

September 22, 2011

The National League of Postmasters Oppose H.R. 2309

Yesterday the House Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Workforce & U.S. Postal Service favorably passed out of Subcommittee H.R. 2309, the Issa bill, with an amendment by Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Ross (R FL).

The League very strongly believes that H.R. 2309 would destroy the Postal Service if it were to pass. More details (PDF)

September 19, 2011

News Release - National League of Postmasters: Should the Postal Service Be Closing Small Post Offices In America’s Rural Communities?
For Immediate Release (Word)

September 6, 2011

LEAGUE President Mark Strong submitted a Statement today to the Senate hearing on the Postal Service Crisis. View the press release addressing the League statement. Click to read the entire statement submitted to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the United States Senate.

September 1, 2011

The League launches the eLEAGUE Learning Center, the new training site can be found by selecting the Educational section of the League website.

August 31, 2011

The website "Save the Post Office" is administered by Steve Hutkins, who lives in a small town in New York's Hudson Valley. He has no affiliation with the U.S. Postal Service—he doesn’t work for it, nor does anyone in his family. Like millions of Americans, he just likes his local post office, and he doesn’t want to see post offices being closed. Click for more information

August 24, 2011

The League acknowledges and greatly appreciates the PAC and EMP supporters, listed are the attendees who received awards during the National Convention.

August 15, 2011

League of Postmasters Releases Statement on USPS Newsbreak Regarding Retirement and Health Benefit Proposal.

Click for details

August 14, 2011

OIG Gives Final Response to Requested 2009 NPA Investigation

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August 12, 2011

PRC Responds to CFR 39 Complaint.

On Thursday the PRC issued an order dismissing the complaint filed by the LEAGUE and NAPUS. The complaint was filed on March 31 because of the USPS proposed changes to CFR 39.... Click for details

August 12, 2011

The 108th National Convention, Albuquerque New Mexico

It started with a welcome party for the first timers and ended with a Mexican Fiesta that put an exclamation point on a great week. Sunday, after our committee meetings, a full house waited for my arrival to talk about our plan to address the recent announcement regarding the 3,600 possible office closures. With the plan we rolled out... Click for details

August 11, 2011

Postmasters Receive Second RIF Notice

On August 2nd Areas sent another RIF notice to Postmasters impacted by DUO. Many Postmasters had received a RIF notice when their office was going through the DUO process. Click for details

July 27, 2011

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe Meets with Management Organizations

On Wednesday July 27 The LEAGUE along with NAPUS and NAPS met with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe regarding the financial situation the Post Office is facing. Volume continues to decline in most categories with First Class Mail causing the greatest concern. Although standard mail stayed fairly flat the revenue from FCM continues to erode the bottom line with the other mail classes not able to fill the gap. Click For More

July 27, 2011

Postal Service files for an Advisory Opinion with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding their Post Office closure plan
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July 26, 2011

Post Office Releases List for Discontinuance Review.

Today The Post Office released the list of offices that will go through the review process for discontinuance. You can click on this link to see the list. We want to emphasize that this is a review list. View the list

Coming under review doesn’t necessarily mean an office will close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400 offices for closing. So far 280 have been closed and 200 have finished the review process and will remain open. Of the 1,400 offices announced for review in January, 620 are still in the review process and 300 will move to the new review list.
We are very concerned for those impacted Postmasters and communities. The discontinuance process takes over 120 days, if appealed even longer. We will share the entire discontinuance process shortly. The Post Office will ask for an Advisory Opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today which is another process that needs to be completed. We do not want to give false hope but there is a lot we can do to reduce the overall impact.
We will share more information as it is made available.

July 22, 2011

Post Office Shares Discontinuance Plan - On Wednesday July 20th the LEAGUE along with the other Management Organizations met with Postal Headquarters regarding a discontinuance plan being rolled out to review about 3600 offices for closure. View the Details

July 14, 2011

Post Office issues Publication on Final Rule on Retail Discontinuance Actions:View Details

July 14, 2011

Pay Talks will begin for the LEAGUE and other Management Organizations:View Details

July 6, 2011

LEAGUE and NAPUS File a Response to the Postal Service’s Motion to Dismiss Postmaster Organization’s Complaint Over Proposed CFR Changes:View Details

July 1, 2011

The League has received information from Anthony J. Vigliante Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Postal Headquarters regarding the suspension of employee awards spending for nonbargaining employees. You may have seen the article from the Federal Times on the same subject. Click for the text from the Vice President’s memo and additional information

June 27, 2011

Statement of the National League of Postmasters on HR 2309 Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa. Click to view League Statement

June 27, 2011

The LEAGUE office has received information from Postal Headquarters that the first round of postings in eCareer for the 2011 Redesign closed Monday, June 20 and they received a record number of applications. Due to the high volume of applicants, Headquarters is extending the processing time... Click for the more information.

June 22, 2011

Postal Support Employee (PSE), Guidance for Recruiting, Testing, Hiring & Applying. Click for PowerPoint Presentation

June 22, 2011

U.S. Postal Service Institutes Cash Conservation Plan - Payment to FERS suspended Click for News Release

June 14, 2011

The National Convention is approaching fast. See the updated 2011 Convention Agenda, Tour Descriptions, signup information and the Golf Tournament Registration Click for the details

June 9, 2011

On Tuesday the LEAGUE, along with NAPUS and NAPS, had a meeting with Postal Headquarters on the PMR/PSE issues to gain some clarification about the letter that was sent to all PMRs in level 15,16 and 18 offices. We also discussed some questions regarding the APWU contract. Click for the details of the meeting

June 6, 2011

Last week PMRs in level 15 and 16 Post Offices across the country received letters from Human Resources notifying them of an opportunity to apply for Postal Support Employee (PSE) positions since their current position will not exceed August 23, 2011. Click for the details of this letter.

May 24, 2011

LEAGUE and NAPUS File Formal Complaint with PRC on Proposed CFR 39 Changes

On Monday The National League of Postmasters and, the National Association of Postmasters of the United States NAPUS and two retired Postmasters filed a formal complaint before the Postal Regulatory Commission PRC asking the Commission to order the U.S. Postal Service to withdraw its proposed regulations relating to Post Office Discontinuance. The LEAGUE and NAPUS believe that the regulations, which were printed in the March 31 issue of the Federal Register, violate current law. The organizations continue to work together to stop any proposed changes to CFR 39. Click for the Details

May 17, 2011

LEAGUE President Mark Strong testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security. Mark joined the Postmaster General Pat Donahoe and five other panelists to give testimony on the financial condition of the post office as well as addressing Senator Carper’s bill as well as the Collins bill. Click For Details
Click to View Video of the Testimony

May 9, 2011

The LEAGUE has received official notification that the significant recommendations that LEAGUE and NAPUS submitted in reference to the revisions of Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 415, Rate Retention and Change to Lower EAS Grade will not be adopted. Click for Details. (WORD)

May 3, 2011

On Monday, May 2, the National League of Postmasters (LEAGUE) and the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. (NAPUS) submitted “Public Comments” to the U.S. Postal Service, opposing proposed regulations that would result in the wholesale closing of Post Offices through the nation. In a joint comment, the two postal management organizations illustrated how the proposed rules violate current law, undermine post office accountability, weakens universal postal service to small towns and rural America, and jeopardizes the historic community role that Post Offices play. Appended to the comments was the expert legal opinion of former USPS General Counsel Harold Hughes, who views the proposed regulations as illegal and, therefore, should be withdrawn. Click to read.

April 28, 2011

The LEAGUE and NAPUS Oppose Proposed Changes To Title 39 In Filing Before The Postal Regulatory Commission. Click to read.

April 28, 2011

The Postal Service's proposed changes to Title 39 are "in significant conflict with applicable law" according to Harold J. Hughes, former General Counsel of the Postal Service. Click to read legal opinion.

April 7, 2011

The League has been informed that some changes have been made to the PS 150 Auto Worksheet. Some of the items that were manually inputted in the past will now auto populate. They are listed below. It is very important that you verify this data for accuracy. All data on the Auto 150 needs to be verified but these items being new to the automated process should have careful and close verification. With the many changes going on in levels often caused by DUO, verifying the PS 150 is especially important. Never allow a change to take place without your verification, date and signature. What is new with April version? Click for details

March 1, 2011

The League has received the following related to Workload Service Credit Results from US Postal Headquarters.

"Workload Service Credit (WSC) determinations may affect station manager staffing in individual installations or units. Effective immediately, when the WSC worksheet results in a station manager staffing reduction in a particular installation or unit, the change will be effective no soon than 30 days from the date the worksheet is finalized and provided to local management."

"This will ensure we have provided ourselves an adequate period of time to effectively make the required changes."

February 14, 2011

Salary Protection Update - Impact of Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) on Postmasters and station managers.

League President Mark Strong has received a memo from Postal Headquarters stating that a solution and understanding of our meetings over the past few weeks has been reached for the DUO impacted Postmasters/station managers with regard to the recent proposal to change ELM 415... Click for details.

February 2, 2011

Proposed Salary Protection Update

Earlier today LEAGUE President Mark Strong ,along with NAPUS President Bob Rapoza and NAPS President Louis Atkins met with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Chief HR officer and Exec VP Anthony Vegliante and Labor Relations VP Douglas Tulino regarding the Management Organizations opposition to the proposed revision of the salary protection provisions in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 415, Rate Retention and Change to Lower EAS Grade. We have been asked to consider some alternative solutions to the ELM revision. We having nothing definite to report at this time but have another meeting scheduled for early next week. The LEAGUE will provide more information as it becomes available.

January 18, 2011

Postal Organizations and Unions urge President Obama to take action on USPS Pension overfunding. Click to view January 12th letter (pdf)

December 22, 2010

Updated; DUO Moratorium Lifted January 3, 2011.

On Friday December 17th the LEAGUE received the latest version of the DUO Guidebook. Earlier we had received information that the moratorium could be lifted as soon as December 5, 2010. To the credit of Postal Headquarters they took all of the organizations questions and input into consideration and the implementation has been announced effective January 3, 2011. Here is the link to the latest version of the DUO Guidebook , DUO Checklist and the Final Decision Letter on our questions from the November 30th DUO meeting with Postal Headquarters. They can also be found under Educational and the DUO tab. More info will be forthcoming.

December 2, 2010

Press Release: League submitted a Statement to a Senate Subcommittee concerning S.3831 that opposed provisions in the measure lowering Standards for Rural Postal Services and making it easier to close small rural post offices. The League also strongly supported a provision in the bill that would allow the Postal Service to use a surplus in its pension fund to prefund its retiree health obligations.

Senator Susan Collins (R. Me.) also introduced a bill earlier today that would allow the Postal Service to use its pension surplus to prefund it’s retiree health benefit. The Collins approach is a much better approach and we are very supportive of almost all the provisions in the bill, said Mark Strong,League President Click to view Details (PDF)

December 2, 2010

Statement of Mark Strong, President of the National League of Postmasters on S.3831 The Postal Operations Sustainment and Transformation Act of 2010 before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, & International Security Subcommittee. Click to view (PDF)

December 2, 2010

LEAGUE Headquarters meets with Postal Headquarters on DUO The DUO moratorium will be lifted probably as of December 5th. Information is flowing to the field and the moratorium is about to be lifted, here are some of the highlights of the meeting. Click to view details(PDF)

November 8, 2010

The LEAGUE has received 2010 USPS guidelines for requesting consideration for Mitigation. Final NPA reports cards will not be published until November 18th. These report cards mitigated/unmitigated are required documents when filing Mitigation. If you have a unit indicator score that was negatively impacted by an occurrence out of your control and will impact your overall PFP score by one point you are a candidate for mitigation. Start the process, remember that the final report cards are not available until November 18th and that your approved mitigation must be validated and submitted to Headquarters by December 10th. Click for details

November 4,2010

Don’t forget to support the Postal Employees Relief Fund (PERF) CFC #10268 during this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). PERF services Postal Employees and Retirees victimized by natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and home fires. PERF is funded by your CFC contributions with the sole purpose of serving your fellow active and retired Postal Employees as they rebuild their lives from the direct impact of natural disasters. Click to visit PERF website

July 29, 2010

We are in receipt of a July 28, 2010, letter from Postal HQ stating effective immediately, all hiring, promotions and placement of non-bargaining employees at Headquarters, Areas and Districts are suspended until further notice. Selections received by COB 07/30/2010, will be processed by HR Shared Services but the postings have been placed on hold.  We are communicating with Headquarters for more information, updates will be provided as they become available.
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