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    Portland Communities and Postal Workers United (PCPWU) has been fighting cuts and closures to the postal service for the past couple years.  In May of 2012, ten activists were arrested occupying Portland’s University Station post office, which has since been closed.  In April of last year, five protesters went to jail for a civil disobedience action at the Salem mail plant, which has now been dismantled.  The same group has blockaded Dill’s Star Route trucks multiple times, demanding the company stop stealing family wage, union postal jobs.  Seven PCPWU protesters were arrested in October, at the Portland Main Post Office, for refusing to leave when the district manager would not meet with them to discuss privatization.


    Judge Bergstrom denied the motion for dismissal due to lack of a speedy trial. So now, three years later, the case continues.

    "This means we will be getting some court dates sometime in the near future. So we wait until the court or DA gets new court dates set. If this case still doesn’t get set for trial in the near future, we will be able to raise the speedy trial issues again." R. L. M.

    ~No fear, no compromise and no surrender....


    Postal worker’s death raises concerns over late deliveries
    www.washingtonpost.com
    As police investigate fatal shooting of Pr. George’s postal worker, questions surface over unnecessarily scheduling deliveries at night...
    Protesters occupy postal management offices, demand end to privatization

    savepostaltrucking
    Eleven protesters invaded the office space of Portland’s senior US Postal Service management today. Slipping past security barriers on the third floor of the Main Post Office, the group occupied the hallway outside the offices of Brenda Jackson, transportation manager for the Portland district. Demanding a meeting with Jackson, the so-called “postal protectors” insisted that management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.”

    Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the protesters engaged senior managers, postal security officers and finally the Portland police. After USPS manager Rick DeWolfe promised the “protectors” he would look into setting up a community meeting with Jackson and police dropped the threat of arrest, the group agreed to disperse.

    ”Postal truckers are losing work to a bankrupt, fly-by-night outfit, Dill Star Route Inc, in a corrupt, no-bid deal with local USPS manager Brenda Jackson,” declared Jamie Partridge, a protester and retired postal worker. “We intend to stop this attack on family wage, union jobs.”

    The protesters included retired postal workers, a minister, a small business person, seniors, and a union organizer, all of whom declared themselves impacted by postal privatization.

    Declaring “we’ll be back!” the “protectors” vowed to interfere with private mail transport, if postal management did not reverse the subcontracting. The group has blocked or interrupted Dill mail trucks four times this summer – with people, with a car and with a bike “swarm”.

    Seven postal trucking positions were recently eliminated at the same time as the subcontractor, Dill Star Route trucking, hired twenty drivers to do twice as many mail runs as were previously needed, according to Partridge. The company is being paid $59 per hour for each driver, while the USPS is paying for the gas and lending the company postal trailers (in violation of postal rules) and leasing nine tractors for Dill Star use (at $30,000 per month). According to union officials, postal drivers are sitting on standby without work, up to 500 hours a week, while many of the extra Dill Star trucks are running empty or have very little mail.

    Bankruptcy papers show that Dill Star Route, Inc. owes the postal service over $300,000. “Dill used federal credit cards to avoid the federal gas tax, and then never paid the bill,” says Partridge. “This padded, no-bid contract was arranged by USPS transportation manager Brenda Jackson (503-294-2402), who appears to have a special relationship with the Dill family.”

    Portland Communities and Postal Workers United (PCPWU), the group behind today’s protest, has been fighting cuts and closures to the postal service for the past year. In May of 2012, ten activists were arrested occupying Portland’s University Station post office, which has since been closed. In April of this year, five protesters went to jail for a civil disobedience action at the Salem mail plant, which is now being dismantled with mail processing machines moving to Portland. On July 3rd, five “postal protectors” were arrested for occupying Matheson Flight Extenders, a company slated to take over twelve mail handling and six mail processing jobs from union, postal workers.

    “This privatization and union-busting is being carried out in the name of a phony financial emergency,” said Rev. John Schwiebert, a participant in today’s action and a spokesperson for the group. “The security, safety, and timely delivery of the mail are all at risk. Rural communities, seniors and the disabled, small businesses and low-income communities are hit the hardest. Postal management needs to stop and reverse these closures, cuts, and subcontracts which are sending our beloved postal service into a death spiral.”

    PHONY FINANCIAL EMERGENCY
    The “financial emergency” is phony. Since 2006 the USPS has been forced to spend nearly 10% of its budget pre-funding retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. No other U.S. agency or private business faces such a crushing financial burden. Not only would the postal service have been profitable without the mandate, the USPS has also over-paid tens of billions into two pension funds.

    COSTLY CUTS, CLOSURES, and CONTRACTING-OUT
    In the past year, the Postmaster General has closed 45% of mail processing plants, reduced hours by 25% – 75% in half of post offices, put hundreds of post offices up for sale, subcontracted trucking and mail handling, eliminated tens of thousands of family wage, postal jobs and delayed mail delivery.

    The USPS own studies (revealed at the March 22, 2012 meeting of the Postal Regulatory Commission), showed that big mailers leave the system as a result of such delays, costing more in lost revenue than is saved by lowering labor costs, not to mention the dramatic increase in trucking costs as mail is transported hundreds of extra miles to be sorted in the closest still open facilities.

    Postal workers have seen their wages cut by 25% for new hires. Bottom-tier Postal Support Employees (truckers and clerks) and Mail Handler Assistants now make less in wages and benefits than the non-postal, non-union sub-contract workers.

    The postal service is not broke. Subcontracting work is unnecessary and costly. However, the agenda of corporate America, their friends in Congress and in postal management, according to the CPWU, is to cripple the USPS, to soften it up for union busting and privatization. The USPS is a $65 billion annual business with over $100 billion surplus in its pension and retiree health benefit funds, over 30,000 post offices and 200,000 vehicles. Postal activists claim that America is being confronted with a huge transfer of public wealth to for-profit, private corporations.


    Berkeley: Hancock resolution supports post office protection)

     
    Occupy bike swarm blocks private truck at Portland mail facility
     
     
    Occupy Portland’s bike swarm joined “postal protectors” to block a private mail truck leaving the Mt. Hood Distribution Center (US Postal Service) today, demanding that postal management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.”  Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the blockaders left after police ordered them to disperse.  No arrests were made.
     
    ”Postal truckers are losing work to a bankrupt, fly-by-night outfit, Dill Star Route Inc, in a corrupt, no-bid deal with local USPS management,” declared Jamie Partridge, a blockader and retired postal worker.  “We intend to stop this attack on family wage, union jobs.” 
     
    Calling themselves “postal protectors for the 99%,” the protesters included retired postal workers, a small business person, seniors, a teacher, an immigrant worker and a teamster, all of whom declared themselves impacted by postal privatization.
     
    Chanting “We’ll be back!” the “protectors” vowed to further interfere with private mail transport, if postal management did not reverse the subcontracting. The group has blocked or interrupted Dill Star mail trucks four times this summer – with people, with a car and today with bikes.
     
    Seven postal trucking positions were recently eliminated at the same time as the subcontractor, Dill Star Route trucking, hired twenty drivers to do twice as many mail runs as were previously needed, according to Partridge.  The company is being paid $59 per hour for each driver, while the USPS is paying for the gas and lending the company postal trailers (in violation of postal rules) and leasing nine tractors for Dill Star use (at $30,000 per month).  According to union officials, postal drivers are sitting on standby without work, up to 500 hours a week, while many of the extra Dill Star trucks are running empty or have very little mail. 
     
    Bankruptcy papers show that Dill Star Route, Inc. owes the postal service over $300,000.  “Dill used federal credit cards to avoid the federal gas tax, and then never paid the bill,” says Partridge.   This padded, no-bid contract was arranged by USPS transportation manager Brenda Jackson (503-294-2402), who appears to have a special relationship with the Dill family.”
     
    Portland Communities and Postal Workers United (PCPWU), the group behind today’s protest, has been fighting cuts and closures to the postal service for the past year.  In May of 2012, ten activists were arrested occupying Portland’s University Station post office, which has since been closed.  In April of this year, five protesters went to jail for a civil disobedience action at the Salem mail plant, which is now being dismantled with mail processing machines moving to Portland.  On July 3rd, five “postal protectors” were arrested for occupying Matheson Flight Extenders, a company slated to take over twelve mail handling and six mail processing jobs from union, postal workers.
     
    “This privatization and union-busting is being carried out in the name of a phony financial emergency,” said Rev. John Schwiebert, a participant in an earlier Dill Star  blockade.  “The security, safety, and timely delivery of the mail are all at risk.  Rural communities, seniors and the disabled, small businesses and low-income communities are hit the hardest.  Postal management needs to stop and reverse these closures, cuts, and subcontracts which are sending our beloved postal service into a death spiral.”
     
    PHONY FINANCIAL EMERGENCY
    The “financial emergency” is phony.  Since 2006 the USPS has been forced to spend nearly 10% of its budget pre-funding retiree health benefits 75 years in advance.  No other U.S. agency or private business faces such a crushing financial burden.  Not only would the postal service have been profitable without the mandate, the USPS has also over-paid tens of billions into two pension funds. 
     
    COSTLY CUTS, CLOSURES, and CONTRACTING-OUT
    In the past year, the Postmaster General has closed 45% of mail processing plants, reduced hours by 25% - 75% in half of post offices, put hundreds of post offices up for sale, subcontracted trucking and mail handling, eliminated tens of thousands of family wage, postal jobs and delayed mail delivery.
     
    The USPS own studies (revealed at the March 22, 2012 meeting of the Postal Regulatory Commission), showed that big mailers leave the system as a result of such delays, costing more in lost revenue than is saved by lowering labor costs, not to mention the dramatic increase in trucking costs as mail is transported hundreds of extra miles to be sorted in the closest still open facilities.
     
    Postal workers have seen their wages cut by 25% for new hires.  Bottom-tier Postal Support Employees (truckers and clerks) and Mail Handler Assistants now make less in wages and benefits than the non-postal, non-union sub-contract workers.
     
    The postal service is not broke.  Subcontracting work is unnecessary and costly.  However, the agenda of corporate America, their friends in Congress and in postal management, according to the CPWU, is to cripple the USPS, to soften it up for union busting and privatization.  The USPS is a $65 billion annual business with over $100 billion surplus in its pension and retiree health benefit funds, over 30,000 post offices and 200,000 vehicles.  Postal activists claim that America is being confronted with a huge transfer of public wealth to for-profit, private corporations.
    Occupation of Post Office Thwarted
     author: Portland Communities and Postal Workers United        e-mail: cpwunited1@gmail.com  July 26, 2013 - Dozens of protesters rallied and attempted to occupy the Main Post Office on NW Hoyt this afternoon. The protest against postal privatization was thwarted by a heavy presence of Department of Homeland Security police, Postal Inspectors and a half dozen postal managers standing inside the post office lobby. Senior plant manager, Lisa Shear, herself a target of the protest, came out to warn activists that she would have them immediately arrested if they stepped foot inside the lobby.
               
     Protesters carried signs saying "Save Postal Mail Handling, call Lisa Shear, 503-294-2500." Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier with Portland Communities and Postal Workers United (PCPWU), confronted Shear outside the post office, demanding that she meet with community members to justify her sub-contracting decision. When Shear refused, Partridge told the senior manager that the PCPWU would not back down.

    "Postal truckers, mail handlers and mail processing clerks are losing their jobs to profiteering, private corporations," declared Jamie Partridge. "We are protesting the privatization of the people's postal service. We oppose the destruction of family wage, union jobs and the delay of the people's mail. We intend to disrupt this attack on our communities."

    The demand to end the subcontracting of postal jobs was echoed from a soapbox by the leaders of local postal unions: Joe Cogan, vice president of the American Postal Workers Union local 128, David Jarvis, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union local 315, and Jim Cook, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers branch 82.

    Following the speakers, protesters broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the July 26, 1775 establishment of the U.S. Post Office. Benjamin Franklin (played by Tim Flanagan) explained that the post office was founded as a revolutionary act, needed to organize resistance to British tyranny and oppression. "Today we again need a revolutionary Postmaster General who will fight for the postal service, against the tyranny of the privatizers, against the oppression of the union busters. We need revolutionary postal workers who will spread the alarm to every corner of this nation. We need a revolutionary Congress that will fight the tyranny of the 1%, that will fight the oppression of the corporate profiteers,"declared "Franklin".

    Postal mail handlers and processing clerks are losing their jobs in Salem as the work is being subcontracted to the low-wage, non-postal, non-union Matheson corporation in Portland.

    At the same time, Portland postal truckers are being put on standby while the low-wage, non-postal, non-union Dill Star Route/ LAPO trucking company takes their work.

    "This privatization and union-busting is being carried out in the name of a phony financial emergency," said Rev. John Schwiebert, one of rally speakers. "The security, safety, and timely delivery of the mail are all at risk. Rural communities, seniors and the disabled, small businesses and low-income communities are hit the hardest. Postal management needs to stop and reverse these closures, cuts, and subcontracts which are sending our beloved postal service into a death spiral."

    Portland Communities and Postal Workers United (PCPWU) has been fighting cuts and closures to the postal service for the past year. In May of 2012, ten activists were arrested occupying Portland's University Station post office, which has since been closed. In April of this year, five protesters went to jail for a civil disobedience action at the Salem mail plant, which is now being dismantled with mail processing machines moving to Portland. The same group was arrested this month occupying the Matheson plant and later blockaded a Dill Star Route truck, demanding those companies stop stealing family wage, union postal jobs.

    TRUCKERS

    Seven postal trucking positions were recently eliminated at the same time as the subcontractor, Dill Star Route trucking, hired twenty drivers to do twice as many mail runs as were previously needed, according to Partridge. The company is being paid $59 per hour for each driver, while the USPS is paying for the gas and lending the company postal trailers (in violation of postal rules) and leasing nine tractors for Dill Star use (at $30,000 per month). According to union officials, postal drivers are sitting on standby without work, up to 500 hours a week, while many of the extra Dill Star trucks are running empty or have very little mail.

    Bankruptcy papers show that Dill Star owes the postal service over $300,000. "Dill Star used federal credit cards to avoid the federal gas tax, and then never paid the bill," says Partridge. "This padded, no-bid contract was arranged by USPS transportation manager Brenda Jackson, who appears to have a special relationship with the Dill family."

    MAIL HANDLERS AND PROCESSING CLERKS

    Mail sorting machines being moved from Salem cannot fit into the Portland Air Cargo Center, so space is being leased next door in the Matheson facility. But when the SWYB machine is moved into the Matheson space, it will be worked by twelve non-postal mail handlers and six non-postal processing clerks, hired by Matheson. USPS senior plant manager Lisa Shear says the sub-contracting is necessary to save labor costs in this "financial emergency".

    PHONY FINANCIAL EMERGENCY

    The "financial emergency" is phony. Since 2006 the USPS has been forced to spend nearly 10% of its budget pre-funding retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. No other U.S. agency or private business faces such a crushing financial burden. Not only would the postal service have been profitable without the mandate, the USPS has also over-paid tens of billions into two pension funds.

    COSTLY CUTS, CLOSURES, and CONTRACTING-OUT

    In the past year, the Postmaster General has closed 30% of mail processing plants, reduced hours by 25% - 75% in half of post offices, put 10% of post offices up for sale, subcontracted trucking and mail handling, eliminated tens of thousands of family wage, postal jobs and delayed mail delivery.

    The USPS own studies (revealed at the March 22, 2012 meeting of the Postal Regulatory Commission), showed that big mailers leave the system as a result of such delays, costing more in lost revenue than is saved by lowering labor costs, not to mention the dramatic increase in trucking costs as mail is transported hundreds of extra miles to be sorted in the closest still open facilities.

    Postal workers have seen their wages cut by 25% for new hires. Bottom-tier Postal Support Employees (truckers and clerks) and Mail Handler Assistants now make less in wages and benefits than the non-postal, non-union sub-contract workers.

    The postal service is not broke. Subcontracting work is unnecessary and costly. However, the agenda of corporate America, their friends in Congress and in postal management, according to the CPWU, is to cripple the USPS, to soften it up for union busting and privatization. The USPS is a $65 billion annual business with over $100 billion surplus in its pension and retiree health benefit funds, over 30,000 post offices and 200,000 vehicles. Postal activists claim that America is being confronted with a huge transfer of public wealth to for-profit, private corporations.

    To contact US Postal Service management:

    - Brenda Jackson, transportation manager (trucking), 503-294-2402
    -Lisa Shear, senior plant manager (mail handling and mail processing), 503-294-2206
    -Kim Anderson, Portland district manager, 503-294-2500


    Portland Communities and Postal Workers United
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    http://wwwThePortlandAlliance.org/postoffice

 


Below is a tool you can use to find your congressmans phone number.  Please call and ask for co sponsorship on this bill.  Also ask for his support through the committee process and forward to passage in the House of Representatives.
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/.

We need your cards and letters soon!  If all the people who receive this email mail us a greeting card or postcard.  We will share them with our elected officials and we will get the legislation we want to"SAVE OUR POST OFFICE"!  This will be irifutable proof our post office isn't broken and people care about it and use it.

SAVE OUR POST OFFICE
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For our facebook followers.   You can follow our activities at the following page.  We share information about our petitions, pictures, polls and news articles about our activities.
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Below is a complete listing of our petitions to "Save Our Post Office". Please sign and share as many links as you like.
Save Our Post Office 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office-Indiana 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-1?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office-Terre Haute, IN 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-2?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office-Rochester, MN
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-3?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office-Lancaster, PA
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-4?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Michigan 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-6?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Reading, PA 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-7?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Mail Processing Plants 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-mail-processing?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Alabama 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-8?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Utah 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-9?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office 6 Day Delivery 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-10?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office California 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-11?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Small Town Post Offices 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-small-town-post?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office New York 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-12?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Texas 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-13?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Vermont 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-14?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Kentucky 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-15?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Illinois 
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-16?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Florida
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-17?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Oregon
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-18?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Montana
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-20?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387

Save Our Post Office Ohio
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-21?mailing_id=9625&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=1430387
   
Remember "IF YOU SHARE IT!" ...."THEY WILL SIGN!"

 


 

Guest Viewpoint
Step by step, Postal Service is being dismantled

 By Jim Kubli, Gary Jarvis,  and Shelley Jensen

Published: February 24, 2013 12:00AM, Midnight, Feb. 24

Abruptly, starting on Jan. 29, priority and first-class package mail coming into the Eugene-Springfield area has been rerouted to Portland for sorting. All our mail of this type is now delayed by one day in Portland. The next step is to move outgoing priority processing to Portland as well. Combined with the proposed reduction of delivery days from six to five, some deliveries will be delayed for up to four days.

 This is not about saving money; this is about the systematic and incremental dismantling of the U.S. Postal Service. Some members of Congress, the postmaster general and Board of Governors are essentially boiling the frog slowly, claiming to be streamlining and cutting non-essential service.

It appears that full privatization is the goal. Once the Postal Service bureaucrats and some congressional representatives weaken our Postal Service infrastructure by shuttering facilities and selling off valuable real estate, the service will be destroyed.

It does not take much imagination to see that we will end up with a privatized delivery system that focuses on profit over public service.

The American people own the current Postal Service and the benefits that go with that ownership. Once our Postal Service is appropriated by private entities that prioritize profit, reasonable rates for first-class service will no longer exist — nor will the ability to deliver a letter to anywhere in the country for a single price.

Rep. Peter DeFazio has called for the firing of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Recently the National Association of Letter Carriers called for his resignation.

Do you want your Postal Service, planned and placed in operation by Benjamin Franklin, to be given away to for-profit corporations? The USPS gives special consideration to and is the largest civilian employer of veterans. About 30 percent of postal workers are vets. Postal workers take an oath to protect the “sanctity of the mail.” USPS guarantees the privacy and security of your mail and delivers your ballot in Oregon.

 Myth No. 1: The USPS uses tax money.

Fact: The USPS uses no tax money.

 Myth No. 2: The USPS is losing money because fewer people are using it.

Fact: The Bush-era Postal Accountability Enhancement Act of 2006 required 75 years’ worth of prefunding of retiree health care costs, something required of no other governmental agency or business. As a separate issue, it is estimated that the postal service has overfunded the Civil Service Retirement System by $50 billion to $75 billion and the Federal Employees Retirement System by $11 billion.

Fact: The number of packages being delivered daily by USPS has been rising.

  • Fact: FedEx and UPS use USPS to deliver packages to locations that are not profitable. For 46 cents, your constitutionally guaranteed USPS will deliver a first-class letter to anywhere in the country.

    Closure by stealth is defined by Wikipedia as “the deliberate downgrading of a service by the management or owners with the intention of driving away users or customers. The aim is to make the service uneconomical, and thereby justify its closure or withdrawal. It is most widely used in the case of government-regulated services.” This type of action is known as shrinking government to the size where it can be drowned it in a bathtub.

    Three types of evidence for closure by stealth of our postal service can be found here in Lane County. First, cuts in services affect all of us. Reducing delivery to five days is part of Postal Service leaders’ death spiral approach to solving budget problems.

    Current service standards require that first class mail within a ZIP code prefix (like 974) be delivered overnight. Until last summer delivery between 974 and 973 was overnight, but last summer that was degraded to two days.

    Second, cuts dramatically affect rural communities. Examples include reduction of post office hours in rural post offices to two, four and six hours; privatization of labor in rural post offices; and removal of home mail boxes, making folks drive to central locations to pick up their mail.

    Third, cuts affect regions. USPS leaders intend to close the Gateway Mail Processing Center in Springfield; all mail in our region will be trucked to Portland for sorting and driven back down for delivery.

    Many Eugene area citizens thought that the closure plan had been halted due to strong public opposition at the Dec. 27, 2011, hearing. Unfortunately, closure by stealth of the Gateway center never stopped and is under way in full force now.

    There will be an opportunity for action on April 13 at the main Eugene post office, 520 Willamette St.

     Jim Kubli is president of Eugene Area Local No. 679 of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. Gary Jarvis is director of research and education for Local No. 679, and its former president and executive vice president. Shelley Jensen is co-chairwoman of the Eugene/Springfield Solidarity Network.

The Postal Service has just released the results of a survey it commissioned on its plan to end Saturday delivery.  The Postal Service press release says the survey shows that 80 percent of Americans support the new delivery schedule.  

Before you take that conclusion very seriously, there are a few things you should know about the new survey.  

First, the survey was “fielded online.”  That means that the people who most depend on the Postal Service and Saturday delivery — those who aren’t online all the time, like seniors and people in rural areas without good broadband — were excluded from participating in the survey. 

Second, the Postal Service says that the survey used “a blended sample of panel and non-panel.”  That means some of the people surveyed were recruited to participate.  The Postal Service doesn’t provide any information about how the recruitment was done or who was selected to participate or what portion of the thousand people surveyed was pre-selected.  One can only imagine how the selection process might have skewed the results.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, the survey includes questions that are framed in ways that inevitably affect how people responded.  The first question on the survey, for example, is: “Before today, do you recall hearing anything about the financial losses that the Postal Service experienced last year, of approximately $15.9 billion?”

The survey thus begins by presenting the participants with a huge deficit number, which undoubtedly inclines the average person to favor cost-cutting measures like ending Saturday delivery.  

Subsequent questions on the survey are even more likely to bias the results.  One question says: “After learning that this change will ensure that the Postal Service does not experience an interruption in service, to what extent do you support the decision of the Postal Service to begin delivering mail five days per week and packages six days per week, including continuing package delivery on Saturdays?”

Another question says: “After learning that this change will ensure that the Postal Service does NOT have to raise the prices of mail service or package delivery in the near future, to what extent do you support the decision of the Postal Service to begin delivering mail five days per week?”

The next question says: “After learning that this change will ensure that the Postal Service does NOT become a burden on U.S. taxpayers, to what extent do you support the decision of the Postal Service to begin delivering mail five days per week?" 

The Postal Service thus basically tells survey participants, "If we don’t end Saturday delivery, we may need to raise postage raises, or we might have to look for a bailout from the taxpayer, or we may not be able to deliver the mail at all."  These are obviously scare tactics designed to elicit the responses the Postal Service wants from the survey.  They are not unbiased questions intended to get useful survey results.

The survey was conducted by IPSOS, a global market research company headquartered in Paris.  The survey describes IPSOS as “a leading independent, publicly-listed market research company.”  The survey is so patently biased, one has to wonder how IPSOS could have agreed to conduct it.

Perhaps it would be useful if the Postal Service conducted another survey that provided some actual facts about the context for its plan to end Saturday delivery — something that explains the causes for the deficit, the problems with the plan, and so on.  Since the Postal Service is unlikely to commission such a study, Save the Post Office is conducting its own. 

Like the IPSOS survey, ours is online, so the results are skewed toward Internet users, but we've tried to set up the questions in a more informative and objective way than the Postal Service did. 

If you have a moment, please take the survey, and then click on the link to see the results so far.  We'll be sure to share them with the Postal Service.

If you want to share the survey, email a link to this page (here) or go directly to the survey on Google Docs, here, and send that page around.  (If the survey isn't appearing below, try refreshing your browser.)

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Letter Carriers Call for Ouster of Postmaster General

Postal employees, Rep. Danny Davis say Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe doesn't doesn't have the authority  shutter Saturday delivery of mail

 

Nearly 200 letter carriers and their supporters gathered at the Branch 11 headquarters of the National Association of Letter Carriers, at 3850 S. Wabash Ave., on Wednesday.

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So do weNone too pleased with the United States Postal Service's move to shutter Saturday delivery, nearly 200 letter carriers on Wednesday evening rallied in Chicago and called for Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to step down.

"Donahoe has got to go!" postal workers shouted the Branch 11 headquarters of the National Association of Letter Carriers, at 3850 S. Wabash Ave.

"Eighty thousand jobs could be lost! We can't let that happen," Branch 11 President Mack Julion told the carriers and their supporters.

Rep. Danny Davis, a former postal worker himself, flew in from Washington to speak to the crowd.

"Something had to give," he said. "We've known it for years, but this seems like a sneak attack. We didn't know this was going to happen today."

In a move officials expect will save the cash-strapped service about $2 billion annually, the Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

Post offices would still remain open on Saturdays under the plan, which is slated to start in August.

But it wasn't immediately clear if the USPS can even make the move without congressional approval. Congress has banned five-day delivery under an appropriations bill, but since the federal government is now operating under a temporary spending measure Donahoe said he believes he has the authority to act alone.

"The House of Representatives has refused to seriously solve the crisis," Davis told the union workers. "This is about taking America backward. This is about busting unions."

The NALC, in a statement, called for Donahoe's immediate ouster.

"We urge Congress to develop a real reform plan that gives the Postal Service the freedom to grow and innovate in the digital area," the organization said.



Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/united-states-postal-service-chicago-branch-11-rally-190132731.html#ixzz2KCNsRZLk
 

How the Post Office Is Being Destroyed
By a Phony Budget Crisis

Congress, not the post office itself, is the problem

As every 6 year old learns, there is real and there is make believe. The massive Post Office deficit that is driving its management to commit institutional suicide by ending 6-day mail delivery, closing half of the nations’ 30,000 or so post offices and half it’s 500 mail processing centers, and laying off over 200,000 workers, is make believe.Local post offices all across the country, which function as community commons, including this one in Gerry, New York, are threatened with destruction because of Congress's shenanigans with the USPS budget. (Photo by Ross Griff under a Creative Commons license from flickr.com)Local post offices all across the country, which function as community commons, including this one in Gerry, New York, are threatened with destruction because of Congress's shenanigans with the USPS budget. (Photo by Ross Griff under a Creative Commons license from flickr.com)

Here’s why. In 1969 the federal government changed the way it did accounting. It began to use what was and is called a unified budget that includes trust funds like social security previously considered off budget because they were self-sustaining through dedicated revenue.

At that time the Post Office was, as it had been since 1792, a department of the federal government like the Department of Energy or the Department of Agriculture. While generating most of its revenue from postage it also received significant Congressional appropriations.

In 1970 Congress transformed the Post Office into the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The new quasi-public agency was intended to put the Postal Office on a more business like footing. The Postal Service was given was allowed to borrow to make needed capital investments and was given more flexibility in how it spent its money. In return Congress required the Postal Service to become self-sufficient. The subsidy, at that time running about 15 percent of total revenues (close to $10 billion a year in 2012) was phased out over the next 15 years. After the mid 1980s the only taxpayer funds involved in the Post Office, amounting today to $100 million a year, subsidizes mail for the blind and official mail to overseas voters.

In keeping with the new philosophy that the Postal Service should be independent, President Richard Nixon’s Office of Management and Budget administratively moved its finances off budget in 1974. In 1989 Congress did it by statute.

None of this made any difference, as exhaustively detailed by the USPS Inspector General in a 2009 report. The OMB and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) continued to treat the postal service as part of the unified budget, the budget they use for “scoring” legislation to estimate its impact on the deficit.

And that’s where the make believe comes from.

In 2001 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) put the Postal Service on its list of “high-risk” programs because of rising financial pressures resulting from exploding demand from both the residential and commercial sectors. A year later the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) found the Postal Service had been significantly overpaying into its retirement fund. It seemed a simple matter to reduce future payments and tap into the existing surplus to pay for current expenses.

And that’s when make believe began to have a tragic impact in the real world.

How the Unnecessary Tragedy Unfolded

In late 2002, the CBO announced that this logical change in the retirement contribution formula could increase budget deficits in Congress’s unified budget by as much as about $3.5 billion a year, or $41 billion over the long haul. If the overpayments were used to delay future rate increases, the CBO added, future government receipts would decline, adding to the unified budget deficit.

To overcome the budget scoring objections Congress began what in retrospect we can see was little more than an exercise in rearranging the chairs on the Titanic. The final law allowed the Postal Service to use its overpayments to pay off its debt and delay increasing rates for 3 years. After that any overpayments were to be collected in an escrow fund that would be unavailable to the Post Office until Congress determined how the funds would be used. And then came the quid pro quo. The Postal Service became responsible for paying postal workers for the time they spent in prior military service. Up until then, as one might expect, these obligations were paid by the U.S. Treasury. Assuming that obligation essentially eliminated any Post Office surplus during the 10 year scoring window.

The House and Senate held 11 hearings on postal reform between 2003 and 2006. Senator Susan Collins, Chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee commented, “two issues… united every single witness who has testified before our committee … a desire to see the escrow account repealed and the return of the military pension obligation to the Treasury Department.”

Bills to this effect were well received in Congress. But again and again the OMB and CBO stepped in to thwart policy makers. In 2004, as the bills were moving rapidly through Congress the Bush Administration stopped their progress by announcing its opposition,which they justified by the impact on the unified budget. The next year, on the day that a bill to help the Post Office with big bipartisan backing was brought to the floor of the House , the Bush Administration again threatened a veto because of its “adverse impact on the Federal budget”. Congress backed down.

In 2006 Congress finally passed a new law. The Postal Service was allowed to tap into escrow money and pension obligations for military service were shifted back to the US Treasury. But again a quid pro quo was required that negated any financial benefits that would result. To achieve unified budget neutrality the USPS was required to make 10 annual payments of between $5.4 billion and $5.8 billion each to the newly created Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund. The fund could not be tapped to pay actual retiree health benefits during those 10 years.

The level of the annual payments was not based on any actuarial determination. The numbers were produced by CBO as the amounts necessary to offset the loss of the escrow payments.

Remember, this all began because the post office discovered it had surplus funds. Unified budget accounting made sure it could never tap into this surplus unless at the same time it assumed new liabilities of an equal magnitude.

The Simple Solution

The solution to the post office financial deficit is simple. Give it back the money Congress, as a result of pressure from the CBO, has stolen from it over the past years. Then make future payments into the health fund for retirees actuarially based.

Once this artificially generated financial noose is removed from the postal service’s neck we can get on with helping it navigate the shoals of an uncertain future. To do this the postal service must build on its two most important assets: its ubiquitous physical infrastructure and the high esteem in which most Americans hold it. In combination, these assets offer the post office an enviable platform upon which to many new revenue-producing services.

But to do this Congress will have to remove another burden imposed by the 2006 law: a prohibition on the postal service offering non-postal services. Like issuing licenses (e.g. drivers, hunting, fishing, etc) or contracting with local and state agencies to provide services. Congress should also lift the prohibition on the post office shipping wine and beer.

In offering new services the USPS could learn from post offices in other countries. The French post office offers banking and insurance services. Remember that from 1911 to 1967 the US Post Office successfully and profitably ran a nationwide postal savings bank. The Swedish post office will physically deliver e-mail correspondence to people who are not online.

But before any of this will happen we need to fess up. The postal crisis is contrived. Let’s stop scaring ourselves silly with make believe deficit monsters and unshackle this national asset.

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David Morris

David Morris is Vice President and director of the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which is based in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. focusing on local economic and social development.

 



Published on Dec 5, 2012 by

On December 5, 2012, labor and community activists rallied to demand an end to the sell offs of post offices. The rally started at the offices of Richard Blum and Associates who through his ownership of real estate brokers CB Ellis is profiting from the sale of the post offices. He is married to California Senator Diane Feinstein and is also a regent at the University of California and has pushed privatization at the University as well. Postal workers also attacked the national leadership of the postal workers union for only having a perspective of lobbying the president and Congress who are pushing privatization rather than a mobilization of working people on the streets.
For more video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnjd823fJU8&feature=gv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGFpntWcKts&feature=gv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzQxmSst-dw&feature=gv
For more information:
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2012-07-13/article/39999?headline=Wh...
http://www.savethepostoffice.com/invisible-hands-businessmen's-campaign-d...
http://www.dailycal.org/2012/07/29/post-office-sale-is-a-surrender-to-corpora...
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-06-22/article/35661?headline=Bi...
http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/27/corporatizing-the-post-offic/
http://spot.us/pitches/337-investors-club-how-the-uc-regents-spin-public-fund...
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2012-06-22/article/39896?headline=Ma...
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The truth about the US Postal Service
THE BIG FAT LIE or the so-called "Postal Crisis" was caused by Congress in 2006. A few members of Congress have been pushing the idea that the Postal Service is losing money -- actually, the US Postal Service has been making money, but Congress has been using the Postal Service as a cash cow, forcing it to pay billions into a "pre-funding" account (for retirees who haven't even been born yet!) The Postal Service actually has over $50 Billion dollars in the bank, but Congress won't let them touch it. A campaign of lies has been fed to the American public.
The leader in this misinformation campaign has been Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who keeps throwing out the words "taxpayer bailout" to scare the public into letting him push through changes to the post office that would drastically reduce service by slowing mail delivery, eliminating one day of delivery each week, and eliminating door-to-door delivery for 90% of American homes and businesses. That's right, no more going to the mailbox in your bunny slippers -- when you send Grandma a birthday card or Uncle Fred gets his medicine in the mail, they will have to drive somewhere to pick it up, or pay someone else a bunch of money to do it.
In addition to slashing service, Issa's proposed "Postal Reform" would force the layoff of thousands of postal workers throughout the country. He says this is necessary to "save jobs."
Neither the internet nor competition from UPS & FedEx are breaking the Postal Service. Both UPS and FedEx use the US Postal Service to deliver many small packages, because the Post Office can do it cheaper. In the same way, delivery of small packages from internet sales has become a significant part of Postal business.
If you care about having good mail service, or even if you just don't like being lied to, please write your congress people today. If you don't know who your representative is, you can get the information at the following website:
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
As it turns out, a lot of members of Congress don't like being lied to either. Check this out:
http://postalemployeenetwork.com/news/2012/02/congressman-hinchey-leads-111-h...
For more information about the "Postal Crisis", check out these websites:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/democracy-now/postal-service-reform_b_983279.html
http://www.apwu.org/news/webart/2011/11-110-guffey-ed_show-110928.htm
http://www.nalc.org/news/latest/12-7-2010-there_they_go_again.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUisfLtGN2A&feature=context&context=C4...


 
RALLY AND PICKET: 
HOLD POSTMASTER GENERAL ACCOUNTABLE
Aug 21, 2012 07:30 AM
Vancouver Hilton
301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA
No Closures! No Cuts! Stop Delay of the Mail!

The Postmaster General is speaking to everyday people doing business inside the Vancouver Hilton.  On July 1st PMG Donahoe began massive closures and cuts to mail-processing plants and  offices while changing delivery standards to delay first class mail. The postal service is not broke. Congress manufactured a financial crisis and Congress or the President will fix it. The PMG is unnecessarily, criminally obstructing and delaying the mail in a misguided attempt to privatize this critical public communications service.  
The Alliance encourages putting postal professionals in charge of fully-funded and efficiently-staffed delivery services at all branches.
No fear, no compromise, and no surrender,
Courage, Commitment, & Community.      

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
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DAY THIRTEEN of Postal Road Warrior, rolling across Oregon in August -- Alsea, in the lush green of the Coast Range, a town of 1,500 (300+ rural delivery, 250+ PO Boxes) with a full-service, full-time, feisty postmaster and one HCR (highway contract route). Nicole, the fast talking PM, was the center of tonight’s conversation, explaining in excruciating detail to the ten assembled townspeople, the crazy US Postal Service accounting system which put her post office on the chopping block.
Never mind that revenues had doubled since she’d been postmaster. Never mind that she’d gone out to customer’s homes to develop ten new “Click and Ship” accounts and helped others understand how to ship using EBAY. Never mind that she was credited one and a half minutes to process a passpost applica
tion or less than a minute per phone call. Never mind that she was expected to keep up on all the new rules and regs, while waiting on customers, dispatching mail and helping the HCR get out the door by noon.
I fell in love with the group immediately, as they all clearly were ready to engage the struggle -- including the young volunteer fire fighter, the community newspaper mailer, and those who’d lived in Alsea “forever”. The cries of “absurd” and “ridiculous” met my explanations of the manufactured postal crisis. One old timer help bring the conversation down to earth – “it’s all political, isn’t it?” A young father seemed dubious -- “If we get enough people, the media, the elected officials, we’ll win?” I could only assure that others had won with people power, that the USPS greases the squeaky wheel. One oldster had already been emailing and calling USPS district managers, with fall-out bouncing back to the PM -- “What’s with your people; we never hear from Alsea!” They’re pissed, she shot back.
When asked who was ready to fight, all hands went up…
Organizers of all ages conspire with the road warrior
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A follow up to the "Occupy the Post Office" action in which ten people
were arrested just over a month ago. Communities and Postal
Workers United, Occupy Portland, Occupy St. Johns, and community
supporters rallied outside of the St. Johns central Postal Station in
north Portland. They were protesting the possible future closures of
some of 13,000 rural Post Offices as well as 25-30% cuts in pay and
losses of thousands of jobs.

This is part of a national campaign called "Save Americas Postal
Service", which is gaining momentum in several states and aims
to save Americas longest running civil service.

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Join in a critical action to save our commons!!
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MEDIA COVERAGE of May 24, 2012 Occupy the Post Office action, Portland OR

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(4 min. interview w/ Lataya Dailey, Occupy Portland)
 
(6 min. video w/ article by Peter Parks)
 
(4 min. video by Joe Anybody including negotiation to reach PMG)
 
(1 hour interview w/ Jamie Partridge, arrestee, and footage from rally, march, arrests)
 
(2 hr unedited livestream of whole Occupy action at University Station by Tommy Murray)
 
Occupy the Post Office press release
For immediate release  05/24/12
Contact: Laurie King (JWJ): 503-490-2309, Lataya Dailey (Occupy): 971-409-3741
 
Sisters and Brothers,

Thank you all for your tremendous contribution to saving our postal service.    Jamie

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