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Postal 'Road Warrior' Headed for Salem, Bend, Powell Butte, Pendleton

The August 1st default will have no impact on postal operations, only its credit rating.

Jamie Partridge, a self-described “postal road warrior”
Jamie Partridge photo: nwlaborpress.org

(SALEM) - August 1st, the U.S. Postal Service defaulted on its obligation to pre-fund retiree health benefits.  Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General announced that the service is out of cash and out of credit. As of July 1st, he began massive cuts and closures to mail processing plants and rural post offices while changing delivery standards to allow the delay of first class mail. Across Oregon and the nation, postal workers and customers are fighting back, to save jobs and service.
Salem - Saturday, August 11, 5:30pm, APWU office, 780 Commercial SE, Suite 106
Bend – Sunday, August 12, 2pm, Wabi Sabi, 830 NW Wall
Powell Butte– Monday, August 13, 6:30pm, Community Center
Pendleton –Tuesday, August 14, 6:30pm, Red Lion, 304 SE Nye Avenue, Oregon Trail Room

“The cuts and closures are not necessary. Donahoe is way out of line. The postal service is not broke,” says Jamie Partridge, a self-described “postal road warrior” and retired letter carrier from Portland. On August 2nd Partridge launched a month long road trip across Oregon to help communities organize resistance to Donahoe’s actions. The cities of Salem, Eugene/Springfield, Bend and Pendleton all have mail processing facilities which are scheduled for closure and 124 rural towns are scheduled to lose their full-time postmaster and eventually their post office. A majority of Oregon’s mail processing plants and a third of its post offices will be impacted. Activists in the four cities and six towns have already set up meetings with Partridge, hoping he can inspire locals to mount the pressure necessary to head off these closures and cuts. The “road warrior” is being aided by the Rural Organizing Project, Jobs with Justice and Communities and Postal Workers United.

“The postal service is required to hold community hearings before closing or drastically reducing service at a postal facility. Postal regulations mandate that the impact on jobs, services and the local economy be considered before cutting or closing,” says Partridge. Because of its universal service obligation, the USPS is not allowed to close a post office just because it is losing money.

The August 1st default will have no impact on postal operations, only its credit rating. The service is required by a 2006 act of Congress to pre-fund retiree health benefits seventy-five years in advance, a burden not required of any other agency or company. Without the pre-funding mandate, the USPS would almost break even.

“It’s not the internet, not private competition, not labor costs, not the recession -- Congress is killing the US Postal Service,” says Partridge. “Allow the USPS access to its own funds -- not tax but postage funds -- from the pension surplus, and the finances can be fixed.” The pension surplus involves some $60 to $85 Billion overpaid into federal retirement accounts, according to the Office of the Inspector General and the Postal Regulatory Commission. Communities and Postal Workers United, sponsor of the “postal road warrior” is calling on Donahoe to restore delivery standards and reverse cuts and closures while allowing Congress to fix the finances by repealing the prefunding mandate and refunding the pension surplus.

Source: Communities and Postal Workers United


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val nostdahl September 5, 2012 2:02 pm (Pacific time)

here are the links for usps:
free google book online: " The Post Office, its past record, it presant condition and it potential relation to the new world era" Daniel Calhoun Roper, chairperson of the United States Tarriff Commision and First Assistant PostMaster General, 1913-1917, an interesting read for background on the USPO, in 1913 congess was not listening to postal worker condition and collective bargaining was formed. In 1970 was the great postal strike when again congess was not listening to postal workers condition and no strike law ensued, along with collective bargaining, in 2000, 2001 postal worker after taking cuts in pay, health benifits and retirment benifits worth 200 billion, were made to pay in 15 percent more to their retirement funds under the 1997 budget reconcilation act , both the president and congres thanked them for their 'sacrifice'. In 2003 congress was informed of the overpayment or overfunding of retirement funds, 15 billion into fers, and 140 billion in to csrs( see postal comments to federal trade commision , august 6, 2007 online) Then in 2006 the paea was passed, see www.postalmag.com/joygoldberguspsstress.pdf or AWPU 3800 libary articals on stress in the workplace ( first area, triciounty local, pa) ' how the ongoing violation of the usps guiding principals are creating a toxic work enviroment.' , go to www.billburrasjournal.org( type in to find) - misc page, to read elevator ,scroll down read phoney excused for diverting usps revenues. , go to search, type in ALEC/Koch Cabal The Privitization of USPS for Ups and FedEx, bob sloan, vltp. net, then read of the connection of ALEC to do this to USPS( ryan wife was part of the lobbyiest that did this on behalf of ups towards USPS) then go to examiner.com, Tim MCCown, artical june 10, 2012, ' behind all the schemes and lies of the privitization of usps. " , then go to scribd.( net ) or www.savethepostoffice.com to read The battle for democracy and the USPS.

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