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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What lengths will they go to crush a whistle-blower?

  USPS Sued By Feds For Labeling Whistle-Blower A Drug-Using “Terrorist”
"...This is when, says the DOL, the USPS management began to engage “in a concerted effort to pressure the county prosecutor’s office to criminally prosecute” the employee because he’d contacted the authorities about his safety concerns.

The complaint states that USPS supervisors told people the employee was a drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist” with no factual evidence to back up these statements...."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

  Union Plus Supports Union Families with $20K Student Loan Giveaway
Union Plus $20K Student Loan Giveaway
Union Plus $20K Student Loan Giveaway
The $20K Student Loan Giveaway is the latest way Union Plus is showing its commitment to Union families and higher education. Union Plus will put a major dent in the student loan debt of three lucky winners who will receive a grand prize of $10K or one of two $5K loan payments. Plus, more prizes of courses, consultations and books - provided by The Princeton Review - will also be awarded.

Eligible entrants can register and receive all contest and program details at this link.

Register to win by August 15, 2014. Terms and Conditions

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The US Postal Service announces plans to resume plant closings and consolidations

  USPS announces plans to resume plant closings and consolidations

(June 30, 2014) The Union was notified this afternoon that the Postal Service plans to reinstitute the “Network Rationalization Plan” starting next year, in January 2015. You will recall that many of the plant closings and consolidations were put on hold earlier this year, in February 2014, when the Postal Service announced in the Federal Register that it was suspending any further implementation of its changes to service standards.

This news is very disturbing, and continues a pattern of foolhardy actions by the USPS in a misguided “cut to survive” strategy that will ultimately lead to the demise of the Postal Service. It also represents the Service’s latest attempt to threaten Members of Congress with adverse consequences in their home districts if the Postmaster General does not get the legislation he is supporting.

You will recall that in prior rounds of closings and consolidations the National Office disseminated guidance to the Local Unions and all union representatives on how best to react to the various situations that may arise as a result of a particular closing and/or consolidation. We plan to update those materials, and will distribute them again during the coming weeks.

The National Office plans to work closely with all of our Local Unions to develop the best strategy to combat this ill-advised action by the PMG. Rest assured that we will insist on full compliance with the National Agreement, and that all contractual provisions will be enforced against the Postal Service should it proceed down this road.

Click here to view the correspondence received today, which includes a list of facilities that are targeted.

Click here to view the Network Rationalization Stand-Up Talk narratives provided by the USPS.

Click here to view the list of planned consolidations.

Reference: National Postal Mail Handlers Union

"the most important labor law case the court has considered in decades"

  Who Is Behind the National Right to Work Committee and its Anti-Union Crusade?

"... If the court follows National Right to Work's lead, every state in the country would essentially turn into an anti-union "right to work" state, which would be a significant blow to public sector unions' collective bargaining efforts and also complicate thousands of existing contracts..."


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