Thank you to all the members for their support and participation. It is because we stand together, taking care of each other, that we enjoy family wages. It has been a tough year but no matter the travails there is always time to pause, thank each other for the hard work, and enjoy some great BBQ with friends and family
Congratulations to all the recent postal support employees who have been converted to career status as a result of the negotiated memorandum. 31 clerks in Portland are being converted on July 12th.
The maintenance craft has finally reached an agreement that clarifies and improves on the March pse conversion memo. Every maintenance PSE in the nation, over 3,000, will be converted to career in their present installation! This is a tremendous victory and good news for all our maintenance pse members.
MS-47 and PSE conversion memo
Over 60 protesters showed up in support of our efforts to derail the Postal Service’s plan to subcontract out retail services to Staples. The Postal Service is currently planning on subcontracting postal services to the detriment of the postal customers and its employees.
Postal retail clerks are highly trained and skilled workers who are fairly compensated and swear an oath to protect the sanctity of the mail they handle. Staples on the other hand underpays its workers, suffers high turnover and only requires its employees to swear to wear a red shirt when they show up for work. They recently closed over 200 stores without notice and will continue to do so when it suits their needs.
This deal is a direct attack on us as postal workers and is a ploy by the Postal Service to close urban retail units and divert customers to far away Staples stores.
Join us as we rally on May 18th from 3 pm – 4 pm in front of the Staples located on 10251 NE Cascades Parkway (next to Ikea). Staples and the USPS have cut a deal that jeopardizes the sanctity of the mail and thousands of family wage jobs. The deal threatens to close or reduce service at post offices throughout the country.
We just concluded a meeting with the HR department awarding Motor Vehicle Postal Support Employees their choices of residuals. They will be converted to career effective May 3rd. These are the first of what we hope to be several conversions of Postal Support Employees to career status.
The Portland delegation just returned from a successful trip to the quadrennial multi-state convention which was held in Boise, Idaho this year. The Portland Oregon Area Local submitted several resolutions to be considered and the majority were well received and were endorsed by the Oregon State Convention and Multi-State Convention delegates. Those resolutions will now go forward to the National Convention for consideration this July.
We also participated in the Stop Staples national day of action. We marched through downtown Boise and gathered on the State Capital steps. We were joined by delegates from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington to raise awareness and gather support to stop this subcontracting of postal services to the detriment of the American Public.
The national parties reached agreement on several outstanding issues and provided clarification regarding the MOU for filling residual duty assignments. Perhaps the best news is the agreement that PSE’s who have completed two successive appointments won’t be required to complete a new probationary period upon conversion to career.
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