The Postal Service has extended the deadline to elect the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) option for eligible carriers until June 19, 2009. Carriers who are 50 with at least 20 years of service, or any age with at least 25 years of service, may choose to take the option and may select one of three […]

APWU: ‘Summer Sale’ Will Discount Our Future

April 16, 2009 Burrus Update #05-09, April 15, 2009 In response to declining mail volume and deteriorating financial circumstances, the Postal Service has announced plans for new price incentives for major mailers. One proposal, which is designed to increase volume during the time of year when mail volume is typically lowest, is being called a […]

SF Attorney Threatens Lawsuit Against USPS

April 16, 2009 San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sent a formal letter of demand to the U.S. Attorney’s office outlining his intent to file suit against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) “for unconstitutionally depriving tenants of single room occupancy hotels, equal and adequate mail delivery in San Francisco.” Read more


MAIL IS BIG BUSINESS The Postal Service is the core of the trillion dollar mailing industry that employs more than 8 million people.* In 2008, these classes of mail brought in most of the $75 billion in revenue: First-Class Mail $38.2 billion Advertising Mail $20.6 billion Shipping Services $8.4 billion International Mail $2.4 billion Periodicals […]

APWU Asks Members to Contact Congress

        Support Growing for H.R. 22 APWU Asks Members to Contact Congress (04/06/09) Legislation that would provide the Postal Service temporary relief from a crushing financial crisis is gaining wide support in Congress. More than half of the members of the House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 22, which […]

Pay-for-performance faces new scrutiny

Federal agencies are shaping their responses to a request by Democratic lawmakers that the Obama administration suspend the implementation of all federal pay-for-performance systems pending a review, while employee groups are lining up in support of a broad evaluation of performance management systems. Read more…

Organizational Changes and VERA Timeline Updated

    April 7, 2009 USPS has released an updated timetable for employees affected by the recently announced staffing reductions and district closings and for those who are considering the Postal Service’s voluntary early retirement (VER) offer. The Postal Service has begun mailing notification to all VER-eligible employees. You should note that the VER application […]