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The latest Citywide Bid Sheet which opens 12/15/14 is posted HERE.
The most recent Seniority List dated 12/11/2014 is posted HERE.
Blues on Wheels by Jess Stoner reprinted from The Dallas Morning News. She is off base on some things, like claiming the NALC caved on the TEs during the contract negotiations. She obviously doesn’t understand that binding interest arbitration is not caving, it was forced on the union by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. That the arbitrator, Shyam Das, decreed the terms of the contract. Otherwise, spot on.
Here is a little questionnaire, to make you think. Yeah, yeah, we know. Letter carriers don’t like to think. That’s why we took a job that we can do on auto-pilot. Well, humor us. Just take it for grins.
- How secure is your job?
- Do you understand the mechanism of getting business done in Washington?
- Who is your representative in Congress?
- Who are the two senators from Ohio?
- Where do each of them stand on Postal Reform?
- How much did the USPS make from operations last year?
- What is pre-funding?
- Who did you vote for for Congress in the 2014 election? (If you didn’t vote, click HERE)
- Can Congress eliminate your job?
If YOU don’t know the answers to ALL these questions, and the reasons behind the answers, you need to get educated.
We understand, it’s more fun to follow the Browns, Cavs, and Indians. But while that is mindless fun, it won’t help you keep your job if Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) decides to make the USPS file for bankruptcy. He has already stated immediately after the election that this is one of his primary goals. Pay Attention!
All our jobs exist at the whim of Congress. Your job and your and your family’s security hang in the balance. If you are not involved politically, you need to GET INVOLVED.
Never in our lifetimes have working men and women been under such a coordinated attack by the corporate and moneyed elite.
To find out how YOU can help click HERE
Dec. 2, 2014 — Last year, the Postal Service forecast that First-Class Mail volume would decline in the coming year by -6.4 percent and that First-Class Mail revenue would decline by -2.1 percent (see the report here, pg. 4).
However, in 2014, First-Class Mail volume actually declined by only about half of the Postal Service’s forecast—by just over -3 percent), and First-Class Mail revenue rose by nearly 1 percent (see the report here, pg. 2).
|2014 Forecast||2014 Actual|
|First-Class Mail Volume||-6.4%||-3.3%|
|First-Class Mail Revenue||-2.1%||+0.8%|
It is hard to figure out how the forecast was so far from the actual 2014 results. The Postal Service provided no commentary about this discrepancy during its review of 2014 results.
The discrepancy raises some questions about the accuracy of USPS’ fiscal 2015 First-Class Mail forecast.
For fiscal 2015, the Postal Service forecasts another large decline in First-Class mail. According to its recently released 2015 Integrated Financial Plan, the Postal Service expects a 2015 First-Class Mail volume decline of -5.2 percent and a First-Class Mail revenue decline of -3.1 percent.
|2015 Forecast||2015 Actual|
|First-Class Mail Volume||-5.2%||TBA|
|First-Class Mail Revenue||-3.1%||TBA|
In October 2014, First-Class Mail volume was down just -2 percent from the same month a year ago, and revenue was up by nearly 3 percent. Did the Postal Service overestimate the volume decline again this year and underestimate the revenue? With only one month in Fiscal Year 2015 under our belts, it is too early to tell, but we will closely monitor the monthly First-Class Mail statistics.
A better-than-forecast result in this mail class could boost 2015 revenue above the currently forecast $69 billion.
Founded in 1889, NALC is the union of city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers delivered 170 billion pieces of mail last year, six days a week, to more than 151 million homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America.
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