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Mary Alice Burkhard - NAPS Branch 244 President

Mary Alice Burkhard - NAPS Branch 244 President

The following articles have a response from Mary Alice Burkhard.

This is something that I am surprised so many EAS do on a daily basis-they need to get phones like I have that will provide you with personal email access throughout the day, without logging on using postal computers.

This is an old rule that most don't pay attention to and could get EAS in trouble since they are the ones that have the most access to computers.

Mary

  

Accessing personal email on postal computer

Van Nuys ACE Users:

Today’s Postal Bulletin restates the information from AS-805 about prohibited use of USPS email resources. The key thing here is that using a USPS computer to check Personal web email is prohibited.

There are risks associated with checking personal email (Yahoo, Gmail etc.) on a USPS computer. USPS maintains a world class firewall system to protect the integrity of the vital IT infrastructure. Data protection is a layered approach that is dependent upon keeping each layer of the protection strong. When personal email is accessed from inside the USPS network, we effective unlock doors and open the USPS infrastructure to greater risk.

Although the office of the CISO regularly reminds people of the risk and the prohibition, I am sending this email as an additional reminder to you that accessing personal email is a violation of policy because it puts the IT infrastructure of the Postal Service at risk.

Ken Gonzales
Manager, District IT

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NAPS HQ lost another opportunity to also state that we receive no COLA-that all other USPS and Federal employees receive or Locality Pay as many of our Postal employees and All Feds also receive.....

I wish they would state these facts too-they seem to forget that COLA and/or Locality Pay would most likely far exceed any combination of 3 year raises and not raise any eyebrows because these two are not considered to be a "raise" to others. Most assume we have this and do not think it is such a big deal to have only wages "frozen." Everyone else in the USPS has to contribute more to health care and to retirement-we were not singled out there, as we are on COLA. They do not specify that our wages have effectively been cut every year for 3 years.

They also could have added that due to the number of open positions, many of their members, for years, have taken on extra workload as well as continue working irregular schedules, long hours, including 6 days per week-all at great personal cost, to accommodate the operational needs of the Postal Service.

If you don't spell it out it becomes just another generic letter for the file-no one goes any deeper that what is written.

One very important missed opportunity that Members of Congress and others needed to see.

Mary

  

Postal supervisors decline new pay talks

A management organization that represents postal supervisors, managers and postmasters told the U.S. Postal Service that it would decline an agency request to re-open pay consultations with USPS. The Postal Service had requested the move in light of its shaky financial sitauation.

In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the leaders of the National Association of Postal Supervisors said that the group came to the decision after discussions among the members of its executive board.

The letter cited the three-year lack of a salary increase and higher employee payments for health benefits among the reasons for its position. The letter also noted that due to hiring freezes, USPS is understaffed by as many as 5,000 supervisory and management positions.

NAPS said it felt that its "members and the entire management team have made significant sacrifices," and that reopening the consultations "would not be reasonable or effective for our membership."

"Our lack of desire to re-open pay consultations does not signify any attempt to be uncooperative with your efforts to address the current financial crisis the Postal Service is experiencing," the letter stated. "In fact, our members have undertaken a significant burden in sacrifices over the past three years."

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This is something that I am surprised so many EAS do on a daily basis-they need to get phones like I have that will provide you with personal email access throughout the day, without logging on using postal computers.

This is an old rule that most don't pay attention to and could get EAS in trouble since they are the ones that have the most access to computers.

Mary

  

Accessing personal email on postal computer

Van Nuys ACE Users:

Today’s Postal Bulletin restates the information from AS-805 about prohibited use of USPS email resources. The key thing here is that using a USPS computer to check Personal web email is prohibited.

There are risks associated with checking personal email (Yahoo, Gmail etc.) on a USPS computer. USPS maintains a world class firewall system to protect the integrity of the vital IT infrastructure. Data protection is a layered approach that is dependent upon keeping each layer of the protection strong. When personal email is accessed from inside the USPS network, we effective unlock doors and open the USPS infrastructure to greater risk.

Although the office of the CISO regularly reminds people of the risk and the prohibition, I am sending this email as an additional reminder to you that accessing personal email is a violation of policy because it puts the IT infrastructure of the Postal Service at risk.

Ken Gonzales
Manager, District IT

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This is something that Members of Congress received last week when they got sworn in. It has been published all over the place and finally NAPS HQ got a copy-from Congressional members-and have been sending it out to NAPS officers and members. Like the unknown writer below states-it is very important to watch.  It was part of the USPS Daily Report that was sent out last Friday. It makes a very complex situation appear to be very simple to "fix." Everyone just wants USPS problems and headlines to go away and many think we are all paid too much, are inefficient and uncaring, etc...so it sounds tempting.

I also want to add that this idea should not come as a surprise to anyone-NAPS HQ and everyone else could have been proactive and seen this coming with all of the initiatives we now share with UPS and Fed Ex and how much work we increasingly outsource. I think if we got the USPS on sounder footing by finally cutting Saturday delivery etc, then some of these grand ideas would go away. This new idea could cause everyone to wait until March before they commit to legislation and I think this is one of the reasons that leadership in Congress is now being more outspoken about compromising and passing USPS legislation ASAP.

I do not like that someone is trying to make this a partisan political issue, because the facts do not support that contention. Members of Congress on both sides do not like the fact that there would be little if any control-on 1/2 of the "new" USPS as envisioned by this. Plus-we still have retirees to pay for-that has been the main issue-how would this business model pay for them?

Everyone that has ever worked for the USPS and all of our customers have a stake in this plan. It is also shortsighted because eventually, as the writer below states-the carrier wages would be forced down and that union would most likely loose without others standing with them.

The facts are that this "study" was initiated and continues to be financed by Pitney Bowes, a private company on the US Stock exchange, who would make a lot of money on this. When there is about $68 billion in revenue per year at stake, a lot more companies will want just a little piece of the action, so expect more "ideas" to come out soon. The initial proposals were drawn up by former Postal Rate Commission chair Ed Gleiman and former National Association of Letter Carriers political director George Gould-this could explain why the NALC seems to be the only "survivor" in this "plan."

Mary

  

For those of us who are still employed by the Postal Service, we would do well to keep our eyes on the progress of a just-released report titled, "Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service: The Case for a Hybrid Public-Private Partnership." 

Only six pages in length, the report has the potential of bringing about monumental change to the Postal Service if its recommendations are implemented to any significant degree. The essence of the report claims that "under the new hybrid public-private partnership model, today’s trusted USPS letter carriers will deliver mail, packages, and products the 'final mile' to every address in the country while the private sector fulfills virtually all upstream mail processing, transportation and logistics functions under the quality and security oversight of the USPS...Thus, the new Postal Service would oversee a largely privately-operated postal network... The trusted letter carrier would remain the public face of the U.S. Postal Service."

 The new hybrid model being called for by the Report would need 200,000 letter carriers to deliver all the mail to every delivery point in the country as is being done now. Consequently, job security isn't an issue for them.  However, all the work that is now done by Clerks, Mail Handlers and others in mail processing would be done by private companies so all of us would be gone.  Even though letter carriers would still have jobs with a quasi-governmental Postal Service as we all do now, it is difficult to see how the new hybrid model envisioned by the report would not include lower pay scales for them. 

 Twenty years ago, the recommendations of this report wouldn't have had a chance of being implemented. With today's economic climate, the financial challenges confronting the Postal Service, Congressional inaction regarding the USPS' situation, corporate influence over Congress and a tendency of Democrats to cave in to extreme Republican demands, I think the report is going to develop serious traction in the coming months. Enough to bring about the changes it calls for?  I don't know, but we need to keep our eyes on it at the very least.

 

 Here are links to the report and two articles with background information:

 REPORT:Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service: The Case for a Hybrid Public-Private Partnership

 http://www.napawash.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Hybrid-Public-Private-Postal-Service-1-2-13-3.pdf

 ARTICLE:USPS Should Stick to Final Mile Delivery, Says Washington Think Tank

http://postandparcel.info/53028/news/companies/usps-should-stick-to-final-mile-delivery-says-washington-think-tank/ 

ARTICLE: Independent Review of a Thought Leader Proposal to Reform the United States Postal Service 

http://www.napawash.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/USPS-PB-WIP1.pdf

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