Odds and Ends
JBPIC & Board meeting in Chicago-July 11 & 12
The Association’s Policy Committee, Tim Pals (Acting Chair) Cliff Blackburn, Jeff Boone, John Sheehy, Mark Matheson and yours truly will meet in closed session with Dwight Young, Royale Ledbetter, Cheryl Martin, Jennifer Stevenson, Brian McKain, Keith Harris and Bert Manchego on July 11, 2012, 1-5 p.m., Illinois room at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chicago Downtown Lakefront, 511 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60611- 312-836-5970.
The Association’s Board of Directors will meet in open session on July 12, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the same hotel and same room. Minutes of the meeting will be published in a later carrier
USPS Sends out CURE letters to Contractors on GPS compliance
The USPS has sent letters to 182 contractors stating that they are not in GPS compliance. Contractors should answer stating what they are doing to comply and emphasize any problems that are occurring beyond their control. Willful non-compliance with the USPS GPS requirement could lead to a contract cancellation. Do not let this happen.
President Blackburn appoints Committee to meet with PMG Donahoe on the purchase of tractors with natural gas engines
Acting on a request from Mr. Donahoe, President Blackburn has appointed a committee to meet with him, COO Megan Brennan and VP of Supply Management Susan Brownell on the industry possible purchase of tractors using natural gas. The committee will meet on Wednesday June 13, 2012 with Mr. Donahoe at USPS Headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. Appointees include:
- Dave Allison
- Gerald Beam
- Don Doris
- Tim Pals
- Cliff Blackburn
- Mark Matheson
- Jeff Boone
- John Sheehy
- Skip Maraney
We will talk about the possibilities at the convention.
More on the Convention
Florida President Jim Landa writes that he was able to set us shuttle transportation between Jacksonville International Airport and the Sawgrass Marriott for $25.00 each way and $35.00 each way for a couple. To sign up, send him your flight info, number of travelers and contact info (cell phone# & email) to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will coordinate pick up. Cutoff date for signup is July 25th. Make checks out to Jim Landa and mail to P.O. Box 3154, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004. He can also be reached by calling 904-619-5316(h) or 904-705-6900 (c).
Jim has also set up a discount with Enterprise rent-a-car for the convention. Go to enterprise.com and use the code NA17CPO and the second code USP to get the discount. There is an Enterprise office both at the airport and the Sawgrass Marriott.
Remember, reservations may be made by calling the hotel direct at 1-800-457-4653 and mention you are with the NSRMCA for the group rate ($139.00-King or Double) or you can book online by going to; http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/jaxsaw?groupCODE=NSRNSRA&app=resvlink
The deadline for the above rates is July 12, 2012 so make your reservations early.
I will have a preliminary convention agenda published in the July Carrier. I have invited Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Relations Committee to address the convention which is a longshot since Congress is expected to excess for a month starting August 3rd. If Postal Legislation is passed by then, it will be very interesting to hear from him in person. We shall see.
USPS Announces Mail Processing Centers (MPC) Closings and Consolidations
On May 17, the USPS announced its plan to move ahead with a modified plan to consolidate its network of 461 Mail Processing locations in phases. Consolidations this summer will be at only 48 locations and occur in August and then will resume in early 2013. The USPS expects the new network to be fully implemented in 2014. The full press release is published elsewhere in this issue along with the link to the 140 mail processing locations to be consolidated by February 2013. This information and the locations will also be published on our website. Congress could pass legislation that could change this number and timeline but we will have to wait to see what it comes up with this summer.