House Passes New Stimulus Bill- Postal Funding Included

On May 15th, the House of Representatives passed the fifth COVID-19 response package.  The 1815 page Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800) provides some resources to lessen the impact of COVID-19 including direct stimulus payments to Americans, aid for state and local governments, and emergency appropriations for the Postal Service. “There is a big, bold movement taking place across rural and urban American to make sure postal funding is included in the next […]

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Payment of Retroactive Pay Increases

EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT Retroactive payments for the pay increases under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, have been scheduled for pay period 18-2020, paycheck dated September 4, 2020 – barring any issues or unexpected systems changes. Employees began receiving pay at the current rates in pay period 09-2020, effective April 11, 2020. Retro payments for the National Agreement will cover the period from November 24, 2018 through April 10, 2020. Under the terms […]

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On the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as the 75th Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service

Statement from Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union, On the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as the 75th Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service Fifty years ago, postal workers waged a heroic nationwide strike to win better pay, benefits and the right to collective bargaining. This strike also recreated the United States Postal Service as an independent agency, designed to be free from the political patronage and cronyism that had plagued the […]

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New Poll Shows Two-Thirds of the Public Supports Stimulus Funding for the U.S. Postal Service, Only 15 Percent Oppose Added Funding

A new nationwide opinion poll shows that the public overwhelmingly supports funding for the U.S. Postal Service in the next stimulus bill to prevent USPS from running out of cash. Postmaster General Megan Brennan has reported to Congress that due to a decline in revenue linked to the pandemic, USPS will run out of money by September, without financial support. The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), also […]

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Tell Congress to Support the Public Postal Service in the Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package!

Talks in Congress are rapidly progressing regarding further stimulus legislation, and we need your assistance in educating members of Congress about the invaluable service postal workers provide, and the investments that need to be made to ensure USPS is able to continue serving the American public. On March 27, the President signed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus into law. While much-needed financial relief for the USPS was in advocated on a bi-partisan basis by the Postal […]

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President Dimondstein Appears on Democracy Now!

President Dimondstein appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez today. He spoke about the campaign to save the Postal Service. The interview covered the financial crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service, the impact of the Coronavirus on the USPS and the vital role of our public Postal Service in carrying out civic life across the country. DEMOCRACY NOW! INTERVIEW PART 1

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Reponse to President Trump’s remarks today that he will block coronavirus aid for the U.S. Postal Service

President Trump’s shameful comments today that the Postal Service “is a joke” and that USPS “should raise package prices four to five times” current levels is no laughing matter to the American people. His comments are an insult to the forty-four postal workers who have died carrying out their vital public service in the midst of this pandemic. It’s also disheartening to the 600,000 proud postal workers who continue to carry out our essential mission […]

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APWU Responds to Washington Post Expose of White House Plot to Destroy the Public Postal Service

“It’s a power grab to destroy the public Postal Service. Shame on them,” responded APWU President Mark Dimondstein to shocking reports from the Washington Post that the Trump Administration is attempting to use the coronavirus crisis to force draconian cuts to the Postal Service. “The Post’s reporting confirms what our union has long known: This Administration is committed to fulfilling the decades-long pursuit by some to sacrifice our public Postal Service at the altar of private profit,” […]

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SAVING OUR POSTAL SERVICE (LIVE STREAM)

SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE: During this public health emergency and horrific pandemic, the Postal Service is needed now more than ever. Join our virtual town hall with the leaders of the country’s major postal unions on how we must act to save the postal system: — BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday will host a virtual town hall with the leaders of the country’s major postal unions on how the federal government can […]

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Stand Up for Safe Jobs This Workers Memorial Day

The number one priority of all levels of the APWU leadership during the current coronavirus crisis has been the health and safety of postal workers, our families, and that of the postal public. As part of our work to keep postal workers healthy and safe, we are encouraging all members to continue to Stand Up for Safe Jobs and Protect Our Rights for a safe workplace during this year’s Workers Memorial Day. As we continue our essential work, the […]

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Postal Service is Highest Rated Federal Agency – Again

As the heroic role of postal workers in the midst of a pandemic grabs headlines (MSNBC, Boston Globe, NY Times), the Postal Service has taken one more accolade – it is once again the public’s highest rated federal agency in an annual survey released by Pew Research Center. With 91 percent of those surveyed viewing the Postal Service favorably, the ranking is an increase from recent years’ high marks and far outstrips any other federal agency. The poll […]

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Mourning Postal Workers Lost in COVID-19 Pandemic

The worldwide COVID pandemic has tragically claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people in the United States, including over thirty-five postal workers and a number of APWU members. “The APWU extends our deepest sympathies to the families of our members who have lost loved ones during this terrible crisis,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The APWU family grieves as one.” We also hope for the speedy recovery of the many postal workers sickened […]

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Due to Covid Pandemic, the National Executive Board Votes to Postpone 25th Biennial National Convention

After much thought and consideration for the safety of our Local and State delegates, national officers, families, guests and friends, and the ability to have a democratic and fully participatory convention, the National Executive Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the APWU 25th Biennial National Convention scheduled in Los Angeles, CA this coming August. The National Executive Board will soon be discussing where to go from here. There will be no stones left […]

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President Dimondstein Calls for Urgent Funding of USPS on MSNBC

On April 13, President Dimondstein appeared on Craig Melvin Reports: Coronavirus Pandemic on MSNBC, which aired in more than 1.5 million homes. Dimondstein saluted postal workers for their heroic dedication to their public mission and highlighted the urgent need for postal relief in the next stimulus bill before Congress.

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SAFELY REMOVE YOUR DISPOSABLE GLOVES

As a reminder to everyone to prevent cross contamination, please watch this video on how to safely remove your disposable gloves . Download, print and hang this flyer to show proper glove removal technique.     Gloves should not be reused.  They should be removed when employees take breaks or use the restroom.  Gloves should be replaced if damaged or heavily soiled.  These practices will help protect everyone.  

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Date Announced for PSE Conversions

The Postal Service has informed the APWU of the date that Postal Support Employees (PSEs) who have been employed in 125 workyear or larger offices for more than 2.5 years (30 months) will be converted to career status. Over 2,500 current PSEs will be converted on May 9, 2020, the beginning of pay period 11. These conversions are consistent with the Interest Arbitration panel’s award issued on March 10, 2020.  Conversions of PSEs was one of […]

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Tell Congress Members to Support our Public Postal Service During this Crisis

Postal workers are keeping our country moving and US economy working for us during this time of crisis – getting prescriptions delivered to people sheltering in place, making e-commerce possible and keeping families connected. It is the emergency distribution system when our country is in crisis. But at this unprecedented time, that work is under threat. The Coronavirus shutdown is plummeting postal revenues while increasing costs. The Postal Service could run out of money as […]

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Employees to See Pay Raise

Under the new 2018 – 2021 National Agreement, employees will receive four retroactive pay raises. The current rates went into effect on February 29, 2020 and will be reflected for the first time in earnings for Pay Period 09-2020. Pay Period 09 begins Saturday, April 11. Pay checks will be dated for May 1, 2020. Retro pay covering the period from September 24, 2018 through April 10, 2020 will follow. The Postal Service has yet to confirm […]

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COVID-19 Emergency Considerations for Fiscal Year 2020 MS-47, TL-5 Line H Liabilities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties agree the following conditions will be applied when determining any MS-47, TL-5 Line H liabilities for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20): Custodians should be utilized to the maximum extent possible, including overtime, in order to ensure all necessary cleaning is completed. Due to custodians needing to complete regular custodial team cleaning (CTC) routes and the cleaning requirements as stated in MMO-031-20, Influenza and Coronavirus Cleaning Contingency, each day a […]

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MOU (Temporary Exception Period – Clerk Craft Staffing Function 1 & Function 4—COVID19)

Through May 25, 2020, the Postal Service may hire additional temporary employees called Function 1 Mail Processing Assistants and Function 4 Clerk Assistants. As with the other MOUs, career clerks and PSEs should be utilized up to the maximum allowable hours each week. Also, all new Clerk Assistants that are hired will be provided safety training and training/updates/stand-up talks on the current COVID19 policies and procedures at the USPS. Temporary Exception Period – Clerk Craft Staffing Function 1 & Function […]

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“I want to take a moment to thank you” – Oregon Senator Jeffrey Merkley

On March 27, Oregon Senator Jeffrey Merkley issued a letter of commendation and appreciation to the members of the APWU stating, “I want to take a moment to thank you for your efforts keeping the mail moving and our communities connected…Your service is foundational to our country, critical to our daily lives, and what enables people to stay home as we fight this pandemic together.” Senator Merkley closed his letter with, “During these difficult times […]

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Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act

The Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA) extends to postal employees some additional leave benefits due to the Coronavirus and the illness it causes–COVID-19. APWU represented employees, both career and non-career, are entitled to the leave provisions enacted by the FFCRA. Two new leave types are now extended to postal employees. Up to 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave for specific qualifying reasons. Public Health Emergency Leave, which amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), allowing employees […]

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Stimulus Bill Passes Congress but the Fight Continues

We are pleased that some working families will be getting a check as a result of the $2.2 trillion stimulus but are also aware that those gains were paired with a corporate bailout of hundreds of billions of dollars. The final language of this bill reflects the Postal Service was all but cut out of the economic relief many private corporations will receive. “It’s outrageous that the stimulus bill passed by Congress doesn’t include any financial support […]

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New Retail Directive to District Managers and Postmasters

March 26, 2020 Share this article This pdf includes additional directives to district managers and postmasters.  Specifically dealing with retail units. It addresses social distancing, dealing with the hazmat question, increased cleaning frequencies, AND instructions to place/install  “cough/sneeze” barriers to protect employees.   DISTRICT MANAGERS AND POSTMASTERS As we have seen over the last several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a drastic impact on the American people. During times of turbulence, however, the critical role […]

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Statement from President Dimondstein: Postal Workers in a Time of Crisis

Mark Dimondstein March 25, 2020 Since the early days of the Postal Service, we postal workers have helped stitch the fabric of the country together. Even in times of crisis – whether natural disaster, conflict, or economic calamity – the Postal Service has always been there, steadily reaching every American home and business in their time of need. Today is a time of crisis unlike any we’ve seen in generations. A global pandemic threatens the […]

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APWU Pushes for Postal Workers During Pandemic

March 24, 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, APWU leaders are in constant discussion with USPS management, demanding temporary leave policies, telework provisions where possible, and better safety policies, supplies, and equipment. “Our very first priority is ensuring that the Postal Service provides for the health and safety of our members,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal workers are on the frontlines of the pandemic response. We need to ensure that the hardworking men and […]

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USPS Area Vice Presidents Letter on Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave

March 23, 2020 As part of our ongoing collective response to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to protect the health and safety of our members and their families, we have been meeting with USPS management. Today, the USPS issued the following letter to Area Vice Presidents stating the following: To the extent operationally practicable, managers and supervisors should accommodate employees who submit PS Form 3189, Request for Temporary Schedule Change for Personal Convenience as a result […]

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Audio from Tuesday’s Contract Call Available for Members

APWU Members can now access the recording from Tuesday’s March 17, 2020 “Contract Town Hall Call”. On the call, APWU President, Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director, Vance Zimmerman, spoke about the interest arbitration award and the union’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Log in to the APWU.ORG Members Section to hear the recording.

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