2022 Peak Season Exception Period MOU

On November 7, 2022, the parties agreed to the Peak Season Exception period MOU for 2022. The MOU identifies the time when Holiday Clerk Assistants (HCAs) may be hired. HCAs are hired for three (3) consecutive pay periods. In 2022, that is either November 5 through December 16 or November 19 through December 30. The MOU also provides that any “local disputes involving the application of the Postal Support Employees (PSEs) District Caps MOU will be […]

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APWU-Represented Postal Workers Get Retro-Pay

APWU-represented employees who fall under the 2021-2024 National Agreement received the retro-active payments owed on them in their paychecks dated October 28, 2022. Employees will see the retro-active payments listed on their paychecks as multiple “adjustments”. In order to fully understand the retro-active payments, each person should download their full paystub that is available to them through the USPS employee website. Pay stubs could be over 10 pages long. An explanation on how to read […]

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2022 APWU National Officer Election Results Certified

The official results [PDF – Members Only] of the APWU Election of National Officers have been tabulated and were certified by the American Arbitration Association on Oct. 7. A summary will be published in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker.  The results will also be separated by local. These will be posted to the Members Only section in the coming days. Uncontested offices are not shown in the web posting, but will be listed in the magazine.

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Mark Dimondstein overwhelmingly reelected APWU President

Entire APWU Solidarity Team prevails APWU President Mark Dimondstein was elected to a fourth term as votes in the APWU National Officer Elections were tallied on Oct. 6. Also re-elected were Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard, and Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor. Human Relations Department Director Daleo Freeman was elected to a first full-term. Yared Wonde will become the new Southern Region Coordinator and Arrion Brown will become the new Support Services Division Director. Election results […]

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Message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice-President Debby Szeredy and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell on Hurricane Ian and Fiona.

Message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice-President Debby Szeredy and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell on Hurricane Ian and Fiona. In the past two weeks, two disastrous hurricanes have caused massive devastation and hardship, including the loss of life. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Fiona. Hurricane Ian continues to sweep through the Southeast United States after delivering massive damage in Florida. These storms have deeply impacted our […]

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A Welcome Return for the APWU Biennial National Convention

Elizabeth Powell September 16, 2022 APWU 26th Biennial Convention The delegates in attendance at the 26th Biennial Convention showed up and stepped up through the challenges COVID-19 may have presented to ensure the convention was successful. Congratulations to everyone who participated. As the Secretary-Treasurer, it is the responsibility of my department to plan and execute the convention. The convention committee members, craft conferences and convention delegates met to discuss, debate and adopt resolutions that will […]

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Second COLA = Record Breaking $1.18/hr

The First Two COLAS of NEW Contract Combined Equal $1.81/hr In accordance with the 2021-2024 Collective Bar­gaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a $1.18 per hour Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA), effective August 27, 2022. The adjustment is the result of a rise in the Consum­er Price Index (CPI-W) – one of the federal government’s measures of inflation. It will appear in paychecks dated September 16, 2022 (Pay Period 19-2022). This […]

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APWU Convention Day 3: Democracy in Action: Spirited Debate and Successful Resolutions

APWU 26TH BIENNIAL CONVENTION. DAY 3 After a productive second day of convention, delegates continued on Wednesday to make significant progress on union business. Share this video Delegates continued to make progress on the important union business before the convention, considering, debating, amending and voting on several resolutions throughout the day. The Constitution Committee work led off the day’s debate, followed by the conclusion of the Labor-Management Committee report, with delegates beginning to hear from […]

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APWU National Convention: Delegates Make Progress on Convention Business

APWU 26TH BIENNIAL CONVENTION. DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS After a productive first day of convention, delegates continued on Tuesday to make significant progress on union business. Share this video After a productive first day of convention, delegates continued on Tuesday to make significant progress on union business. They debated and voted on many meaningful resolutions addressing bargaining demands as the Labor-Management Committee, co-chaired by Ken Fajardo, Albuquerque Local, and Wanda Harris, Miami Area Local, continued its […]

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APWU National Convention: Dimondstein Delivers State of the Union

DAY 1: CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS On Monday, APWU President Mark Dimondstein delivered the ‘State of the Union.’ He highlighted our successes and struggles and gave an outlook for a bright, while challenging, future.  Share this video On Monday, APWU President Mark Dimondstein delivered the ‘State of the Union.’ He highlighted our successes and struggles and gave an outlook for a bright, while challenging, future.  Reflecting on the moment, Dimondstein said, “the pandemic has made it crystal clear […]

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APWU National Convention: Division, Retiree Conferences Get to Work

As delegates arrived in Maryland’s National Harbor for the 26th Biennial National Convention, the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services Divisions held their respective conferences, alongside the APWU Retirees conference. At the Clerk Craft Division Conference, Director Lamont Brooks led members in discussion of how to continue to protect and expand craft jobs, remove the multi-tiered wage system, and how to be proactive against workplace harassment and safety issues. Delegates heard about the […]

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Second COLA Increase Announced

In accordance with the 2021-2024 Collective Bar­gaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a $1.18 per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective August 27, 2022. The increase is the result of a rise in the Consum­er Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated September 16, 2022 (Pay Period 19-2022). The value of the COLA for full-time employees in each step and grade will increase by $2,455.00 annually, and the hourly rates […]

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Statement of APWU President Mark Dimondstein in Response to Recent Remarks by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Future Postal Staffing

In a recent presentation before the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy outlined his views of the future direction of the United States Postal Service. One remark from the Postmaster General during a discussion following his prepared speech created headlines that deeply concern postal workers and the American Postal Workers Union. The PMG said that, through attrition and retirements, the USPS “may need to get 50,000 people out of the organization” in […]

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10 Roads Express Workers Vote APWU Union Yes!

Truck drivers for 10 Roads Express in Harrisburg, PA have voted to form a union with the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. The 100 professional drivers in Harrisburg join nearly 1,000 10 Roads Express drivers who are already part the APWU. The drivers, whose company is now the largest USPS trucking contractor, worked hard for their win. They stood strong in solidarity against a concerted anti-union campaign based on lies, illegal threats, and retaliation. However, […]

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COLA and You

Mark Dimondstein Share this article (This article first appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Soaring inflation is hurting working people worldwide with rising prices on basic necessities including gasoline, food, transportation and housing. Inflation is largely being driven by an economy concentrated in the hands of a few powerful and greedy corporate monopolies that have the power to raise prices, with little fear of competition. In 2021 consumer prices […]

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Ballot Placement Set for APWU Election of National Officers

Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell has certified the union members listed below as candidates for national union office by referendum balloting, as mandated by the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. A drawing was held on June 27 to determine the order candidates’ names will appear on the ballot.  Incumbent officers are listed first, with “(I)” appearing after their name.  Secretary-Treasurer Powell cast one vote for candidates in uncontested races and the National Election Committee declared them elected, […]

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Update on Management Implementation of Pay Provisions of the 2021-2024 National Agreement

On June 4, 2022, many of the pay provisions of the 2021-2024 National Agreement were scheduled to be implemented. This included:  1.3% General Increase due November 20, 2021  Additional 1.0% increase for PSEs (for a total of 2.3%) due November 20, 2021  Additional $0.50 for PSEs due April 9, 2022  Grade 11 pay changes due September 21, 2021  $1310 COLA (additional $0.63 per hour) due February 26, 2022  Additional Pay for PTFs due to the […]

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Candidates Nominated for APWU Election of National Officers

Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell has announced that the following union members have been certified as candidates for election to national office by referendum balloting, as mandated by the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. Each candidate in this unofficial listing has secured the necessary petitions required for nomination. The official list will be announced after the drawing for ballot positions is held on June 27. Incumbent officers are listed first and identified by (I) after their names. […]

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It’s Time to Take Back the Workroom Floor

By National Business Agent: “Chuck Locke“ Now that we have the battle for a new collective bargaining agreement behind us, it’s time to enforce our new agreement and take back the workroom floor. Is management doing your work? Are carries in your office being assigned clerk craft duties? Are mail handlers being assigned clerk work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please see you union steward and file a grievance. We need […]

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APWU – “Building Union Power”

Mark Dimondstein (This article first appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Postal worker union power, whether at the bargaining table, on the workroom floor, or on Capitol Hill, begins with each and every member. You are the foundation of our strong union! As we celebrate the impressive victories of our new collective bargaining agreement and historic postal reform legislation, it is a great time to continue “Building Union Power!” with the […]

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National Jurisdictional Award Issued over Universal Sorting System

On May 24, 2022, Arbitrator Joseph M. Sharnoff issued a lengthy award on the APWU-NPMHU jurisdictional dispute over the Universal Sorting System (USS). Arbitrator Sharnoff upheld the Postal Service’s 2019 determination that all operations on the USS should be assigned to the Mail Handlers, except for the Scan Where You Band Operation which he determined to be properly assigned to the Clerk Craft.    He again confirmed the “heavy burden” for the challenging Union to prove that the Postal […]

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Statement by APWU President Mark Dimondstein on the Amazon Workers Union Victory in Staten Island and the Ongoing union election in Alabama

The Union victory today of Amazon workers in the Staten Island, NY warehouse is exciting and great news. In addition, the too-close-to-call election results at the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon warehouse is also encouraging news  The 8,000 workers at the Amazon Warehouse in Staten Island NY voted “union yes” by joining a new independent union, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU).  In an outstanding example of independent self-organization, workers prevailed against a massive, multi-millionaire dollar anti-union campaign […]

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 7 to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. She will fill the seat of Justice Stephen Breyer, who has announced he will retire from the Court this summer.   Judge Jackson’s nomination and confirmation represent many historic changes for the Court. She will be the first African-American woman and only the sixth woman ever to serve on the court and the first […]

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What…did you not vote on the CBA?

From the Office of The Western Region Omar M. Gonzalez, Coordinator By now the fate of the contract is decided. You either exercised the power of your membership or let it go to waste. If you voted, thanks, because for over 180 years postal workers had very little, if any, say in their employment. The Post Office Department was all powerful. Now the PO’s power is subject not just to the law (such as it […]

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We need Your Help! (Does Your Postal Facility Look Like This?)

Debby Szeredy The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 that helped manufacture a financial crisis at USPS was passed by Congress with only a voice vote. This was a plan that many believed would be the begin- ning of privatizing the Postal Service, not enhancing it. Looking at the plan, it utilized more contract drivers, caused massive downsizing of mail processing facilities, forced over a $5 billion annual payment to the Treasury each year […]

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President’s Column: Team APWU – Bringing home the Gold!

Mark Dimondstein Wow! Just months into 2022 and great news on two fronts: First: Our Collective Bargaining Agreement covering the wages, benefits, and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers has been overwhelmingly ratified with a 94% “Yes” vote by those who cast ballots. The success of this round of bargaining reflects the power of unity and solidarity, beginning with you the member, the very foundation of our union. Second: The Postal Service Reform Act passed […]

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Daleo Freeman Appointed as Human Relations Director

Daleo Freeman, Human Relations Director President Dimondstein has appointed Daleo Freeman to the vacant position of Human Relations Director.  In accordance with the National APWU Constitution Brother Freeman’s appointment was approved by the National Executive Board in a March 22, 2022 meeting.  Daleo Freeman has served as the elected President of the Cleveland Area Local for the past ten years and also currently serves as the Ohio State APWU Vice-President.  He began his postal career […]

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Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman Steps Down; Charlie Cash Appointed to Fill Vacancy

(Vance Zimmerman, outgoing Industrial Relations Director) APWU Industrial Relations Director (IRD) Vance Zimmerman has announced that he is stepping down from his position effective March 26, 2022. In accordance with the APWU National Constitution, President Mark Dimondstein filled the IRD vacancy by appointing Charlie Cash, with the approval of the National Executive Board on March 22, 2022.  In his letter to President Dimondstein, Vance Zimmerman shared, “To represent working men and women and help better […]

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Implementation Dates for Pay Increases in New Contract Confirmed

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, the Postal Service confirmed to the APWU important dates for implementation of the pay provisions of the 2021-2024 National Agreement. There were significant changes to the pay and leave provisions for this national agreement. Below you will see “effective” and “scheduled implementation” dates for the various pay provisions of the agreement. The effective date is the date the pay changes will be paid from. The “scheduled implementation” date is the […]

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WE HAVE A NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, By NBA: Chuck Locke

By National Business Agent: “Chuck Locke“ WE HAVE A NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT The 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement was overwhelmingly ratified by the members. Ninety-Four percent (94%) of the members who voted, voted “Yes!” in favor of ratification. The vote tally was 36,632 votes for ratification and 2,290 against. With our new contract, there are numerous changes, including the following: Three-year contract: September 21, 2021 through September 20, 2024 Three 1.3% general salary increases Six cost […]

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