Postal Service Implements New Organizational Structure For Employees Working in Dock Areas

The Postal Service recently notified the APWU of its plan to separate Logistics from Mail Processing and Maintenance. As a result, all Expeditors and Ramp Clerks will report to a designated Logistics management official. In addition, a January 12 Stand Up Talk was to inform these employees that unique finance numbers were “created for each newly stablished Logistics operation”. The Postal Service also developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), among which included responses […]

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In the face of an attempted Coup, Congress Certifies Presidential Election Results

On January 6th and 7th, members of Congress carried out their Constitutional responsibility and certified the state-by-state election results of the 2020 presidential election. The path has now been cleared for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. Congress completed its duty despite the seditious and violent assaults on the U.S. Capitol, which sought to stop the certification, disenfranchise tens of millions of voters and overturn the […]

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Annual Leave Payment Limitations for Retirees

For APWU members planning on retiring at the end of the year, you may be affected by limitations to the annual leave carryover. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the APWU worked to negotiate various MOUs that would be beneficial to all of us during the pandemic. One of those MOUs was to increase the amount of leave that an employee could carry over into leave year 2021. This MOU allows for a maximum of 520 […]

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Saying Goodbye to 2020 By: NBA Chuck Locke

By: National Business Agent “Chuck Locke” Saying Goodbye to 2020 2020 has been one roller-coaster of a year but we made it! We have endured more in 2020 than most of us have seen in our lifetimes. We survived a worldwide pandemic with COVID-19, huge increase in package volumes with little to no increase in staffing, a new Postmaster General trying to sabotage the Postal Services mission, and we elected a new President of the United […]

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Holiday video: Ol’ Timer: Support Postal Workers and a Public US Postal Service

Sign the Petition Longtime APWU Retiree, Byron Denton, age 92, was a postal worker. As an old timer, he has experienced some tough times, but nothing compared to the hardships faced by today’s postal workers. They have delivered through an unprecedented global pandemic and they deserve support. Show you will stand with postal workers and a public US Postal Service: sign the petition to #SaveThePostOffice www.apwu.org/petition 

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250 Million People Join Massive Two-Day Strike in India

Workers Continue March on Delhi   On November 26 and 27, an astonishing 250 million people took to the streets in India for a two-day general strike. The strike, by some estimates the largest in world history, was an extreme show of worker solidarity across all job types, as 10 national industrial trade unions joined with over 250 agricultural groups to advance their demands. Workers in nearly every major industry joined the strike – including […]

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Wage Increase Set For November 21

A salary increase that was negotiated as part of the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement will take effect on November 21, 2020 (pp-25). Career employees will receive a raise of 1 percent and Postal Support Employees (who are not eligible for cost-of-living allowance adjustments) will receive a raise of 2 percent. Coinciding with the raise will be a dues increase, in accordance with Article 16.2 (a) of the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. Union dues for career […]

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APWU Members and Allies Continue Push to Save the Post Office

On November 17, APWU members and community allies came together in virtual and in-person events across the country to reaffirm our demands for $25 billion in immediate COVID-19 financial relief from Congress and a permanent reversal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s delays. During the election, postal workers processed a record number of mail-in ballots, moving “heaven and earth” to make sure all 65 million reached their location in time to be processed. This success would […]

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USPS WORKERS RALLY FOR CONGRESSIONAL AID: ‘WE JUST HONESTLY CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE ANYMORE’

WBUR: U.S. Postal Service workers are uniting for a national day of action Tuesday in cities throughout the country to call for more support from Congress. The service experienced one of its greatest challenges — shepherding of millions of presidential mail-in ballots — while under political, financial and operational challenges only amplified by the pandemic. From WBUR’s Here & Now.

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Statement from APWU President Mark Dimondstein on the election of Joe Biden as U.S. President and Kamala Harris as U.S. Vice President

To Our APWU Family: In a close election, former Vice President Joe Biden has prevailed in his campaign for U.S. President. He is now President-elect and Kamala Harris, is Vice President-elect. The APWU heartily congratulates both on their electoral victory. The APWU elected leadership applauds this outcome, as does an overwhelming majority of our members. Joe Biden was endorsed by the APWU National Executive Board based on a clear and stark choice. We will soon […]

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Postal Workers’ Proud Role in Our Democracy

Message from APWU National President Mark Dimondstein To All APWU Members: As we enter the final stage of the 2020 election, every postal worker should be proud of our role in securing the public’s most precious democratic right – the right to vote. This year, an unprecedented number of voters chose to “vote-by-mail.” Whatever craft we work in, we were an important part of the process, a process that will continue to receive priority treatment […]

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Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

*The following is a press release from the Social Security Administration: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some […]

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World Post Day

October 9 is World Post Day, a moment to celebrate the unique and vital role postal workers play in the civic, economic and social life of people around the globe. The date commemorates the founding of the Universal Postal Union, which since 1874 has united postal services internationally to ensure a harmonious worldwide postal system. In this year when the world has faced down a deadly and disruptive pandemic, postal services and postal workers have […]

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Two Additional Federal Courts Issue Injunctions Against Postal Service’s Policy Changes

Two federal district courts have entered a third and fourth injunction against the Postal Service to undo the policy changes that it implemented over the summer and to protect voting by mail. Judge Emmett Sullivan in Washington, D.C., found for a group of litigants led by the New York State Attorney General. The plaintiffs alleged that the policy changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over the summer were significant enough to be reviewed by […]

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APWU Initiating Step 4 National Dispute Regarding DeJoy Retail Office Closures

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Recently, management at retail post offices throughout the country unilaterally posted signage on the entrances of their facilities stating their offices would be closing for lunch periods and/or retail hours would be reduced. Weeks later a number of retail facilities posted signage stating their offices would be closed in their entirety. In response, the APWU Clerk Craft initiated National Dispute No. HQTC20200330. […]

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The People are Proving We’re no “Joke”

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) It is no joke when the U.S. President calls us “a joke.” It is most concerning for our jobs and future. We are outraged that those who want to privatize the public Postal Service shamefully use the pandemic to try to accomplish their aims. We are angry that there has been no COVID-19 fnancial relief for the USPS, while private corporations have […]

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Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell Honored with Shirley Chisholm Breakthrough Leader Award

On July 30, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell was honored with the 2020 Shirley Chisholm Breakthrough Leader Award, named after the “unbought and unbossed” 1972 presidential candidate. The award was presented as part of The Summit for Civil Rights, an annual convening of civil rights leaders across labor, government, academia, faith and law to, “respond to the powerful and dangerous intersection of enduring racial disparities, widening economic inequality, and rising political polarization throughout our entire society.” […]

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Don’t Give Them Your “Postal Pulse”

The USPS is once again starting their attempts to get their employees “engaged”. It is Postal Pulse time again! Most likely you have received emails, direct mailings, stand-up talks, and have seen wall postings encouraging you to take the survey. The APWU wants to remind all employees that we advise against participating in surveys that the Postal Service conducts. Recent surveys besides the Postal Pulse have be used to attack our jobs. In the past surveys have been used […]

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Statement from APWU President Mark Dimondstein on U.S. President Donald Trump’s Advocating Postponement of November Presidential Election

Over the last four months, U.S. President Donald Trump has publicly criticized “vote by mail” over seventy (70) times, claiming it leads to corruption and massive voter fraud. The history and facts prove otherwise. “Vote by mail” is private, secure and has provided access to the ballot box for millions of voters, including President Trump and his family members who routinely vote by mail. Independent studies have determined that since 2000, more than 250 million […]

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APWU Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and the Continuing Struggle for Justice

The three General Officers of the APWU, President Mark Dimondstein, Executive-Vice President Debby Szeredy, and Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell issued the following statement: Fair minded people from all walks of life and political viewpoints are deeply disturbed and rightfully outraged by the killing of unarmed and handcuffed African-American George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. George Floyd was pinned face down on the ground with a knee on his neck for over eight […]

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Join the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington Digitally

A National Call for Moral Revival: June 20, 2020 Online at 10am & 6pm EST On June 20th, the Poor People’s Campaign will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The recent protests and the global pandemic are exposing the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the […]

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2020 Scholarship Deadline Extended to June 30, 2020

The deadline for the submission of applications for the E.C. Hallbeck academic scholarship ($8,000 over a four-year period), vocational scholarship ($3,000 over a three-year period) and Best Essay Award (one-time $2,000 towards four-year college tuition) has been extended to June 30, 2020, APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced. Applicants must be the child, grandchild, stepchild, or legally adopted child, of a current, retired, or deceased APWU member and a senior attending high school or other secondary […]

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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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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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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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