Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Produces Video Against Postal Privatization!

In a strong show of solidarity, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA produced a video to educate flight attendants about the importance of public services and the role of solidarity in winning our fights.“The U.S. Postal Service mail and packages fly on our planes. The routes we fly to communities across the country depend on a strong United States Postal Service. We’re standing with our sisters and brothers from [the four postal unions] to stop privatization!”

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APWU and USPS Agree to an Extension

Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (Union Contract) initially expired on September 20, 2018. The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to extend negotiations until October 20th after which the parties again extended negotiations until November 20th. During that period the APWU and the Postal Service engaged in a series of negotiating sessions. The APWU believes recent negotiations have been fruitful and we have made progress towards a framework of an agreement. In that light,

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Is the Postal Service Sick?

By Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez 33,400+ employees are absent daily claims management, triggering their Attendance Control Employee Availability (AC/EA) crackdown while they impose so-called “Dynamic Scheduling.” Leave rules in CBA Article 10 and the Employee & Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Chapter 510 have existed for 40 years. ACEA can’t change those rules. ELM 665.11 requires you to be regular in attendance. However, ELM 511.1 requires management to administer leave on an equitable basis for

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Reduce Inequality with Conversions to Career

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson  The single most effective bang for the buck method to significantly reduce inequality at the Postal Service is to convert a Postal Support Employee (PSE) to career. The increase in pay and benefits is estimated at $26,000 a year or about $2,000 a month. With career status, the PSEs will earn retirement, see a boost in pay, be eligible for good health care, get set schedules with regular hours,

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APWU Statement in Support of Canadian Postal Workers

For 37 days, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) engaged in militant rotating strikes in the struggle for a new union contract. Canadian postal workers were forced into strike action by the refusal of Canada Post to address the just and urgent demands of the workers, including addressing dangerous work conditions and high injury rates, unequal pay for rural workers, and massive hours of forced overtime. Yesterday, Nov. 27, the Canadian government,

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Eagle or Vulture?

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  By President Mark Dimondstein  “We won’t let the postal eagle be replaced by the vulture.” What a great response by Legislative Grassroots Coordinator Janice Kelble to the White House of Office Management and Budget (OMB) proposal to sell-off the Postal Service to corporations for private profit. The eagle symbolizes that the public Postal Service belongs to, and serves, all the people. The

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Clerk Craft Settles 4 National Disputes with USPS

The Clerk Craft recently settled four (4) Step 4 National Disputes with the Postal Service that (1.) address the assignment of injured on duty employees in USPS “pilot” or experimental programs, (2.) Lead Clerk duties and leading other employees, same level and higher, (3.) 204B details to non-supervisory positions, and (4.) Lead Clerk and TACs training and duties. Lamont Brooks, Clerk Craft Assistant Director, was the assigned officer for the disputes and handled the negotiations that led to the favorable settlements. Injured on

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APWU Reaches Monetary Settlement with USPS on POStPlan Staffing Violations

On February 9, the Clerk Craft reached a $49.9 million dollar settlement with the USPS on POStPlan staffing violations. The monetary settlement follows a ruling by Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg that the Postal Service violated Arbitrator Goldberg’s previous award of September 5, 2014 and a subsequent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated September 22, 2014. The dispute was initiated after the Postal Service admittedly failed to honor their agreement that after December 22, 2014, the ‘POStPlan’ Remotely-Managed

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Working People’s Day of Action is Feb. 24

On Saturday, Feb. 24, workers will gather from coast to coast for a Working People’s Day of Action to demand an end to the rigged economic system. They will to stand together to fight for social and economic justice including the right to fair bargaining and union representation! The Day of Action, organized by AFSCME and Jobs with Justice, comes at a crucial time in labor movement history. It is part of the commemoration for

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First COLA Increase of 2018

In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3. The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year. The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases. This is the sixth cost-of-living increase under the 2015-2018 contract: $0.00 The

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MVS New Hire Salary Dispute Settled

On Jan. 26, the MVS Division and the USPS settled Class Action Grievance USPS NO. Q15V-4Q-C17473798/APWU No. HQTV20170179. In the settlement, the parties agreed that when an external posting to hire contains an incorrect salary for the position in question, the Postal Service may correct the error pre-employment. Correction of the error must be made prior to a written job offer being accepted by the applicant. If an applicant accepts a written job offer which

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When Workers Turn Out, We Win!

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard  We know that when workers are actively engaged in the political process, we win. We witnessed it in Virginia’s governor’s race in November, when a corporate lobbyist was soundly defeated by the now Governor-elect who opposes Right-to-Work (for less) legislation and helped prevent the law from being enshrined in the state’s constitution in 2016. We witnessed it in New Jersey, where labor ran up the score by voting

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MOU Designates Official Start Day for Newly Hired PSE Clerks

01/09/2018 – On Jan. 5, the APWU and USPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding Re: Clerk Craft PSE Hiring and One Day Break. The new MOU designates Saturday, the first day of the pay period, as the hire date of all Clerk Craft Postal Support Employees (PSEs). “The MOU accomplishes three key things,” said Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson. “First, the MOU helps restore some order and fairness to PSE hiring, as all employees will

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USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

  01/04/2018 – Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees.  This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions. The APWU immediately initiated information requests to USPS management regarding this VERA and demands for bargaining over its scope and impact.

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‘Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow’

10/27/2017 – After the 2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest was announced in the middle of August, slogans came pouring into headquarters with over 1,500 members taking action. Concern for the future, unity, respect and support for the union’s general bargaining goals were recurring themes. At deadline, more than 2,500 entries were received, with some members entering multiple suggestions. Around 1,300 All-Craft Conference (ACC) attendees got a chance to cast a ballot for their favorite pick

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Postal Vehicle Service Scanning Duty Settlement Reached

09/28/2017 – On August 31, the APWU Motor Vehicle Service Craft Division and the USPS came to a settlement for case numbers Q10V-4Q-C 16466169/HQTV20160275, Q10V-4Q-C 15300453/HQTV20150846 and Q10V-4Q-C 16466163/A19V20160276. The issue concerns the deployment of scanners to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers, as part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program. The issue initially arose in 2006, when the USPS first introduced the SV program that included scanning. Since then, there have been numerous conversations and disputes concerning

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Support Postal Employees Impacted by Irma

09/15/2017 – Just as recovery has barely begun from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma delivered a second punch, leaving in its trail devastation that affects postal workers in the Caribbean, Florida and many parts of the south. It will be a long road to recovery for her victims.APWU members can offset the devastation by donating to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). There are several ways to securely donate:By designating #10268 during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) employees

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Solidarity and Support to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

08/29/2017 – Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially our fellow APWU members. Texans are reeling after getting slammed by the Category 4 hurricane, resulting in intense flooding over the weekend. The storm has left at least 14 dead and hundreds, if not thousands homeless, as more than 30,000 seek refuge in its wake. Louisianans are also now bracing themselves for Harvey’s heavy rain on the

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2017 Peak Season Exception Period MOU Reached

08/25/2017 – The APWU and the USPS recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), RE: Peak Season Exception Periods – 2017 Date Changes, modifying the Peak Season (Holiday Season) Exception period for 2017 to “ensure adequate coverage” and “accommodate customer service.”Peak Season DatesThe start of the Peak Season Exception Period will be from Nov. 11, 2017 (Pay Period 24), and will go through Jan. 5, 2018 (Pay Period 1).Holiday Clerk AssistantsAll Holiday Clerk Assistants (HCAs)

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THE CLERK CRAFT IS UNDER ATTACK! By: Chuck Locke, NBA

The Postal Service has launched an attack on the Clerk Craft and they are out for blood! The Postal Service wants to eliminate over 16,000 clerk jobs nationwide and more than 2000 clerk jobs in our area. Their plan is to revert and abolish as many jobs as they can, as fast as they can despite the specific circumstances in the section or facility. It’s up to us to fight back this vicious attack on

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Join the APWU in a Day of Action on July 18th to Fight the White House’s Budget Proposal

Speak Up to Protect Your Job and Your Retirement! 07/13/2017 – The House Budget Committee is currently weighing a budget handed to them from the White house, which includes deep cuts to your pay and benefits. The final federal budget bill is slated to be released from committee to the full House next week. Get ready to make some noise. APWU is leading the charge against these cuts as part of the Federal-Postal Coalition in

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Maintenance Defines Custodial Staffing in POStPlan Clusters

07/06/2017 – On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]).Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft “Subcontracting Cleaning

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APWU and Mail Handlers Union Send a United Message to PMG Brennan Denouncing “Wholesale and Massive Job Cuts”

06/22/2017 – On June 21, the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan chastising her administration’s “wholesale and massive job cuts.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian explained, “The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to the workforce but will cause further degradation of postal services for the American people throughout the country.” The postal unions

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