Message from the President: 2020 Starts with Renewed Energy

President Dimonstein’s message as we started the New Year with the delivery of more than 400,000 petition signatures to the Postmaster General. “Let’s enter this year with renewed optimism and energy. I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to advance the cause of postal – and all – workers.”

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Tentative Agreements reached for National Professional Postal Nurses (NPPN) and the Information Technology/Accounting Services (IT/AS) units.

The American Postal Workers Union and U.S. Postal Service have come to tentative terms on Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) for the National Professional Postal Nurses (NPPN) contract and the Information Technology/Accounting Services (IT/AS) contracts, announced Support Services Director Steve Brooks. Professional Postal Nurses Win Tentative Agreement on New Contract After years of struggle to get a successor collective bargaining agreement, Professional Postal Nurses (NPPN) reached an agreement subject to member ratification. The agreement provides retroactive

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Welcome to the APWU Family, USPS Human Resources Shared Service Workers

On Tuesday December 17th, a large group of non-supervisory USPS Shared Services Personnel Processing Specialists at the USPS Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) in Greensboro, NC voted to join the APWU! The margin of victory was an overwhelming 161-47! USPS Shared Services Personnel Processing Specialists at the Human Resource Shared Services Center (HRSSC) in Greensboro, NC voted to join the APWU by a margin of 161-47! The vote was the culmination of a six-month

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RI-399 Jurisdictional Disputes

Disputes over work assignments — and which craft should be assigned responsibility for performing specific duties — are known as “jurisdictional disputes.” Disagreements over whether duties in mail processing operations should be assigned to Clerk Craft employees or to Mail Handlers are often referred to as “RI 399” disputes, named for Regional Instruction #399, Mail Processing Work Assignment Guidelines. [PDF] RI 399, which was issued in February 1979 by the Postal Service and modified several times

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Interest Arbitration: APWU Presents Final Witness Testimony With Clerk and Custodial Evidence

Today at Interest Arbitration, APWU presented evidence from the Clerk and Maintenance Craft Divisions. In the morning session, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks addressed USPS management’s attacks on union postal clerks’ work and our demand for better staffing in the Clerk Craft. He raised our objections to Postmasters doing bargaining unit work in Level 18 offices. He outlined how management is has continuously skirted the 2010 global settlement, which limited Level 18 office postmasters to

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Interest Arbitration: APWU rebuts management’s economics and MVS proposals

Today at Interest Arbitration, the APWU rebutted some of management’s economic arguments, including their controversial claim that postal workers are overpaid for the skills they employ. We also responded to management’s regressive proposals for Motor Vehicle Service. Dr. Robert Pollin APWU’s witness in the morning was Dr. Robert Pollin, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Pollin presented his paper on Wage Rates, Employment Conditions and Living Standards for

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Installation of National Officers Brings Message of Unity

On Thursday, Oct. 31 the APWU conducted the installation of the newly elected national officers with a message of unity and determination to fight for the future of postal workers and working people everywhere. Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell Presided The night’s theme was “Moving Forward Together” and the ceremony was presided over by APWU Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell. The guest of honor at the ceremony was AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre who

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Opening Day of Interest Arbitration!

APWU discusses how postal workers are mission-dedicated, skilled, public servants deserving of fair pay and benefits, job security, and a safe workplace, free of harassment. On Wednesday, September 4, the APWU began presenting its case for a strong contract in the opening day of Interest Arbitration hearings in Washington, D.C. The hearing was the first of many in the process that will determine the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the APWU and the USPS.

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Mourning the Murder of Mary Granados

The American Postal Workers Union joins with the NALC in mourning the senseless murder of Odessa, TX Letter Carrier Mary Granados. Mary, 29 years old, was serving the public when she was shot and her postal vehicle was hijacked in this weekend’s shooting rampage that left seven dead and many more injured. Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family, loved ones and co-workers. The APWU is deeply saddened and our thoughts are with all

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‘Stick’ Together in September!

On Sept. 4, the APWU and USPS will begin the interest arbitration proceedings for our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract). Further hearing dates are scheduled for later in the fall. Our negotiating team is fully prepared – backed by economists, attorneys, staff and postal worker witnesses! We faced a similar battle in the 2015 negotiations, and we intend to prevail again! Every APWU member an important role to play during interest arbitration. It is vital

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New MS-1 Settlement and Implementation

On Aug. 8, the Maintenance Craft reached a settlement with the USPS regarding Handbook MS-1, TL-5 and TL-6 Revisions and Related Maintenance Management Orders, originally grieved by current Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun. On Sept. 13, 2017, Arbitrator Goldberg remanded the MS-1 revisions case nos. Q10T-4Q-C-14171644/ Q10T-4Q-C-16481407 back to the APWU and USPS for resolution, directing the Postal Service to provide the APWU with all data and data analysis collected by the Postal Review Team.

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Texas AFL-CIO Passes Resolution to Support the Public Postal Service

On July 26, the Texas AFL-CIO adopted the resolution Fight to Save the Postal Service at their 60th Constitutional Convention. The resolution was introduced by Texas Postal Worker Union President Carlton Williams and two NALC delegates. APWU President Mark Dimondstein discussed as keynote speaker at the convention the struggles facing postal and other federal workers across the country and the path forward: Where our members work and proudly serve in the public sector, the public good is being

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Grand Alliance Holds Congressional Briefing to Defend Public Postal Service

On July 15, A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service held a Congressional briefing at the United States Capitol. The briefing’s three-member panel included APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) Associate Fellow Scott Klinger, and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President and CEO Melanie Campbell. The panelists discussed the ongoing attacks on the public Postal Service, the public Postal Service’s importance to our country, and the legislative action needed to

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Passing of Robert C. Pritchard, Former MVS Director

Robert C. Pritchard, former Director of Motor Vehicle Service, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was born May 2, 1949. At the time of his APWU retirement, May 10, 2013, Brother Pritchard was the longest serving craft director in APWU history with 17 years. Robert “Bob” Pritchard began his postal career in 1978 as a clerk in Trenton, NJ. In 1980, he became a Motor Vehicle Mechanic. He was elected local craft director about a decade

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President Dimondstein Speaks about Postal Banking on The Working Life Podcast

President Mark Dimondstein appeared on the June 26 episode of writer and labor strategist Jonathan Tasini’s The Working Life Podcast, discussing the Campaign for Postal Banking. President Dimondstein discussed the need for pilot tests for services such as payroll check cashing, low-fee and no-fee debit cards, ATMs, bill payments, and electronic money transfers – all of which the Postal Service has a right to offer under the law. He also touched on the need for these

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APWU National Executive Board to USPS Board of Governors – ‘Not So Fast!’

The Postmaster General’s (PMG) 10-year “business plan” was leaked to the press on Tuesday, June 18. It is clear management wants the burden of balancing their books on the backs of postal workers and the public. The PMG and the Postal Board of Governors want to impose $18 billion of cuts to workers’ rights and benefits by slashing postal workers’ sick and vacation leave, as well as raising current workers retirement contributions, eliminating federal retirement

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Candidates Nominated for APWU Election of National Officers

Secretary-Treasurer 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. Where

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Anti-Privatization Resolution Gains Majority Support in Senate

Members of the United States Senate have joined members of the House of Representatives in saying, “Don’t Sell Our Public Postal Service”. On June 4, S. Res 99, introduced by Gary Peters (D-MI), gained its 51st cosponsor. The resolution expresses the sense that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization. H. Res 33, the companion

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Contract Mediation Ending

On June 3, President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman reported to the APWU National Executive Council (NEC) that the contract mediator stated that the APWU and the USPS were too far apart, and further discussions would not lead to a new collective bargaining agreement. The statement effectively ends the mediation. “We invoked mediation to make sure we pursued every avenue to reach a good contract for the membership,” President Dimondstein said. On

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Fighting Back Against Outrageous Demands

Mark Dimondstein June 3, 2019 The next two stages in the battle to achieve a good new union contract are mediation (currently underway and projected to last 45 days) followed by the interest arbitration process. Be fully aware that management has presented drastic and regressive contract proposals. They are an insult and danger to you, the hard working and dedicated postal employee. We are outraged and have said, no way! Let me share some “lowlights”

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Fighting Back Against Hostile Work Environments

Vance Zimmerman June 3, 2019 (This article first appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  “A workplace free of harassment is beneficial to everyone. The environment in the postal workplace, however, can be difficult if not miserable.” These are first two sentences of an issue statement that we submitted to the Postal Service during contract negotiations, but they may actually understate what many of the members of the APWU face in the

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Don’t Let the Postal Service Take Your Pulse!

May 21, 2019 It is that time of the year when the Postal Service wants to take your pulse!  Like previous years, the 2018 Postal Pulse survey showed the USPS what we already knew: Your work environment is not good; your supervisors treat you poorly and morale is low. The mean score changed by less than one-tenth of a point—suggesting nothing has changed at the Post Office. One statistic that trended in the right direction

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The Federal Retirement Fairness Act

RETIREMENT BUY BACK – FROM PSE TO FULL-TIME CAREER   Up until January 1, 1989, postal and federal workers who began their postal job as temporary employees were able to make additional contributions to their retirement benefits, to obtain credit for their years of service when they were not eligible for these benefits. These contributions included a deposit of 1.3 percent of the base pay for each year as a temporary employee, corresponding interest, and

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