Information for APWU Members on COVID-19

Your union officers are holding ongoing conversations with the Postal Service about COVID-19. We will continue to be in discussions with the Postal Service as the spread of the disease widens around the world and new information is learned. The APWU always prioritizes health and safety and is engaged on this issue. We are not allowing the Postal Service to take a passive approach to the risks of the disease. The most recent information on […]

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MoU extending deadline for Step 3 & Arbitration Appeals

March 20, 2020 As your union elected officers, we are fighting to stand up for APWU members and make sure management protects our health and safety in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, we secured a memorandum of understanding extending the deadline for Step 3 grievances and Arbitration Appeals by 30 days beyond the limits specified in the national agreement. DOWNLOAD THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING MoU extending deadline for Step 3 and Arbitration Appeals

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Timeline for Local Implementation Extended 30 Days

March 20, 2020 Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, APWU’s elected national officers have agreed to extend the timeline for Local Implementation for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO Re: Timeline for Local Implementation. Negotiations can now commence June 9, 2020 with written notice of Intent to Negotiate be provided no later than […]

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Pandemic: APWU Signs Leave Adjustments with USPS

March 18, 2020 Our first priority during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has been ensuring the health and safety of our members and that of the public. To that end, today the union signed two memoranda of understanding with the Postal Service temporarily expanding paid leave for PSEs and expanding the use of dependent care leave for postal employees with unexpected childcare needs as a result of the pandemic. Members should consult the attached memoranda and […]

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Postal Reform Legislation H.Res.60, H.Res.23 and H.Res.54

APWU CALLS ON CONGRESS TO SUPPORT H.RES.60, H.RES.23 AND H.RES.54 The United States Postal Service (USPS) is a national treasure, enshrined in the Constitution and supported by the American people. Without any taxpayer funding, the USPS serves 150 million households and businesses each day, providing affordable, universal mail service to all. The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act placed an erroneous pre-funding mandate on the USPS to pay future retiree health benefits 75 years in […]

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STAND UP TALKS & CDC RESOURCES

The coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, originating in China, has now spread to over 65 countries including to the United States. The APWU is continuing to monitor the situation and is in constant contact with the USPS about COVID-19. The Postal Service informed the APWU on Feb. 29, 2020, that an employee tested positive for the virus. Last week, the APWU initiated a meeting with USPS leadership to discuss their response to the virus. On March […]

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We Have a New Union Contract!!

The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract! Neutral Arbitrator and Interest Arbitration Panel Chair Stephen Goldberg issued his binding decision on the terms of the new union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service. The Award was the product of 20 months of preparation, member and local union input, negotiations, mediation, a strong contract campaign and a well-prepared and presented […]

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Union, Management Agree to Local Implementation Timeline

In the wake of the arbitration award on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the APWU and USPS have agreed to a timeline for local negotiations, Director of Industrial Vance Zimmerman announced. Local unions or management can open bargaining over changes to local agreements, in accordance with the schedule outlined in the March 11 Memorandum of Understanding [PDF]: Written notice of intent to negotiate by must be provided not later than May 24, 2020. Negotiations occur for 30 consecutive days […]

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APWU Cancels Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of the Great Postal Strike

March 10, 2020 Due to the concerning and rapid developments surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and related health and safety concerns Due to the concerning and rapid developments surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and related health and safety concerns regarding travel combined with government advice on avoiding large gatherings, the APWU has cancelled the 50th Anniversary of the Great Postal Strike commemoration that had been scheduled for NYC on March 28, 2020. We will move the celebration […]

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APWU Meets with USPS on the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 4, 2020 The coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, originating in China, has now spread to over 65 countries including to the United States. The APWU is continuing to monitor the situation and is in constant contact with the USPS about COVID-19. The Postal Service informed the APWU on Feb. 29, 2020, that an employee tested positive for the virus. Last week, the APWU initiated a meeting with USPS leadership to discuss their response to the […]

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Protecting Union Rights

A 2018 study on union impact on income from the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that workers represented by unions earned 10-20% more than their non-union counterparts. Recognizing the importance of access to a union wage, members of Congress introduced legislation increasing the access to unions in both the private and public sectors. LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474/S. 1306), as introduced by House Education and Labor Committee […]

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MVS Updates: Mercedes First Article Testing Concerns, CBD Impacts on Drug Testing & DOT Clearinghouse for Drug & Alcohol Testing Violations

Just two months into the new year, and the Motor Vehicle Service Craft Division has been hard at work with several updates for the membership. Of primary issue are the Department of Transportation’s changes impacting MVS Operators with Commercial Drivers Licensing. More information will be provided, pending further discussions and meetings with the USPS. Here are the notable updates: FAT Testing Concerns for Mercedes Metris RHD Van In mid-January, MVS APWU representatives attended the First […]

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USPS Announces Potential Breach in Maintenance Exam 955 Materials

February 28, 2020 Recently, the Postal Service informed APWU of a potential breach in testing materials related to Maintenance Selection System Exam 955, stating the following: As a precautionary measure, a temporary hold on Exam 955 test scheduling has been issued until a full investigation has been completed. Individuals currently in process to complete testing will be rescheduled for a later date. According to a follow-up conversation at the headquarters level between the National Maintenance […]

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APWU Responds to White House Budget

On Monday, President Trump issued his budget for the next fiscal year. Among its proposals were the entirety of the recommendations of the 2018 White House Task Force on the Postal Service, which include service cuts, lower pay and for postal workers and accelerated outsourcing and privatization of postal work. “The President’s Budget is another broadside attack by this White House on postal workers, our union and our customers’ well-deserved right to a public Postal […]

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Agreement Reached on POStPlan Award Implementation!

On February 10, the Maintenance Craft Director, Idowu Balogun and the Postal Service signed off on the implementation of Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award on POstplan Custodial Staffing in (APO/RMPO) Installations  in case number Q10T-4Q-C 15206030. The outstanding issue in implementing the Award was the process of returning custodial cleaning in POStPlan Installations to the Maintenance Division. In the settlement, the parties agreed to the following: Determining whether a contract cleaning service can be utilized in an Administrative Post Office […]

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H.R. 2382 Passes the House – APWU Members Instrumental in Victory!

On Feb. 5, the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming, bipartisan support – 309 ‘yea,’ 106 ‘nay,’ and 15 Representatives did not vote. The House’s passage of this legislation is the first step toward repealing the retiree health care prefunding mandate set forth in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The prefunding mandate is responsible for 92 percent of Postal Service net losses since 2007 and is […]

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The USPS Fairness Act

For over a decade, the United States Postal Service has been plagued with the onerous burden of prefunding its retiree health care benefits as mandated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006. The mandate requires the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone enter the workforce. THE PROBLEM Since 2013, the prefunding […]

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Bernie Sanders is on the Side of Postal Workers

Year after year, issue after issue, Senator Sanders has been on the side of Postal Workers. From fighting closures & consolidations to Stop Staples and the anti-privatization fight, he remains on our side. And today, we are proudly announcing: #NotMeUS!

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FMCSA – DOT Disputes Resolved

The APWU and Postal Service’s history regarding the Service’s decision to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations dates back to 1995. Despite policy stating that DOT physicals would be scheduled by postal management, occur on the clock at a Medical Unit or Contract Medical Facility, and be paid for by the USPS, issues surfaced from the field concerning payment and scheduling of the different tests required to certify PVS […]

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Filling Maintenance Vacancies

Article 38 Section 4.A.1 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires the USPS to post a Notice of Intent for a period of seven days when a vacancy or newly-established position is to be filled. Section 4.A.2 requires that all vacant Maintenance Craft duty assignments be posted within 30 days of when the vacancy occurs. When local management fails to post a vacant position within 30 days, it must post a notice explaining the operational justification […]

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Over 400,000 People Demand a Postmaster General Who Supports the Public Postal Service

On Jan. 6, APWU national officers, fellow union members, organizers and activists, many from organizations in A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service (Grand Alliance), gathered at USPS Headquarters to demand the Postal Board of Governors preserve the public Postal Service. The rally concluded a hugely successful petition drive launched after current Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced in October that she would retire on Jan. 31, 2020. 400,000 people signed the petition supporting […]

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Stop the USPS Sell-Off & Say NO to a Privatizer Postmaster General!

Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as PMG effective Jan. 2020. The PMG has wide powers to shape the misison and service of the USPS. The PMG will be selected by the Postal Board of Governors. Call on them to appoint a PMG who will uphold the Postal Service’s public mission and work to preserve & enhance our national treasure.

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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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