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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Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate

On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 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 mandate is accountable for 92 percent

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Paycheck Fairness Act

Despite the fact that most American women contribute or are solely responsible for the fiscal stability of their households, they only make on average 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn in the workforce. This number significantly drops among minority women. Not only does this impact women’s financial security, but also their families’. The wage gap contributes to families’ inability to save for retirement, invest in their children’s education, and overcome living paycheck to

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Join Us on April 15 for the APWU’s Tax Day of Action!

On Apr. 15, postal workers are letting the public know that the Postal Service operates with NO tax dollars. Contact your local or state officers to find out how you can participate! If there isn’t a Tax Day event in your area, do a digital action by sharing a social media post by the APWU or the US Mail Not for Sale campaign! Go to usmailnotforsale.org or call 844.402.1001 to tell your member of Congress that you support the PUBLIC Postal Service! If

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Postal Employees and Retirees See Threats to Pay and Benefits in White House Budget

March 29, 2019 The White House released its plans for the fiscal year 2020 budget this month. It once again attacks workers, calling for deep cuts to salaries, retirement and health benefits. It also echoes parts of the Postal Task Force December 2018 report that calls for the elimination of union negotiated collective bargaining rights over pay, creating a postal employee pay system similar to what is seen in the federal workforce. Further mirroring the Postal Task

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How to Report Hazards, Unsafe Conditions or Practices with PS Form 1767

This form is to be used to report hazards, unsafe conditions, work practice and, in the opinion of the APWU, hostile work environments. You can use this form to report anything that you think could jeopardize your health: Dirty conditions, pests, mold, disturbed or broken building materials (tiles, insulation, etc.) The form must be readily available and easily accessible to all workers on the workroom floor. You should not have to ask a supervisor for

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APWU Supports Fair Benefits for America’s Seniors

America’s seniors have earned their benefits. The sad truth remains that, despite their contributions, over the years legislation has been signed into law that have placed an undue financial burden on older Americans and people with disabilities. APWU supports expanding Medicare to  guarantee  the  right  of  healthcare   for   all   Americans.   Further,  America’s   seniors   should   see   their  benefits expanded with fair increases to  Social Security benefits, Cost of

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Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals

On March 7, 2019, the APWU and United States Postal Service negotiators exchanged their final economic proposals as both sides continue their preparation for interest arbitration. The APWU put forward proposals that reward postal workers for our hard work. The Union’s proposals include: Solid annual pay raises, Two COLA increases every year, Adding top Steps to the lower career pay scale, Reduction of the non-career workforce and increasing the career workforce, Automatic PSE conversion to

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New Social Security Legislation Introduced | APWU

On Feb. 13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S. 478, the “Expand Social Security Act,” legislation that would expand benefits and add almost 50 years of solvency to the program. Social Security, in its current form, is paying out more money to recipients than it takes in, and will no longer be able to pay out full benefits by 2034. A companion bill, H.R. 1170 was introduced in the House on the same day by Rep. Peter

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Task Force: No Fire Sale, But Privatization Threat Looms | APWU

The long-awaited report of President Trump’s Task Force on the future of the Postal Service was released Dec. 4, months after its original August deadline. While the task force stopped short of proposing an immediate, full-scale fire sale of the Postal Service, it’s no wonder the White House held the report until after the midterm elections – its recommendations would slow mail service, stop the Postal Service from innovating and would, indeed, privatize vast swaths

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RI-399 Monetary Settlement Distribution | APWU

03/02/2019 – As previously reported, in 2018 the APWU, the National Postal Mail Handlers’ Union (NPMHU), and the USPS reached a tripartite agreement updating the RI-399 work jurisdiction process. As part of the agreement on the update to the RI-399 process, all pending RI-399 grievances filed prior to September 1, 2017, were administratively closed with some limited exceptions. The Postal Service agreed that they would pay $14.5 million to each union in consideration of the withdrawal of

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Fighting Back On-the-Clock

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson  Are you tired of management knowingly and willfully violating the contract, providing poor service to the public and otherwise doing whatever they want? There are many ways to fight back and one way is on-the-clock. By utilizing the grievance procedure, you can get paid for improving the Postal Service while you are at work. Grievances are On-the-Clock for a Reason One of the reasons behind paying employees to address

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How to Get a Custodial Staffing Review

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun A staffing review is an important tool for protecting Maintenance Craft jobs, and we encourage locals to request reviews if there is a valid reason to believe that your office is understaffed under TL 3 or TL 5. Staffing packages in the Maintenance Division can be broken into two general categories: custodial staffing and mechanized staffing. Custodial staffing is determined by following the step-by-step process outlined in the MS-47

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Wounded Warrior Leave

APWU WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:246-2016 02/11/2019 – Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran employees who meet the eligibility requirements to take Wounded Warrior Leave. This is a specific type of leave, which provides veteran employees with no loss in pay, for undergoing medical treatment for a service-related disability rated at 30% or more. DEFINITIONS Wounded Warrior Leave is an authorized absence from the Postal Service to undergo medical

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DANNY GLOVER: OUR POSTAL SERVICE

In this superb two-minute video, actor- activist Danny Glover champions the need for a vibrant public Postal Service and asks the public to join with him in A Grand Alliance to save it. See more and sign our pledge at www.agrandalliance.org

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Update on Negotiations 12/07/18

12/07/2018 – APWU President Mark Dimondstein reports that the national union leadership will make an announcement on Friday December 21, 2018 regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the USPS.

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Statement by Mark Dimondstein President, American Postal Workers Union on White House Postal Task Force on the Postal Service Report

12/04/2018 – If the White House Task Force on the Postal Service’s report was assigned a ZIP Code it would be 00000. This poorly conceived report makes many of its recommendations based on myth and misinformation that instead of improving mail services, would deliver higher prices and less service for the public. The facts are: The public Postal Service serves each and every person. According to recent surveys by Gallup and the Pew Research Center, it enjoys

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Day of Mourning to Be Observed December 5

President Donald Trump proclaimed Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning upon the death of President George H. W. Bush. The Postal Service announced today “Out of respect for President Bush, the nation’s 41st commander in chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the presidential proclamation, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning.” The Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and

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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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