PSEs Getting a Pay Raise

Starting May 13, Postal Support Employess (PSEs) will get a pay raise of 20 cents an hour. The increase will be reflected in the June 2 paychecks. Click here for updated payscales.PSEs are not eligible for COLA increases, including the most recent increase of 16 cents per hour all career employees received in March, but they have five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contractSource: PSEs Getting a Pay Raise | APWU

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APWU Members Take it to the Streets

Protest Barre, VT Post Office Management Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England – including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius – for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28. Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Jill Charboneau joined the picket with other Vermont State Labor Council leaders. Local representatives of the National Association

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Workers Memorial Day is April 28

04/24/2017 – The labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day on April 28, to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to revitalize the fight for workplace safety.Each year, thousands of workers die and millions more are injured or sickened from dangerous working conditions. Many employers routinely cut corners and violate the law.According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016, nearly

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Fighting for Workplace Safety

04/28/2017 – The majority of this web news article is reprinted from the “Looking Back” section of the May-June 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker. Before passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, millions of Americans risked their lives every time they reported for duty – there were no national safety laws designed to protect workers across industries. In 1970, groundbreaking legislation created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA),

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Join a May Day Event!

04/28/2017 – May Day, the annual holiday recognizing the international working class, will be celebrated around the world on May 1.This year hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, and shows of solidarity. Coast to coast, workers and allies will join together and fight for respect, dignity, equal rights, and opportunity for working people of all backgrounds – whether they be immigrants, coal and steel workers, services employees or day laborers.APWU encourages

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APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs 04/24/2017 – Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.The memo called for the Postal Service to return 800 positions to the Clerk

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Postal Reform Questions & Answers

Web News Article #: 34-2017 04/10/2017 – In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis. The bi-partisan Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006 largely caused this crisis, sending the Postal Service on a severe downward spiral. The PAEA mandated the Postal Service “pre-fund” 100 percent of its retiree health benefit liabilities, 75 years into the future. This

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Postal Regulatory Rate System Review Underway

APWU Weighs In, Calling for an End to CPI Price CapThe American Postal Workers Union (APWU) submitted comments before the March 20 deadline to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for their ongoing “10 Year Rate System Review,” required by Congress in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The Commission is reviewing the effects of the current rate system, capped by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to see how it impacts the Postal Service’s

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Motor Vehicle Service PSE Salary Exception Agreement Reached

03/23/2017 – On March 10, the Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Postal Service that remedies the situation where Motor Vehicle Service Postal Support Employees (PSE) who had been granted a salary exception were converted to career status within the same craft but to a lower level and received a starting salary rate in accordance with the June 6, 2014 MOU “Re: Resolution of Postal Support Employee (PSE) Salary Exception Issues,”  and

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Postal Reform Act of 2017 Moves Forward

On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate. Recognizing the need to set the Postal Service on sound financial footing, the APWU supported H.R. 756 advancing through committee. The favorable vote to move the bill

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NPC Members Take it to Capitol Hill

The National President Conference of APWU State and Local presidents, gathered in Washington DC for one of its periodic meetings. This time for their conference the State and Local Presidents and other APWU officers, members and their families descended on Capitol Hill, meeting with elected officials to discuss the Postal Reform Act of 2017 and other issues of importance to postal workers.“We need to let them know that the post office must remain viable, that

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Final Payment of 1.6.b Global Settlement Remedy Agreement in Checks this Week

03/09/2017 – The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to over 13,000 active employees and retirees this week. The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014. The terms of the settlement include a monetary remedy of $56 million to be distributed to eligible individuals. The bulk of the payment was distributed in the first

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How Reforms Could Turn U.S. Postal Service Into Threat for UPS and FedEx

The chronically beleaguered U.S. Postal Service may be headed for a refresh, courtesy of major reforms proposed in Congress.But UPS and FedEx might not like the reformed agency that will ultimately emerge from the process.A Morgan Stanley report this month suggests that a streamlined, flexible USPS could pose a threat to the two private logistics behemoths, particularly in e-commerce delivery services.“This is clearly a time of fast-moving, secular developments in the logistics/last mile parcel delivery space, but all signs point to

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Honoring Women’s History

The National Executive Board Adopt Proclamation to Honor the Women of the APWU Web News Article #: 23-2017 03/01/2017 On Feb 27, 2017, The APWU National Executive Board adopted a proclaimation to honor the women of the APWU throughout March, in celebration of Women’s History Month. The proclamation read: Whereas, the great contributions of American women in shaping our nation are observed in March, during Women’s History Month;      Whereas, March 8th is International Working Women’s

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Working Together to Reduce the Arbitration Backlog

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz PowellPresently, there is an arbitration backlog and the reason is simple. The grievances appealed to arbitration are usually caused by management, resulting in the issues and problems being grieved by the union. With this system, management generally does not care if arbitration cases are heard and unless there is specific language to require the arbitration cases are heard, as per the negotiated time limits, there will continue to be a backlog.Unfortunately, each one

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The Stop Staples Fight: Unity and Activism – Key to Victory!

By President Mark Dimondstein After a dynamic three-year campaign, we have won the Stop Staples fight! Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores would be shut down by the end of February 2017. The boycott against Staples is now over. The Staples struggle and victory shows what we can accomplish when we stand up and fight back. Within weeks after I assumed office in November 2013, my administration

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Lawsuit Against Arbitration Award Dismissed

By MVS Craft Directors The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association’s lawsuit against the Postal Service over the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) arbitration award regarding Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) was denied by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.In an effort to prevent the USPS “from taking any action to implement the portion of the Aug. 18, 2016 APWU-USPS arbitration case No. Q06C-4Q-C 11182451 (Das), in which the arbitrator ordered the Postal Service to

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USPS Testing New Machine to Automate Craft Work

By Maintenance Craft Directors The new year certainly started with a bang! while we are, of course, very proud of the efforts of the Maintenance members involved, all the members of all American Postal Workers Union (APWU) bargaining units are deserving of praise and congratulations for a hard won success on the Staples issue. Everyone, regardless of craft, came together to press for what was right.Whether you actively walked a picket line, talked with family, friends, etc.,

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Promises, Promises By: Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez

I’m not referring to New Year’s resolutions many of us already broke. I refer to what promises to be an interesting year.Like millions of Americans, I, too, was devastated by last November’s election results. However the election is over and we are into the first 100 days of radical changes in government and our lives.January 19 was the Obama Administration’s last day. I will not go into a litany of his accomplishments or failures. I

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APWU Secretary-Treasurer Awarded Peace Prize | APWU

Web News Article #: 19-2017 Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell with former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney with the delegation from the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. On February 14, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell was awarded the 2016 World Peace Prize, “Roving Ambassador for Peace,” presented by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC), headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Secretary-Treasurer Powell was honored alongside former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney at the award ceremony at the AFL-CIO Headquarter building in

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OIG – USPIS What Do They Do Anyway?

Have you ever wondered what the Office of Inspector General does?  What about the United States Postal Inspection Service what do they do?  See below for a list of functions assigned to the Office of Inspector General and the US Postal Inspection Service. A phone number has been provided for your reference should a need for these services arise. Designation of Functions USPS Office of the Inspector General Mail Theft by Employees Injury Compensation Fraud

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The U.S. Postal Service® is enhancing the mail experience with Informed Delivery

Informed Delivery®The U.S. Postal Service® is enhancing the mail experience with Informed Delivery, a new notification service that gives eligible residential consumers the ability to see a daily preview of letter-sized mailpieces that will be arriving in their mailboxes soon. This optional, free feature allows users to view grayscale images of the outside of their letter-sized mailpieces on a computer or mobile device.Nationwide Expansion of Informed Delivery Informed Delivery will be activated, in waves, across

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Significant COLA Increase

Web News Article #: 18-2017 02/15/2017 – Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated March

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Washington Post Gets It Wrong

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service In a Feb. 13, 2017 opinion piece,  “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” The Washington Post editorial board issued a troubling public stance on postal reform. The Post created a false dilemma for its readers: that we must curtail postal services (including Saturday delivery) and eliminate jobs to save the USPS from certain deterioration and failure. They claim the Postal Service “can’t pay their bills” and is sluggish to

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Bay-Valley District Employees on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

APWU Guide to FMLA.pdf   (click to download or view) Bay-Valley District does not process requests for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Employees are advised to contact HRSSC at the toll-free number provided below regarding FMLA, and have their EIN and approved or pending approval FMLA Case Number available.  The contact information for HRSSC is:   HRSSC – FMLA Pacific 877-477-3273, Option 5 followed by Option 6 FAX: 651-456-6047 Mailing Address: HRSSC – FMLA Pacific PO

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Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

Postal workers and customers across the country have a message for the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!  Please join us! Whether you are postal employee, a small business owner, an individual customer, or someone who simply wants the U.S. Postal Service to survive and thrive, please get involved! The Postal Service has made devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever

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Safe Jobs | APWU

In 2014, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work. At least 10 suffered fatalities. Here’s the simple truth: If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen. Please join this important effort. A safe workplace must be the right of every worker! Safe Jobs | APWU

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USPS Exempt from Federal Hiring Freeze

Web News Article #: 11-2017 02/01/2017 – The U.S. Offices of Personnel Management (OPM) and Management & Budget (OMB) published a joint memorandum on Tuesday, January 31 providing guidance regarding the Federal Employee hiring freeze on January 23, 2017. The hiring freeze does not include the U.S. Postal Service. Attachments PDF (2.41 MB) Source: USPS Exempt from Federal Hiring Freeze | APWU

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The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward Web News Article #: 14-2017 02/07/2017 – On Feb. 7, a hearing was held before the full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). The legislation, introduced on Jan. 31, is sponsored by the Oversight Committee’s Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as well as Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch

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Fighting Consolidation

The APWU is fighting efforts by USPS management to dismantle the nation’s mail processing network, which would severely degrade service to the people.The USPS announced plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 2015 and 2016 – in addition to 140 mail processing plants that were closed or consolidated in 2012. The closure of mail processing facilities is tied to a second reduction in service standards, which the USPS implemented on Jan. 5,

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