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    Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 78-2018

    In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.

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    APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using Leave Without Pay to Campaign

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 77-2018

    APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM).  A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions.

    In his award on August 6, 2018, the arbitrator upheld the APWU’s challenge to the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to the leave program that put the burden of managing LWOP requests on employees, rather than supervisors. The award protects employees’ right to request LWOP to volunteer through their union to participate in important political activities, like the upcoming November elections.  

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    PSEs for the USPS Health Benefits Plan

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 75-2018

    On July 30, 2018, the Postal Service notified the APWU that there will be a special enrollment period for PSEs to enroll in the USPS Health Benefits Plan.  The enrollment period will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 4, 2018.  Coverage will become effective on October 13, 2018.

    PSEs are eligible for enrollment in the APWU CDO plan after completing their first 360-day appointment.  PSEs may enroll in the APWU CDO plan within 60 days of being appointed to a second term as a PSE or during regular Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) open season held in November and December of each year after meeting eligibility requirements.

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    It’s Time to Gear Up!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 76-2018

     

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    Danville Local Members Showing They Are
    #APWUnited! 

     

    As our struggle for a good contract continues, let’s show management our union strength by rocking APWU gear.  Wear APWU T-shirts, Hats, Buttons, Wristbands, etc. every Thursday to show management that we are #APWUnited!

    Click here to download a Gear Day flyer and spread the word.

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    Labor News

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    JetBlue Workers Vote for Union Future

     

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    New member of TWU: Jet Blue
    InFlight Crewmembers.

     

    Workers are standing up for a better deal at JetBlue. It’s one of the few companies in the airline industry that has operated in the past as a non-union carrier.

    The future will be different. In April, flight attendants at the New York-based airline overwhelmingly voted for representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In May, the Air Line Pilots Association announced a tentative agreement on a first contract with the airline.

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