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  2. Web News Article #: 111-2018 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, the APWU and the USPS have agreed to continue our negotiating efforts until December 7th. View the full article
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  4. News Service Bulletin #: 10 We’re ramping up our campaign to stop the White House’s proposal to sell the USPS to private corporations — and we’re asking every APWU member to join the fight. We partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers to produce a new ad to spread the word about the consequences of a postal corporate takeover. Will you watch it and share it with your friends to help us tell the White House that the U.S. Mail is Not For Sale? Click here to watch the ad! View the full article
  5. Web News Article #: 109-2018 Watch the new advertisement below produced by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers against the White House's proposal to sell the postal service to private corporations. View the full article
  6. Web News Article #: 108-2018 An official transcript of the proceedings from the APWU’s 24th Biennial National Convention is now available to union members on www.apwu.org. The convention is the highest governing body of the APWU. The 1,520-page document provides a full transcript of the business undertaken during the assembly, which took place Aug. 20-23 in Pittsburgh. Union members can click here to log in and view or download the convention proceedings. View the full article
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  8. Web News Article #: 108 Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. This year, the December period begins December 1, 2018 (Pay Period 25-18- Week 2) and ends December 28, 2018 (Pay Period 01-19- Week 1). View the full article
  9. Web News Article #: 107-2018 Today we join in honoring our veterans, including the tens of thousands of APWU members, both active and retired, who are currently or have proudly served. One important way to honor our them is to ensure they have access to the good jobs, opportunities and services they need View the full article
  10. Web News Article #: 106-2018 On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call updating the membership on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign. Register today to join the call! Click here for a downloadable flyer to spread the word! As we move into the Congressional Lame Duck Session - the period after the mid-term elections, but before newly-elected representatives take office for the 116th Congress - our fight to stop postal privatization cannot not slow down. We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Ser­vice and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. Click here to join the call, hear what’s next and take action. View the full article
  11. Chris Smith

    Labor News

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) Wave of Hotel Strikes UNITE HERE strikers in Hawaii Hotel workers represented by Unite Here locals across the country rose up in September in a wave of worker militancy that led to work stoppages in eight major cities. More than 11,000 hotel workers in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and in Hawaii were on strike in September. The strikes in Chicago affected hotels across the city. As of press time, all but one hotel strike in Chicago has been resolved, but strikes in Marriott hotels continue in the other cities. View the full article
  12. Chris Smith

    Attacks on Federal Workers

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman Recently our sisters and brothers who work for other federal agencies had their collective bargaining rights attacked. In a series of Executive Orders, President Trump forced agencies to re-write collective bargaining agreements under new guidelines. View the full article
  13. Chris Smith

    Open Season

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Health Plan Director John Marcotte This year’s Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is Nov. 12–Dec. 10. Now is the time to take advantage of a union-owned health plan, staffed by union employees, whose singular focus is serving you, the member. At the APWU Health Plan we are driven to provide comprehensive health insurance at an affordable price. Now is the time to compare your current yearly out of pocket costs and the coverage your family needs with what the APWU Health Plan has to offer. Whether you desire proactive wellness coverage, are managing current heath care conditions, or looking for peace of mind and financial security if an illness or injury strikes, the APWU Health Plan (APWUHP) is here for you. View the full article
  14. (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor There is still work we must do to protect our federal pension, benefits and the Postal Service on behalf of retirees. The Social Security Fairness Act (HR.1205 and S.915), along with the Social Security Expansion Act (S.427) are needed legislation. There are still millions of Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants watching and waiting for Congress to pass legislation to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WPO) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) in order to provide us with a fair return on our investment in the Social Security system. View the full article
  15. Chris Smith

    Court Rules Pain is a Disability

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans recently ruled that pain alone, without an underlying disability, may entitle veterans to compensation benefits. This decision could affect both veterans seeking service connection and those seeking increased ratings for conditions that are already considered service connected. Prior to this decision, the federal circuit held veterans had to have a diagnosed disability that rationalized the source of their pain in order to receive Veterans Administration (VA) disability benefits. View the full article
  16. Chris Smith

    Have a Conversation

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Organization Director Anna Smith Having a conversation with a non-member coworker can be downright intimidating. It is because of this intimidation some find it frightening and daunting to ask them to stand with us. It is important to move past our concerns and approach them. The fact is these non-members are working against our best interest. Some non-members are loud and confrontational with anti-union rhetoric. They let everyone know why they are not a member. While we all realize the harm done by the boisterous one, understand that the silent non-member is as destructive, if not more. They are silently working against everything we fight to achieve. They are not on the same side. View the full article
  17. Chris Smith

    Student Financial Aid Programs

    (This article first appeared in the November/Decmber 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson As the cost of a college education continues to escalate, many parents do not have the funds or resources needed to assure their children receive a college education. However, there are numerous student aid programs available at the state and federal levels. For assistance contact the financial aid offices of colleges for information on the types of aid offered, the procedures, deadlines, and how and when the student will receive the aid. Inquire about each school’s satisfactory academic progress policy. Keep copies of the enrollment agreement, the school’s catalog, and all financial aid documents. View the full article
  18. Chris Smith

    Is the Postal Service Sick?

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 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 all employees considering a) the needs of the service b) the welfare of the individual employee. Too often management imposes discipline using select rules and dictates, such as, three (3) absences in 90 days requires discipline. This dictate violates the contract. “It is the supervisor’s review of the attendance record in light of all relevant evidence, NOT any set number of absences that determines whether corrective action is warranted.” [Article 10.1; 10.2 JCIM]. View the full article
  19. Chris Smith

    Numerous Negotiations Continue

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks I hope everyone had a good time at the 24th Annual National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. I think it was a very good convention. As usual, the delegates came prepared to demonstrate why they felt their resolutions had merit, and articulated their arguments appropriately. Our conventions and the process of passing resolutions is a true illustration of how the democratic process should work. As is probably true for most of the delegates to the National Convention, you hit the ground running when returning home. The same can be said for your national officers. The convention took place smack dab in the middle of contract negotiations. With the contract expiring on Sept. 20, 2018, we went into a lock-down period with the Postal Service from Sept. 14-20, where the parties met around-the-clock in attempts to come to an agreement. In the end, we did come closer together on many issues, but were unable to complete the agreement. Because the parties were making headway and still talking, they agreed to extend the negotiation period by 30 days. View the full article
  20. News Service Bulletin #: NSB 09-2018 Richmond, VA Our fight to stop postal privatization will continue well after the election! We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Service and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call updating the membership on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign. President Mark Dimondstein and Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard will discuss: • The current status of the White House’s plan to sell the Postal Service to private corporations (privatize the Postal Service). • The status of House Resolution 993 and Senate Resolution 633, and what to expect from Congress in the lame duck session. • Building public support after the successful National Day of Action on Oct. 8. • How members can get involved in upcoming campaign actions. Las Vegas, NV Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about what is being done to protect your job and how you can help! Click here to sign up. View the full article
  21. (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell One of the overwhelming responsibilities of all officers, shop stewards and representatives of the union is to ensure it holds its money and property solely for the benefit of the union and its members. When union officials express an interest in leadership positions, they inherit the responsibilities entrusted to them, which includes maintaining a financially sound local...Make sure you mark your calendar for any of the 2019 national training seminars the Secretary-Treasurer's department will be scheduling. In addition to the scheduled training opportunities, local unions can also schedule training webinars. Please contact Annette August-Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer, at 202-842-4215 or via email to aaugust@apwu.org. View the full article
  22. Chris Smith

    Pledge Your Time in 2019!

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Vice President Debby Szeredy Going forward there are more battles ahead: the fight against privatizing the Postal Service, against consolidations and closures of plants and post offices, and the fight to expand services like postal banking and community services that help take care of our neighbors across this country. Our battles need mobilized members from all our locals to participate in building alliances with congressional members and local politicians, as well as community organizations and our sister unions. We must mobilize. View the full article
  23. Chris Smith

    Eagle or Vulture?

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By President Mark Dimondstein “We won’t let the postal eagle be replaced by the vulture.” What a great response by Legislative Grassroots Coordinator Janice Kelble to the White House of Office Management and Budget (OMB) proposal to sell-off the Postal Service to corporations for private profit. The eagle symbolizes that the public Postal Service belongs to, and serves, all the people. The vulture represents those who want to pick the public good apart and devour it for private Wall Street greed. View the full article
  24. Tina Cromartie, Manager, Member Education, APWU Health Plan, fielding questions from the membership in the Basic and Refresher Class
  25. Web News Article #: 105-2018 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!” View the full article
  26. Eastern Area Coordinator, Mike Gallagher, addressing the 33rd annual APWU Health Plan Seminar, in San Antonio, TX October 26, 2018
  27. Web News Article #: 104-2018 (L-R) President Jones, President Camp, Madeleine Dean, President Casselli, and Vice President Charlie Kukulski. On Thursday, October 25, Eastern Region APWU leaders were at it again, flexing their legislative muscles. Eastern Montgomery County Pa Area Local (EMCAL) President AJ Jones, EMCAL Vice President Charlie Kukulski, Philadelphia BMC Local President Chuck Camp, and Philadelphia PA Area Local President Nick Casselli met with Congressional candidate for the Pennsylvania 4th District Madeleine Dean and presented her with a COPA contribution. View the full article
  28. Web News Article #: 103-2018 Federal authorities announced that an arrest was made in connection with the explosive devices being sent through the mail. However, an arrest does not mean the danger is over. There is still a possibility that additional pieces remain in the mail stream. APWU leadership again reminds you to be vigilant and continue to be on the lookout for any suspicious devices. Alert and observant postal employees have already helped to intercept some of the devices in the mail stream... The Postal Service recently released an additional Stand-up Talk in regards to both the arrest and suspicious packages. View the full article
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