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  2. Web News Article #: 70-2017 Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations. View the full article
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  4. Web News Article #: 69-2017 The House Budget Committee is currently weighing a budget which includes deep cuts to your pay and benefits! Get ready to make some noise. View the full article
  5. Web News Article #: 68-2017 The American Postal Workers Union reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with Salmon Companies, the largest ground transportation supplier to the United State Postal Service. Truck drivers for the private-sector company are members of the APWU Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX, Shreveport, LA, Little Rock, AR, and Memphis, TN. View the full article
  6. Web News Article #: 67-2017 On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]). Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft "Subcontracting Cleaning Services" Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) applies. This means the USPS cannot continue to freely subcontract out bargaining unit work in these small offices. View the full article
  7. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Health Plan Director John Marcotte Summer is upon us. With it comes vacations, picnics and long days filled with warm weather activities. While evaluating your family’s health care may not be on the top of your list of summertime “to dos,” now is the perfect time to see if the APWU Health Plan can better serve you, save you money or both. View the full article
  8. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Organization Director Anna Smith As I travel across the country to state conferences and to conduct trainings, too often I hear more excuses for low membership than what is done to connect with non-members. Who has felt at some point that a task was not attainable? Do not let negative thinking and doubts stop you from reaching out to other members and non-members. View the full article
  9. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget plan levies an attack against our veterans who are elderly and disabled. His cuts aim to terminate Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits for veterans who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, under the mistaken notion that a duplication of benefits exists. View the full article
  10. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Human Relations Director Sue Carney Your Participation Matters. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest and most successful annual, workplace charity campaign in the world. CFC donations made by postal workers, federal public servants and military men and women help millions of Americans and others around the world. View the full article
  11. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor The following is a partial reprint of 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s published by The Alzheimer’s Association®. For the full article, visit alz.org/10signs. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor. View the full article
  12. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson APWU POWER (Post Office Women for Equal Rights), the women’s committee within the American Postal Workers Union, was founded in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28, 1979 and incorporated into APWU’s National Constitution in Detroit, Michigan in August 1980. APWU POWER’s Steering Committee consists of five APWU POWER Coordinators, one from each region, who are elected at the Biennial National Convention and assist POWER committees at local and state levels. View the full article
  13. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Legislative Director Judy Beard On Oct. 1, the APWU Legislative and Political Department will be hosting the first Legislative Conference and Training in conjunction with the All-Craft Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Building Political, Union and Community Power. This all-day conference will consist of several workshops geared towards a variety of legislative and political areas, as well as a general session and regional breakouts. View the full article
  14. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) Every day, people receiving public assistance pay a portion of their benefits in fees to access their own money. It could be Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs benefits, refugee benefits, or one of many state and local programs. View the full article
  15. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors The APWU and the Postal Service finalized a settlement on May 9, 2017 resolving national case A19V20021, concerning the 2002 changes made to the Motor Vehicle Operator (MVO) and Tractor-Trailer Operator (TTO) Qualification Standards. The union filed an appeal to arbitration in 2002 in response to unanswered questions and concerns with the changes that had been made, including increasing the experience requirement from one year to two and the elimination of the language, “those who pass the Postal Service road test on a tractor-trailer will be considered the meet the six month requirement.” View the full article
  16. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Northeast Regional Coordinator John Dirzius As a proud member of the American Postal Workers Union since its birth in 1971, I have witnessed first-hand our development and growth into one of the largest and most aggressive unions in the labor movement. Over these past 46 years, our collective efforts have improved the standard of living of APWU members, all postal employees and workers in general. View the full article
  17. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) By Maintenance Craft Directors We have noticed an uptick in the use of maintenance craft in-service registers. This makes it a good time to point out the in-service register “pecking order” on page 280 of the 2012 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM). It is entitled Order for Filling Maintenance Craft Positions and gives a specific process for how our posted duty assignments are awarded. View the full article
  18. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Maintenance Division Directors We have noticed an uptick in the use of Maintenance Craft in-service registers. This makes it a good time to point out the in-service register “pecking order” on page 280 of the 2012 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM). It is entitled Order for Filling Maintenance Craft Positions and gives a specific process for how our posted duty assignments are awarded. View the full article
  19. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Clerk Craft Directors The APWU took a significant step forward in holding the Postal Service accountable for violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), as a result of Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg’s award in the dispute regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Clerk Craft jobs. View the full article
  20. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman What does a grocery store chain started in Texas in 1901 have to do with you? That chain of grocery stores – Weingarten’s – ultimately gave us some of the most important rights we have as union members today. Weingarten’s gave us our right to have union representation in meetings with management. View the full article
  21. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy Picture this scenario… your manager posts a formal notification stating the USPS’ intention to move your post office to an industrial park, or a carrier annex, or some other inconvenient and out-of-way location. Maybe the posting says days and hours of operation will be cut, or the office will close indefinitely (suspended), or it will be closed and consolidated with an office in another neighborhood or town, or your office will be shuttered permanently. Perhaps the Postal Service proposes to substitute the closing office with a village post office or rural letter carriers or a retailer selling stamps. View the full article
  22. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell Union elections represent one of the foundations of our democracy. Union members have the right to nominate and vote for their leadership and those officers who will be placed in charge of protecting the rights of postal workers and the administration of the union. View the full article
  23. (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) By President Mark Dimondstein The Three Musketeers must have belonged to the “Musketeers Union” with their rallying cry “All for one and one for all!” That captures the essence of union solidarity. So does the recent APWU-led informational picket in Barre, Vermont. View the full article
  24. Web News Article #: 66-2017 The 2017 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM), a resource for the administration of the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, is prepared and at the printer! In less than two weeks, members can order their bound JCIM for $6 from the APWU Store [link coming soon]. Click here for an electronic copy. View the full article
  25. Web News Article #: 64-2017 View the full article
  26. Web News Article #: 65-2017 APWU Maintenance Division and USPS resolved two national disputes, Q15T-4Q-C 17340522 and Q15T -4Q-C 17340479, and National Labor Relations Board charge concerning the wages, hours and working conditions of a small but united occupational group, Electronic Technicians Level 11 (ET-11s). To view the full agreement click here. View the full article
  27. Web News Article #: 62-2017 On June 21, the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan chastising her administration’s “wholesale and massive job cuts.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian explained, “The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to the workforce but will cause further degradation of postal services for the American people throughout the country.” The postal unions have drawn a line in the sand and are standing united against Postmaster Brennan’s continuous “cost-saving” shortcuts – shortcuts that have greatly affected not only the bargaining-unit workforce but also mail processing, mail delivery, customer service and the reputation of the United States Postal Service. View the full article
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