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    IT-AS Members Ratify New Contract

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 151-14

    APWU members in the IT-Accounting Services Centers (AS) ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 592 to 38 in voting that ended Aug. 7, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced.

    The new agreement, which covers approximately 1,100 employees, was signed on Aug. 8 and took effect the following day; it expires Jan. 20, 2016.



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    It’s Making Money from Operations

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 149-14

    USPS management is doing its best to keep the good news quiet, but facts are facts.

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    According to reports released by the USPS on Aug. 11, as of June 30, three-quarters of the way through Fiscal Year 2014:

    • Operating income was up by about $1 billion over the previous year;

    • Revenue increased 2.1 percent due to a postage rate hike;

    • Package volume continued to grow, and

    • The decline in first-class mail volume was less than management predicted and first-class revenue was unchanged.


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    Ask Senators: Stop Service Cuts and Plant Closures

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 148-14

    The work of APWU members and supporters across the country is paying off: Forty-seven senators have agreed to co-sign a letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to stop devastating cuts to America’s postal network. 

    To ensure the Senate Appropriations Committee acts to protect speedy mail delivery, our jobs and our facilities, the APWU is asking all union members and supporters to urge their senators to sign on if they haven’t already done so.



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    Maintenance Wins Significant Award

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 147-14

    The APWU won an important arbitration award on August 06, when Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that the Postal Service may not detail a maintenance craft employee to perform higher level work in a different occupational group to avoid paying overtime to an employee within that same occupational group.



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    The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts and Plant Closures

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 146-14

    A move by the USPS that will slow America’s mail service and that threatens tens of thousands of jobs requires an urgent response, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. On June 30, the USPS announced its intention to close and consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015. On Aug. 1, the USPS posted a notice in Federal Register announcing that the consolidations will eliminate overnight mail delivery, even within the same town. 

    Such reckless and counterproductive cuts by USPS have caught the attention of Congress, which has the authority and ability to set USPS on the right path.



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