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    Danny Glover Tells Convention: ‘I’m In!’

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    News Service Bulletin #: Convention News Bulletin #05-14

    Actor Danny Glover gave an impassioned speech on the final day of the APWU’s 22nd Biennial Convention, declaring that he would be part of the fight to keep the Postal Service in the hands of the people.



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    Resolution Sets Goals for Contract Negotiations

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 145-14

    On July 25, the last day of the APWU’s 22nd Biennial National Convention, delegates adopted a resolution that spells out the priorities for the upcoming contract negotiations with the USPS.



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    The Best In APWU-COPA!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    On behalf of the Northeast Region it is with great pride that I take this opportunity to recognize and congratulate APWU’s top COPA contributors recently recognized at our 2014 National Convention.



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    Great story I wanted to share

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Cecilia - That is the same way we members feel , when complaining to Union Stewards and we are no getting help
     
     
    Mike - Cecilia, I am not sure what takes place in your discussions so I can only respond in the most general of ways. When I have a co-worker come to me with a problem I fully understand that their issue is a grievance as outlined in Article 15 of the CBA, that however, does not mean it is a contractual violation and as such quite often the issue either A - is something your steward can do nothing about or B - is an issue that can be discussed with your supervisor via a step one meeting but can't go beyond step one as the CBA rules at all stages of the grievance process once denied at step one. Sadly the idea that a grievance and a contractual violatoin have become synonymous in many eyes because the stewards tend to have to fight for everything and if it isn't a contractual right, than there is not a whole lot they can do and may brush you off when you speak with them.
     
    I fully understand how this can be frustrating. I first became active when I had two different stewards tell me they refused to handle my issue and that if I wanted a grievance file I should do it myself. I was told I don't know what it is like not having been in their shoes. So, I took my case forward and after meeting with the manager I was told the Union had to be brought in for the resolve as that was their exclusive power (shows how long ago this was, management supporting the union). After the dust settled, I was asked to step up and the rest is history 

    Capitol Hill Event Puts Focus on Older Unemployed Workers

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled a new proposal to overhaul federal anti-poverty programs and shift more control to individual states. Under Ryan’s plan, most of the federal government’s anti-poverty programs, including food stamps and housing vouchers, would be consolidated into a single program that would be overseen more closely at the state level.



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