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West Virginia Postal Workers Union

    We Don’t Always See Eye-to-Eye, But We Always Remain United

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    By now the 22nd Biennial National Convention is a thing of the past, but just in case you missed it, let us recap.

    Just prior to the start of the convention, a committee of MVS members reviewed resolutions submitted by local and state unions relating to contract proposals for our craft.



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    At the Top of Their Game

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Snce January, the APWU has signed up more than 6,300 new members. The commitment to organizing is growing, but we still have a long road ahead. Although excessing, downsizing and consolidations have hurt membership, some locals have maintained or increased membership.



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    Dispute on Custodial Staffing Settled; More Than 3,150 PSEs Converted

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement on July 9 that resolved a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and resulted in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees.

    It was not an agreement we entered into lightly. The agreement stipulates that the MS-47 Handbook-Transmittal Letter 5, which governs custodial work and staffing, will be implemented as amended by our negotiations.



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    Privatizing by Incentivizing

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    We often think of privatization as the transfer of public ownership. However, the Postal Service’s policy of offering postage discounts to large mailers has led to a similar harmful end result – a huge transfer of work and revenue from the public sector to the private sector – without a change in ownership of the USPS.



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    Do You Have What It Takes to Vote?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    There has been a lot of information on TV, in newspapers, and online about changes in voting procedures for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 4. Voter identification laws have made it more difficult for seniors to exercise their right to participate in the election process in many states.

    Seniors who don’t drive may not have the necessary ID and, depending on the state, there may even be a fee to obtain proper ID.



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