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West Virginia Postal Workers Union

    Keep Them Open!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    ​Filled with enthusiasm after the union’s national convention in July, APWU members in cities and towns across the country have been forming community alliances and organizing protests to fight plant consolidation.



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    It's Left Up to Us

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Logic, common sense and the postal service’s irresponsible decisions tell us that management will not manage the USPS out of its manufactured financial crisis.

    The four postal unions – the APWU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association – have formed a Postal Union Alliance to protect the interests of workers and the public while defending the public Postal Service. As union members and as individuals, we must rise up and pour our concentrated efforts into the union-led fight to protect those interests.



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    212 Violations? That's Not an 'Isolated Incident'

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    212. That’s how many times the USPS failed to properly notify the APWU of management decisions to renew Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) in one year.

    Yet at a recent arbitration hearing, the Postal Service urged the arbitrator to deny the union’s request for a nationwide remedy for the violations, which took place across the country, from Pennsylvania to Texas and California. Instead, management argued, the arbitrator should stand by a ruling he issued in a 2004 case from St. Petersburg, FL, where he said the remedy should be decided at the local level.



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    Maintenance Defeats Improper Excessing

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Maintenance craft officers recently settled an important dispute, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and then use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees who work on Building Equipment. The work at issue was primarily that of Building Equipment Mechanics (BEMs), although occasionally the duties are performed by other occupational groups, such as Level 7 Maintenance Mechanics (MM-7s) and Level 5 Building Maintenance Custodians.



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    The Postal Service's Union-Busting Law Firm

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.

    The firm, which has more than 1,400 attorneys in 25 offices, is considered one of the leading union-busting law firms in the country.



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