Attend the Legislative Conference Oct. 1

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (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. 

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    POWER: The APWU Women’s Committee

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (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.

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    Selection from the In-Service Register

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (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.

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    Building Our Future – A Challenge, A Priority

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (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.

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    MVO/TTO Qualification Standards Settlement

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (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.”

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