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    Jim DeMauro Appointed Atlanta Region Clerk NBA

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 72-2018

    DeMauro.pngJim DeMauro has been appointed Atlanta Region Clerk National Business Agent (A).

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    Resolution Opposing Privatization of the Postal Service Introduced in Congress

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 70-2018

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    On July 16, a leading group of Congressional representatives took action to help combat a proposal to privatize the Postal Service. The proposal, put forward by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in their report Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, would “restructure the U.S. Postal Service” and “prepare it for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.”   

    CALL 1-844-402-1001 and urge your member of Congress to sign on! 

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    Wilmington DE/Malcolm T Smith Area Local Hits the Streets to Fight for the People’s Postal Service

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 71-2018

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    On July 9, in response to the White House’s recent plan to privatize the USPS, Wilmington DE/Malcolm T Smith Area Local hit the pavement to spread the word that the fight is on to save the people’s post office.

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    Collective Bargaining Versus the “Open-Door”

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By President Mark Dimondstein 

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    Members of  Central Jersey Area Local 149 are
    "Fired Up and Ready to Go" on Union Gear Day.

    “My door is always open,” is a common refrain by managers at non-union companies. These bosses claim that any individual worker is welcome to just come in and talk about any problem or issue. Such “open door” policies, companies claim, prove workers don’t need unions. But once the talk becomes about raising wages, benefits and improving conditions of employment, the boss will show you the “open-door” exit -- to find work elsewhere!

    Contrast that with unionized postal workers. We have a voice at work secured by our collective actions. Every few years we bargain with postal management for a new union contract addressing wages, step increases, job security, seniority, bidding, discipline procedures, career conversions, scheduling, overtime, leave, safety, and a host of other workplace issues. This process is called collective bargaining and provides the opportunity to achieve improvements in our working lives and the well-being of our families.

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    Two New Pre-Convention Workshops Added

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 69-2018

    The Research & Education Department sponsor's the APWU’s 16th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their local and state organizations. Recently, they have added two additional workshops to the 2018 pre-convention training!

    1. New APWU SEARCH Interface Training Arbitration Advocates should attend this training. The new webbased database is designed to be used by arbitration advocates to simplify searches for arbitration awards and decisions. The company that maintains APWU SEARCH database has developed this new design to enable the system to function more efficiently. The training will include how the new interface works, how to conduct searches using the multiple-tab feature, and methods to narrow searches.  (10 am-1 pm)

    2. “The APWU Health Plan" as an Organizing Tool - Teaches techniques and strategies for signing up non-members utilizing the APWU Health Plan and other benefit programs that are reserved for members. Explores ways to get members, who have quit, to rejoin the union. (10 am-1 pm)

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