Know Your Weingarten Rights

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

    By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

    What does a grocery store chain started in Texas in 1901 have to do with you? That chain of grocery stores – Weingarten’s – ultimately gave us some of the most important rights we have as union members today. Weingarten’s gave us our right to have union representation in meetings with management.

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    A Significant Step Forward for Remedies

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

    By Clerk Craft Directors 

    The APWU took a significant step forward in holding the Postal Service accountable for violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), as a result of Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg’s award in the dispute regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Clerk Craft jobs.

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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 Division 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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    Your Local Election Committee

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

    By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

    Union elections represent one of the foundations of our democracy. Union members have the right to nominate and vote for their leadership and those officers who will be placed in charge of protecting the rights of postal workers and the administration of the union. 

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    Organizing to Save Your Local Post Office

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

    By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy

    Picture this scenario… your manager posts a formal notification stating the USPS’ intention to move your post office to an industrial park, or a carrier annex, or some other inconvenient and out-of-way location.

    Maybe the posting says days and hours of operation will be cut, or the office will close indefinitely (suspended), or it will be closed and consolidated with an office in another neighborhood or town, or your office will be shuttered permanently. Perhaps the Postal Service proposes to substitute the closing office with a village post office or rural letter carriers or a retailer selling stamps.

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