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West Virginia Postal Workers Union

    Overcoming the Struggles Ahead

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    News Service Bulletin #: 8-2018

    md1.jpgOn Monday, Aug. 20, APWU National President Mark Dimondstein delivered the “State of the Union” address to the 2,038 delegates to the 24th Biennial National Convention. President Dimondstein addressed the successes of the past and struggles for the future. “I look forward to a spirited and productive week and am confident we will leave more united, inspired and dedicated to the cause of labor rights and dignity.”

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    Craft and Retiree Conferences Address Pertinent Issues

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    News Service Bulletin #: 7-2018

    DSC_0173.JPGOn Aug. 19 and 20, APWU craft divisions – Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service, Support Services – and retirees held conferences. The ongoing contract negotiations was a topic on everyone’s mind. 

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    So-Called “Right-to-Work” Defeated in Missouri

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 79-2018

     

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    APWU Members Henry Rice &
    John Zamudio with a Proud Voter

     

    Labor strikes back!  In a critical battle faced by the labor movement union members and community allies joined together to stop Right-to-Work (for less) in Missouri. These laws make it optional for workers covered by union contracts to help pay for the expenses unions incur protecting workers’ rights.

    Passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2017, this anti-worker law was blocked from being implemented after workers rose up and gathered roughly 300,000 signatures against the law. This action forced a direct vote by the residents of Missouri on the law.

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    Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 78-2018

    In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.

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    APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using Leave Without Pay to Campaign

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 77-2018

    APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM).  A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions.

    In his award on August 6, 2018, the arbitrator upheld the APWU’s challenge to the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to the leave program that put the burden of managing LWOP requests on employees, rather than supervisors. The award protects employees’ right to request LWOP to volunteer through their union to participate in important political activities, like the upcoming November elections.  

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