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Chris Smith

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  1. Chris Smith

    Update on Negotiations

    Web News Article #: 116-2108 APWU President Mark Dimondstein reports that the national union leadership will make an announcement on Friday December 21, 2018 regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the USPS. View the full article
  2. Web News Article #: 115-2018 The updated APWU Constitution & Bylaws has been posted. The new constitution includes changes adopted by delegates to the union’s 24th National Convention in August 2018. View the full article
  3. 12/04/2018 For Immediate Release Initial press statement after release of White House USPS task force report: If the White House Task Force on the Postal Service’s report was assigned a ZIP Code it would be 00000. This poorly conceived report makes many of its recommendations based on myth and misinformation that instead of improving mail services, would deliver higher prices and less service for the public. View the full article
  4. 12/03/2018 - President Donald Trump proclaimed Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning upon the death of President George H. W. Bush. The Postal Service announced today “Out of respect for President Bush, the nation’s 41st commander in chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the presidential proclamation, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning.” The Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service on December 5. However, some delivery, sortation and transportation operations will continue December 5 so the “the Postal Service network remains fluid” and to “prepare for the resumption of regular activities Thursday, Dec. 6.” Career employees in APWU bargaining units will receive Administrative Leave in accordance with 519.4 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual and the May 4, 2000 Memorandum Re Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance. Attachments 519.4 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (416.32 KB) May 4, 2000 Memorandum Re Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance (348.32 KB)
  5. Web News Article #: 113-2018 For 37 days, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) engaged in militant rotating strikes in the struggle for a new union contract. Canadian postal workers were forced into strike action by the refusal of Canada Post to address the just and urgent demands of the workers, including addressing dangerous work conditions and high injury rates, unequal pay for rural workers, and massive hours of forced overtime. Yesterday, Nov. 27, the Canadian government, through legislative action, forced Canadian postal workers back to work and into binding mediation and arbitration. As the struggle continues, the CUPW is keeping all options open, including switching to a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience and other tactics to press their contract demands. “‘An Injury to One is an Injury to All.’ Their fight is our fight,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “The APWU salutes the unity and determination of our Canadian sisters and brothers and we have full confidence that the workers, led by the CUPW, will overcome these new obstacles and prevail in their just struggle. We stand in unbreakable union solidarity with Canada’s postal workers.” View the full article
  6. Chris Smith

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Web News Article #: 112-2018 View the full article
  7. Web News Article #: 111-2018 Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract) initially expired on September 20, 2018. The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to extend negotiations until October 20th after which the parties again extended negotiations until November 20th. During that period the APWU and the Postal Service engaged in a series of negotiating sessions. The APWU believes recent negotiations have been fruitful and we have made progress towards a framework of an agreement. In that light, the APWU and the USPS have agreed to continue our negotiating efforts until December 7th. View the full article
  8. Web News Article #: 113-2018 This opinion editorial (op-ed) by President Mark Dimondstein was published in the Miami-Herald on November 20th. "We are all postal customers and undoubtedly appreciate the outstanding efforts of dedicated postal workers in the face of these recent crimes. But our appreciation is not enough to defeat the efforts of those who would destroy the Postal Service and loot the public good for private gain. Join the effort to guarantee that the postal service remains owned by, and in the service of, the people." View the full article
  9. News Service Bulletin #: 10 We’re ramping up our campaign to stop the White House’s proposal to sell the USPS to private corporations — and we’re asking every APWU member to join the fight. We partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers to produce a new ad to spread the word about the consequences of a postal corporate takeover. Will you watch it and share it with your friends to help us tell the White House that the U.S. Mail is Not For Sale? Click here to watch the ad! View the full article
  10. Web News Article #: 109-2018 Watch the new advertisement below produced by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers against the White House's proposal to sell the postal service to private corporations. View the full article
  11. Web News Article #: 108-2018 An official transcript of the proceedings from the APWU’s 24th Biennial National Convention is now available to union members on www.apwu.org. The convention is the highest governing body of the APWU. The 1,520-page document provides a full transcript of the business undertaken during the assembly, which took place Aug. 20-23 in Pittsburgh. Union members can click here to log in and view or download the convention proceedings. View the full article
  12. Web News Article #: 108 Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. This year, the December period begins December 1, 2018 (Pay Period 25-18- Week 2) and ends December 28, 2018 (Pay Period 01-19- Week 1). View the full article
  13. Web News Article #: 107-2018 Today we join in honoring our veterans, including the tens of thousands of APWU members, both active and retired, who are currently or have proudly served. One important way to honor our them is to ensure they have access to the good jobs, opportunities and services they need View the full article
  14. Web News Article #: 106-2018 On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call updating the membership on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign. Register today to join the call! Click here for a downloadable flyer to spread the word! As we move into the Congressional Lame Duck Session - the period after the mid-term elections, but before newly-elected representatives take office for the 116th Congress - our fight to stop postal privatization cannot not slow down. We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Ser­vice and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. Click here to join the call, hear what’s next and take action. View the full article
  15. Chris Smith

    Labor News

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) Wave of Hotel Strikes UNITE HERE strikers in Hawaii Hotel workers represented by Unite Here locals across the country rose up in September in a wave of worker militancy that led to work stoppages in eight major cities. More than 11,000 hotel workers in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and in Hawaii were on strike in September. The strikes in Chicago affected hotels across the city. As of press time, all but one hotel strike in Chicago has been resolved, but strikes in Marriott hotels continue in the other cities. View the full article