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Chris Smith

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About Chris Smith

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  • Birthday 10/20/1970

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  • APWU Local
    Charleston APWU 133
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  1. Web News Article #: 2017-87 Just as recovery has barely begun from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma delivered a second punch, leaving in its trail devastation that affects postal workers in the Caribbean, Florida and many parts of the south. It will be a long road to recovery for her victims. View the full article
  2. Web News Article #: 2017-86 Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman reminds APWU members to be aware of the USPS safety procedures when handling suspicious mail. View the full article
  3. Web News Article #: 84-2017 Following an overwhelming 429-129 ratification vote on Aug. 23, the new Information Technology and Accounting Services Centers (IT/AS) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the United States Postal Service was signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and USPS Vice President of Labor Relations Douglas Tulino. View the full article
  4. Web News Article #: 85-2017 Recently, APWU members employed by Salmon Companies voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. Salmon Companies is the largest ground transportation supplier to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Truck drivers for the private-sector company are part of the Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX; Shreveport, LA; Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN. The new CBA was ratified by over 75% of voting members. View the full article
  5. Celebrate Labor’s Day!

    Web News Article #: 83-2017 As we relax and enjoy Labor Day it is worth remembering the true meaning of the holiday – celebrating the labor movement and the contribution workers have made to society. View the full article
  6. (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations. View the full article
  7. Article 3, Membership

    (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell Membership in the APWU determines who can vote, run for office, and attend meetings to discuss and decide the business of the union. There are four primary categories of membership in the APWU: postal employees, full, part-time, Members-at-Large (MALs) and Postal Support Employee (PSE); cash pay members, full-time local/state officers and retired full-dues paying members; Retiree Department members and Associate (Health Plan) Members. View the full article
  8. (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) The familiar blue collection boxes are vanishing from our streets. A recent USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report charges that the Postal Service is not taking into account community need and service when removing the signature mail boxes. In the Eastern Area alone, the Postal Service did not follow proper procedure for 75 percent of the removed collection boxes between Oct. 1, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016 (322 out of 432). View the full article
  9. Community Engagement

    (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Charlotte Area Local Research & Education Director Shenita Bost, Charlotte Area Local member Roxanne Graham, APWU Vice President Szeredy and Charlotte Area Local Legislative Director Cindy Foster at a protest against job and service cuts in Charlotte, NC. By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy As the APWU gears up for negotiations and continues to address service cuts and proposed staffing reductions, excessing and reassignments, you and I need to be engaged not only with our coworkers, but with our families, friends, allies and communities. View the full article
  10. 2017 APWU Scholarship Winners

    The APWU proudly presents the winners of three scholarship programs: The E.C.Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship, Vocational Scholarship, and Best Essay Award for 2016. Click here to see this year's winners View the full article
  11. (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By President Mark Dimondstein There are many daunting challenges on the horizon that demand our attention and action as postal workers. View the full article
  12. (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors As we mentioned in a previous article, the union put its case for preserving the Schedule Examiner Vehicle Runs position before Arbitrator Shyam Das on Feb. 27 as the first case on the docket this year. As a long-standing issue, we considered this case an important step in preserving skilled Motor Vehicle Service work. It was the union’s position that the Postal Service was in violation of Article 1.6 of the National Agreement by assigning work normally performed by the Schedule Examiner to supervisory and Executive and Administrative Schedule employees; the Postal Service took the position that the case should be bifurcated on the grounds of arbitrability. View the full article
  13. Fake News

    (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) During and after the 2016 Election, the term “fake news” became widely used in American political conversations. Politifact.com, a fact-checking website, defines fake news as, “made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.” View the full article
  14. Moving Forward

    (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Maintenance Craft Directors The Maintenance Division had a productive first half of 2017. View the full article
  15. (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Clerk Craft Directors The APWU won another important victory in a national arbitration case regarding violations of POStPlan agreements. View the full article
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