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    COLA For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

    WVPWU
    By WVPWU,

    In July, the final month of the six-month adjustment period for the sixth COLA under the 2018 Agreement, the CPI-W Unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose from last month to 797.661; an increase over the January 2021 index point upon which employees received the last COLA. 

    As a result of the rise in index level, the following COLA adjustment will be applied to each step of the basic annual salary for all employees covered under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement effective August 28, 2021 (pay period 19-2021, pay date September 17, 2021).

    The sixth COLA under the 2018 National Agreement will be $1,935.00:
     

    Monthly Tracking

    Amount

    Per Annum

    $1,935.00

    Per Pay Period

    $74.40

    Cents Per Hour

    $0.93

    Under the 2018 National Agreement, employees accrued the following adjustments totaling $3,349.00:

    #

    Amount

    Effective Date

    Pay Period

    Pay Date

    1

    $0.00

    March 2, 2019

    06-2019

    March 22, 2019

    2

    $624.00

    August 31, 2019

    19-2019

    September 20, 2019

    3

    $166.00

    February 29, 2020

    06-2020

    March 20, 2020

    4

    $208.00

    August 29, 2020

    19-2020

    September 18, 2020

    5

    $416.00

    February 27, 2021

    06-2021

    March 19, 2021

    6

    $1,935.00

    August 28, 2021

    19-2021

    September 17, 2021


    Negotiations Update

    WVPWU
    By WVPWU,

    With our current union contract expiring on September 20, 2021, the APWU and postal management have now been engaged in negotiations for more than five weeks.

    The APWU National Negotiating Committee consists of President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Secretary/Treasurer Liz Powell, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun, Motor Vehicle Services Director Michael Foster, and Support Services Craft Director Stephen Brooks. The Negotiations Committee is meeting weekly, at minimum, to plan, refine proposals and develop strategy.  In addition, the Craft Directors met individually with Lead Negotiator President Dimondstein and Chief Spokesperson Director Zimmerman to coordinate efforts. Many other officers and staff are also working diligently with research and planning. Throughout the process, the Negotiations Committee has kept the National Executive Board and Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee apprised on the process and developments of negotiations.

    Proposals Exchanged

    Generally, at this stage of early negotiations we are focused on proposals addressing work rules, working conditions, and workforce structure. Later in the negotiations process, the economic provisions (wage increases, COLA, step increases, etc.) will be proposed and discussed. To date, the APWU has submitted 86 proposals and management has submitted six proposals for discussion and negotiation. The union proposals include 44 craft proposals covering the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services crafts and 42 general article proposals. These include numerous proposals to protect job security and work opportunities, increase career opportunities and improve conditions of work.

    The APWU will submit additional proposals over the coming month, including our wage and financial package.

    Main Table Meetings

    Since negotiations opened on June 22, 2021, there have been eight “Main Table” meetings between the APWU and postal management, where proposals are exchanged and assigned to various negotiators or to the craft tables for further discussion and development. 

    Each APWU craft is conducting at least weekly meetings with their counterparts at the Postal Service. In addition, Director Zimmerman meets regularly with the Postal Service Chief Spokesperson on the general article proposals that are not currently assigned other negotiators or to the craft tables. Lead negotiator, President Mark Dimondstein, also meets regularly with the Deputy Postmaster General discussing the overall picture of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

    Lock Down Starts Sept. 7

    The parties are currently planning to “lock down” in the same location for a week of negotiations beginning September 7, 2021. Each day will consist of intense main table negotiations, craft tables, and any other sub-committees where the parties agree to work on the various proposals. 

    If an agreement is not reached by the September 20, 2021 expiration of the CBA, the parties will begin to move towards interest arbitration. An APWU team consisting of national officers, attorneys, and staff members is preparing for interest arbitration at the same time negotiations are ongoing. Furthermore, negotiations can continue beyond the expiration of the contract even while preparing for interest arbitration. It is always best for the parties to reach a voluntary agreement rather than have an arbitration panel impose new wages, hours, and working conditions. 

    “The core committee and other craft officers are diligently working to negotiate a contract that recognizes the hard work and dedication the employees represented by the APWU show each day, shared Director Zimmerman. “We are working together to get you the good contract you deserve.”

    “On behalf of the members, I thank the negotiating team and everyone involved with the negotiations process for all their hard work and cooperation as we march together in the battle for a good new contract,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Our strength at the negotiating table derives from the activity and unity of the members, so keep sending the message from the workroom floor to postal headquarters – ‘Union Strong, All Day Long!’”


    New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs 2021

    WVPWU
    By WVPWU,

    As we get ready for another round of PSE conversions, the Health Plan is here to help. We want to educate the new career employees on the APWU Health Plan benefits. As you know, we have two great plans that offer strong benefits for the APWU members and their families.

    Please note, the new career employees will only have 60 calendar days to select their health plan. The new career employees that were on the USPS plan as a PSE will be automatically disenrolled. The PSE’s currently on the Consumer Driven Option can remain on this plan to keep those benefits. No further action will be needed. 

    In order to pay the negotiated APWU Career rate for the Consumer Driven Option the employee must be enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans for one full year as a career employee. The time spent on the Consumer Driven Option as a PSE doesn’t count toward the one year in FEHB.

    The APWU Health Plan will conduct Virtual Health Fairs, exclusively for this conversion. The Member Education department will brief employees on the benefit highlights for both the High Option and Consumer Driven Option plans. Most importantly, there will be a Q&A period to ask the Health Plan staff questions concerning benefits.

    Below is the schedule for the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs. Please circulate this information to the PSE’s that are being converted. Click the link to register and attend. 

    Once registered, you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. On the day before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions.
     

    If you have questions, please contact our Director's office at (410) 242-1503 or by email at director@apwuhp.com.

    Download the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs flyer here.
     

    Our New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs Dates
     

    July 19 - 1pm-3pm EST Register Now

    August 4 - 3pm-5pm EST Register Now

    August 13 - 12pm-2pm EST Register Now

    August 23 - 3pm-5pm EST Register Now

    September 9 - 2:30pm-4:30pm EST Register Now

    September 17 - 10am-12pm EST Register Now

    You can also visit www.apwuhp.com/events to register for a health fair.


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