Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Convention delegates were inspired by rousing speeches from two great supporters of working people

Convention delegates were inspired by rousing speeches from two great supporters of working people

Ed Schultz, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC addressed the delegates on day 4 of the National Convention. Schultz first became associated with the APWU when he attended the 2011 APWU National Postal Press Association Conference. At that meeting he pledged his continued support for postal workers. “We have to tell your story, over and over again,” he said. True to his word, over the past three years, he has repeatedly reported on postal worker issues; especially the manufactured postal service financial crisis and most recently the Stop Staples Campaign. In his remarks to delegates, Schultz focused on what he called the attack on workers. “The postal service is being attacked unfairly,” he said, while promising to do everything he can to help save the postal service. Schultz said he believes that working together people can force change. “They can’t beat us collectively,” he said. “If we stick together, fight hard and stay focused, we can’t lose.” Reverend William Barber, a leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina told delegates that the time is right for a new coalition in America. In an impassioned speech, Reverend Barber echoed APWU President Mark Dimondstein’s call for a Grand Alliance. Reverend Barber said our country is in the middle of a moral crisis, and that low-wage workers are longing for justice. “How do we come together to deal with this crisis,” he asked. “Labor and civil rights are one and the same. All of us have to fight together.”





Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

APWU Members at B&B Trucking Ratify Tentative Agreement

APWU Members at B&B Trucking Ratify Tentative Agreement



Members of the Great Lakes Area Mail Haulers Local APWU have voted to ratify a Tentative Agreement reached on March 29. Contract ratification ballots were mailed to the 100 APWU members of the local; 62 were returned, with 34 voting in favor of the agreement and 20 voting against. Eight ballots were disqualified. Richard Phillips was assigned by Support Services Director Stephen Brooks to chair the APWU Negotiation Team, which included David Holder, Raoul Quiambao, and Terry Jakushevich. Phil Tabbita provided technical support. The previous contract between the Great Lakes Area Mail Haulers Local APWU and B&B Trucking expired March 31. Negotiations and the ratification process continued through an extension period ending April 30, 2014. The new contract will be in effect from May 1, 2014, through March 31, 2018.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

APWU Elects New President

Dimondstein Wins Presidency



Mark Dimondstein was elected the new president of the American Postal Workers Union in a hotly-contested race that ended Oct. 7. His “Members First” team won most of the offices they sought, defeating incumbents.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Salmon & Sons / APWU Tentative Agreement Ratified

Private-Sector APWU Members at Salmon & Sons Ratify Tentative Agreement



APWU members who are truck drivers and mechanics working for Pat Salmon & Sons voted to ratify a tentative contract by a vote of 82-34 on Sept. 10.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A bid to unseat the national officers of the American Postal Workers Union: An effort to protect the American working class

Could a New Union Leadership Stop Sell-Off of Post Office?



“At the core of this whole struggle is whether the post office is going to be decisively privatized and turned over to profit-making entities and low-paid, non-union jobs—or remain a public entity that serves all the people and maintains good-paying union jobs.”

Reference Source: www.labornotes.org



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Sunday, May 19, 2013

APWU: First Installment of Retirement Incentive Due May 24

First Installment of Retirement Incentive Due May 24



APWU President Cliff Guffey is congratulating APWU retirees and other former employees who will soon receive the first installment of the $15,000 incentive the APWU negotiated last year. The first payment of $10,000 (minus applicable taxes and withholdings) will be available on May 24, 2013. The second installment of $5,000 will be paid on May 23, 2014.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Postal MVS / PVS Arbitration Award

Union Wins Motor Vehicle Subcontracting Case



“The Postal Service can no longer justify contracting out work that would be less expensive to keep in house on the ground that it has given due consideration to cost as well as the other Article 32.1 or 32.2 factors. To be sure, each of those factors must be considered, but if factors other than cost do not rule out keeping work in house, and the cost of keeping work in house would be less than contracting out, both the text and the bargaining history of the Contracting MOU require that the work be kept in house.”

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Friday, December 7, 2012

23,600 take usps buyout

23,600 postal employees take buyout



the Postal Service can require them to take other jobs or change workplaces. “When they go forward with the next round of consolidations, there will be a lot more employees forced to relocate,” Burrus said. The Postal Service announced the buyout

Reference Source: www.federaltimes.com



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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Incentive Revocation Date Extended For California Motor Vehicle Employees



California Postal Vehicle Service employees who have been identified as impacted by the USPS decision to subcontract PVS operations in the state and who have indicated their intent to accept the USPS Voluntary Early Retirement offer now have until Jan. 31, 2013, to revoke their decision. The extension of the deadline is the result of an agreement [PDF] between the APWU and management dated Nov. 30, 2012.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Thursday, November 15, 2012

USPS argues to halt raises and COLA's for Mail Handlers while overpaying execs

USPS Execs Get Illegally High Salaries Admid $11.6 Bil Loss



"...turns out that at least three USPS officers made more than the legal compensation limit for their respective work category, according to the agency’s inspector general. In a report made public this month, the Postal Service watchdog reveals that one of the officers, identified as the president of digital solutions, made a whopping $306,250 last year. This exceeds even the “critical position” cap set by the federal law. ..."

Reference Source: www.themoralliberal.com



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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

California Postal Service MVS Subcontracting Update

APWU Suit Prompts USPS To Postpone MVS Subcontracting in CA



The APWU filed the suit on Oct. 16, seeking an injunction to prohibit the Postal Service from proceeding on Nov. 17 with plans to replace all postal truck drivers in California with drivers employed by contractors until a decision is rendered in the arbitration case. The union asserted that the plans would have caused “irreparable harm” to affected employees and the APWU.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Did the APWU sign one of the worst negotiated contracts in the history of labor?

How the Postal Service foundered: Parceling out the responsibility



Fred Rolando, the union’s president, has offered negotiating positions that would abandon FEHB, thereby undermining an insurance exchange that actually works well. The APWU signed one of the worst negotiated contracts in the history of labor

Reference Source: Save the Post Office



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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Postal Service sides with APWU represented craft on AFCS-200 assignment issue

Postal Service sides with Clerks on one of the AFCS-200 assignments



...in a letter faxed to the NPMHU office on Friday evening, September 28, 2012, the Postal Service has outlined its intent to assign one “operator position” on the new AFCS-200 to the clerical craft. ...

Reference Source: Postal Newsgroup



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Sunday, October 23, 2011

APWU Contract Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers on the Contract



The APWU and the USPS have agreed to a set of Questions and Answers [PDF] regarding the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Locations announced for 740 new Motor Vehicle Craft Jobs

Locations announced for 740 new Motor Vehicle Craft Jobs



In accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the USPS has agreed to establish 740 new assignments in Vehicle Maintenance Facilities. A list [PDF | XLS] provided to the union on Aug. 30 specifies the locations for the new positions and indicates whether they are Level 8, 9, or 10 Automotive Technician or Lead Technician positions.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



Tags: Motor Vehicle Craft Jobs, MVS

Monday, August 8, 2011

Why Wisconsin's recall election matters to the rest of America

Why Wisconsin's recall election matters to the rest of America



Since taking office last fall, Governor Walker has successfully passed several hallmarks of the Republican agenda, including tax cuts, limits on union collective bargaining powers, concealed-carry gun rights, harsher ID restrictions in the voting booth, and new political redistricting.


Reference Source: www.csmonitor.com



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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2010-2015 Contract: Questions and Answers, Staffing Tool

2010-2015 Contract:
Questions and Answers, Staffing Tool



The APWU has posted a series of Questions and Answers regarding the recently-negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris announced July 6. “We have been meeting with our counterparts at the Postal Service to resolve a number of issues that have caused confusion in the field,” he said. “We have agreement on 65 items and are continuing discussions on the remaining items.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Implications of the APWU contract

What does Postal Service-APWU contract mean for other postal unions?



"...Historically, unions have been leery of these kinds of arrangements because they risk driving a wedge between older and younger members. But with the Postal Service in undeniably awful financial shape, it’s easier to push the pain off on to people..."


Reference Source: federaltimes.com



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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

APWU Contract now in effect

APWU, USPS Sign New Contract



APWU President Cliff Guffey and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe have signed the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Their signatures formalize the new contract, which was ratified by APWU members on May 11.


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

APWU Contract is Ratified

Union Members Ratify Contract



also includes several new concepts: The “full-time” designation will apply to any position of 30 or more hours per week and to any position of 48 hours or less per week. This will allow for the creation of a variety of full-time schedules, including four 10-hour days, three 12-hour days, and four 11-hour days.

However, no current employee can be forced into a full-time position of less than 40 hours per week or more than 44 hours per week. Furthermore, there will be no mandatory overtime for employees in non-traditional assignments or in functional areas that utilize non-traditional full-time assignments.



Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Saturday, April 16, 2011

APWU tentative contract attacked by government anti-union thugs during inquiry

House Hearing Sets Troubling Precedent



Clearly, the Republican majority on the panel had an agenda: To change the law that governs postal bargaining in order to strengthen management’s position and weaken postal unions.


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Monday, April 11, 2011

APWU President Cliff Guffey sets the record straight on tentative agreement

Clearing Up Confusion About the Tentative Agreement

A few provisions of the Tentative Agreement have been misunderstood by some union members. APWU President Cliff Guffey sets the record straight in video messages
Reference Source: www.apwu.org

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Postal Service Defends APWU Contract

USPS defends union deal ahead of grilling in Congress



The deal, which still requires ratification by the union members after its eight-month negotiation, adopts a two-year pay freeze but then a wage increase of 3.5% over three years.


Reference Source: postandparcel.info



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Friday, March 25, 2011

Postal Announcement of March 25

This post is courtesy of The Postal Newsgroup

The highly anticipated March 25 USPS announcement is referenced below as found on the USPS' website. The largest majority of the information was put out yesterday (March 24, 2011) detailing the district closings, the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), The financial incentive programs being offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative). However, the additional information provided in the following announcement that stands out boldly is 'additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.' Read below to see the official release. Stay tuned and we will provide further internal information as it trickles out.



March 25 Postal Announcement

The Announcement
PMG ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF SEVEN DISTRICTS
I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure.

As part of the ongoing redesign of the Postal Service, PMG Pat Donahoe yesterday announced USPS will close 7 of its 74 district offices. This reflects continuing alignments within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, will help realize approximately $750 million of annual cost savings (Link Extra, 3/23).

The district offices scheduled for closure — Columbus, OH, (Eastern Area); Southeast Michigan in Troy, MI, and Northern Illinois in Carol Stream, IL (Great Lakes Area); Southeast New England in Providence, RI (Northeast Area); South Georgia in Macon, GA, and Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (Southwest Area); and Big Sky in Billings, MT (Western Area) — house only administrative functions that will be assumed by surrounding district offices. The closures will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.

“I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure. One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry,” said Donahoe.

This organizational redesign builds on previous PMG announcements that include a 16 percent reduction in officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units, closing the Southeast Area Office, and further reducing the employee complement by about 7,500 positions.

While yesterday’s announcement focused on the administrative and executive corps, additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.   

Reference: usps.gov
emphasis (bold-print) added by The Postal Newsgroup


March 25 Postal Announcement, USPS March 25 Announcement,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

APWU Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement Online (members only)

Tentative Agreement Available Online


The full version of the Tentative Agreement (PDF) between the APWU and the Postal Service is available for union members only at: full version of the Tentative Agreement (PDF) .
Reference Source: www.apwu.org

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lawmakers question your tiny one percent pay increase next year

Lawmakers question pay for USPS employees

the first 1 percent of which would take effect in November 2012, the agreement would protect APWU employees
Reference Source: www.govexec.com



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2011 Special Incentive Offer, but not for you

USPS $20,000 Special Incentive Offer for targeted non-bargaining employees only



What are the basic details of the 2011 Special Incentive Offer?

On March 23, 2011, the Postal Service announced a Special Incentive offer for the following targeted groups:

Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Field Units, including PCES and attorneys
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Area Offices, including PCES
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to District Customer Service Offices (the offer includes PCES in closing districts only)


Reference Source: usps.gov



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Monday, March 21, 2011

Vote no, says former APWU President William Burrus

Former APWU President Burrus comes out against tentative postal contract


Burrus’ opposition centers around provisions that—by his calculations–would cost future USPS employees more than $8,000 per year each


Reference Source: federaltimes.com

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Highlights of the New APWU Contract (Tentative Agreement of the Collective Bargaining Agreement)

APWU Contract Period: 2010-2015

Highlights of the New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Below are key components of the tentative agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union for the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The four-and-half year contract, which will expire at midnight on May 20, 2015, must be ratified by members of the APWU.

Wages

There will be across-the-board pay increases of 3.5 percent over the life of the contract.

Nov. 17, 2012 – 1% increase

Nov. 16, 2013 – 1.5% increase

Nov. 15, 2014 – 1% increase

Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Cost-of-living increases will continue and will be “back-loaded.” COLAs for 2011 were waived, and COLAs for 2012 are deferred until 2013.

A March 2012 COLA will become effective in March 2013, together with a March 2013 COLA.

A September 2012 COLA will become effective in September 2013, together with a September 2013 COLA.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments will be made in March and September 2013.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments will be made in March and September 2014.

A Cost-of-Living Adjustment will be made in March 2015.

New Entry-Level Steps

Additional steps will be added to the pay scale for new employees in Levels 3through 8, with lower starting salaries. Future employees will progress through the new steps onto the current pay scale, but will not be eligible to progress to the current top step.

Health Benefits

There will be no changes to the healthcare benefits of APWU members in 2012. Each year from 2013 through 2016 there will be a slight shift in employees’ share of contributions toward healthcare coverage. This will amount to an increase of several dollars per pay period each year. (Similar changes were made in the last contract.)

Limits on Excessing

The agreement limits excessing outside of an installation or craft to no more than 40 miles from the installation in most cases and to no more than 50 miles in any case. If management cannot place employees within 50 miles, the parties will jointly determine what steps may be taken.

Employees will not be required to retreat to crafts they were excessed from if the crafts are represented by the APWU.

There will be designated “moving days” no more frequently than once every three months for excessing from postal installations. This will strengthen seniority when excessing occurs in multiple installations within a geographic area.

Jobs and Job Security

Protection against layoffs continues for all career employees who were on the rolls as of Nov. 20, 2010. The language of Article 6, which governs layoffs and reductions-in-force, remains unchanged.

New provisions on subcontracting give the APWU the opportunity to develop proposals to compete with subcontractors for work, and stipulate that if APWU-represented employees can perform the work less expensively than the subcontractors, the work must be performed by APWU-represented employees.

The tentative agreement protects jobs with a provision that stipulates that the APWU will retain jurisdiction if the duties of union members are moved to facilities that are not currently represented by the APWU.

Jobs in the Clerk Craft

No fewer than 1,100 Call Center jobs that had been contracted out will be returned to the APWU bargaining unit. The Call Center locations will become part of the installation of the nearest Processing & Distribution Center, so that APWU members can bid on these positions.

A minimum of 800 positions will be created in the Clerk Craft to perform administrative and technical duties that are currently performed by EAS personnel.

Lead Clerk, PS-7, positions will be created in mail processing and in retail to perform administrative duties.

At least one Lead Clerk position will be established in any office where there is no supervisor.

At least one Lead Clerk position will be established in any Customer Service office with five or more Clerk Craft employees.

Ratios for the establishment of Lead Clerk positions in mail processing will be as follows :

# Clerks


# Lead Clerks

5-49


1

50-99


2

100-199
3
200-499 4
500 or more 5, plus one for each 100 clerks



204Bs will be eliminated from offices with supervisors, except to fill absences of more than 14 days and vacant assignments of more than 14 days.
Part-Time Regular positions will be eliminated from the Clerk Craft.

Jobs in the Maintenance Craft

There will be a joint audit of maintenance work currently performed by contractors to identify duties that can be assigned to the Maintenance Craft where it is cost effective.

Custodial staffing will be established on an installation-wide basis rather than on a facility-wide basis.

Initially 1,500 custodial positions that were contracted out will be returned to the bargaining unit.

Help Desk positions at the MTSC (Maintenance Technical Support Center) in Norman, OK, will be assigned to the bargaining unit.

There will be an audit of EAS positions to determine if non-supervisory duties are being performed. Bargaining unit duties derived from the audit will be returned to the bargaining unit and a minimum of 60 bargaining unit positions will be established.

All in-craft promotions will be on the basis of installation seniority within a “banded” score.

Jobs in the Motor Vehicle Craft

Approximately 740 Vehicle Maintenance Facility positions will be created to perform work that is currently performed by subcontractors. The jobs will be created as follows:

219 Level 8 Technicians
459 Level 9 Lead Technicians
62 Level 10 Lead Technicians

A minimum of 600 Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) will be converted to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) routes, with a minimum of 25% of the duty assignments given to career employees

The APWU will have the opportunity to review approximately 8,000 additional HCRs, and will have the opportunity to submit proposals for the work.

There will be an audit of EAS positions to determine if non-supervisory duties are being performed. Bargaining unit duties derived from the audit will be returned to the bargaining unit and a minimum of 60 bargaining unit positions will be established.

Part-Time Flexible and Part-Time Regular positions will be eliminated from the MVS Craft.

New, Non-Traditional Positions

The tentative agreement changes the definition of “full-time” in a way that gives the Postal Service and our members greater flexibility.

The “full-time” designation will apply to any position of 30 or more hours per week and to any position of 48 hours or less per week

No current employees can be forced into a full-time position of less than 40 hours per week or more than 44 hours per week.

These provisions will allow for the creation of many non-traditional full-time schedules, including four 10-hour days, three 12-hour days, and four 11-hour days.

There will be no mandatory overtime for employees in non-traditional assisgnments or in functional areas that utilize non-traditional full-time assignments.

To provide the USPS with flexibility, the parties agreed to create a new position for Non-Career Assistants, who will comprise up to 20 percent of the workforce in most functional areas of the Clerk Craft and up to 10 percent in both the Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts. These employees will be paid lower wages than career employees, but higher wages than Transitional Employees and Casuals. They will be part of the APWU bargaining unit and will receive raises, health benefits, and leave. Non-Career Assistants will have access to the grievance procedure, and they will have the opportunity to join the ranks of the permanent, career workforce by seniority.

Transitional Employees and Casuals will be eliminated as workforce categories. Employees who are currently serving as TEs or Casuals will be eligible for conversion to Non-Career Assistants if they have passed the appropriate tests.

Small Offices

There will be no Part-Time Flexibles in Level 21 and above offices. Positions will be staffed with Full-Time Regulars (including non-traditional assignments) and Non-Career Assistants.
In Level 20 and below offices, wherever the union can demonstrate the existence of 30-hour duty assignments, management must create them.
Restrictions will be placed on the amount of bargaining unit work that may be performed by supervisory personnel in small offices. The formula is as follows:

Level 20 offices and above - No bargaining work by supervisors allowed

Level 18 offices - 18 hours per week

Level 15 and 16 offices - 25 hours per week

Many Contract Postal Units (CPUs) will be returned to the APWU bargaining unit; others will be closed, and a system will be established to evaluate additional CPUs for return to the bargaining unit or closure.

Bidding

Employees will enjoy unlimited bidding on jobs that do not require training or a deferment period. Such bids will not count toward an employee’s allowed number of bids.

Light & Limited Duty

The union’s proposals regarding light- and limited-duty positions will proceed to arbitration. Our proposals are intended to protect seniority rights and to provide fair opportunities for accommodation for employees that need it.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Read more on the tentavive APWU contract agreement (awaiting ratification)

To read the latest news and commentary on the APWU tentative agreement, please view our side-bar on the left hand side of this site, titled: "News for the APWU".

APWU Contract Negotiated to an Agreement: requires ratification by membership

APWU Contract Negotiated to an Agreement - requires ratification by membership



The APWU has reported a settlement of the National Contract. To view a synopsis of the settlement go to http://www.apwu.org/issues-cbanegots2010/index.htm. The link will take you to the APWU Contract Negotiations site. As we write this post, the site is experiencing downtime due to heavy traffic. Sites tend to pay for a certain amount of internet bandwidth and when that bandwidth amount is exceeded, you may get a "problem loading page", a connection timeout, or some other inability to load the page.


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



Tags: APWU Tentative Agreement

Monday, March 14, 2011

APWU Contract Deal? Contract Negotiations Update for March 14, 2011

No official news of a contract agreement

The www.postalnewsblog.com has reported "a tweet from the Mid Florida APWU Local claims the union and the USPS have reached a contract agreement." [Reference: http://www.postalnewsblog.com/2011/03/12/report-apwu-and-usps-reach-contract-deal/]. However the PostalReporter News Blog [Reference: http://www.postalreporternews.net/tag/apwu-contract-negotiations/] reports the "USPS Denies Contract Agreement Reached With APWU".

In an effort to investigate the report, we went straight to the most applicable source, the APWU. A search of the APWU "Contract Negotiations News" page has not posted an update, at least at the time of this writing, since February 24, 2011. Therefore there is no official news as of yet.
Reference Source: http://contractnegotiations.blogspot.com/



Tags: APWU Contract, APWU Contract Negotiations Update, APWU contract deal,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Postal Early Retirement Coming Soon

Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year



early retirement offers to reach that number and is weighing whether to use buyouts as well.


Reference Source: postalearlyretirement.blogspot.com



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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

APWU Contract Update

APWU Contract Update



What's going on with the APWU contract negotiations? No news to share here!


Reference Source: contractnegotiations.blogspot.com



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Friday, February 25, 2011

Bargaining continues, but no tentative agreement

Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee to Meet But There is No Tentative Agreement, Union Says



APWU President Cliff Guffey has called the Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee to Washington, DC for a briefing on contract negotiations, but he said a tentative agreement has not been reached. The panel will meet on March 2 with members of the union’s negotiating team.

“We have been meeting with the Postal Service regularly,” Guffey said, “and although progress has been slow, we feel it is important to update the committee on our discussions.

“I know that all our members want to hear details about negotiations,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is not appropriate to disclose the specifics while talks are continuing.


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Thursday, February 24, 2011

‘Business as Usual’ Isn’t Good Enough, Guffey Tells National Officers

‘Business as Usual’ Isn’t Good Enough, Guffey Tells National Officers



Guffey’s message took on a sense of urgency, as news reports were filled with stories about the battle public employees in Wisconsin are waging to protect their right to bargain.

“You’re all good at persuading people,” Guffey told the group of experienced arbitration advocates. “We need you to use your persuasive skills to get members of Congress to support


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



Tags: APWU Contract Negotiations

Saturday, February 19, 2011

APWU Stands in Solidarity with Embattled Workers

APWU Stands in Solidarity with Embattled Workers



As embattled state and local workers in Wisconsin protest legislation that would attack public employees’ rights to bargain collectively, the APWU urges members to stand in solidarity with those who would be affected by the bill.


Reference Source: Labor Contract News



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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Total mail volume increases full 1.5%

USPS ENDS QUARTER 1 WITH $329 MILLION LOSS



"...economic indicators suggest the dramatic decline in mail volume is over..."


Reference Source: usps.gov



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Friday, February 4, 2011

USPS RIF and VER Informational Website Announced

USPS HR Organizational Changes Website Announced



In the event of RIF and/or VER, all relevant information – including timelines and guidance - will be posted on the Organizational Changes Website as soon as details are finalized. Watch for internal communications such as LINK articles and stay tuned to this website for any and all HR-related updates.

Reference Source: USPS HR Organizational Changes Website



Tags: USPS HR Organizational Changes Website, USPS Voluntary Early Retirement Information, USPS Reduction in Force Information,

Monday, January 31, 2011

The new postmaster general speaks out

The new postmaster general speaks out



Negotiations are underway with two of your largest unions. There are some concerns with "excessing" - moving people to new positions or to a new town. You've said that one of the biggest concerns to the whole program that there's a big fear about change. Talk a little bit about how you're trying to allay those fears.


Reference Source: washingtonpost.com



Tags: APWU Contract Negotiations