Wednesday, October 27, 2010

APWU President Burrus Shocked, Disappointed By Retirement of PMG Potter

Burrus Shocked, Disappointed
By Retirement of PMG Potter



Contract negotiations must now be viewed in a different light: It is highly unlikely that Potter will commit the next PMG to contractual provisions that are acceptable to the union. As I have said in many forums, in 2010 a negotiated agreement will require innovation and new ideas. I am very disappointed that Jack Potter will not have the freedom to join Cliff Guffey in finding the pieces that can lead to such an agreement.

The APWU has interacted with Pat Donohoe over the years and we begin the new relationship with an open mind. He should be judged by his decisions as Postmaster General, and that story has yet to be written. He faces major challenges, but I can assure him that APWU will be a strong ally if workers’ concerns are included in his agenda.


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Postmaster General Announces Retirement

A LETTER TO ALL EMPLOYEES FROM POSTMASTER GENERAL JACK POTTER



Pat Donahoe, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer, will become our new Postmaster General when I “end tour” Dec. 3.

I’ve worked with Pat for many years. His commitment to service excellence and his confidence in you are unparalleled. There’s no one better qualified to lead our organization during a time that will require new levels of flexibility, innovation, performance and change.


Reference Source: usps.gov



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APWU Grows Impatient With Pace of Contract Talks

APWU Grows Impatient With Pace of Contract Talks



...to date, management has not presented its proposals on the central contractual issues of wages, benefits, protection against layoffs, seniority, and workforce structure. ...


Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Contract Negotiation News

Ask the President



You have said it is not in the union’s best interest to negotiate in a public forum and that you do not intend to publicize the specifics of the union’s discussions with management at this time.

It is my belief that I am entitled to know what is going on.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Friday, October 15, 2010

New APWU National President Elected

Guffey Elected President, Bell Wins as VP


Newly-elected officers take office effective Nov. 12 and will serve three-year terms.

Cliff Guffey was elected the new president of the American Postal Workers Union... Newly-elected officers take office effective Nov. 12 and will serve three-year terms. ...

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What if the APWU contract expires without an agreement?

When the Clock Ticks Down


The APWU site explains it this way:

If the contract expires without an agreement, we will be prepared to move ahead with “interest arbitration.” Under the terms of the Postal Reorganization Act, if the parties fail to reach agreement on a successor contract and do not agree on an alternative procedure, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) appoints a mediator. If agreement is still not reached within 60 days of the expiration of the contract, both parties submit all outstanding issues to binding arbitration.

If arbitration becomes necessary, the APWU will appoint an arbitrator, as will the USPS. These two party-appointed arbitrators will then agree upon a neutral arbitrator to serve as chair of the panel of arbitrators. If the party-appointed arbitrators are unable to agree upon a neutral arbitrator to serve as chair, he or she will be selected from a list provided by the FMCS. The union will review the history of each of the potential arbitrators, and, after completion of the review, the parties will alternately strike names from the list in order to select the neutral arbitrator who will decide the terms of the National Agreement.

The party-appointed arbitrators will serve alongside the neutral arbitrator to ensure that each side’s interests are clearly understood by the neutral arbitrator.

Reference Source: www.apwu.org



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