Omar M. Gonzalez
About the Western Region Coordinator's Office
The Western Region Coordinator has jurisdictional responsibility for organizing the union's 13 Western states, Guam, American Samoa, and Saipan. The coordinator oversees grievance processing beyond Step 3, and interacts with the Pacific, Southwest, and Western Area Grievance Processing Centers to manage the arbitration scheduling.
The coordinator also serves as a troubleshooter for locals that request intervention with the USPS management at the Area level on issues that directly affect them.
The coordinator receives Impact Statements and other communications from the Area offices on excessing and reassignments, including withholding notices. The coordinator provides the information to affected locals and uses the feedback he receives to challenge Area management on excessing issues.
The coordinator meets with his counterparts in the Area on other issues such as the deployment of automation, safety, disputes over the implementation of Article 12, and training on Joint Contract Interpretation Manuals. The coordinator negotiates Memorandums of Understanding on a variety of subjects.
The Western Regional Office serves APWU members in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan.
There are four other regional coordinators: Sharyn M. Stone, Central Region; Mike Gallagher, Eastern Region; John H. Dirzius, Northeast Region; and Princella Vogel, Southern Region.