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Full Text of the
2010-2015 Contract [PDF]

Highlights of the
2010-2015 Contract [PDF]

Effective Dates of Various Provisions in the Contract:
  Organized by Topic [PDF]
  Organized by Date [PDF]

Questions and Answers on The Tentative Agreement
Q&A - June 28, 2011
Q&A - APWU Positions
Maintenance Craft
Clerk Craft - Regarding   Positions in Small Offices
Clerk Craft - Regarding   Conversion of PTFs and
  PTRs

NTFT Assignments
Custodial Positions

Articles About the Tentative Agreement from the April-June 2011 American Postal Worker
President:
Collective Bargaining Works:   We are Proof!
Executive Vice President:
Why Vote ‘Yes’
Industrial Relations:
An Agreement For Our Times
Clerk Craft:
Safeguarding Jobs,
  New Opportunities

Maintenance Craft:
Contract Changes
Motor Vehicle Services Craft:
Contract Victories

2006-2010 and Past Collective Bargaining Agreements

Contract Now Available
(02/09/12) The official 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the USPS and the APWU is being printed and will be ready for shipping shortly, Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris has announced. In the meantime, copies can be viewed and downloaded from the APWU Web site or ordered from the APWU Store. [read more]


Arbitration Hearing Begins
On Schedules Of New Full-Timers
(12/13/11) An arbitration hearing began today on the first two of several disputes that arose when management incorrectly implemented new provisions of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The disputes involve the placement of newly converted full-time employees into non-traditional schedules, and the denial of retreats rights to Clerk Craft employees on posted Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments in their former installations. [read more]


Questions and Answers
On the Contract

(10/20/11) The APWU and the USPS have agreed to a set of Questions and Answers regarding the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris has announced. The Questions and Answers, dated Oct. 20, 2011, cover an array of topics, including Postal Support Employees (PSEs), supervisors performing bargaining unit work in small offices, Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) assignments, excessing, lead clerks, acting supervisors, and the grievance procedure. [read more]


Enforcing the Contract in Small Offices
(07/12/11) The USPS has begun implementing several policies in small post offices that violate the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Although many of the disputes may eventually be decided at the national level, Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk is advising locals that it is important that to challenge violations properly at the local level. [read more]


Questions and Answers, Staffing Tool
(07/06/11) 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. The Industrial Relations Department also has posted a map that shows staffing for Level 15-and-above post offices. [read more]


Up Next: Preparing for Local Negotiations
(07/01/11) The 2010-2015 collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the membership, and it is now time to move to the enforcement phase of our new contract. This agreement has many sweeping changes, and there is much work to do. The ratification of the national contract has set the stage for local negotiations. Many locals will choose to open negotiations in order to update their Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU); preparations should be underway. The USPS may also choose to open negotiations. [read more]


APWU Members Ratify New Contract
(07/01/11) APWU members approved a new contract may 11, with more than 75 percent of those casting ballots in favor of ratification. The final tally was 69,451 to 22,351 in voting that ended May 10. The agreement will expire May 20, 2015. “The new contract is an important achievement for the APWU,” said President Cliff Guffey. “We were able to retain protection against layoffs, bring back thousands of jobs in each craft, and limit excessing. As we made clear from the start of bargaining, management’s proposal to eliminate our protection against layoffs was a ‘non-starter.’” [read more]


Correction to Maintenance Jobs Memo
In Collective Bargaining Agreement
(05/26/11) A correction has been made to the Maintenance Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding that appears on page 181 of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. [read more]


Voter Participation Contest
And the Winners Are…
(05/25/11) APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced the winners of the union’s voter participation contest. The challenge, intended to encourage participation in the ratification process, offered rewards to locals that were most successful in mobilizing APWU members to vote.
[read more]


It's Official
APWU, USPS Sign New Contract

(05/23/11) 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. “I am pleased that we were able to negotiate a contract that will strengthen the Postal Service for the future and protect the job security of union members,” Guffey said. A permanent printed version of the contract will be finalized soon. [read more]


APWU Guide to
Local Negotiations 2011
(05/20/11) The APWU Industrial Relations Department has produced a Guide to Local Negotiations that contains a wealth of information to assist locals in bargaining over Local Memorandums of Understanding (LMOUs) under the 2010-2015 National Agreement. [read more]


Union, Management Agree
To Timeline for Local Negotiations
(05/18/11) In the wake of the ratification of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the APWU and USPS have agreed to a timeline for local negotiations, Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris, has announced. [read more]


Official Local-by-Local
Ratification Vote Totals
(05/18/11) Details of the APWU contract ratification vote are now available, including a local-by-local tally. The results are shown alphabetically by state, with locals in each state listed alphabetically as well. [read more]


Union Members Ratify Contract
(05/11/11) APWU members approved a new contract May 11, with more than 75 percent of those casting ballots voting in favor of ratification. The final tally was 69,451 to 22,351 in balloting that ended May 10. The agreement will expire May 20, 2015. “The new contract is an important achievement for the APWU,” said President Cliff Guffey. “We were able to retain protection against layoffs, bring back thousands of jobs in each craft, and limit excessing. [read more]


Ratification Vote Count Underway
(05/11/11) The counting of ballots in the ratification vote on the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement has begun. As of 12:45 p.m., the numbers stand at 69,451 “yes” votes, and 22,351 “no” votes. The numbers will be updated periodically as they become available. The final vote count will be posted at www.apwu.org.


Guffey to Congress:
USPS Will Continue as 'Vital Public Service,'
But Needs Relief from Pre-Funding Mandate

(05/04/11) “We expect the Postal Service to continue as a vital public service agency funded solely by postal customers for the foreseeable future,” APWU President Cliff Guffey told a House Committee in a May 3 statement. “However, the USPS needs immediate and short-term relief from the unique and unreasonable requirement that it pre-fund retiree health benefits,” he said. [read more]


Vote on the Tentative Agreement:
Ballots Due Back In One Week
(05/03/11) With just one week remaining before voting ends on ratification of the tentative 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, union members are reminded to cast their ballots. Votes must be received in the designated return post office box by 9 a.m. on May 10. “I encourage every member to participate,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “The provisions of the contract will have a profound impact on our jobs and our future, so it very important that union members make their voices heard.” [read more]


Guffey to Union Members:
Don’t Let Anti-Labor Politicians
Stop You From Voting
(04/28/11) Some very powerful politicians have set their sights on postal employees, APWU President Cliff Guffey has warned, and union members must respond decisively. “Anti-labor members of Congress have said the union’s tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement is too favorable to workers,” the union president noted. “They favor contracting out virtually all of our jobs. [read more]


Additional Questions and Answers
About the Tentative Agreement
(04/28/11) Questions have been posed on the APWU’s Facebook page about the Tentative Agreement for a new contract. Union officers have addressed some recent questions.
[read more]


Vote on the Tentative Agreement
If You Didn’t Get a Ballot...
(04/18/11) Ballots for the ratification of the tentative 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement were mailed to eligible members April 8-11, and must be received in designated return post office box in New York by 9 a.m. on May 10. The vote count will begin May 11. If you have not received a ballot by Monday, April 18, contact the American Arbitration Association by phone at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate, or by e-mail to apwu@adr.org. [read more]


Analysis:
House Hearing Sets Troubling Precedent

(04/14/11) APWU members across the country cheered when President Cliff Guffey stood up for postal workers at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on April 5, but the inquiry into the union’s tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement set a troubling precedent nonetheless. With governors and state legislatures across the country chipping away at the rights of teachers, nurses, and firefighters to engage in collective bargaining, the committee’s decision to examine the APWU’s proposed contract took on an ominous tone. [read more]


Clearing Up Confusion
About the Tentative Agreement

(04/11/11) 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 on Pay Raises vs. Health Benefit Costs and Non-Traditional Full-Time Assignments. [read more]

Video: Pay Raises vs. Health Benefit Costs
Video: Non-Traditional Full-Time Assignments
Excessing Over 50 Miles


Senators Introduce
Anti-Postal Legislation
Proposed Bills Threaten
Workers’ Health, Life Insurance Benefits

(04/11/11) Powerful senators have introduced legislation that, if adopted, would dramatically increase the cost of health and life insurance premiums for postal employees, and would void provisions of the tentative 2010-2015 USPS-APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement.
[read more]


Typos in Tentative Agreement
(04/11/11) Several typos have been found in the Tentative Agreement and have been corrected in the version posted online. Printed copies that were included in the ratification mailing have not been corrected. [read more]


Ballots Mailed, Due Back May 10
Vote on Tentative Contract
(04/08/11) The mailing of ballots for ratification of the tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement began April 8 and will be completed April 11, the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee has announced. Ballots are due in the return post office box in New York by 9 a.m. on May 10, and will be counted on May 11. “We achieved our primary goals: to safeguard jobs and limit the hardships caused by excessing,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “We retained our protection against layoffs and we reclaimed work. In addition, we negotiated restrictions on excessing." [read more]


House Hearing:
Guffey Defends Collective Bargaining
(04/05/11) In a contentious hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, APWU President Cliff Guffey gave a vigorous defense of collective bargaining and postal employees. The APWU approached the labor negotiations with one primary test in mind, Guffey said: “What will be right for the Postal Service, the American people it serves, and the employees we represent? It is a testament to the value of collective bargaining that the APWU and the Postal Service have reached a Tentative Agreement that meets this test.” [read more]

Watch the hearing on C-Span]
Video Excerpt: Rep. Ross accuses union of "buying votes"
MSNBC report by Rachel Maddow


Guffey:
Collective Bargaining Can Be Win-Win

(04/05/11) "Public-employee unions and their employers can make collective bargaining work — even when faced with a financial crisis," APWU President Cliff Guffey said in a guest editorial published on Politico.com. [read more]


Maintenance Craft Questions and Answers on the Tentative Agreement
(04/05/11) Several questions have been posed on the APWU’s Facebook page regarding the Tentative Agreement for a new contract. Union officers have addressed questions on how it would affect Maintenance Craft workers. [read more]


More Questions
And Answers on the Tentative Agreement
(04/04/11) Several questions have been posed on the APWU’s Facebook page regarding the Tentative Agreement for a new contract. Union officers have addressed questions regarding the Clerk Craft positions in small offices. [read more]


Testimony to House Committee
To Be Shown Online
(04/04/11) Testimony about the APWU’s tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will be broadcast live on the Committee’s Web site. APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify. [full story]


Guffey to Testify Before House Committee
Chairman Blasts Contract as Too Generous to Workers
(03/31/11) APWU President Cliff Guffey has been asked to testify about the union’s tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, whose powerful chairman has publicly condemned the proposed agreement and said it is too generous to postal employees. [full story]


Guffey Defends USPS Viability,
Tentative Agreement on CNBC
(03/25/11) In a televised discussion of the financial challenges facing the USPS, APWU President Cliff Guffey defended the union’s Tentative Agreement for a new contract with the Postal Service and reminded viewers the nation’s mail system “is the backbone of a multi-trillion dollar business in this country." [read more/watch video]


APWU Members to Vote
On Tentative Agreement
Mailing Starts April 8; Ballots Due Back May 10
(03/22/11) Voting on the Tentative Agreement for the 2010-2015 APWU-USPS contract will start with a mailing set to begin on April 8. The single-question ballot will allow members to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on a contract, which, if ratified, would expire on May 20, 2015. Ballots for the referendum must be received in the designated post office box by May 10, 2011; the vote count will take place on May 11. [read more]


Tentative Agreement Available Online
(03/22/11) A full version of the Tentative Agreement between the APWU and the Postal Service is available for union members to download or view online. It can be found in the Contract News pages of www.apwu.org. [read more]


Union Officers Say, ‘Vote YES!’
(03/21/11)The APWU National Executive Board voted unanimously last week to approve the union’s Tentative Agreement with the Postal Service, and in a video for APWU members, officers working at the organization’s Washington DC headquarters urged members to ‘Vote YES!’ The NEB vote was conducted via a telephone poll. [read more] |[video message]


Briefings on the
Tentative Agreement
(03/18/11) Members of the union’s Negotiating Team will conduct briefings on the Tentative Agreement in a dozen cities across the country. APWU members who wish to attend a meeting in their area should contact their National Business Agent or Regional Coordinator for specific information about the time and site. [read more]


Rank-and-File Committee
Approves Tentative Contract
(03/16/11) The APWU Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee voted unanimously on March 16 to approve a Tentative Agreement with the USPS for a new contract. The Tentative Agreement will be sent to eligible union members for a ratification vote. Details about the vote, which the committee will supervise, will be announced once plans are finalized. [read more] | [RFBAC video message]


Some Questions -
And Answers - On the Tentative Agreement
(03/16/11) Several questions have been posed on the APWU’s Facebook page regarding the Tentative Agreement for a new contract. Union officers address questions regarding the conversion of Clerk Craft part-time flexible employees and part-time regular employees below. [read more]


APWU, USPS Reach
Tentative Agreement on New Contract
(03/14/11) The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, union President Cliff Guffey announced today. “Despite the fact that the Postal Service is on the edge of insolvency, the union and management have reached an agreement that is a ‘win-win’ proposition,” he said. “Throughout the bargaining process, the union has sought to negotiate a contract that would be fair to our members and that would enable the USPS to succeed in the future,” he said.  “The tentative agreement accomplishes those goals. [full story]
[A Video Message from President Guffey] | [Highlights of the Tentative Agreement ]


Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee to Meet
But There is No Tentative Agreement, Union Says
(02/24/11) 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. [read more]


With Slow Progress, Contract Talks Continue
Union Asks for Members’ Continued Support
(01/28/11) “Although progress in contract negotiations is slow, bargaining is ongoing,” APWU President Cliff Guffey reported on Jan. 28. Representatives of the Postal Service and the union are meeting almost daily, he added. “I know that many of our members are eager to hear details about our exchanges,” Guffey said. “Unfortunately, while talks are ongoing, it is not feasible to elaborate on specifics. Unless and until we reach agreement on all of the outstanding issues, the concepts the parties have been considering are just that — concepts. They will only have meaning if we reach agreement on a complete contract. [read more]


Despite Mounting Frustration,
Contract Talks Continue
(01/10/11) Although the union is “increasingly frustrated” at the slow pace of contract negotiations, bargaining is continuing, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. After briefing the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee on Jan. 4 and 5, members of the union’s negotiating team held discussions with their management counterparts on Jan. 6 and 7. “It remains to be seen whether management negotiators are willing to make the commitment necessary to reach a negotiated settlement,” Guffey said. [read more]


Union Frustrated by
Lack of Progress in Contract Talks
(01/03/11) APWU President Cliff Guffey has summoned the union’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee to Washington, DC for an update on contract negotiations, but he was quick to point out that no tentative agreement has been reached and none appears imminent. “I am increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in contract talks,” Guffey said.
[read more]


Negotiations to Continue During Holiday Week
(12/21/10) Contract negotiations with the Postal Service are ongoing and will continue during the week between Christmas and New Years, APWU President Cliff Guffey said on Dec. 21. Following a bargaining session with Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, Guffey said, “The union is working to safeguard the jobs of our members and to lessen the pain of excessing.” A moratorium on excessing outside of a craft or installation, which was announced on Dec. 15, remains in effect while bargaining continues. [read more]


APWU, USPS Announce Freeze on Excessing
Parties Agree to Moratorium as Talks Continue
(12/15/10) The APWU and the Postal Service have agreed to a freeze on excessing while contract negotiations continue, union President Cliff Guffey has announced. “The moratorium on excessing is a demonstration of good faith that will make the holidays a lot brighter for many of our members,” Guffey said. “The freeze will remain in effect as long as bargaining continues, and will apply to excessing outside of a craft or installation.” [read more]


Bargaining Continues
(12/09/10) Contract talks between the APWU and Postal Service have continued throughout the week and are ongoing, President Cliff Guffey has reported. “We are pursuing our goals,” he said. “If we are unable to reach an agreement that is fair to postal workers, we are prepared to proceed to arbitration.” [read more]


APWU IT/ASC Negotiations Begin
(12/09/10) Negotiations between the APWU and the Postal Service for a new contract for Information Technology/Accounting Service Centers began Tuesday, Dec. 7. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Jan. 20. [read more]


The Washington Post: Wrong Again!
(12/07/10) A recent Washington Post editorial is so riddled with inaccuracies that it’s hard to know where to begin to refute them. But one thing is clear: The message — and the not-so-coincidental timing of its publication — is that the anti-union newspaper wants Congress to tilt the scale against workers just as the APWU’s contract negotiations reach the final stages. [read more]


Bargaining Over New Contract Continues
(12/06/10) Negotiators for the APWU and the USPS met again on Monday, Dec. 6, in an effort to hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. At face-to-face meetings at USPS headquarters and in telephone conversations, the parties discussed job security, limits on excessing, pay and workforce structure, APWU President Cliff Guffey reported. “I remain convinced that if management is serious about wanting to negotiate an agreement, a settlement is possible. But we are prepared to go to arbitration if we are unable to reach an agreement,” Guffey said. [read more]


Negotiations Over New Contract Ongoing
(12/03/10) Contract negotiations between the APWU and the USPS continued Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3, and union representatives will be meeting over the weekend, APWU President Cliff Guffey said Friday afternoon. “We are continuing to work hard to reach an agreement with management that will be good for our members, as well as for the Postal Service and the American people,” he said. [read more]


Contract Talks to Continue
(12/01/10) The APWU and Postal Service will continue contract negotiations, and have agreed to extend the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement for a third time, APWU President Cliff Guffey announced Dec. 1. “We have been working feverishly to reach an agreement that is good for postal workers and the Postal Service, and we will continue our efforts,” Guffey said. “We still believe there is potential to reach a negotiated settlement.” [read more]


Contract Talks Approach Deadline
USPS Extends Bidding
(11/30/10) Union and management representatives continued bargaining Nov. 30, and will meet again on Dec. 1 — the day the contract is set to expire. “The final days of contract negotiations are always the toughest, and that’s where we’re at,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. “But we are determined to meet the challenge and negotiate a contract that is fair to postal workers and that will strengthen the Postal Service. We will continue our efforts to reach a just settlement.” [read more]


Contract Negotiations Resume
(11/29/10) Contract negotiations between the APWU and the Postal Service resumed Nov. 29, with a Dec. 1 deadline fast approaching. Talks will continue on Nov. 30. The union and management discussed returning subcontracted work to USPS employees and issues related to workforce structure, as well as pay and benefits. “The APWU is seeking an agreement that will benefit our members and the Postal Service,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said.
[read more]


Contract Extended to Dec. 1;
APWU, USPS to Continue Talks on Nov. 29
(11/23/10) Negotiators for the union and the U.S. Postal Service have extended their Collective Bargaining Agreement for a second time, until Dec. 1, and will continue bargaining on Monday, Nov. 29, APWU President Cliff Guffey announced today. “Although we have not yet reached agreement, we remain hopeful that we can arrive at a settlement,” he said.
[read more]


Operating Services Agreement
Extended through Dec. 8
(11/23/10) The APWU Operating Services Agreement typically terminates with the APWU National Agreement. Since the union and management have extended the National Agreement till Dec. 1, the Operating Services agreement will be extended until Dec. 8. [read more]


Operating Services Agreement
Extended through Nov. 30
(11/21/10) The APWU and the Postal Service have agreed to extend the Operating Services agreement through Tuesday, Nov. 30, at noon ET, said APWU Support Services Director Bill Manley. The parties agreed to extend negotiations in order to “tie up any loose ends after the deadline for the National Agreement passes,” Manley said. The union and the Postal Service agreed on Nov. 20 to extend the national contract until Tuesday, Nov. 23, at noon.
[read more]


APWU 2010 Negotiations
Contract Extended to Nov. 23;
Union, USPS to Continue Talks
(11/20/10 - 11:45 p.m.) APWU President Cliff Guffey announced that the union and Postal Service have extended their Collective Bargaining Agreement through Tuesday, Nov. 23, at noon. The contract was scheduled to expire Nov. 20.  “We do not have a new contract,” Guffey said, “but we believe there is still potential to negotiate an agreement. The union and management will continue to discuss the topics that remain in dispute.” [read more]


Postal Workers’ Contract Extended to Nov. 23; Talks Continue  
(APWU Press Release 11/20/10 - 11:30 p.m.) APWU President Cliff Guffey announced that the union and the Postal Service have agreed to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement until Tuesday, Nov. 23, at noon.  The contract was scheduled to expire Nov. 20, at noon ET. “We do not have a new contract,” Guffey said, “but we believe there is still potential to negotiate an agreement. The union and management will continue to discuss the topics that remain in dispute. [read more]


Contract Negotiations Update
Bargaining Continues as Contract Deadline Nears
(11/20/10) Negotiations between the APWU and the Postal Service are continuing throughout the day Saturday, with the contract set to expire at midnight on Nov. 20. The union’s top negotiators and high-ranking postal officials are discussing preserving jobs, issues related to workforce structure, as well as pay and benefits. APWU President Cliff Guffey reported on negotiations to the union’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee and national officers during a break in bargaining. “We continue to focus on protecting jobs in order to limit the pain of ‘excessing’ on our members,” he said.
[read more]


Contract Negotiations Update
Guffey: USPS Will Have to Do Better
(11/18/10) Postal Service negotiators continue to express interest in APWU contract proposals, “but so far have failed to put anything in writing,” APWU President Cliff Guffey reported to the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee on Nov. 18. At a morning bargaining session, management representatives re-hashed their previous oral statements, he said. “If they expect to get an agreement, they will have to do better.” [read more]


Contract Negotiations Update
Union Pushes for Job Security
(11/17/10) APWU President Cliff Guffey briefed the union’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee on Wednesday morning, saying, “Our goal in these negotiations is to make our members feel as though they can stick around and feel secure in their jobs. That is our obligation.” [read more]


Contract Negotiations Update
Guffey: ‘Real Efforts’ to Reach Agreement Begin
(11/16/10) “Real efforts” to reach an agreement with the Postal Service on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement began Monday afternoon when the union’s top negotiators held a closed-door meeting with high-ranking postal officials, APWU President Cliff Guffey said. “We had a good meeting,” Guffey told the union’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Tuesday morning. “We discussed returning jobs to our bargaining unit.” [read more]


Contract Negotiations Update
APWU Negotiators Meet
With Rank and File Committee
(11/15/10) Union President Cliff Guffey and the other members of the APWU negotiating team briefed the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee on Monday morning on the status of bargaining. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires Nov. 20. “Until now, the Postal Service has not been serious about negotiating. We hope to change that,” Guffey said. [read more]


APWU Rank and File Bargaining
Committee Scheduled to Arrive in Washington, DC
(11/12/10) The union’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee is scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC on Nov. 14 to be on hand in the event of late-breaking developments at the negotiating table. With the current Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire Nov. 20, APWU President Cliff Guffey remains optimistic about the possibility that an agreement can be reached. [read more]


Follow CBA Negotiations On Facebook, Twitter
(11/12/10) With the Collective Bargaining Agreement scheduled to expire Nov. 20, the APWU will post frequent updates about the status of negotiations. To stay informed about late-breaking developments, union members can visit www.apwu.org, or they can follow the union on Twitter and Facebook. [read more]


Contract Negotiations:
Fighting to Protect Our Future

We are determined to protect our hard-won wages, jobs, and benefits, and to obtain a fair and equitable contract.

(11/01/10) I would like to thank the members of the APWU for electing me the Executive Vice President of the American Postal Workers Union. It is truly an honor. Thank you to every member who cast a ballot.

Unfortunately, the low percentage of members who chose to exercise their right to vote was disappointing. If our union election reflects postal workers’ participation in the congressional elections, we will continue to have major problems. [read more]


USPS Wage, Benefit Proposal:
An Insult to Postal Workers
(11/01/10) Contract negotiations took a dramatic turn Nov. 1, when the Postal Service presented its proposal for employees’ wages and benefits, APWU President William Burrus said in an Update for union members. “Notwithstanding my expectation that management would seek to restrain costs, I was surprised to receive a USPS proposal that would destroy 20 years of progress,” he said. [read more]


Burrus Shocked, Disappointed
By Retirement of PMG Potter
(10/26/10) Responding to news of the retirement of Postmaster General John E. Potter, APWU President William Burrus issued the following statement: The announcement of Postmaster General John Potter’s retirement comes with shock and disappointment. We have had disagreements on a variety of issues — most notably, the cozy relationship he fostered with major mailers, and the policy of granting them excessive postage discounts. But Potter has always considered the impact his decisions would have on postal employees. Having begun his career as a distribution clerk, he has never overlooked the contribution of workers. [read more]


APWU Grows Impatient
With Pace of Contract Talks
(10/25/10) More than half-way through the 90-day period established for contract negotiations, the APWU is becoming impatient with the pace of bargaining, APWU President William Burrus wrote in an Update for union members. “I reject the premise that the serious discussions necessary to identify the framework of an agreement should be deferred to the final stages of negotiations,” he said. [read more]


What's Going on?
(10/20/10 - question submitted to Ask the President)
I have been a union member for over 30 years, and I feel I have a right to know what is going on in negotiations. This is my job and my life. 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.
-- Pamela, 480-481 (MI) Area Local
[President Burrus' response]


Congressman's Call for Concessions
Should Drive Postal Workers to the Polls
(09/27/10) A recent editorial by a California congressman demonstrates just how important the November elections are for postal workers, APWU President William Burrus said in an Update for union members. In an article filled with inaccuracies about the Postal Service and contract negotiations, Rep. Darrell Issa declared: “No union has or ever will lobby for a layoff, so it’s up to USPS management and Congress to demand concessions,” Burrus noted.
[read more]


Union Denounces
USPS Attempts to 'Work the Refs'
Says Contract Negotiations Ill-Served by Public Misstatements
(09/08/10) American Postal Workers Union President William Burrus has denounced efforts by the Postal Service to influence the outcome of contract negotiations by issuing demands in public forums. “Unfortunately, the Postal Service has begun posturing and manipulating numbers,” he said. “Management is ‘working the refs’ in an effort to influence the outcome of contract negotiations.” [read more]


Contract Negotiations Begin
Union Pledges ‘Best Effort’ to Achieve Agreement
(09/01/10) Negotiations for a new national agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service began Sept. 1 in Washington, DC. The current contract expires Nov. 20, 2010. “Every contract negotiation brings special challenges, and this will be no different,” APWU President William Burrus said at the opening session. “Mail volume is depressed and revenue is down, but we have faced similar circumstances before.
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Contract Negotiations Underway
(09/01/10) Contract negotiations began on Sept. 1, and bargaining sessions are scheduled every week during the months of September, October, and November. The current contract expires at midnight on Nov. 20, 2010, and a lot of hard bargaining will take place between now and then. In this round of contract talks, we will face some of our toughest challenges ever: Many issues that have threatened us in the past are looming again, and we will have to fight to retain some of the gains we made in years past. We expect management to challenge our cost-of-living allowance, our healthcare benefits, and our protection against layoffs, and we anticipate that the Postal Service will seek even greater flexibility in assignments.
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Delegates Designate Retention of
Federal Health Benefits a ‘Top Priority’
(09/01/10) On the fifth and final day of the convention, delegates reaffirmed their commitment to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) by voting “yes” to a resolution that would make retaining union members’ right to participate in the plan a “top priority” for negotiators during 2010 bargaining. [read more]


Major Mailers Make Billions,
But Demand Postal Worker Pay Cuts
(08/03/10) Although they make billions of dollars in profits from excessive “worksharing discounts,” major mailers demand pay cuts from postal employees, APWU President William Burrus notes in an Update for union members. Their demand is part of a disturbing trend — the transfer of wealth from workers to the very wealthiest Americans, he says.
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Preparation for Contract Negotiations
Rank & File Bargaining Panel Meets
(06/16/10) “This will not be a giveback contract,” APWU President Burrus told members of the union’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee at their first meeting on June 16. “Negotiations may be difficult,” he said, “but it is our job to find a way around the obstacles we face.” Contract negotiations are scheduled to begin on Sept. 1; the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires Nov. 20. [read more]


Union Appoints Rank-and-File
Bargaining Advisory Committee
(04/19/10) With contract negotiations set to begin later this year, APWU President William Burrus has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 13th member, appointed by the president, is a representative from the APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.
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Members Input on Bargaining Is Welcome
(03/01/10) With negotiations for a new contract set to begin in August (90 days prior to the Nov. 20 expiration of the current contract), the Industrial Relations Department is busy preparing for bargaining. As part of our preparation, we seek input from union members and officers at all levels of the organization. [read more]


Reflecting On The Record
Bargaining Rights Make a World of Difference
(03/01/10) Over the past several years I have been combing through the union’s archives to compile a record of contractual changes over the past 30 years. While doing this research on collective bargaining achievements since 1980, it occurred to me that more than 90 percent of the APWU members working today have fewer than 30 years of service: Their entire careers have been influenced by the union’s efforts during this period of time; Moe Biller and I are the only APWU presidents that these members have known. [read more]


The Challenges We Will Meet In Collective Bargaining
(11/01/09) The APWU will officially open negotiations for a new National Agreement with the Postal Service sometime in August, approximately 90 days prior to the current contract’s expiration on Nov. 20, 2010, and just days after the conclusion of our 20th biennial national convention. It is essential that at the convention in Detroit we — members, stewards, and officers of the American Postal Workers Union — are united in the struggle. [read more]

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