08/21/2016 - Members of the Clerk Craft have a reason to celebrate: For the first time in over a decade, the craft has grown. After losing more than 100,000 jobs since 2003, 15,000 new members have been added to the rolls.
News: Postal Support Employees
08/01/2016 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein and other members of the union’s negotiating team answered questions posed by union members during two Town Hall teleconferences on July 21. More 1,000 people participated in the calls, which lasted approximately 45 minutes.
07/29/2016 - APWU Clerk Craft officers and the Postal Service signed three documents on July 29: They agreed to a new set of Questions & Answers on the POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel; signed a Step 4 Settlement on Postal Support Employees (PSEs) staffing Level 4 RMPOs (Remotely Managed Post Offices) working outside their installation, and signed an addendum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Peak Season Exception Periods and the use of annuitants.
Retroactive Pay Expected Nov. 4
07/23/2016 - According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 5, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.
“UPDATE: The retroactive payments will appear in the November 18, 2016 pay check (for the October 29 – November 11, 2016 pay period. Click here for more information.”
07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)
Heather Lewis, a Postal Support Employee in Houston, loves her job. “PSEs work really hard. We work long hours, but I actually enjoy it. It’s very challenging,” she said.
But there’s no denying that many PSEs are frustrated by their status as non-career employees. That’s why Lewis volunteered to become a shop steward soon after she was hired last fall.
“I want to fight for the people,” said Lewis, who was a steward at a previous job. “I want to be a voice when people think they have no voice. That motivates me.”
On April 5 and 6 the APWU completed the opening round of its case before the arbitration panel that will decide the terms of a new contract, with testimony supporting the union’s economic package and proposals to eliminate multiple tiers within the workforce.
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
For the first time in many years, the number of employees in the Clerk Craft has increased. The total number of Clerk Craft employees on Sept. 20, 2013, was 140,841. On Sept. 18, 2015, the number was 151,055 – an increase of 6.76 percent in just two years.
Holiday Clerk Assistants, PSEs
11/24/2015 - The reporting period for the 2015 Peak Season Exception Period began on Nov. 14, 2015, and ends Jan. 8, 2016. The three consecutive pay periods will be the weeks of Nov. 14, 2015, to Dec. 25, 2015, or Nov. 28, 2015, to Jan. 8, 2016, to be decided by local management.
(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
We have, for the moment, stopped the bleeding of jobs as over 20,000 Postal Support Employees (PSEs) have been converted to career status in the last year. These workers now have higher pay, health care, and retirement benefits.
There are many reasons for the relatively remarkable achievement of conversions and slowing down the job losses in the Clerk Craft.
01/12/2015 - An addendum to the Sept. 22, 2013, POStPLAN Memorandum of Understanding will place a number of career jobs into Level 4 post offices, which otherwise would have been staffed exclusively with Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The offices in question are open four hours per day.