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Rank-and-File Committee Approves Tentative Contract

APWU Members to Vote on Proposed Argeement

12/07/2006 - The APWU Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted unanimously on Dec. 7 to approve the union’s tentative 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The agreement will be sent to union members for a ratification vote, which the committee will supervise. 

The four-year tentative agreement provides for two wage increases and an upgrade for all APWU-represented employees. There will be two Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) each year. 

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APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement

Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee to Review Contract Proposal

12/06/2006 - Negotiators for the APWU and U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement, APWU President William Burrus has announced. 

“This is an outstanding agreement that protects the rights and interests of postal workers and the American people,” he said. 

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Negotiations Hotline

Talks Continue, But Union Instructs Lawyers to Prepare for Arbitration

11/29/2006 - Although a voluntary agreement is still possible, APWU President William Burrus has instructed the union’s attorneys to make initial preparations for arbitration. In a telephone message to union members on Nov. 29, the union president said, “We must move forward to achieve a new contract.”

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OPM Opens Up Enrollment for Advanced Dental/Vision Benefits

11/29/2006 - Working with a private company, the Office of Personnel Managment has set up online enrollment procedures for enhanced vision- and dental-care benefits. The Web site,, was launched on Nov. 13. 

The Benefeds site is the exclusive place for postal employees to sign up for these voluntary benefits. The “dental/vision” enrollment season, Nov. 13-Dec. 11, coincides with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program’s Open Season.

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Negotiations Hotline

Contract Talks to Resume After Thanksgiving Weekend

11/21/2006 - APWU has proposed bold steps to address important issues for postal employees, union President William Burrus told APWU members in a telephone message. “Because we are attempting to break new ground, the final pieces of an agreement pose difficult challenges,” he said. “Despite intense discussions today, agreement on all of the issues is still beyond our grasp.” Contract talks will resume after the Thanksgiving weekend. 

APWU Web News Article 75-2006

Negotiations Hotline

As Deadline Passes, Parties Agree to Continue Talks

11/21/2006 - APWU President William Burrus has told union members that progress toward an agreement had been made, but that “important issues remain that have not been finalized.” The parties will continue discussions on Nov. 21. “The terms of the new contract are too important to rush agreement because of an artificial deadline,” he said.

APWU Web News Article 74-2006

APWU Wins Major Maintenance Arbitration Case

11/20/2006 - The APWU won a major victory last week when Arbitrator Shyam Das sustained a grievance protesting USPS custodial staffing policies. “This landmark award will help the APWU protect the custodial workforce,” said Maintenance Division Director Steve Raymer.

The award, dated Nov. 16, requires postal management to rescind the Maintenance Staffing Handbook (MS-47) issued in 2001, which outlined new staffing procedures, and reinstate the 1983 version. It also requires the Postal Service to “reinstitute or prepare staffing packages as soon as practicable.” Arbitrator Das remanded discussion of a remedy for the intervening period to the parties, but retained jurisdiction if the parties are unable to agree on that portion of the remedy.

APWU Web News Article 73-2006

Negotiations Hotline

Burrus: Contract Agreement 'Possible'

11/19/2006 - In a telephone message on the eve of the expiration of the contract, APWU President William Burrus told union members that although final agreement is beyond reach at this time, "I am convinced that agreement is possible." Negotiations are continuing, he said, with health benefits and wages dominating the discussions.