02/09/2006 - The Senate approved a postal reform bill by “unanimous consent” Feb. 9, taking reorganization of the USPS one step closer to reality. Before the legislation can be sent to President Bush, however, a conference committee must be formed to resolve differences between the Senate bill (S. 662) and a similar measure (H.R. 22) approved by the House of Representatives last summer.
02/08/2006 - A National Labor Relations Board ruling last month concluded that Mail Contractors of America (MCA), a private-sector mail hauler, committed an unfair labor practice when it changed a driver relay point in April 2005 without bargaining with the union. The APWU represents the drivers at five MCA terminals.
02/07/2006 - The APWU has established a memorial fund to benefit the families of APWU members who were killed Jan. 30 in the shootings at the Santa Barbara P&DC in Goleta, CA.
01/20/2006 - The APWU’s Detroit District Area Local and the privately-owned Serco Corporation have begun negotiations over a successor contract at its MTESC site in suburban Detroit.
12/19/2005 - Workers at Finkle Transportation’s Florida outlets voted 32-1 to join the APWU in a vote that was tallied Dec. 16 by the National Labor Relations Board. The private mail-hauling firm, which is based in New Jersey, employs 51 drivers and mechanics at four Florida locations — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.
11/21/2005 - The long-expected USPS network consolidation has begun in bits and pieces, with individual offices being notified of changes to their mail processing operations.
11/09/2005 - With a mailing to non-members and the distribution of the first in a series of flyers, the “It’s All About You!” organizing campaign has officially begun.
“The mailing to non-members that announced the September cost-of-living raise has generated more than 2,500 new members,” APWU President William Burrus said. “But that’s just the beginning: I am asking every local and state organization to make organizing a top priority over the next several months.”
Reduced Premiums - Increased Coverage
10/18/2005 - Premium costs in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase an average of 6.6 percent in 2006, but not at APWU Health Plan. Premium costs for the Consumer Driven Health Plan and High Option are either the same or lower than in 2005. With an outstanding price, a choice of two options, and top quality of service, APWU Health Plan is the real deal in 2006. (Open Season is Nov. 14 - Dec. 12.)
10/04/2005 - The Postal Service has filed a petition seeking to overturn a recent court ruling that invalidated USPS return-to-work requirements for employees with absences of more than 21 days. The APWU had hailed the July 19 ruling as a major victory in the fight to preserve workers’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
09/29/2005 - The APWU and USPS have reached an agreement on procedures for assigning employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina, union President William Burrus has announced. A Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Burrus and the USPS Vice President for Labor Relations on Sept. 27, provides for an interim period; a voluntary transfer period; and an involuntary reassignment period.
“This agreement is the first of its kind,” Burrus said. “We have no prior experience trying to relocate thousands of employees. It was quite a challenge.”