08/22/2007 - In an overwhelming vote of 51 to 9, on Aug. 17 the National Postal Professional Nurses (NPPN) voted “YES,” in favor of merging with the American Postal Workers Union. Pursuant to the APWU Constitution, the nurses will become a part of the Support Services Division, which will be responsible for contract negotiations, interpretation, and enforcement. Postal nurses will continue to be covered by a distinct collective bargaining agreement.
08/15/2007 - Even with the Consumer Price Index falling slightly in July, the latest Cost-Of-Living Adjustment under the National Agreement will give APWU-craft employees an annual raise of $686.
July was the last month of the second six-month COLA measuring period in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The COLA will be effective Sept. 1, and will be reflected in Sept. 21 paychecks (Pay Period 19-07). The adjustment will amount to a 33 cents per hour increase, or $26.40 per pay period.
08/14/2007 - In a letter to the union’s Executive Office, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney has commended the APWU for making a solid case for solidarity.
Citing the 2006 APWU National Convention Resolution that encourages affiliation with state and local labor councils, Sweeney wrote that he was pleased with the APWU’s “serious commitment” to the labor federation’s Solidarity Affiliation Campaign.
08/06/2007 - APWU members who plan to attend the 2007 All-Craft Conference can now register online, select workshops, and remit payment to the national union through www.apwu.org. Online registration will also be available for future events sponsored by the national union.
The 2007 All-Craft Conference will be held Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas. The event will feature a comprehensive series of educational workshops and general business sessions in which important craft issues and resolutions will be discussed and voted on. Craft-specific workshops will be offered for members of the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services Crafts, as well as training sessions of general interest.
08/03/2007 - In a ceremony Aug. 1, APWU President William Burrus and Postal Service Labor Relations Vice President Doug Tulino signed Collective Bargaining Agreements for USPS Information Technology/Accounting Service Centers and Operating Services employees represented by the union. Their signatures formalized the agreements.
08/02/2007 - In a rush to redesign its nationwide network of facilities, the Postal Service acted on several misguided and poorly rationalized assumptions, a Postal Regulatory Commission official told Congress in late July.
In testimony before a House of Representatives subcommittee, John D. Waller also cited a lack of consistency in how proposed consolidations are reviewed; a failure to develop criteria for approval or disapproval of proposed consolidations; a failure to seek public input; and “severe tardiness and errors in analysis in post-consolidation reviews.”
08/01/2007 - Will the next president fight for the concerns of working families? Will he or she be accountable to America’s workers — or to corporate donors? Will our nation’s next leader offer empty rhetoric or real change that will increase opportunity and security for ordinary people?
Union members will have an opportunity to find out at an Aug. 7 candidates forum, sponsored by the AFL-CIO and moderated by popular TV host Keith Olbermann. Many of the Democratic presidential hopefuls will attend the forum, where they will debate the issues and answer questions submitted by union members.
07/27/2007 - Secretary-Treasurer Terry Stapleton has certified six union members as candidates for the position of Clerk Craft National Business Agent (A) for the Chicago region. The nominating process was extended because of the untimely death of Percy Harrison Jr., who passed away on June 18. Brother Harrison had filed the necessary petitions for candidacy and was unopposed.
07/27/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately 90 miles across southwest Tennessee will not occur.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Jackson, TN Post Office into the Memphis, TN Processing and Distribution Center,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on July 27. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.”
07/26/2007 - The USPS “has begun to travel resolutely down the road of privatization,” APWU President William Burrus told a Senate subcommittee on July 25, “without authorization from Congress” — or the American people. The subcontracting of postal work, he warned, “is just one aspect of a dangerous trend: the wholesale conversion of a vital public service to one performed privately for profit.”
Burrus called on the Senate to act. “On the critical issue of privatization of the United States Postal Service,” he said, “it is imperative that Congress take a stand and insist on its right — its responsibility — to set public policy.”