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APWU Web News Article 23-2008

Mail Network Protection Act Steadily Gaining Co-Sponsors

03/14/2008 - As of mid-March, 55 members of the House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of an anti-subcontracting measure supported by the APWU. The Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236), which was introduced in November by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.

APWU President Burrus has identified gaining additional co-sponsors for the bill as a top priority for APWU activists. “It is imperative that union members contact their representatives and let them know that this bill is important to the future of the Postal Service and to postal workers.”

APWU Web News Article 22-2008

Union Activists Urged to Fight Proposals to Gut FMLA

03/06/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has issued a call to action, asking the union’s officers and activists to fight proposed new regulations that would weaken the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

“The FMLA is the one of the most important pro-worker, pro-family laws in recent memory,” Burrus said. “It has worked well for both employers and employees. We must derail any attempt to dilute its effectiveness.”

APWU Web News Article 21-2008

APWU Requests Investigation Of Private Contractors’ Use of USPS Property

02/28/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has asked USPS Inspector General David Williams to conduct an audit of the postal practice of permitting subcontractors to park trucks and store equipment on USPS property free-of-charge. The practice raises USPS operating costs and defers potential revenue, Burrus charged in a Feb. 22 letter to the Inspector General (IG).

“There is no uniform policy to determine when this added benefit will be afforded,” Burrus wrote, noting that the value of using USPS property is not considered when contracts are negotiated. He requested that the IG conduct an immediate review of the “economies and efficiencies” associated with management’s ad hoc arrangements.

APWU Web News Article 20-2008

Anti-Subcontracting Measure Attracting Support

02/28/2008 - Several more “co-sponsors” have signed on to show their support for the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236), which would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant subcontracting.

In February, these House members (all Democrats) became co-sponsors of H.R. 4236: Michael Arcuri (NY), Michael Capuano (MA), Jerry Costello (IL), Elijah Cummings (MD), William Delahunt (MA), Joe Donnelly (IN), Barney Frank (MA), Paul Hodes (NH), Tim Holden (PA), Hank Johnson (GA), Dennis Kucinich (OH), David Loebsack (IA), Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Jim McDermott (WA), Richard Neal (MA), Albio Sires (NJ), Hilda Solis (CA), and Lynn Woolsey (CA).

APWU Web News Article 19-2008

Women’s Organizing Campaign 2008

APWU Continues the ‘Family’ Tradition

02/27/2008 -


The Fort Wayne Area Local’s organizing drive last year yielded
135 new members.Organizing Committee Co-Chair Amy Sutcliffe,
left, and Stephanie DeBolt prepare a bulk mailing during the campaign. 

In 2007, when the APWU launched a Women’s Organizing Campaign, the results were outstanding: Approximately 11,000 postal employees joined the APWU last year as a result of the women’s campaign and other organizing efforts.

“We are really fired up as we begin the next phase of our family-focused activities,” said Organization Director Frank A. Romero. “I’m not just being optimistic when I say that we are expecting this year’s campaign to be even more successful.”

APWU Web News Article 18-2008

Pay Information

Latest CPI Increase Means $479 Annual Pay Hike

02/21/2008 - The Consumer Price Index rose in January, the last month of the most recent six-month Cost-of-Living measuring period under the 2006 National Agreement. The rise in the CPI gives APWU-represented employees an annual raise of $479.

The Cost-Of-Living Adjustment will be effective March 15, and will be reflected in April 4 paychecks (Pay Period 07-08). 

APWU Web News Article 16-2008

Some Custodial Employees To Receive Arbitration Payment This Week

02/20/2008 - The APWU has been notified by the Postal Service that approximately half of the eligible custodial employees will receive their share of a recent $48 million dollar settlement this payday, on Feb. 22, 2008. Each eligible employee will receive $2,700.

The remainder of more than 17,000 eligible employees will receive their portion of the award one pay period later, on March 7, 2008.

APWU Web News Article 15-2008

USPS Notifies Union of Payroll Glitch

02/14/2008 - Pay increases associated with the Feb. 16 upgrades will be reflected in March 7 paychecks, but the USPS has informed the APWU that the new level adjustments have not been implemented because the Postal Service has failed to complete the necessary computer programming.

Employees will receive the value of the upgrade, but postal records will continue to indicate that employees are assigned to their former level. For example, an employee who was due to be upgraded from Level 5 to Level 6 on Feb. 16 will receive the value of the upgrade in his or her pay, but the employee’s Form 50 and pay stub will indicate the employee is assigned to Level 5.

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