05/22/2007 - New restrictions on the use of casuals, mandated by the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, will result in a new format for Casual Compliance Reports. These reports are provided to the national union on an accounting-period basis so that the APWU can monitor management’s adherence to Article 7.1.B. of the National Agreement, which restricts the percentage of casuals the Postal Service may employ.
05/22/2007 - The APWU has been notified that the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the La Crosse (WI) P&DF into the Rochester (MN) P&DF 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 mail processing operations at the La Crosse P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on May 22. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.”
APWU officers and staff joined thousands of transportaion workers and other labor activists at a spirited rally in Washington, DC, May 17, demanding an end to federal policies that put profits ahead of safety and security, and corporate needs ahead of workers.
05/17/2007 - The APWU Legislative Department has produced a brochure that outlines the union’s legislative goals. “After more than a decade of focusing our legislative activities on the pros and cons of various postal ‘reform’ measures, the American Postal Workers Union has entered a new era,” the booklet notes. The new brochure identifies issues that demand our members’ attention, and provides a guide for the union’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill.
05/17/2007 - The APWU has been notified that studies of the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the Gaylord (MI) Main Post Office and at Beaumont (TX) P&DF have been brought to a close and the proposed consolidations will not take place.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of mail processing operations at the Gaylord, MI MPO,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on May 14. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.” The study to consider moving sortation 60 miles away to Traverse City, MI, was announced Dec. 19, 2005.
05/15/2007 - The National Executive Board of the APWU has voted unanimously to support a boycott of Circuit City stores, due to the retailer’s despicable treatment of its employees.
The NEB vote was in response to the company’s dismissal of 3,400 workers, comprising 8.5 percent of its workforce. The firings, announced in late March, “had nothing to do with performance but were part of a larger effort to improve the bottom line” according to an article in The Washington Post.
05/14/2007 - An APWU member on his second tour of duty in Iraq was killed during combat operations in Anbar Province on May 5. Master Sergeant Kenneth (Kenny) Mack was 42.
05/10/2007 - A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would establish firm deadlines for Area Mail Processing surveys and would prohibit the USPS from removing equipment or reducing the workforce in affected facilities during AMP studies.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 2177, which would require the Postal Service to complete AMP studies within 180 days. Extensions of 60 days would be permitted only if “persons likely to be affected” are notified prior to the expiration of the original deadline.
The APWU was notified May 4 that the proposed consolidation of some mail-processing operations involving two sites 90 miles apart in western Maryland has been cancelled.
“After review, it has been determined not to pursue the consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Cumberland Main Post Office,” the Postal Service wrote to APWU President William Burrus of the proposal to consolidate some activities into the Frederick P&DF.
Deadline for Drawing Extended
05/07/2007 - Support for the Women’s Organizing Campaign is growing, with 89 locals and 17 state organizations participating, said Liz Powell, chairperson of the APWU subcommittee that is coordinating the drive.
Because of new interest in the campaign, the deadline for submitting membership applications for a special drawing has been extended until June 30. The contest offers a grand prize of a vacation trip for two; a second prize of $100 each for five entrants; and a third prize of $50 each for 10 entrants. In each case, the new member whose card is drawn and the APWU member who signed up the new member will be awarded prizes.