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.”
07/25/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation of mail-processing operations in Waco, TX, will not occur. A study to determine whether operations should be shifted both north (about 90 miles to Fort Worth) and south (100 miles to Austin) has been terminated. Approximately 250 jobs were at stake.
“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 Waco, TX P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on July 24.
APWU Lawsuit Alleging USPS Failed to Seek Approval of Plans Dismissed
07/20/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift from one Wisconsin P&DF to another approximately 50 miles away 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 Oshkosh P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on July 18.
07/20/2007 - If Congress wants to limit USPS subcontracting, lawmakers should enact legislation compelling the Postal Service to bargain over the issue, APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee on July 19, rather than intervening in specific contracting-out disputes.
Congress should avoid substituting its judgment for the judgment of the parties who are directly involved, Burrus said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia.
07/13/2007 - Postal Service employees are experiencing fewer ergonomic injuries since the formation of an OSHA-organized labor/management partnership in 2003.
The joint venture between the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the APWU, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NMHU) and the USPS not only has helped to reduce the number of injuries, it has saved money.