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Maintenance Division

Dispute on Custodial Staffing Settled; More Than 3,150 PSEs Converted

09/11/2014 - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement on July 9 that resolved a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and resulted in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees.

It was not an agreement we entered into lightly. The agreement stipulates that the MS-47 Handbook-Transmittal Letter 5, which governs custodial work and staffing, will be implemented as amended by our negotiations.


Do You Have What It Takes to Vote?

09/11/2014 - There has been a lot of information on TV, in newspapers, and online about changes in voting procedures for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 4. Voter identification laws have made it more difficult for seniors to exercise their right to participate in the election process in many states.

Seniors who don’t drive may not have the necessary ID and, depending on the state, there may even be a fee to obtain proper ID.

Human Relations

Our Right to Vote is Under Attack

09/11/2014 - In recent years, our right to vote has come under attack all across the country. Dozens of states are advancing voter suppression laws in an effort to influence the outcome of elections.

The democratic process of the United States is based on free elections. America holds it up as a model for the world. For more than two centuries, our country has consistently expanded the ability of its citizens to vote.

Legislative & Political

Why Congress Can’t Get It Done

09/11/2014 - Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? It seems I’m asked that question all the time – in conversations at conferences and conventions, in letters, phone calls and email correspondence.

In part, the answer is a lack of understanding by members of Congress about how the USPS works and how much authority the legislature has ceded to the Postmaster General. He has slowed down America’s mail and entered into “partnerships” with private industry that undermine the public Postal Service without congressional consent.

Industrial Relations

Setting Priorities, Mobilizing Members For Contract Negotiations

09/11/2014 - On the final day of the APWU 22nd Biennial National Convention in July, delegates adopted a resolution that spells out priorities for upcoming contract negotiations with the USPS, which are set to begin in February. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires in May 2015.

After voting to adopt more than 125 specific labor-management resolutions earlier in the week, convention delegates passed a motion, Standing Up and Fighting Back, which encouraged the union’s national leadership to “mobilize our members and galvanize postal workers, friends of labor and concerned citizens” to fundamentally change management policies.


Standing Up, Fighting Back!

09/10/2014 - Brothers and sisters: We are under attack from all quarters – Congress, Wall Street and the Postmaster General himself. Privatization is not a distant danger; it is a direct and immediate threat. A congressionally-manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify new assaults on our jobs and on the 239-year old public Postal Service.

To survive the onslaught, we must transform our union into a fighting, activist organization and we must build a Grand Alliance with the people of the country to defend our national treasure, the United States Postal Service.

e-Team Report, Sept. 2, 2014

09/02/2014 - Earlier this summer the Postal Service announced plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing plants.  On August 1st, the Postal Service published in the Federal Register a reduction in Service Standards, which makes their closure and consolidation plan possible.  Unless we build a movement to protect current Service Standards and stop these plant consolidations and closings, these cuts will create a massive mail slowdown nationwide, including the elimination of overnight delivery of first-class mail.