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APWU Web News Article 2-2018

USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

01/04/2018 - Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees. This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions.

Click here for the 2018 VERA Questions and Answers, provided by the USPS.

Click here for the 2018 VERA "Steps At-a-Glance," provided by the USPS. 

Labor News

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

International Unions Denounce T-Mobile for Union-Busting

During a UNI Global Union conference, a coalition of information technology and telecommunication workers from over a dozen nations unanimously denounced T-Mobile and its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, for suppressing workers’ attempts to form a union in the United States. Countries included Argentina, Mexico, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uru- guay and the United States.

‘Join Together! Fight Together! Win Together!’

Call to Action at the AFL-CIO Convention

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)


Elizabeth 'Liz' Powell, Debby Szeredy, 
Judy Beard, Vance Zimmerman, 
Clint Burelson and 
Omar Gonzalez at the AFL-CIO Convention

The APWU was one of 55 unions who participated in the AFL-CIO’s 28th Constitutional Conven- tion in St. Louis, MO, from Oct. 22-25. The convention is held every four years, during which officers are elected and resolutions are passed that guide the largest vol- untary federation of national and international labor unions. 

Change is Continuous

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

On Oct. 17, we attended a national Tech & Mech joint committee meeting with the USPS. APWU Maintenance, Clerk and MVS Officers, as well as representatives from the Mail Handlers were present. The USPS attendees included program managers over many of the new or changed equipment systems and, of course, labor relations.

The Postal Service & the DOT Physical

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

On Feb. 26, 1995, the Postal Service informed the APWU that to be consistent with the trucking industry and its own contract drivers, USPS would voluntarily mirror DOT requirements covering physicals for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) employees, including the issuance of a medical card and drug and alcohol testing. The federal government is exempt from Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, under 49 CFR 390.3(f)(2).

Large Mailers Are Privatizing the Postal Service

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Millions of Americans utilize USPS on a daily basis, yet the public desire for a Postal Service that serves the common good is trumped by the financial wealth and political power of relatively few owners of large corporations that utilize the Postal Service for advertising purposes. Even though the large mailers receive huge discounts for their mailings, they want to decrease their institutional postage costs even further by reducing service to the American public and cutting the wages and benefits of postal workers.

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