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National Negotiations Begin

Union Seeks 'Fair and Rewarding' Agreement

08/29/2006 -


APWU President William Burrus (right)
delivers his opening statement as APWU
representatives meet with USPS officials
during the first session of contract negotiations.

Negotiations for a new national agreement between the Postal Service and its largest bargaining unit — the American Postal Workers Union — began Aug. 29 at a hotel near Capitol Hill in Washington. Both sides said they hoped to have a signed agreement by Nov. 20, the expiration date of the 2000-2006 APWU-USPS contract.

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Delegates Debate, Approve Resolutions In Preparation for USPS Contract Talks

08/16/2006 -


Delegates discuss a resolution before
lining up at a floor microphone to take
part in the debate.

APWU members at the 18th Biennial National Convention displayed overwhelming unity Tuesday in approving resolutions intended to guide the union’s negotiators in collective bargaining this year. Negotiations for a new contract begin Aug. 29.

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Celebrate: '100 Years of Progress'

08/15/2006 -


Chester Parrish, left, and President William Burrus
cut into the ceremonial cake.

It would not have been much of a birthday without a cake, so the American Postal Workers Union kicked off its 18th Biennial National Convention with a salute to a century of accomplishments and cake for 3,000.

The cake was distributed to convention delegates at the close of a 17-minute video presentation that celebrated the history of postal worker unionism.

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Union President Condemns USPS Plans to Privatize AMCs

07/10/2006 - APWU President William Burrus has denounced Postal Service plans to subcontract work currently performed by bargaining unit employees at more than half of the nation’s Air Mail Centers. “This ill-advised adventure would privatize an important and sensitive sector of the United States Postal Service, slashing the postal workforce and jeopardizing security and service to ordinary citizens,” he said. “Once again, management is succumbing to the demands of the big advertising mailers.”

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APWU Asks District Court to Put Consolidation on Hold

04/25/2006 - The APWU filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on April 21, charging that the Postal Service violated the Postal Reorganization Act in implementing its “network realignment” plan, known as Evolutionary Network Development (END). The complaint seeks a judgment that management violated the 1970 law, as well as an injunction against future violations.

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APWU Legislative Department Launches E-Mail Alert System

03/23/2006 - The APWU Legislative Department has established an e-mail alert system to help union members react quickly to important developments. “Legislative matters can change with very little notice,” said Legislative Director Myke Reid. “And with the security measures that are in place on Capitol Hill, letters are often delayed until it is too late to affect a representative’s actions on important legislative issues.

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National Executive Board Acts to Fight Network Consolidation

03/10/2006 - Vowing to do “everything in our power to thwart the Postal Service’s network realignment plan,” the union’s National Executive Board voted to approve a $5 dues assessment at a special meeting March 10. The assessment will help pay for an advertising campaign designed to make the public aware of the expected changes and the negative effect they will have on service to individual consumers and small businesses.

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