02/15/2006 - The Postal Service provided a long-awaited outline of the Evolutionary Network Development (END) program in a meeting with APWU officers Feb. 14, 2006 — the same day it submitted the plan to the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) for evaluation.
02/09/2006 - The Senate approved a postal reform bill by “unanimous consent” Feb. 9, taking reorganization of the USPS one step closer to reality. Before the legislation can be sent to President Bush, however, a conference committee must be formed to resolve differences between the Senate bill (S. 662) and a similar measure (H.R. 22) approved by the House of Representatives last summer.
02/07/2006 - The APWU has established a memorial fund to benefit the families of APWU members who were killed Jan. 30 in the shootings at the Santa Barbara P&DC in Goleta, CA.
11/21/2005 - The long-expected USPS network consolidation has begun in bits and pieces, with individual offices being notified of changes to their mail processing operations.
11/09/2005 - With a mailing to non-members and the distribution of the first in a series of flyers, the “It’s All About You!” organizing campaign has officially begun.
“The mailing to non-members that announced the September cost-of-living raise has generated more than 2,500 new members,” APWU President William Burrus said. “But that’s just the beginning: I am asking every local and state organization to make organizing a top priority over the next several months.”
Reduced Premiums - Increased Coverage
10/18/2005 - Premium costs in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase an average of 6.6 percent in 2006, but not at APWU Health Plan. Premium costs for the Consumer Driven Health Plan and High Option are either the same or lower than in 2005. With an outstanding price, a choice of two options, and top quality of service, APWU Health Plan is the real deal in 2006. (Open Season is Nov. 14 - Dec. 12.)
10/04/2005 - The Postal Service has filed a petition seeking to overturn a recent court ruling that invalidated USPS return-to-work requirements for employees with absences of more than 21 days. The APWU had hailed the July 19 ruling as a major victory in the fight to preserve workers’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
09/29/2005 - The APWU and USPS have reached an agreement on procedures for assigning employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina, union President William Burrus has announced. A Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Burrus and the USPS Vice President for Labor Relations on Sept. 27, provides for an interim period; a voluntary transfer period; and an involuntary reassignment period.
“This agreement is the first of its kind,” Burrus said. “We have no prior experience trying to relocate thousands of employees. It was quite a challenge.”
09/08/2005 - APWU members are joining together to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which included thousands of postal workers and their families.
The APWU is urging union members to make contributions to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF), a charitable organization established by postal unions, management associations, and the USPS. It benefits active and retired postal workers who have suffered significant property loss or damage from natural disasters.
Contract Extension Establishes 60-Day Window for Bargaining
08/17/2005 - As a result of the ratification of the contract extension, local unions and management will have an opportunity to negotiate changes to local agreements during the 60-day period from Oct. 3 through Dec. 1, 2005, APWU President William Burrus has announced.
Under the terms of the contract extension, existing local memorandums of understanding will remain in effect during any discussions, and can be changed only upon mutual agreement. Agreements may take effect upon the close of negotiations or at any date agreed to by the local parties.