05/02/2005 - In a significant win for the union, an arbitrator has ruled that the Postal Service must grant Sunday premium pay to employees who work on Sunday, even if the work is the result of an employee’s request for a temporary change of schedule for the employee’s personal convenience.
“We have fought long and hard to protect Sunday premium pay for our members who perform work on Sundays,” said APWU Industrial Relations Director Greg Bell. “This important victory clearly vindicates our consistent position on such pay issues and rejects another attempt by the Postal Service to deprive postal employees of Sunday premium pay.”
04/06/2005 - A Government Accountability Office assessment of anthrax detection methods "underscores the lack of confidence" that many workers have in testing procedures at postal facilities, APWU President William Burrus said in testimony April 5 before a House subcommittee.
"The fears postal workers harbor about the accuracy of anthrax testing following the October 2001 attack remain," Burrus testified, "and they will not be overcome until a comprehensive plan of detection and protection is put in place." The GAO report suggests that the system still needs to be improved, and "confirms that many of the concerns the APWU expressed in 2001 were well placed."
03/18/2005 - Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, introduced a postal reform bill March 17 that is similar to legislation approved by the panel last year. The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH).
Arbitrator Rules for Workers Displaced in Anthrax Attacks
03/14/2005 - The Trenton P&DC, closed in the wake of anthrax terrorist attacks nearly three-and-half years ago, re-opened its retail services March 14, with its processing workers expected to return to the facility shortly.
02/03/2005 - An arbitrator has sustained the APWU’s arguments in two of three outstanding issues in a significant attendance case. In a ruling in late January, Arbitrator Shyam Das said that the Postal Service may not require an employee to describe the nature of an illness or injury during a phone call to report an absence from work. He also ruled that the USPS policy on second and third medical opinions is inconsistent with the Family & Medical Leave Act and the National Agreement.
01/13/2005 - The USPS Board of Governors has elected James C. Miller III, chairman, and Alan Kessler, vice chairman, for 2005.
“We look forward to working with the new leaders of the Board of Governors and to helping them serve the American people,” said APWU President William Burrus. “We are hopeful that under their stewardship the USPS will meet the challenges ahead.”