12/19/2005 - Workers at Finkle Transportation’s Florida outlets voted 32-1 to join the APWU in a vote that was tallied Dec. 16 by the National Labor Relations Board. The private mail-hauling firm, which is based in New Jersey, employs 51 drivers and mechanics at four Florida locations — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.
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.
09/02/2005 - By a vote of 60-25, APWU-represented motor vehicle operators at a private-sector mail-haul operation in Kansas City have rejected a union decertification effort.
08/25/2005 - Safety and health in the wake of a natural disaster is a major concern. The storm and subsequent flooding in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana has and will continue to place postal workers in dangerous environments for many month to come. These dangers will be present not only at work but in other public places and at home. The following information is provided to heighten your level of awareness and provide some basic guidelines for protective measures you should take.
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.