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2005-2006 Organizing Campaign: 'It's All About You!'

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.”

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2006 APWU Health Plan

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.) 

 

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USPS Seeks to Thwart Landmark FMLA Ruling

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).

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APWU, USPS Reach Agreement on Workers Displaced by Katrina

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.”

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Reaching Out to Postal Workers, Other Hurricane Katrina Victims

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. 

Hurricane Katrina Safety and Health Update

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.

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Local Negotiations Period Set

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.

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