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APWU Web News Article 14-2007

Union to Hold ‘Round Robin’ Contract Conferences

02/21/2007 - The national APWU will host a series of discussions about the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement with local and state officers in locations around the country, union President William Burrus has announced.

“These meetings present an important opportunity for local leaders — who work in the trenches enforcing the contract — to confer with negotiators and other national officers about the terms of the new agreement,” he said.

APWU Web News Article 13-2007

Raises Implemented Feb. 3

02/20/2007 - The union has been informed that new pay rates for APWU-represented employees were implemented in Pay Period 04-2007 and will appear in checks dated Feb. 23. The new implementation date was two pay periods ahead of the date initially promised by the Postal Service.

The new pay rates reflect the 1.3 percent raise negotiated as part of the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known. 

APWU Web News Article 12-2007

‘Employee Free Choice Act’ Events Set for Feb. 19-23

02/16/2007 - More than 130 members of Congress will join workers, union leaders, and community activists at press conferences and other events in cities across the country Feb. 19-23 to demonstrate support for the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. The bipartisan bill, introduced in the House by Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and Peter King (R-NY), would fix a broken process in which employers brazenly intimidate, harass, and fire workers who want to form unions.

“I encourage APWU members to participate in these activities and to join the movement to protect workers’ rights to seek better pay and benefits,” said APWU President William Burrus.

APWU Web News Article 11-2007

Consolidation News

USPS Abandons Nine More AMP Studies

02/12/2007 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that it has cancelled nine more Area Mail Processing studies.

In a statement on Feb. 9, the Postal Service told the APWU that “it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations” in: Carroll, IA; Glenwood Springs, CO; Hutchinson, KS; McCook, NE; Sheridan and Wheatland, WY; Fox Valley, IL; and Bryan and McAllen, TX.

APWU Web News Article 09-2007

Dues Increase

02/05/2007 - The 1.3 percent raise established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will result in a corresponding dues increase, in accordance with Article 16, Section 2(a) of the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. The raises will be paid retroactively to Nov. 25, 2006, but the effective date of the retroactive paycheck and retroactive dues increase has not been announced. Once we receive that information, we will post it on the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org. 

The dues increase will be 68 cents per member per pay period for career employees and 42 cents per member per pay period for Transitional Employees.

APWU Web News Article 08-2007

Revised: Raises Take Effect March 3; Other Changes Feb. 3

02/05/2007 - APWU News Bulletin #03-2007 omitted the full application of the recently negotiated limitations on the use of casuals. Clarifications are marked in bold.

  • The USPS will be authorized to hire casuals for 360-day terms; 
  • The limit on the use of casuals “in lieu of ” career employees will no longer apply to Clerk Craft employees in “200 man-year” offices; 
  • The assignment of casuals to positions that require training and testing will be prohibited;
APWU News Bulletin

Raises Take Effect March 3; Contract Changes Feb. 3

02/05/2007 - New pay rates established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will appear in paychecks dated March 23, APWU President William Burrus has announced. Increases in wages and uniform allowances will be paid retroactively. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known.

APWU Web News Article 07-2007

Union Receives ‘Man-Year’ List

01/30/2007 - The Postal Service has provided the APWU with a list showing facilities that qualify as “200 man-year” offices. In accordance with the recently ratified 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all Clerk Craft part-time flexible employees at facilities of 200 man-years or more will be converted to full time, no later than Dec. 1, 2007.

The APWU has a limited period of time to challenge any improper designations, so local officers are urged to review the list promptly and immediately notify the national office of any discrepancies. To do so, contact Phil Tabbita, Manager of Negotiations Support, at 202-842-4273, or write to him at 1300 L Street NW, Washington DC 20005, no later than Feb. 16, 2007. He also can be reached via e-mail at ptabbita@apwu.org. Please provide your name, title, local name, phone number, address, and e-mail address, as well as an explanation about why you believe the designation is wrong.

APWU Web News Article 06-2007

Postal Service Cancels Another AMP Study

01/29/2007 - The APWU won another battle in the fight against misguided “network realignment” plans when the USPS announced the end of a study aimed at consolidating mail processing operations in Yakima (WA) with those in Pasco, 85 miles away.

Saying that the proposed consolidation would not result in improved service or efficiency, the Postal Service announced on Jan. 22 that the Area Mail Processing study begun in December 2005 would not be completed. The central Washington city of Yakima will keep its mail processing operations and its postmark.

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