12/17/2014 - The USPS and APWU agreed to implement the MS-47 TL-5 dated June 27, 2014, and its cleaning procedures at no more than 15 facilities during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (for purposes of this MOU only, a "facility" is a single site or location which has its own PS Form 4869, PS Form 4839, and PS Form 4852). By the end of FY 2015, no more than 100 facilities shall have the MS-47 TL-5 cleaning procedures implemented. (This number 100 includes facilities, where the MS-47 TL-5 was implemented in FY 2014). The implementation in the remaining facilities shall be completed thereafter. Click here to view the full implementation list, as of November 22, 2014.
The Postal Service Already Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked
12/16/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein spells out the case for postal banking in response to “The Case Against Postal Banking," a post on the Mother Jones website by blogger Kevin Drum.
“Kevin Drum should do his homework,” Dimondstein writes in an article that explains why the USPS is uniquely qualified to offer expanded financial services.
12/14/2014 - Arbitrator Shyam Das has ordered the Postal Service to pay Maintenance Craft employees $8.64 million for improperly subcontracting work that could have been performed by bargaining unit employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The decision, issued on Dec. 11, concludes four rounds of hearings on management’s decision to subcontract the wiring of more than 7,800 of the largest Associate Offices with computer cable.
APWU members joined rallies protesting police killings of unarmed black men on Saturday, Dec. 13. Shown here, at the rally in Washington, DC, President Mark Dimondstein marches alongside Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced plans to reintroduce Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) Strengthening Social Security Act in the next Congress. The bill would change the Social Security benefit formula, ensuring that cost of living adjustments adequately reflect the living expenses of retirees, and improve the long term financial condition of the Social Security Trust Fund. The legislation is designed to immediately increase current benefits by about $800 annually. More at http://tinyurl.com/m8cawku.
Sen. Harkin, retiring this month, said, “I could not be more pleased that Senator Brown has decided to champion this legislation in the next Congress. Senator Brown’s commitment to Social Security is unrivaled, and seniors should be thrilled to have an ally like Senator Brown on their side.”
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has charged the USPS with illegally spying on postal employees while they protested outside a Staples store in Atlanta on March 4 and 9, 2014.
The Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 11 to adopt a resolution to support the APWU’s efforts. During the meeting, APWU members Cindy Heyward and June Cohen addressed the council and urged passage of the resolution.
Members of the union’s Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee held their first meeting in Washington, DC, on Dec. 8 and 9, where they heard presentations from union officers about negotiations, and engaged in lively give-and-take.
12/08/2014 - The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.
APWU President Mark Dimondstein was a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Dec. 6, where he discussed the threats to the public Postal Service and how the people can beat them.