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APWU Web News Article 157-2016

Three New Signoffs in the Clerk Craft

07/29/2016 - APWU Clerk Craft officers and the Postal Service signed three documents on July 29:  They agreed to a new set of Questions & Answers on the POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel; signed a Step 4 Settlement on Postal Support Employees (PSEs) staffing Level 4 RMPOs (Remotely Managed Post Offices) working outside their installation, and signed an addendum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Peak Season Exception Periods and the use of annuitants.

APWU Web News Article 155-2016

APWU Members Spread Message at Democratic Convention

07/29/2016 -

From left: Legislative Director Judy Beard, Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson, Philadelphia PA Local Secretary Cynthia Heyward, Philadelphia Local President Nick Casselli, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, President Mark Dimondstein, Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell.

APWU members interacted with thousands of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, promoting A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, advocating postal banking and voting by mail, and dispelling common myths about the USPS.

The 411 on Local Trustees’ Responsibilities

07/28/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)

No matter the size of an organization or what it does, there are always concerns related to funding. It could be a social club, the Boy Scouts, your bowling league – or your local union.

Members of organizations often elect or appoint fellow members they trust to periodically review finances and report on their findings. How was the group’s money spent? Who spent it? Who authorized the spending?

APWU Web News Article 154-2016

President Obama Honors Postal Heritage Day

07/26/2016 - President Obama is honoring Postal Heritage Day, July 26, writing a tribute to the Postal Service and the workers who carry out its mission. July 26 has been designated Postal Heritage Day because it is the day in 1775 when the Second Continental Congress established the U.S. Post Office and named Benjamin Franklin the nation’s first Postmaster General.

Now, 241 years later, postal workers are continuing the fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service.

APWU Web News Article 153-2016

APWU Joins Boycott of Made-in-Mexico Nabisco Products

Company Outsourced Hundreds of Union Jobs

07/26/2016 -

The APWU is urging union members to join a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products launched by the Bakery, Confectioners, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) and endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Affected products include Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Doone, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid and Wheat Thins.  

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APWU Web News Article 150-2016

New Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6

Retroactive Pay Expected Nov. 4

07/23/2016 - According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 5, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.