SUBNAV

Latest News

HOME FRONT

Presumption of Service Connection for Select Diseases Associated with Lejeune Water

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published new regulations establishing a presumptive service-connection for eight diseases associated with the once contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC. The amendment applies to all veterans, including former reservists and National Guard members, who served 30 or more days (cumulative) of active duty between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 at the marine base or the USMC Air Station New River. Qualifying veterans are entitled to disability compensation benefits.

New EEOC Disability Rules

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service, from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on a disability or the perception of a disability. To strengthen the statute, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new regulations this year to reaffirm the government’s commitment to otherwise serve as “model employers” for individuals with disabilities and explain what federal agencies must do to comply with affirmative action rules.

Legislative Update

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard 

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, and legislators wasted no time introducing bills and resolutions of interest to workers.

Promises, Promises

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez 

I’m not referring to New Year’s resolutions many of us already broke. I refer to what promises to be an interesting year.

Negotiations, Negotiations

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

We are hitting the new year running. We ended 2016 in the middle of contract negotiations for our Information Technology/Accounting Services unit, and are working under an extension to our 2011 agreement. The extension expires on Feb. 24, as this issue goes to print. We hope another extension is not necessary.

Lawsuit Against Arbitration Award Dismissed

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By MVS Craft Directors 

The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association’s lawsuit against the Postal Service over the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) arbitration award regarding Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) was denied by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USPS Testing New Machine to Automate Craft Work

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The new year certainly started with a bang! while we are, of course, very proud of the efforts of the Maintenance members involved, all the members of all American Postal Workers Union (APWU) bargaining units are deserving of praise and congratulations for a hard won success on the Staples issue. Everyone, regardless of craft, came together to press for what was right.

Arbitration Victory Creates Full-Time Assignments

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Clerk Craft Directors

The Clerk Craft was successful in a recent arbitration regarding the USPS’s handling of the Sales Retention Team (SRT) program. The Postal Service blatantly violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in utilizing injured employees, mostly carriers, to staff the Sales Retention Teams, without first posting the jobs for bid in the Clerk Craft.

Starting 2017 with a Bang!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

I was never a more proud member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) than when news broke that together we secured victory in the long and hard fought battle with Staples. It is inspiring to reflect on the unity displayed from coast to coast. Our union sisters and brothers waged a steady, forceful and diligent pressure campaign on both Staples and the USPS, leading to the stoppage of the subcontracting of our retail work.

Working Together to Reduce the Arbitration Backlog

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Presently, there is an arbitration backlog and the reason is simple. The grievances appealed to arbitration are usually caused by management, resulting in the issues and problems being grieved by the union. With this system, management generally does not care if arbitration cases are heard and unless there is specific language to require the arbitration cases are heard, as per the negotiated time limits, there will continue to be a backlog.

Pages