04/28/2017 - Read more about the history of workplace safety. Reprint from May-June 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker
Before passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, millions of Americans risked their lives every time they reported for duty – there were no national safety laws designed to protect workers across industries.
In 1970, groundbreaking legislation created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for setting workplace safety and health regulations.
May Day, the annual holiday recognizing the international working class, will be celebrated around the world on May 1.
This year hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, and shows of solidarity. Coast to coast, workers and allies will join together and fight for respect, dignity, equal rights, and opportunity for working people of all backgrounds – whether they be immigrants, coal and steel workers, services employees or day laborers.
APWU encourages all members to take part in this historic day, and bring attention to workers’ issues at home and across the world!
On Saturday, April 29, APWU members will join allies from labor, civil rights, environmental and political reform groups for the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.
Participants are joining together to “stand up for our communities and climate.” The American Postal Workers Union encourages all its members to come out and march either in Washington, D.C., or in one of the sister marches across the country. Click here to find one near you.
Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs
04/24/2017 - Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
04/10/2017 - In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis.
New postal reform legislation introduced in the 115th Congress helps to solve the pre-funding crisis and is fair to active and retired postal workers. The APWU supports two companion bills introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 756 and H.R. 760. As these bills move through the legislative process, the APWU will continue working to improve them.
We received many good questions from around the country regarding the impact of the pending legislation, if it is passed. These questions are the basis for the following “questions and answers.”
04/05/2017 - The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to retirees on April 21st. The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014. Eligible active employees have already received their final payment.
03/29/2017 - The deadline for the submission of applications for the E.C. Hallbeck academic scholarship ($8,000 over a four-year period) and vocational scholarship ($3,000 over a three-year period) has been extended to May 31, 2017, APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced.
03/25/2017 - The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) submitted comments before the March 20 deadline to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for their ongoing “10 Year Rate System Review,” required by Congress in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The Commission is reviewing the effects of the current rate system, capped by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to see how it impacts the Postal Service's ability to meet the objectives stated in the PAEA. The PRC requested comments from stakeholders, including the public, about the Postal Service’s rate setting system.