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APWU Web News Article 47-2017

Step 4 Agreement Reached on MVO and TTO Qualification Standards

05/19/2017 - Clarifies qualifications for Motor Vehicle Operators, Tractor Trailer Operators, and establishes training opportunities for MVOs in tractor-trailer operations

A settlement was reached between the APWU and the USPS clarifying the changes that the Postal Service made to the Motor Vehicle Operator (MVO) and Tractor Trailer Operator (TTO) qualification standards in 2002. The significance of this settlement is that the parties recognized that Motor Vehicle Operators are afforded the opportunity for tractor-trailer training consistent with Article 39.2B.9 which states, "When Tractor-Trailer assignments are established, motor vehicle operators who are not qualified to drive tractor-trailers will be given on-the-clock training, starting with the senior MVO."

APWU Web News Article 44-2017

Help the NALC Stamp Out Hunger on May 13

05/06/2017 - Saturday, May 13, 2017 marks the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. President Dimondstein encourages all APWU members to get involved:

Postal customers across the country are asked to put non-perishable food donations in a sturdy bag and place the bag near their mailbox prior to their regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect the donations as they deliver mail. Many USPS worksites also set out containers to collect contributions.

Read more about what else you can do to support this year's drive. 

APWU Web News Article 42-2017

APWU Members March on May Day

05/05/2017 - APWU members were part of the thousands marching and rallying on May Day, the International Day of Workers’ Solidarity.

Workers and allies united to fight back against increasing anti-immigration sentiment and policies that divide workers from each other at a time when we need to come together.  

APWU Web News Article 43-2017

Miners Win Permanent Funding for Retirement Health Care

05/05/2017 -

On May 4, Congress passed legislation providing for 22,600 retired coal miners, widows and dependents to have the health care they were promised by the federal government and earned through going into the mines for decades to power the country.

The members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) have been rallying and lobbying Congress to secure their promised retirement benefits since Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy filing in 2012. On Sept. 8, 2016, APWU officers and staff stood in solidarity with over eight thousand miners, widows, coalfield community members and union supporters at the UMWA’s rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

APWU Web News Article 41-2017

'Enough is Enough'

APWU Members Take it to the Streets

Protest Barre, VT Post Office Management

05/01/2017 - Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England - including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius - for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28. 

“Management in this office is guilty of refusing to bargain in good faith, targeting local union officers for enforcing the contract, retaliating against employees injured on the job, embarrassing employees in front of customers and unprofessional behavior,” Dirzius said... workers had to “get the message out that enough is enough."

APWU Web News Article 39-2017

Join a May Day Event!

04/28/2017 -

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!

APWU Web News Article 40-2017

Fighting for Workplace Safety

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.

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