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APWU Web News Article 51-2007

Senate Set to Consider Employee Free Choice Act

06/19/2007 - The U.S. Senate is expected to debate legislation this week that would remove many of the obstacles faced by American workers who want to form unions.

The Employee Free Choice Act would give American workers greater freedom to make their own choices about joining unions and bargaining for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The bill (S. 1041) would stiffen penalties for harassment, intimidation, and other illegal tactics employers often use to prevent workers from unionizing. 

APWU Web News Article 50-2007

Zanesville Consolidation Study Terminated

06/12/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately 60 miles across central Ohio will not occur.

“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Zanesville OH Post Office into the Columbus, OH Processing and Distribution Center,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on June 7.

APWU Web News Article 49-2007

APWU Drops RI-399 Lawsuit

Union Garners Agreement on Jurisdictional Disputes

06/07/2007 - The APWU has negotiated an important agreement to expedite hearings on grievances involving jurisdictional disputes. In response to an APWU lawsuit against the Postal Service and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (MHU), the MHU has agreed to the re-appointment of an arbitrator to hear the cases in question, and has begun attending meetings of the National Dispute Resolution Committee. The APWU and MHU also agreed on a procedure to establish the order in which disputes will be heard.

APWU Web News Article 47-2007

Tarducci to Fill In for Wilson

06/06/2007 - APWU Clerk Craft Director James McCarthy has assigned Vince Tarducci, president of the Philadelphia BMC Local, as a temporary replacement for Eric Wilson, who resigned as a National Business Agent at the end of May. Tarducci will serve through the remainder of Wilson’s term, which expires in November. 

APWU Web News Article 48-2007

APWU Sues USPS, Advisory Committee For Conducting Policy-Making in Secret

06/06/2007 - The APWU, together with an organization representing a coalition of consumers and nonprofit mailers, has filed a suit challenging secret policy-making by a Postal Service advisory committee.

The panel, the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, is made up of trade associations that represent large business mailers. Co-chaired by major mailer representatives and postal officials, MTAC — acting through “work groups” — commissions studies and makes recommendations to senior USPS management on postal operations, postal rates, and postal regulations.

APWU Web News Article 46-2007

Union Asks Wachovia To Stop Running Misleading Ad

05/31/2007 - APWU President William Burrus has asked the Wachovia Bank Corp. to stop airing a television commercial which strongly suggests that home mail delivery is the primary cause of identity theft.

“The 700,000 employees who operate the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective mail service in the world object to your characterization,” Burrus wrote in a May 30 letter to G. Kennedy Thompson, the bank’s CEO.

APWU Web News Article 45-2007

NBA Wilson to Resign

05/23/2007 - National Business Agent Eric M. Wilson has announced he will resign his position, effective May 25, 2007. Wilson, who has served as NBA “A” in the Clerk Division for the Philadelphia Region since 1994, is resigning for personal reasons. 

APWU President William Burrus expressed appreciation for the contributions Wilson has made to the union as an NBA and for the assistance he provided during negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. “Eric was a first-class representative,” he said, “and we wish him well.” 

APWU Web News Article 44-2007

Casual Reports to Have a New Format

05/22/2007 - New restrictions on the use of casuals, mandated by the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, will result in a new format for Casual Compliance Reports. These reports are provided to the national union on an accounting-period basis so that the APWU can monitor management’s adherence to Article 7.1.B. of the National Agreement, which restricts the percentage of casuals the Postal Service may employ.

APWU Web News Article 43-2007

Wisconsin-to-Minnesota AMP Halted

05/22/2007 - The APWU has been notified that the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the La Crosse (WI) P&DF into the Rochester (MN) P&DF will not occur.

“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of mail processing operations at the La Crosse P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on May 22. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.”

APWU Web News Article 42-2007

Transportation Workers, Unions Declare: ‘Enough is Enough’

05/18/2007 -


APWU officers and staff at the IAM rally
in Washington

APWU officers and staff joined thousands of transportaion workers and other labor activists at a spirited rally in Washington, DC, May 17, demanding an end to federal policies that put profits ahead of safety and security, and corporate needs ahead of workers.

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