09/17/2007 - A Louisiana appeals court has overturned the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell, the lead defendant in the Jena 6 six racially-charged incident. “This decision is welcome,” said APWU President William Burrus, “but it does not resolve the community conflict or the status of the children who continue under indictment and face serious charges.
09/14/2007 - The American Postal Workers Union will join with other progressive forces at a demonstration in Jena, LA, to protest the excessively disparate punishment of six African-American high school students who were embroiled in a racially tinged altercation.
09/10/2007 - The APWU and USPS announced Sept. 10 that they have renewed their commitment to the Voluntary Protection Program, which is designed to improve safety and health at postal facilities and to reduce accidents and injuries. In an Aug. 30 agreement, the union and management agreed to extend the process for three years.
Guffey Tells House Panel:
09/07/2007 - Although the Postal Service employs large numbers of veterans, not enough is being done to help qualified veterans secure jobs with the agency, APWU Executive Vice President Cliff Guffey told a House panel during testimony on Sept. 6.
All-Craft Conference Attendees Urged to Vote by Absentee Ballot
09/05/2007 - Many APWU members who plan to be in attendance at the APWU All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas Nov. 5-8 should also make plans to vote ahead of time in elections taking place back home.
Several statewide and local elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6. Conference participants are urged to make arrangements — and soon — to vote by absentee ballot or, if permissible to vote early.
Union Label Week Sept. 3-8
08/27/2007 - Union Label Week 2007 begins on Labor Day, Sept. 3 and runs through Friday, Sept. 8. The message this year is: “Support Good Jobs — Buy Union.”
During Union Label Week the labor movement makes a special effort to create a better understanding of how unions and union members contribute to America’s prosperity and security:
- Building roads, offices, home and schools and the things that go into them
- Administering and operating transportation systems
- Delivering vital services — from education to communications, from public safety to health services, from entertainment to public administration
08/22/2007 - In an overwhelming vote of 51 to 9, on Aug. 17 the National Postal Professional Nurses (NPPN) voted “YES,” in favor of merging with the American Postal Workers Union. Pursuant to the APWU Constitution, the nurses will become a part of the Support Services Division, which will be responsible for contract negotiations, interpretation, and enforcement. Postal nurses will continue to be covered by a distinct collective bargaining agreement.
08/15/2007 - Even with the Consumer Price Index falling slightly in July, the latest Cost-Of-Living Adjustment under the National Agreement will give APWU-craft employees an annual raise of $686.
July was the last month of the second six-month COLA measuring period in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The COLA will be effective Sept. 1, and will be reflected in Sept. 21 paychecks (Pay Period 19-07). The adjustment will amount to a 33 cents per hour increase, or $26.40 per pay period.
08/14/2007 - In a letter to the union’s Executive Office, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney has commended the APWU for making a solid case for solidarity.
Citing the 2006 APWU National Convention Resolution that encourages affiliation with state and local labor councils, Sweeney wrote that he was pleased with the APWU’s “serious commitment” to the labor federation’s Solidarity Affiliation Campaign.
08/06/2007 - APWU members who plan to attend the 2007 All-Craft Conference can now register online, select workshops, and remit payment to the national union through www.apwu.org. Online registration will also be available for future events sponsored by the national union.
The 2007 All-Craft Conference will be held Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas. The event will feature a comprehensive series of educational workshops and general business sessions in which important craft issues and resolutions will be discussed and voted on. Craft-specific workshops will be offered for members of the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services Crafts, as well as training sessions of general interest.