12/28/2006 - Ballots for the contract ratification vote must be received in the New York office of the American Arbitration Association by 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. If you have not received a ballot, contact the American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate.
12/15/2006 - As part of an unprecedented organizing campaign, the APWU will send a “ratification packet” to workers represented by the union who are not members. The mailing will include a summary of new contractual provisions and invite the non-members to vote.
There’s a catch, of course. The vote will only be counted if the non-member completes a union sign-up card, which will also be enclosed.
In a letter accompanying the mailing, APWU President William Burrus wrote, “If you approve of these changes, the only way you can have a voice in whether or not they are enacted is if you become a union member.
12/08/2006 - APWU President William Burrus will discuss provisions of the tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement with APWU members via teleconference on Dec. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Burrus and other members of the union’s negotiating team will provide a summary of the terms of the agreement and entertain questions.
Union Members to Vote on Ratification
12/07/2006 - The APWU Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted unanimously to approve the union’s tentative 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement on Dec. 7 at a meeting in Washington, DC. The agreement will be sent to union members for a ratification vote, which the committee will supervise.
The four-year tentative agreement provides for two wage increases and an upgrade for all APWU-represented employees, in addition to Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) twice per year.
Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee to Review Contract Proposal
12/06/2006 - Negotiators for the APWU and U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement, APWU President William Burrus has announced.
“This is an outstanding agreement that protects the rights and interests of postal workers and the American people,” he said.
12/04/2006 - APWU President William Burrus has told union members that “substantial progress” was made in contract talks held over the weekend, but specific details are still being negotiated.
12/01/2006 - Do we have your local’s e-mail address?
As the union updates its mailing list technology, we are making a concerted effort to obtain the most current and accurate e-mail addresses for APWU’s local and state presidents so that we can communicate more quickly with local leaders in the event of breaking news.
11/29/2006 - Although a voluntary agreement is still possible, APWU President William Burrus has instructed the union’s attorneys to make initial preparations for arbitration. In a telephone message to union members on Nov. 29, the union president said, “We must move forward to achieve a new contract.”
11/29/2006 - Working with a private company, the Office of Personnel Managment has set up online enrollment procedures for enhanced vision- and dental-care benefits. The Web site, www.Benefeds.com, was launched on Nov. 13.
The Benefeds site is the exclusive place for postal employees to sign up for these voluntary benefits. The “dental/vision” enrollment season, Nov. 13-Dec. 11, coincides with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program’s Open Season.
11/21/2006 - APWU has proposed bold steps to address important issues for postal employees, union President William Burrus told APWU members in a telephone message. “Because we are attempting to break new ground, the final pieces of an agreement pose difficult challenges,” he said. “Despite intense discussions today, agreement on all of the issues is still beyond our grasp.” Contract talks will resume after the Thanksgiving weekend.