APWU Web News Articles

APWU Web News Article 107-2007

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Require Bargaining Over Subcontracting

11/16/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory on Nov. 15, when Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before making a commitment to significant subcontracting. H.R. 4236 would require the USPS to submit to arbitration if management and the affected unions were unable to reach agreement. The APWU has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 106-2007

USPS Instructs Managers to Comply With CBAs

Letter Is Response to APWU Criticism of Executives’ Strategy Recommendations

11/15/2007 - In response to criticism by APWU President William Burrus, the Postal Service has officially notified its managers that efficiency-improvement strategies must be in full compliance with collective bargaining agreements.

“Strategic programs designed to increase efficiency will always prove to be more successful when accomplished by adhering to the contractual requirements in our respective collective bargaining agreements,” wrote the Postal Service’s highest-ranking Labor Relations executive in a letter sent to postal managers and executives nationwide. 

APWU Web News Article 104-2007

Nonprofit Guide Rates APWU Health Plan at the Top

11/13/2007 - The APWU Health Plan has been given high marks by Consumers’ Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, which was released Nov. 12, the first day of the FEHBP Open Season. 

Industry analysts say that federal employees are being offered the widest range of options ever in the 2008 Open Season, with more nationally-available plans offering the newest types of health insurance, such as APWU’s Consumer Driven Option. 

APWU Web News Article 105-2007

APWU Installation of Officers

Burrus Issues a Call for Continued Progress

11/13/2007 - Although globalization and breakthrough technology have transformed the workplace, the APWU has enabled the workers it represents to pursue the American Dream without interruption, re-elected union President William Burrus said in an address at inauguration ceremonies in Las Vegas. 

APWU’s top officers, Cliff Guffey and William Burrus, 
congratulate each other after the swearing-in ceremony. 

“Tonight we point with pride to the voluntary career choices of the employees we represent,” Burrus told union members during the Nov. 8 installation ceremony for successful candidates for the union’s national positions. 

APWU Web News Article 103-2007

Burrus Outlines Ambitious Agenda at All-Craft Conference

Union Must Embrace Change, APWU President Declares

11/08/2007 - APWU President William Burrus outlined an ambitious agenda for the union’s future in a speech to the All-Craft Conference on Nov. 7. Urging conference participants to embrace change in a time of challenge, Burrus announced plans to hire five grassroots coordinators to help implement the union’s legislative program, and unveiled plans to better communicate with far-flung union members via the Internet.

“Many unions of the 20th Century did not change” with the times, Burrus said, and their members suffered as a result. “That will not happen to the American Postal Workers Union,” he declared. “We must incorporate change in everything we do — from the processing of grievances, to the representation of members, to the holding of union meetings, to the preparation of our newsletters,” he said.

APWU Web News Article 102-2007

Bill Clinton Tells APWU:

2008 Election Belongs to You

11/06/2007 -

APWU President William Burrus welcome
former U.S. President Bill Clinton to the stage
at the union’s All-Craft Conference.

“Don’t you dare let them take this election away from you,” Bill Clinton told more than 3,000 APWU members in a spirited, wide-ranging speech to the union’s All-Craft Conference Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. 

The former president urged postal workers to help choose leaders who will tackle our biggest problems at home and abroad, and told them we will solve the problems of the 21st Century only when we recognize that “our common humanity is more important than our differences.”

APWU Web News Article 101-2007

President Bill Clinton To Address All-Craft Conference

11/01/2007 - Former President Bill Clinton will speak at the APWU’s All-Craft Conference on Monday, Nov. 5, about the 2008 presidential campaign and the important role working people can play in determining the future direction of our nation.

“We are honored to have President Clinton as our guest at this important meeting of union activists,” said APWU President William Burrus. “We look forward to hearing his unique perspective on the 2008 election.


APWU Web News Article 100-2007

Union Condemns USPS Invitation to ‘Ignore Agreements’

10/31/2007 - APWU President William Burrus has criticized the outcome of a meeting of 700 USPS executives, at which participants were invited to identify the best opportunities for improving postal efficiency. According to a USPS News Link report dated Oct. 18, among the top vote-getters were managing sick leave and overtime, and maximizing the use of non-career employees.

APWU Web News Article 99-2007

Postal Regulatory Commission:

USPS Could Lose Millions in Proposed Deal

10/29/2007 - The Postal Service could lose more than $45 million if a proposed agreement with the Bank of America Corporation is implemented, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) concluded in early October, but the commission decided nonetheless that the agreement could be justified under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.

The APWU opposed the agreement, arguing that USPS predictions of savings were based on obsolete data. Although the commission did not reject the Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) as the APWU requested, its conclusion echoed arguments and analysis made by the APWU.

APWU Web News Article 98-2007

National Union Evaluates Candidates, But Makes No Endorsement at This Time

10/19/2007 - The Des Moines Register announced Oct. 18 that the Iowa Postal Workers Union has endorsed Sen. John Edwards for president. On the national level, the APWU respects Sen. Edwards and admires his commitment to labor, but we have made no endorsement. We note that several other candidates also have demonstrated outstanding records on the issues that concern working men and women. We will continue to evaluate all the candidates as we assess whether to make an endorsement.