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APWU Web News Article 05-2007

Shirley Jasper Named Maintenance Division NBA

01/22/2007 - Shirley Jasper has been appointed Maintenance Division National Business Agent “B” in the Western Region, Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. Jasper is the first woman in the craft to serve as an NBA.

She will begin her duties Jan. 27 at the Pasadena, CA, field office, replacing Richard Shepard, who is retiring. Jasper currently serves as the Maintenance Craft Director for the Great Los Angeles Area Local.

In accordance with the APWU Constitution & Bylaws, division directors fill vacancies, subject to the approval of a majority of members of the division council, which is composed of all national officers in the craft. 

APWU Web News Article 04-2007

2006-2010 Contract

And the Winners Are...

01/19/2007 - Drum roll, please! APWU President William Burrus has announced the winners of the union’s Ratification Voter Participation Contest. The challenge, intended to encourage union members to get involved in the ratification process, offered rewards to locals that were most successful in mobilizing APWU members to vote.

Twenty locals in the category of 1-99 members had 100 percent participation, earning each local $200, to be used on behalf of the members. They are the Atchison (KS) Local, Lewistown (MT) Local, Orange (VA) Local, Haleyville (AL) Local, Laurens (SC) Local, Lewisburg (TN) Local, West Frankfort (IL) Local, Donora (PA) Local, Sturgeon Bay (WI) Local, Marengo (IL) Local, Marshall (MN) Local, Bellows Falls (VT) Local, Springhill (LA) Local, Wayne (NE) Local, Saint Ignace (MI) Local, Port Washington (WI) Local, Kewanee (IL) Local, Alpena (MI) Local, Adairsville (GA) Local, and the Tallmadge (OH) Local.

APWU Web News Article 02-2007

Two Consolidation Studies Scrapped

01/18/2007 - The U.S. Postal Service announced in early January that it was calling off the only Area Mail Processing studies in the states of Montana and North Carolina. 

In a written statement on Jan. 5, the Postal Service said that it had dropped plans to move some North Carolina mail-processing operations from Kinston to Fayetteville, approximately 100 miles away. In Montana a week later, Sen. Max Baucus (D) announced that plans to move mail-processing from Helena, the state capital, to Great Falls had been abandoned. 

APWU Web News Article 03-2007

2006-2010 Contract

Official Local-by-Local Ratification Vote Totals

01/18/2007 - The official results of the APWU contract ratification vote are now available, including a local-by-local tally. The results are shown alphabetically by state, with locals in each state listed alphabetically as well. 

Results were certified by American Arbitration Association, which conducted the balloting under the supervision of a subcommittee of the Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee.

APWU Web News Article 01-2007

APWU Files Suit on Jurisdictional Disputes

01/05/2007 - The APWU has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, charging that the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and U.S. Postal Service have violated a national-level three-party agreement that establishes procedures for resolving disputes over work assignments.

The memorandum, signed on April 16, 1992, outlines methods for the unions to challenge USPS work assignments they consider improper, and requires the parties to appoint a national-level arbitrator to resolve the disputes they are unable to settle. The agreement also requires the parties to meet frequently enough to render timely decisions, and to schedule arbitration hearings for unresolved cases.

APWU Web News Article 87-2006

Day of Mourning to Be Observed Jan. 2

12/29/2006 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that postal workers will observe a Day of Mourning on Jan. 2, in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, who passed away on Dec. 26. 

Two national-level agreements between the APWU and USPS outline the provisions for granting APWU-represented employees a day of observance when a National Day of Mourning is declared by the president of the United States:

APWU Web News Article 86-2006

Postal Workers to Observe ‘Day of Mourning’

12/28/2006 - APWU-represented employees will be granted a day of observance in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, who passed away on Dec. 26. At this time, the USPS has not announced the date for the Day of Mourning. As soon as the date is determined, the APWU will post the information on this site.

Two national-level agreements between the APWU and USPS outline the provisions for granting APWU-represented employees a day of observance when a National Day of Mourning is declared by the president of the United States:

APWU Web News Article 85-2006

If You Didn’t Get a Ballot…

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.

APWU Web News Article 84-2006

Non-Members to Receive Ballot Mailing

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.

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