03/20/2007 - The APWU, along with the other postal unions and management associations, has asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to grant congressional requests for a briefing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on its inquiry into the 2001 anthrax attacks.
The attacks killed five people, including two postal employees — APWU members Thomas L. Morris Jr. and Joseph P. Curseen Jr. Seventeen others were sickened, including several postal workers.
The APWU Women’s Organizing Campaign is taking shape, with organizing kits mailed to 58 locals across the country. The packets include buttons, stickers, balloons, flyers, brochures, T-shirts, and, of course, the most important items of all — union sign-up forms.
The campaign’s theme is straightforward: Juggling the responsibilities of work and home often seems impossible — especially for women, who frequently bear a disproportionate share of family burdens. Somehow, working women manage to get it all done.
03/09/2007 - The APWU is encouraging the USPS Board of Governors to approve the Feb. 26 “recommended decision” of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In a March 8 letter, union President William Burrus said the PRC’s decision, which rejected the Postal Service’s proposed rate structure for first-class letter mail, is “fundamentally correct.”
The postal Board of Governors must implement the PRC ruling or return it to the commission for further consideration. The Board of Governors can overrule the decision only by a unanimous vote.
03/06/2007 - The USPS has notified the APWU that it expects to disburse back pay for the period from Nov. 25, 2006, through Feb. 2, 2007, in paychecks dated May 18 (Pay Period 10-2007). The retroactive pay will reflect a 1.3 percent raise for five pay periods (Pay Period 25-2006 through 03-2007).
03/02/2007 - The APWU and USPS signed off on a set of Questions and Answers regarding the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which outline the specific application of provisions involving the conversion of part-time flexibles and the supplemental workforce. “These joint interpretations clarify the parties’ intent about how to implement the new contract,” said APWU President William Burrus.
“I am pleased by the speed at which they were addressed,” he said. “It often takes years and requires the intervention of an arbitrator to settle substantive issues involving contract interpretation, but we were able to resolve these issues in a matter of months.”
03/02/2007 - The House of Representatives voted 241-185 in favor of legislation that would strengthen workers’ ability to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions by safeguarding their rights when they choose to form unions.
Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, said the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800) would reform a broken system in which “employers frequently intimidate, harass, reassign or even fire workers who support the formation of a union.”
02/26/2007 - The APWU has unveiled an ambitious union organizing campaign directed at women, scheduled to begin in March, Women’s History Month. The campaign will urge women officers and activists to reach out to female non-members and ask them to join the APWU. The campaign is being coordinated by a committee composed of the women national officers of the APWU, in conjunction with the Organization Department and APWU President William Burrus.
At a teleconference held Feb. 12 to map out the campaign, Northeast Region Coordinator Liz Powell noted that although women make up 48 percent of the postal workforce, more than half of the non-members are women. “We are ready to go into the trenches to organize,” she said. “APWU sisters will be on the front line in this effort, and we know that our APWU brothers will have our back.”
02/21/2007 - The national APWU will host a series of discussions about the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement with local and state officers in locations around the country, union President William Burrus has announced.
“These meetings present an important opportunity for local leaders — who work in the trenches enforcing the contract — to confer with negotiators and other national officers about the terms of the new agreement,” he said.
02/20/2007 - The union has been informed that new pay rates for APWU-represented employees were implemented in Pay Period 04-2007 and will appear in checks dated Feb. 23. The new implementation date was two pay periods ahead of the date initially promised by the Postal Service.
The new pay rates reflect the 1.3 percent raise negotiated as part of the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known.
02/16/2007 - More than 130 members of Congress will join workers, union leaders, and community activists at press conferences and other events in cities across the country Feb. 19-23 to demonstrate support for the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. The bipartisan bill, introduced in the House by Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and Peter King (R-NY), would fix a broken process in which employers brazenly intimidate, harass, and fire workers who want to form unions.
“I encourage APWU members to participate in these activities and to join the movement to protect workers’ rights to seek better pay and benefits,” said APWU President William Burrus.