06/27/2007 - The Wachovia Bank Corp. has stopped airing a television commercial that strongly implied that home delivery of mail is a primary cause of identity theft.
On June 18, G. Kennedy Thompson, the bank’s CEO, responded to a letter from APWU President William Burrus that objected to the commercial’s characterization. Thompson said that the ad, also criticized by Postmaster General John E. Potter, had been pulled from the airwaves.
06/27/2007 - The APWU National Executive Board has voted to open nominations for the vacancy in the National Business Agent position caused by the untimely death of Percy Harrison Jr. Brother Harrison, who died on June 18, had filed the necessary petitions for candidacy and was unchallenged.
The leader of an international union federation met with APWU President William Burrus on June 25, 2007, as part of a visit to the United States.
Philip Jennings, general-secretary of the Switzerland-based Union Network International (UNI), and Burrus discussed how the labor movement should respond to globalization, the trend by corporations and businesses to expand around the globe.
06/25/2007 - An APWU-sponsored TV commercial that decried the negative effects of Postal Service consolidation plans has won a “Pollie Award” from the American Association of Political Consultants.
Broadcast in select cities in the last half of 2006, the 30-second TV commercial — running in conjunction with radio ads — informed citizens and community leaders about the Postal Service’s network realignment proposals.
06/21/2007 - The official 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the USPS and the APWU is being printed and will be ready for shipping shortly, the union has announced. Copies can be viewed and downloaded from the APWU Web site, and orders for printed copies may be placed online or by phone.
06/20/2007 - APWU officers, staff and members from as far away as Richmond and Philadelphia joined thousands of union activists at a rally June 19 on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act — legislation that would ensure that working people can freely choose whether to form unions to negotiate for better wages and benefits.
06/19/2007 - Percy Harrison Jr., a Central Region National Business Agent since the early 1990s, died suddenly June 18. “We were shocked and saddened to learn of Percy’s passing,” said APWU President William Burrus. “Percy was an outspoken advocate for postal workers, and he will be sorely missed. Please keep his wife and family in your thoughts.”
06/19/2007 - The U.S. Senate is expected to debate legislation this week that would remove many of the obstacles faced by American workers who want to form unions.
The Employee Free Choice Act would give American workers greater freedom to make their own choices about joining unions and bargaining for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The bill (S. 1041) would stiffen penalties for harassment, intimidation, and other illegal tactics employers often use to prevent workers from unionizing.
06/12/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately 60 miles across central Ohio will not occur.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Zanesville OH Post Office into the Columbus, OH Processing and Distribution Center,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on June 7.
06/07/2007 - The APWU has negotiated an important agreement to expedite hearings on grievances involving jurisdictional disputes. In response to an APWU lawsuit against the Postal Service and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (MHU), the MHU has agreed to the re-appointment of an arbitrator to hear the cases in question, and has begun attending meetings of the National Dispute Resolution Committee. The APWU and MHU also agreed on a procedure to establish the order in which disputes will be heard.