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.
APWU Drops RI-399 Lawsuit
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.
06/06/2007 - The APWU, together with an organization representing a coalition of consumers and nonprofit mailers, has filed a suit challenging secret policy-making by a Postal Service advisory committee.
The panel, the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, is made up of trade associations that represent large business mailers. Co-chaired by major mailer representatives and postal officials, MTAC — acting through “work groups” — commissions studies and makes recommendations to senior USPS management on postal operations, postal rates, and postal regulations.
06/06/2007 - APWU Clerk Craft Director James McCarthy has assigned Vince Tarducci, president of the Philadelphia BMC Local, as a temporary replacement for Eric Wilson, who resigned as a National Business Agent at the end of May. Tarducci will serve through the remainder of Wilson’s term, which expires in November.
05/31/2007 - APWU President William Burrus has asked the Wachovia Bank Corp. to stop airing a television commercial which strongly suggests that home mail delivery is the primary cause of identity theft.
“The 700,000 employees who operate the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective mail service in the world object to your characterization,” Burrus wrote in a May 30 letter to G. Kennedy Thompson, the bank’s CEO.
05/23/2007 - National Business Agent Eric M. Wilson has announced he will resign his position, effective May 25, 2007. Wilson, who has served as NBA “A” in the Clerk Division for the Philadelphia Region since 1994, is resigning for personal reasons.
APWU President William Burrus expressed appreciation for the contributions Wilson has made to the union as an NBA and for the assistance he provided during negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. “Eric was a first-class representative,” he said, “and we wish him well.”