After Nine Day Strike, Workers Win All their Demands Including a Pay Raise, a Freeze on Any Health Insurance Premium Increase and Governor Veto of Anti-Worker Legislation
03/14/2018 - It was an inspirational show of solidarity. Education workers across all 55 counties in West Virginia – about 34,000 workers in total – said ‘enough is enough.’ Members of the American Federation of Teachers - West Virginia (AFT-West Virginia), the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) went out on strike from Feb. 22 – Mar. 6. Together, they were victorious.
On March 2, thirteen APWU members participated in a day-long focus group to test the curriculum being developed by Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center for the union’s ongoing efforts to build an APWU broad-based educational program, known as the APWU National Institute.
03/07/2018 - With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.
03/02/2018 - On Monday, Feb. 19, members of the Florida Keys Area Local held an informational picket in front of the main post office in Key West, shining a light on the severe slashes to staffing and service that are causing mail delays and hazardous working conditions.
02/28/2018 - On February 27, 2018, the Postal Service and the APWU Maintenance Division signed an agreement resolving national level disputes in case numbers (Q10T-4Q-C 14171644 and Q10T-4Q-C 16481407).
The outstanding issue revolves around Arbitrator Goldberg’s REMANDED Decision of September 13, 2017:
“The issues of whether the revisions to the MS-1 dealing with (a) preventative maintenance time allowances and frequencies, and (b) space adjustments and miscellaneous work time allowances violated Article 19 are remanded to the parties.”
APWU Members Highlight Challenges after Catastrophic Hurricanes
President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Region Coordinator John H. Dirzius recently visited Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to talk with APWU members affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The purpose of the trip was to hear first-hand what is on the minds of our members five months after the hurricanes devastated their homes, their lives and their work sites.
02/21/2018 - The White House introduced its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget to Congress last week. For postal and federal workers, this budget is largely a reintroduction of last year’s failed attacks on our pay and benefits, but takes them even further.