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Field Hearings Demonstrate Broad Public Support

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

"Save and enhance the U.S. Postal Service” was the overwhelming spirit of the community field hearings held around the country by A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. A wide range of speakers reaffirmed the need for a public postal system and rejected privatization, while recognizing that changes must be undertaken to bring the USPS fully into the 21st century.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Bank Closings and Lack of Confidence Point the Way to Postal Banking

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Way back in 1956, an article in the Monthly Business Review made a case for ending the Postal Savings System (see box). “It would seem that the Postal Savings System has outlived any social or economic need it may have once satisfied,” wrote the Cleveland Federal Reserve

From the Field

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

From the Field is a new recurring feature for the American Postal Worker spotlighting statements from APWU local and state publications on a current issue.

Reversions, Abolishments, and Excessing 

“This is an attack on postal workers’ jobs and we have a big fight on our hands. We need all of you in that fight. You need to report every violation to your steward. Management will be forced to perform more clerk work if this excessing occurs and it is up to you to report those violations.” – Bob Gunter, Illinois Postal Worker Union President, The Illinois Postal Worker

Still in the Struggle

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Central Regional Coordinator Sharyn M. Stone

Postal management’s massive violation of Article 12 continues to have a significant impacton our jobs. As this article goes to press, we are still having extensive meetings and some impacts remain up in the air. Clearly, management does not have a vision of what they are trying to achieve. Not only are the numbers constantly in flux, but the reasons for some of the impacts keep changing.

Contracts Ratified

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

The Support Services Division ratified two of its tentative agreements in August. First, the Information Technology & Accounting Services (IT/AS) agreement, which had a 77 percent approval, and then the private-sector mail-haulers contract with Salmon Companies, with a 75 percent approval.

Sept. 1 and Where is the Work?

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

On August 18, 2016, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in case Q06C-4Q-C 11182451 that the Postal Service had violated Article 32 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by failing to notify the union of at least 212 Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) until after the contracts had already been let. Arbitrator Das’ award ordered the Postal Service to convert 110 of the disputed routes remaining in service to the Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) for regular, four-year contract terms.

Labor Distribution Codes

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

When we punch into work, the USPS time-keeping system tracks our workhours based on the operation we badge onto. All employees are assigned to a particular Labor Distribution Code (LDC) as their “base.” Occasionally, depending on assignment, those work hours need to be recorded under a different LDC – frequently done by badging onto the proper operation number. Sometimes, a manual entry into the time-keeping system is required.

Price Cap's Significant Impact on the Clerk Craft

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Any day now, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will be making a decision on the postage price cap that will significantly affect service to the American people and possibly the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the Clerk Craft and other postal workers.

Single-Payer Health Care - Its Time Has Come

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein that originally appeared in Cleveland's The Plain Dealer on Sept. 20.

Congress is back from its summer recess and the problems with our nation’s health care system haven’t gone away. How to fix health care is once again being hotly debated. Recently, President Donald Trump warned Republican senators that they must do something or be confronted with the dangers of “single-payer” health care. But, single-payer shouldn’t be the boogey- man – its time has come.

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