07/13/2005 - The APWU and five employees of ABX Air filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati June 30, alleging the company has engaged in intimidation, coercion, and discrimination against workers who are attempting to unionize the ABX plant in Wilmington, OH. The workers are asking the court to declare that the company’s actions violate the Railway Labor Act, and to issue an injunction prohibiting the firm from such actions in the future.
Membership to Vote on Proposed Agreement
07/08/2005 - The APWU Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted to approve a tentative contract extension agreement between the union and USPS on July 7, clearing the way for a ratification vote by union members.
ALSO: Ballots to Be Mailed July 18-20
AND: Statement of Rank & File Committee
Rank & File Bargaining Committee to Review Proposal
06/28/2005 - APWU President William Burrus announced June 28 that the union and the USPS have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is due to expire Nov. 20.
ALSO: Highlights of the Tentative Agreement.
Agreement Would Require Union Members' Ratification
06/20/2005 - APWU President William Burrus announced June 20 that the union and management have reached “an agreement on a framework” for a one-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, with specific details still under discussion. The current contract is set to expire Nov. 20.
“If an agreement can be finalized and if it is approved by the union membership,” Burrus said at a meeting of APWU local and state presidents, “it will include a raise, along with two cost-of-living adjustments, and upgrades of some positions in the clerk, maintenance, and motor vehicle crafts.”
05/02/2005 - In a significant win for the union, an arbitrator has ruled that the Postal Service must grant Sunday premium pay to employees who work on Sunday, even if the work is the result of an employee’s request for a temporary change of schedule for the employee’s personal convenience.
“We have fought long and hard to protect Sunday premium pay for our members who perform work on Sundays,” said APWU Industrial Relations Director Greg Bell. “This important victory clearly vindicates our consistent position on such pay issues and rejects another attempt by the Postal Service to deprive postal employees of Sunday premium pay.”
05/01/2005 - Joyce B. Robinson, Research & Education Department Director
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04/18/2005 - Approximately 170 APWU truck drivers who work for Mail Contractors of America have concluded their nearly three-week strike, going back to work for MCA in Des Moines, Kansas City, KS, and Jacksonville, FL, but vowing to press on for fair contracts.
04/07/2005 - The APWU won a union representation election at a privately-run MTESC (Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center) in Cincinnati, Local President Tim Breen has announced. The vote, held April 6, was 65-54; 127 workers were eligible to vote.
04/06/2005 - A Government Accountability Office assessment of anthrax detection methods "underscores the lack of confidence" that many workers have in testing procedures at postal facilities, APWU President William Burrus said in testimony April 5 before a House subcommittee.
"The fears postal workers harbor about the accuracy of anthrax testing following the October 2001 attack remain," Burrus testified, "and they will not be overcome until a comprehensive plan of detection and protection is put in place." The GAO report suggests that the system still needs to be improved, and "confirms that many of the concerns the APWU expressed in 2001 were well placed."
04/01/2005 - John Edwards, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate last year, gave a boost to striking APWU truck drivers in Des Moines when he walked the picket line with them April 1.