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APWU Web News Article 60-2006

Victims Remembered, Workers Honored On Fifth Anniversary of Anthrax Attacks

Moment of Silence to Be Observed at USPS Facilities Oct. 21

10/20/2006 - Two APWU members who died after being exposed to bacteria-laced mail were remembered during ceremonies Oct. 19 commemorating the fifth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial was held at a church near the Washington, DC, facility named in honor of the fallen postal workers.

Thomas Morris Jr., 55, who had worked for the Postal Service since 1973, died Oct. 21, 2001. Fifteen-year USPS veteran Joseph Curseen Jr., 47, succumbed a day later. The two Maryland residents died of respiratory ailments following their exposure a week earlier to letters bound for Capitol Hill.

APWU Web News Article 59-2006

Contract Talks Update

10/18/2006 - Contract negotiations continued Oct. 18, with the USPS asking questions about the APWU’s non-economic proposals. Discussion focused on employee reassignments, jurisdictional disputes, and the rights of employees in small offices.

Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Oct. 23, with additional questions from the USPS about union proposals.

Discussion of economic issues will take place in future sessions.

APWU Web News Article 58-2006

Pat Davis-Weeks Appointed NBA

10/17/2006 - Pat Davis-Weeks has been appointed to fill the National Business Agent (B) position in the Atlanta Region, effective Oct. 16. The APWU Clerk Division Council unanimously approved the appointment at a meeting Oct. 12, which was conducted by telephone. 

Clerk Craft Director Jim McCarthy selected Davis-Weeks, who will work at the NBA office in Tampa FL. In accordance with Article 21 of the APWU Constitution, craft directors fill vacancies within their divisions, subject to the approval of other national officers in the craft. Davis-Weeks had served as vice president of the Tampa Area Local. 

APWU Web News Article 57-2006

Sullivan Approved as Southern Region Coordinator

10/10/2006 - The APWU National Executive Board unanimously approved the appointment of William Sullivan as Southern Region Coordinator at a meeting Oct. 10 that was conducted via telephone. Union President William Burrus had selected Sullivan to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Frankie L. Sanders. Sullivan will assume the new position immediately in Houston TX.

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Nationwide Solidarity Display Set for Oct. 26

Day of Picketing to Expose Ill-Advised Consolidation Plans

10/05/2006 - In accordance with a resolution adopted by delegates to the union’s 18th Biennial Convention, the APWU National Executive Board has selected Oct. 26 for a nationwide day of picketing to protest ill-advised postal consolidations.

The coordinated informational picketing is intended to spotlight the potentially damaging effects of the USPS consolidation plan, and to expose how Postal Service policy panders to major mailers. The Oct. 26 date was selected to give local unions the opportunity to seek support from elected officials and candidates prior to Election Day, Nov. 7.

APWU Web News Article 56-2006

Negotiations Update

10/04/2006 - Management representatives painted a bleak picture of USPS finances during contract talks held Oct. 3, and, to no one’s surprise, concluded that “cost containment is the only answer.” Labor expenses are the “key drivers of costs,” management asserted, in a presentation clearly intended to convey that labor costs must be restricted.

Union negotiators challenged the USPS analysis and raised pointed questions about productivity improvements, excessive postage discounts, and mail volume. Management’s presentation did not include any contract proposals.

APWU Web News Article 55-2006

Union Sets Oct. 26 For Nationwide Day of Picketing

09/28/2006 - In accordance with a resolution adopted by delegates to the union’s 18th Biennial Convention, the APWU National Executive Board has selected Oct. 26 for a nationwide day of picketing to protest ill-advised postal consolidations.

The coordinated informational picketing is intended to highlight the potentially damaging effects of the USPS consolidation plan, and to expose how Postal Service policy panders to major mailers. The Oct. 26 date was selected to give local unions the opportunity to seek support from elected officials and candidates prior to Election Day, Nov. 7.

APWU Web News Article 54-2006

Negotiations Update

09/23/2006 - Contract talks between the USPS and the APWU continued Sept. 14, 15, 21, and 22, with the union presenting non-economic issues for discussion.

Topics included protecting craft work, safety and health concerns, travel issues, and matters affecting deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.

APWU Web News Article 53-2006

APWU Asks U.S. Lawmakers to Support Citizens’ Right to Be Heard on Consolidation

09/21/2006 - In a letter sent to every member of Congress, APWU President William Burrus asked legislators to support citizens’ efforts to be part of the debate about plans to realign the nation’s mail-processing network. “The Postal Service has failed to consider the concerns of the American people, denied them the information necessary to determine if the revised network will meet their needs, and excluded them from having real input in the decision-making process,” Burrus wrote.

Those who defend efforts to consolidate mail sorting facilities without proper public input have chosen to ignore the intent of federal law that governs the Postal Service, Burrus said in the Sept. 12 letter. Their “disdain for the needs and wishes of ordinary citizens — your constituents,” he wrote, “is evident in a recent editorial in the newsletter of the Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association, an association of large mailers.”

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