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The Attacks From All Sides Can Only Be Fought Through Solidarity

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August  2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

White House Proposal to Privatize the Postal Service
In June, the White House proposal, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” was released. This proposal puts forth a restructuring plan for the federal government which includes the privatization of the Postal Service. It was crafted around a slew of untruths including the implication that the Postal Service relies on taxpayer dollars.

Can We Trust USPS Management?

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

Can we ever trust USPS management to live up to their agreements and obligations?

On August 18, 2016, during our last convention in Orlando, the Motor Vehicle Division received one of the most important arbitration decisions relating to Article 32.2.B and the renewal of Highway Contract Routes (HCRs).

The Function One Fiasco

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Eastern Regional Coordinator Mike Gallagher 

The USPS embarked on a mission to staff all Function One Mail Processing operations using a program that sets up staffing based on a time and work measurement system (earned hours) rather than hours actually used. This program has been the basis for a substantial number of Regional Notifications for clerks to be reassigned out of craft and/or out of installation nationwide.

Filling Maintenance Vacancies - Part 1

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is the mutually agreed upon explanation on how to apply our contract to filling vacant maintenance positions.

The May 2017 JCIM included the Order for Filling Vacant Maintenance Positions. The contractual definition is to duty assignments. Within the craft, we referto this as the “pecking order.”

The preamble paragraph is frequently overlooked: The appropriate PAR and PER must be exhausted before considering other hiring options. To be considered qualified an employee must either be eligible under the current in-craft process for the position in question or be a Maintenance Craft employee in the same level and occupational group as the vacancy.

A Culture of Solidarity

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

The owners of large corporations and their allies are behind the push to degrade and dismantle the Postal Service. Their money largely controls Congress, the media, and the USPS. However, we outnumber the corporate interests 99 to one. We outnumber management 25 to one and to be successful we need to use our advantage in numbers. The national APWU has been assisting our locals to inform the public and utilize collective actions so we can fight back and build a movement. But the question is: how do we get from here to there? How do we create successful collective actions?

Workers Under Attack and Fighting Back!

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Today, more than ever, I am thankful to be a member of the APWU. Throughout my career the union has stood up when management may have wronged me and my coworkers and represented us all in negotiations that have provided a good living, benefits, and retirement. You and I are some of the fortunate in America today who have a union to do this for us. Most American workers do not have a union to represent them. Because they don’t have a union, along with their families, they are suffering.

We Are Stronger With Our Allies

07/23/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) has begun bargaining with the United States Postal Service (USPS) for a new contract, and members know this is our bread and butter. This is one of the primary reasons why we signed up to join our union. We are focused on getting the best deal possible for our members and their families while securing the future of the postal service.

Because our members have been united, in the past we’ve been successful. If we stay united, with a broad vision of social justice, I believe we will be successful now and into the future.

Honoring Our Past, Fighting For Our Future

07/23/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Vice President Debby Szeredy 

Update on Phase II Consolidations


Tour 1 members of the Greater Oregon Area Local 555 from Bend gathering to discuss
how to fight back against Phase 2 plant consolidation.

As we move forward, I want to give an update about the work being done to save Phase 2 Plants from consolidation. Locals around the country are getting ready to stand up and that includes our members on the workroom floor. The last few months we have visited or met with local members providing strategy training for Augusta and Athens GA; Rocky Mount, Asheville and Fayetteville, NC; Florence, SC; Gainesville, Manasota and Mid-Florida FL; Stamford and North Haven CT; Central MA, Boston, Middlesex and Essex, MA; Bend and Eugene OR; Tacoma, Seattle and Wenatchee WA; Pocatello, ID; Mid-Hudson, NY; Fox Valley, IL; Industry, Redding, Eureka and North Bay CA; Grenada, Hattiesburg and Gulfport MS; North Alabama, AL; and Memphis and Chattanooga TN. By the time this magazine is in print we will have also provided training for Corpus Christi, Houston, Abilene and Beaumont TX; Rock Springs, WY; Provo, UT, and Tucson, AZ.

 

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