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Management Has to Make Sense

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Southern Region Coordinator Kennith Beasley 

Whatever we do in life, we must make sense in our interactions and conversations with each other – especially between the union and management – so that we can respectfully arrive at some kind of resolve. Not making sense kills morale.

A Grand Alliance

Americans Still Rate the Postal Service Best, Why the Calls for Privatization?

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)   

Once again, the U.S. Postal Service has been rated most well-liked federal agency by the American public. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to rate the job performance of 13 key government agencies. Seventy-four percent of respondents rated the USPS as “excellent” or “good,” an increase of two points from 2014.

Here We Go Again!

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

To quote the famous New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” As we prepare for the opening of the 2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, we can be certain that the USPS will once again expect the union, or an interest arbitrator, to concede the many years of benefits we have obtained for APWU members. This USPS textbook move has been used over and over again in their attempt to put the union on defense and not offense. Being mindful of this strategy, the APWU’s leadership remains focused on protecting and improving the rights of our members.

Our Week in Norman, Oklahoma

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

During the week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 4, 2017 your Maintenance Craft headquarters officers traveled to Norman, OK for meetings with the Postal Service and students attending training at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED).

Labor News

03/01/2018 -


L. A.Times newsroom workers celebrate their organizing victory.
Photo courtesy of the NewsGuild-CWA

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

L.A. Times’ Newsroom Unionizes in Landslide Vote 

Reversing 136 years of management rule, 85 percent of employees working in the Los Angeles Times’ newsroom voted to join The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America, in a 248-44 vote on Jan. 4.

Renew the Fight for Safe Jobs

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

We all know and enjoy our holiday – Labor Day. But did you know that there is another day that honors the workers of the world? It is celebrated on April 28 of each year, and it is Workers Memorial Day. This day honors and remembers those who have suffered from injuries, occupational illnesses and died while on the job. This day is also the day we renew the fight for safe jobs.

APWU Web News Article 21-2018

Agreement Reached on MS 1 Remand!

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 News Bulletin

First 2018 COLA Increase Announced

02/23/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3. 

The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year.

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