02/26/2007 - APWU President William Burrus praised the recommended decision of the Postal Regulatory Commission today that would raise the price of a first-class stamp only two cents, instead of three cents as the Postal Service requested. In doing so, the commission agreed with the union that individual citizens should not be forced to subsidize major mailers and suffer a postage increase to 42 cents.
02/26/2007 - The APWU has unveiled an ambitious union organizing campaign directed at women, scheduled to begin in March, Women’s History Month. The campaign will urge women officers and activists to reach out to female non-members and ask them to join the APWU. The campaign is being coordinated by a committee composed of the women national officers of the APWU, in conjunction with the Organization Department and APWU President William Burrus.
At a teleconference held Feb. 12 to map out the campaign, Northeast Region Coordinator Liz Powell noted that although women make up 48 percent of the postal workforce, more than half of the non-members are women. “We are ready to go into the trenches to organize,” she said. “APWU sisters will be on the front line in this effort, and we know that our APWU brothers will have our back.”
The APWU — along with individual customers and small businesses — achieved a significant victory Feb. 26, when the Postal Regulatory Commission announced its recommended decision on a USPS request to increase rates: The PRC rejected the Postal Service’s proposed rate structure, and instead endorsed an APWU suggestion to increase postage for individual first-class letters to only 41 cents, instead of 42 cents as the Postal Service requested.
02/21/2007 - The national APWU will host a series of discussions about the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement with local and state officers in locations around the country, union President William Burrus has announced.
“These meetings present an important opportunity for local leaders — who work in the trenches enforcing the contract — to confer with negotiators and other national officers about the terms of the new agreement,” he said.
02/20/2007 - The union has been informed that new pay rates for APWU-represented employees were implemented in Pay Period 04-2007 and will appear in checks dated Feb. 23. The new implementation date was two pay periods ahead of the date initially promised by the Postal Service.
The new pay rates reflect the 1.3 percent raise negotiated as part of the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known.
02/16/2007 - More than 130 members of Congress will join workers, union leaders, and community activists at press conferences and other events in cities across the country Feb. 19-23 to demonstrate support for the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. The bipartisan bill, introduced in the House by Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and Peter King (R-NY), would fix a broken process in which employers brazenly intimidate, harass, and fire workers who want to form unions.
“I encourage APWU members to participate in these activities and to join the movement to protect workers’ rights to seek better pay and benefits,” said APWU President William Burrus.
02/12/2007 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that it has cancelled nine more Area Mail Processing studies.
In a statement on Feb. 9, the Postal Service told the APWU that “it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations” in: Carroll, IA; Glenwood Springs, CO; Hutchinson, KS; McCook, NE; Sheridan and Wheatland, WY; Fox Valley, IL; and Bryan and McAllen, TX.
02/12/2007 - A DHL director of labor relations, the NLRB complaint says, “implied that it would be futile for employees to select the union as their bargaining representative by telling employees there is only so much money for labor costs, and for them to gain in one area, they will have to lose in another.”
02/05/2007 - The 1.3 percent raise established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will result in a corresponding dues increase, in accordance with Article 16, Section 2(a) of the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. The raises will be paid retroactively to Nov. 25, 2006, but the effective date of the retroactive paycheck and retroactive dues increase has not been announced. Once we receive that information, we will post it on the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org.
The dues increase will be 68 cents per member per pay period for career employees and 42 cents per member per pay period for Transitional Employees.
02/05/2007 - APWU News Bulletin #03-2007 omitted the full application of the recently negotiated limitations on the use of casuals. Clarifications are marked in bold.
- The USPS will be authorized to hire casuals for 360-day terms;
- The limit on the use of casuals “in lieu of ” career employees will no longer apply to Clerk Craft employees in “200 man-year” offices;
- The assignment of casuals to positions that require training and testing will be prohibited;