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APWU Web News Article 22-2007

Postal Service Continues Plans to Close AMCs

03/23/2007 - As part of an ongoing effort to outsource postal work, the USPS recently outlined management’s continuing plans to eliminate Air Mail Centers across the country. Two letters to the APWU provide additional details about plans management announced over the summer.

In a letter dated March 14, 2007, the USPS notified the APWU that management will continue to consider outsourcing operations at 14 of 43 facilities management identified in July 2006. “This decision continues a disturbing trend of replacing good-paying union jobs with low-wage non-union workers,” APWU President William Burrus said.

APWU Web News Article 21-2007

Unions Press FBI to Brief Congress on Anthrax Investigation

03/20/2007 - The APWU, along with the other postal unions and management associations, has asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to grant congressional requests for a briefing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on its inquiry into the 2001 anthrax attacks.

The attacks killed five people, including two postal employees — APWU members Thomas L. Morris Jr. and Joseph P. Curseen Jr. Seventeen others were sickened, including several postal workers.

APWU Web News Article 20-2007

Women’s Organizing Campaign Takes Shape

03/14/2007 -

T-shirts, balloons, buttons, stickers, and brochures
are included in the organizing kits.

The APWU Women’s Organizing Campaign is taking shape, with organizing kits mailed to 58 locals across the country. The packets include buttons, stickers, balloons, flyers, brochures, T-shirts, and, of course, the most important items of all — union sign-up forms.

The campaign’s theme is straightforward: Juggling the responsibilities of work and home often seems impossible — especially for women, who frequently bear a disproportionate share of family burdens. Somehow, working women manage to get it all done.

APWU Web News Article 19-2007

Union Encourages USPS Board of Governors To Approve Postal Regulatory Commission Ruling

03/09/2007 - The APWU is encouraging the USPS Board of Governors to approve the Feb. 26 “recommended decision” of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In a March 8 letter, union President William Burrus said the PRC’s decision, which rejected the Postal Service’s proposed rate structure for first-class letter mail, is “fundamentally correct.”

The postal Board of Governors must implement the PRC ruling or return it to the commission for further consideration. The Board of Governors can overrule the decision only by a unanimous vote.

APWU Web News Article 18-2007

Retroactive Pay to Be Issued May 18

National Union to Waive Back Dues

03/06/2007 - The USPS has notified the APWU that it expects to disburse back pay for the period from Nov. 25, 2006, through Feb. 2, 2007, in paychecks dated May 18 (Pay Period 10-2007). The retroactive pay will reflect a 1.3 percent raise for five pay periods (Pay Period 25-2006 through 03-2007).

APWU Web News Article 17-2007

Union, Management Sign Off On Contract Questions & Answers

03/02/2007 - The APWU and USPS signed off on a set of Questions and Answers regarding the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which outline the specific application of provisions involving the conversion of part-time flexibles and the supplemental workforce. “These joint interpretations clarify the parties’ intent about how to implement the new contract,” said APWU President William Burrus.

“I am pleased by the speed at which they were addressed,” he said. “It often takes years and requires the intervention of an arbitrator to settle substantive issues involving contract interpretation, but we were able to resolve these issues in a matter of months.”

APWU Web News Article 16-2007

House Approves Employee Free Choice Bill

03/02/2007 - The House of Representatives voted 241-185 in favor of legislation that would strengthen workers’ ability to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions by safeguarding their rights when they choose to form unions. 

Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, said the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800) would reform a broken system in which “employers frequently intimidate, harass, reassign or even fire workers who support the formation of a union.”

Press Release


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.

APWU Web News Article 15-2007

'A Woman's Place is in Her Union'

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.”

APWU News Bulletin

PRC Decision a Big Win For Postal Customers, APWU

02/26/2007 -

Source: PRC press briefing packet

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.