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APWU Web News Article 02-2007

Two Consolidation Studies Scrapped

01/18/2007 - The U.S. Postal Service announced in early January that it was calling off the only Area Mail Processing studies in the states of Montana and North Carolina. 

In a written statement on Jan. 5, the Postal Service said that it had dropped plans to move some North Carolina mail-processing operations from Kinston to Fayetteville, approximately 100 miles away. In Montana a week later, Sen. Max Baucus (D) announced that plans to move mail-processing from Helena, the state capital, to Great Falls had been abandoned. 

APWU News Bulletin

Membership Ratifies Four-Year Contract

01/12/2007 -


Rank-and-File Advisory Bargaining
Committee members Thomasine
Derricks, Princella Vogel, and Jack
Dougherty observe the vote count
in Washington on Jan. 12. Vogel
chairs the committee.

APWU members ratified a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 84,486 to 12,016, in balloting that concluded Jan. 12. The new National Agreement, which is retroactive to Nov. 21, 2006, will expire Nov. 20, 2010.

Rank-and-File Advisory Bargaining Committee members Thomasine Derricks, Princella Vogel, and Jack Dougherty observe the vote count in Washington on Jan. 12. Vogel chairs the committee.

APWU Web News Article 01-2007

APWU Files Suit on Jurisdictional Disputes

01/05/2007 - The APWU has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, charging that the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and U.S. Postal Service have violated a national-level three-party agreement that establishes procedures for resolving disputes over work assignments.

The memorandum, signed on April 16, 1992, outlines methods for the unions to challenge USPS work assignments they consider improper, and requires the parties to appoint a national-level arbitrator to resolve the disputes they are unable to settle. The agreement also requires the parties to meet frequently enough to render timely decisions, and to schedule arbitration hearings for unresolved cases.

APWU Web News Article 87-2006

Day of Mourning to Be Observed Jan. 2

12/29/2006 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that postal workers will observe a Day of Mourning on Jan. 2, in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, who passed away on Dec. 26. 

Two national-level agreements between the APWU and USPS outline the provisions for granting APWU-represented employees a day of observance when a National Day of Mourning is declared by the president of the United States:

APWU Web News Article 86-2006

Postal Workers to Observe ‘Day of Mourning’

12/28/2006 - APWU-represented employees will be granted a day of observance in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, who passed away on Dec. 26. At this time, the USPS has not announced the date for the Day of Mourning. As soon as the date is determined, the APWU will post the information on this site.

Two national-level agreements between the APWU and USPS outline the provisions for granting APWU-represented employees a day of observance when a National Day of Mourning is declared by the president of the United States:

APWU Web News Article 85-2006

If You Didn’t Get a Ballot…

12/28/2006 - Ballots for the contract ratification vote must be received in the New York office of the American Arbitration Association by 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. If you have not received a ballot, contact the American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate.

APWU News Bulletin

Rate Commission Assails USPS Consolidation Plan

12/22/2006 - In a blistering criticism of the Postal Service’s Evolutionary Network Development strategy, the Postal Rate Commission concluded that the “record does not provide assurance that the proposed realignment program will meet its declared goals. In particular, the record reflects flawed or absent information on certain crucial aspects of the Postal Service’s plan for realignment.”

APWU Web News Article 84-2006

Non-Members to Receive Ballot Mailing

12/15/2006 - As part of an unprecedented organizing campaign, the APWU will send a “ratification packet” to workers represented by the union who are not members. The mailing will include a summary of new contractual provisions and invite the non-members to vote.

There’s a catch, of course. The vote will only be counted if the non-member completes a union sign-up card, which will also be enclosed.

In a letter accompanying the mailing, APWU President William Burrus wrote, “If you approve of these changes, the only way you can have a voice in whether or not they are enacted is if you become a union member.

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