07/02/2007 - APWU members working in Operating Services ratified a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement on July 5 by a vote of 48 to 1.
Ratification Vote Set for July 5
07/02/2007 - The APWU and the USPS have reached a tentative agreement covering Operating Services workers, which is modeled on the Collective Bargaining Agreement for employees in the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts. If ratified, the tentative agreement will cover 90 employees at USPS Headquarters in Washington, DC, and at a facility in nearby Merrifield, VA. A ratification vote will take place on July 5, 2007.
Unions Beat Back Effort to Weaken Law
07/02/2007 - A Department of Labor study released June 27 confirms what most Americans already know, that “family and medical leave is good for workers and their families, is in the public interest, and is good workplace policy.”
07/02/2007 - An NLRB Administrative Law Judge has ruled that DHL Express of Wilmington, OH, is guilty of the unfair labor practice charges lodged against the global-delivery company by the APWU late last year.
06/28/2007 - Although a majority of U.S. Senators clearly favor the Employee Free Choice Act, anti-worker lawmakers have prevented the Senate from passing the measure.
Fifty-one senators voted June 26 to end debate and pass the act. But the 48 senators who oppose the bill voted against “cloture,” preventing a vote on the bill. Under Senate rules, 60 senators would have had to agree to end debate before a vote on the legislation could take place.
APWU Goes High-Tech
06/27/2007 - A new section of the APWU Web site (www.apwu.org) allows union members to review their membership information, find out how to contact their union representatives, and — in the coming weeks — will permit members to register online for national conferences and training seminars.
06/27/2007 - The APWU National Executive Board has voted to open nominations for the vacancy in the National Business Agent position caused by the untimely death of Percy Harrison Jr. Brother Harrison, who died on June 18, had filed the necessary petitions for candidacy and was unchallenged.
06/27/2007 - The Wachovia Bank Corp. has stopped airing a television commercial that strongly implied that home delivery of mail is a primary cause of identity theft.
On June 18, G. Kennedy Thompson, the bank’s CEO, responded to a letter from APWU President William Burrus that objected to the commercial’s characterization. Thompson said that the ad, also criticized by Postmaster General John E. Potter, had been pulled from the airwaves.
The leader of an international union federation met with APWU President William Burrus on June 25, 2007, as part of a visit to the United States.
Philip Jennings, general-secretary of the Switzerland-based Union Network International (UNI), and Burrus discussed how the labor movement should respond to globalization, the trend by corporations and businesses to expand around the globe.
06/25/2007 - An APWU-sponsored TV commercial that decried the negative effects of Postal Service consolidation plans has won a “Pollie Award” from the American Association of Political Consultants.
Broadcast in select cities in the last half of 2006, the 30-second TV commercial — running in conjunction with radio ads — informed citizens and community leaders about the Postal Service’s network realignment proposals.