02/06/2008 - The March 7 paycheck for all APWU-represented employees will reflect an upgrade negotiated in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
02/06/2008 - APWU members can now access and change their personal contact information with the union online when they visit www.apwu.org.
The updating process is simple and secure. Look for Members Only just under the blue page header, and select My Local & Personal Info. This will take you to on log-in page. Follow the log-in instructions to access your member-profile page.
Video to be Shown in Facilities Beginning Next Week
02/06/2008 - The Postal Service will broadcast a video in every postal facility beginning the week of Feb. 11, featuring a discussion with the presidents of the four craft unions. The conversation, moderated by Anthony J. Vegliante, USPS executive vice president and chief human resources officer, included APWU President William Burrus, National Association of Letter Carriers President Bill Young, National Rural Letter Carriers Association President Donnie Pitts, and National Postal Mail Handlers Union President John Haggerty. Discussion focused on the future of the Postal Service, the role of employees, and the importance of providing high-quality service.
The video will be shown first in plants, and later in other postal facilities.
01/31/2008 - The Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236), which would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant subcontracting, has been steadily gaining sponsorship in the House.
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on Nov. 15, and support for the measure has been picking up steam since 2008 began.
Custodial Employees to Share in Long-Awaited Remedy
01/30/2008 - The APWU and the Postal Service finalized a $48 million payout Jan. 29 to “remedy” the USPS violation of staffing procedures for custodial employees. The settlement will be in the form of lump-sum payments of $2,700 to more than 17,000 employees occupying custodial positions. Payment will be made by April 18, 2008.
01/28/2008 - The APWU signed a landmark agreement Jan. 25, for Members-at-Large who work in small post offices and are not represented by a local union.
The agreement, the Local Memorandum of Understanding for Offices Without a Local Union Structure [PDF], outlines the rules for these small offices on topics that are typically the subject of negotiations at the local level between USPS managers and union officers.
01/22/2008 - The American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers have filed suit against the Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General for systematic and widespread intrusions into the medical records of postal employees.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Jan. 17, asserts that, beginning in 2006, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) began surreptitiously seeking and obtaining the medical records of postal workers directly from doctors and hospitals that had provided medical services to postal employees.
01/18/2008 - The Postal Service has notified the union that it intends to issue a Request for Proposals for the outsourcing of some Bulk Mail Center activities.
01/18/2008 - The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint on Jan. 10 against DHL Express in Allentown, PA, charging the company with committing unfair labor practices during an APWU organizing campaign last year.
01/14/2008 - The APWU is asking local and state organizations to provide information about members who deserve recognition for their fund-raising activities on behalf of APWU COPA. The March/April edition of The American Postal Worker magazine will include a wrap-up of contributions for 2007 and spotlight exceptional COPA activists.
Please send information (and pictures!) as soon as possible but no later than Jan. 21, 2008, to: APWU Communications Department, 1300 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, or call 202-842-4250.