10/06/2015 - Responding to a call for a membership drive by the California Postal Workers Union, the Organization Department presented training sessions in “dynamic organizing” and “door-to-door visitation.”
It Could Be a Matter of Life and Death
10/05/2015 - Declaring that “there are far too many serious safety problems at post offices and facilities,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. are calling on union members across the country to launch a Safety Awareness and Enforcement Campaign in mid-October.
“Even the Postal Regulatory Commission recently reported that USPS management failed to meet its performance goal to ‘Ensure a Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce,’” they wrote in a letter to local and state presidents.
The Aug. 28 letter called on local unions, state organizations and Contract Action Teams (CATs) to enhance safety education among union members and take the necessary steps to ensure that unhealthy and unsafe conditions are corrected.
APWU Joins Civil Rights, Financial Reform Groups Urging Senate to Reject Nominees to USPS Board of Governors
10/02/2015 - The APWU joined civil rights groups, labor organizations and financial reform groups on Sept. 30 in urging Senate leaders to reject a slate of nominees to the USPS Board of Governors.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid, they wrote, “Our organizations are in agreement that it would be preferable to continue with a stripped-down Board of Governors than to fill those vacancies with a slate that includes nominees whose policy stances would be harmful to the USPS and ultimately to the public it serves.” Only three of nine governor slots are filled. Members of the board are appointed by the president and must be approved the Senate, which plans to consider four nominees as a package.
International trade ministers met this week in Atlanta and the Wall Street Journal reported that they continue to be divided over provisions related to prescription drugs and how long companies will be able to keep lower-cost generics off the market. Americans already pay the highest prices in the industrialized world for prescription drugs and if the TPP is passed the Alliance and other senior and consumer groups are deeply concerned that the situation will be worse.
“The Alliance team is closely monitoring this issue, and will take appropriate action to ensure that Alliance members’ voices are heard, as should anyone who relies on Medicare or prescription drugs,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “We know that free trade deals, especially when they’ve been negotiated in secret, often end up being a bad deal for older Americans and working people.”
Longer Hours, Less Sleep for Contractors Hauling Mail for the U.S. Postal Service Will Lead to More Accidents
American Postal Workers Union Calls for Public Hearing On Subcontractors’ Request for Exemption from Safety Rule
10/01/2015 - WASHINGTON – Private contractors that transport mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from a federal safety rule – an exemption that would increase driving time, reduce rest, and jeopardize motorists and pedestrians, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said today. The APWU is calling for a public hearing on the proposed waiver, which the union says will jeopardize public safety.
Two Related MOUs and Maintenance-Specific Step 4 Settlement Facilitate Extension
09/29/2015 - The APWU and the USPS have agreed upon two Memoranda of Understanding: “Minimizing Excessing” and “Peak Season Exception Periods,” in addition to a Maintenance-specific Step 4 Settlement, that are all interconnected and result in the extension of the 50-mile memo on Sept. 28, 2015, APWU President Mark Dimondstein announced.
09/28/2015 - Over 60 members of the Greater Connecticut Area Local held a rally for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! in Clinton, CT, in late September. Postcards were collected and members were praised for their efforts by Northeast Regional Coordinator John Dirzius. Local President Bob Johnson urged members to stay strong – and was the photographer.
Speaker Boehner to Retire
09/26/2015 - This week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of October. Boehner’s retirement will mark the end of his 5-year tenure as Speaker and his 25-year career in Congress.
Named for one of Wisconsin’s best-known politicians, the annual Fighting Bob Fest has become one the nation’s largest progressive gatherings. This year’s celebration, held in Madison on Sept. 19, was no exception – and APWU members seized the opportunity to win support for the fight to save our public Postal Service.
09/22/2015 - Well over 7,000 employees represented by the APWU have been paid as part of the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) national arbitration award. A period of time has been granted for anyone who may have been missed to provide the requested information for consideration to be included.
The time for members of the ET and AMT and AMS occupational groups to be identified for payment from the AOI national arbitration award will close on Oct. 1, 2015.