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APWU Web News Article 110-2015

Is Check-Cashing Coming to a Post Office Near You?

OIG Report Paints Bright Future for Postal Banking

05/21/2015 - report by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released May 21 outlines the next steps for implementing postal banking, in which post offices would offer basic financial services – providing affordable banking transactions to every zip code in the US, while strengthening the Postal Service.

The May 21 report titled, “The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services,” states that expanding and enhancing existing financial services such as money orders, international money transfers, check cashing and bill payments could be accomplished without an act of Congress.

San Francisco Retirees Chapter Celebrates Older Americans Month

05/21/2015 - Congratulations to the San Francisco Retirees Chapter for celebrating Older Americans Month.  San Francisco Retirees Chapter President Maryann Medina hosted the event at Sinbad’s Restaurant. She was presented with an award by Edward Peralta, president of the San Jose Area Local, in recognition of her work in starting the retirees chapter.

APWU Web News Article 108-2015

Contract Talks Extended One Week to Focus on Economic Package

Provisions of Old Agreement to Continue

05/21/2015 - The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract. “We were unable to reach a negotiated settlement tonight,” Dimondstein said just before midnight. “We were too far apart on wages and benefits. But we are going to work hard over the course of the next week to see if we can narrow the differences." 

“The terms of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will continue until a new contract is reached,” he said.  “In the meantime, all the old contractual protections remain in full force and effect.”

APWU Web News Article 109-2015

Call the Contract Hotline to Get Negotiations Updates

05/20/2015 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein recorded a new Contract Hotline message on the morning of May 21, to inform union members about the decision to extend negotiations by one week.

To hear to the message by phone, dial 1-866-412-8061.

To listen online, click here – Message recorded on May 21, 2015, at 9 a.m. EDT.

Please note that there will not be another update until after the Memorial Day weekend. 

APWU Web News Article 105-2015

The Day the Contract Expires

Wear Union Gear on Wednesday, May 20

05/16/2015 - On May 20 – the day our contract expires – show solidarity by wearing APWU-themed gear to work. That’s the message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “I urge you to wear a union T-shirt, cap, button or sticker. If you can’t get your hands on an APWU item, please wear blue,” he said. “As the contract clock ticks down, let’s send a message to management that we stand together! Let’s send a message that we won’t stop fighting for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!