10/31/2007 - APWU President William Burrus has criticized the outcome of a meeting of 700 USPS executives, at which participants were invited to identify the best opportunities for improving postal efficiency. According to a USPS News Link report dated Oct. 18, among the top vote-getters were managing sick leave and overtime, and maximizing the use of non-career employees.
Postal Regulatory Commission:
10/29/2007 - The Postal Service could lose more than $45 million if a proposed agreement with the Bank of America Corporation is implemented, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) concluded in early October, but the commission decided nonetheless that the agreement could be justified under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.
The APWU opposed the agreement, arguing that USPS predictions of savings were based on obsolete data. Although the commission did not reject the Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) as the APWU requested, its conclusion echoed arguments and analysis made by the APWU.
10/19/2007 - The Des Moines Register announced Oct. 18 that the Iowa Postal Workers Union has endorsed Sen. John Edwards for president. On the national level, the APWU respects Sen. Edwards and admires his commitment to labor, but we have made no endorsement. We note that several other candidates also have demonstrated outstanding records on the issues that concern working men and women. We will continue to evaluate all the candidates as we assess whether to make an endorsement.
Union Leader to Begin His Third Term
10/18/2007 - In balloting that ended Oct. 5, William Burrus was re-elected to his third term as president of the American Postal Workers Union, receiving more than 77 percent of the votes cast and capturing a majority in every state.
10/17/2007 - The APWU’s first national elections were held in 1974. Shown below are the results of the races for president to date.
10/15/2007 - An APWU advertising campaign in southern Michigan got underway last week, urging the citizens of Flint and Detroit to speak out against the consolidation of mail-processing operations into a new facility in Pontiac. The campaign is designed to generate interest in community meetings Oct. 22 and 23, when the USPS will discuss Area Mail Processing studies for the two cities.
“The radio and TV ads will alert citizens to the danger of deteriorated mail service,” said APWU President William Burrus. “The USPS plans have been developed without any input from the American people. They are the result of efforts by big mailers to reduce their own postage costs at the expense of all others.” The Flint and Detroit consolidation studies are among nine ongoing nationwide.
10/15/2007 - Drum roll, please! APWU President William Burrus has announced the winners of the national election Voter Participation Contest. The challenge, intended to encourage union members to vote, offered rewards to the locals and retiree chapters that were most successful in organizing APWU members to cast ballots.
The contest provided that the top three locals in several categories would be rewarded, with the categories based on the size of the local. The program stipulated that any local that achieved 100 percent would be rewarded, and that to be eligible, locals and retiree chapters must have achieved voting levels of at least 50 percent.
2008 APWU Health Plan
10/12/2007 - The APWU has slashed premium costs of the Consumer Driven Option for active postal employees who are members of APWU. And the High Option features reduced premium costs as well, while maintaining outstanding benefits in 2008. APWU Health Plan puts money back in your pocket this year. Switch to APWU Health Plan and give yourself a raise.
10/11/2007 - Official results for the APWU election of national officers have been tabulated by American Arbitration Association and certified by the APWU Election Committee. They also will be published in the November/December edition of The American Postal Worker.
The results have been separated according to local, Secretary-Treasurer Terry Stapleton has announced. Offices that are not shown were uncontested.
10/11/2007 - In balloting that ended Oct. 5, William Burrus was re-elected to his third term as president, receiving more than 77 percent of the votes cast and capturing a majority in every state.