08/10/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.
08/08/2018 - APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions.
In his award on August 6, 2018, the arbitrator upheld the APWU’s challenge to the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to the leave program that put the burden of managing LWOP requests on employees, rather than supervisors. The award protects employees’ right to request LWOP to volunteer through their union to participate in important political activities, like the upcoming November elections.
Special Enrollment Period:
08/03/2018 - On July 30, 2018, the Postal Service notified the APWU that there will be a special enrollment period for PSEs to enroll in the USPS Health Benefits Plan. The enrollment period will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 4, 2018. Coverage will become effective on October 13, 2018.
PSEs are eligible for enrollment in the APWU CDO plan after completing their first 360-day appointment. PSEs may enroll in the APWU CDO plan within 60 days of being appointed to a second term as a PSE or during regular Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) open season held in November and December of each year after meeting eligibility requirements.
We’re Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow
As our struggle for a good contract continues, let’s show management our union strength by rocking APWU gear. Wear APWU T-shirts, Hats, Buttons, Wristbands, etc. every Thursday to show management that we are #APWUnited!
Click here to download a Gear Day flyer and spread the word.
07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
Today, more than ever, I am thankful to be a member of the APWU. Throughout my career the union has stood up when management may have wronged me and my coworkers and represented us all in negotiations that have provided a good living, benefits, and retirement. You and I are some of the fortunate in America today who have a union to do this for us. Most American workers do not have a union to represent them. Because they don’t have a union, along with their families, they are suffering.
Watch Pres. Dimondstein Make the Case:
07/04/2018 - Watch President Dimondstein explain why Trump shouldn't privatize the Post Office on Fox Business
07/02/2018 - American Postal Workers Union members from coast-to-coast say why they are FIRED UP AND READY TO GO for the 2018 Contract Negotiations!
Watch and Listen:
07/01/2018 - Watch President Dimondstein's strong remarks to lead off opening day of contract talks.
06/30/2018 - The American Postal Workers Union began negotiations for a new union contract with the U.S. Postal Service with an opening session on June 26th.
06/26/2018 - Members of the American Postal Workers Union got fired up for the opening of collective bargaining with a raucous rally on the evening before negotiations began, promising intense member engagement across the country.