02/13/2018 - In an effort to protect against further contracting out of retail operations and defend the integrity of customer service and our jobs, the APWU secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement that imposed a moratorium whereby the Postal Service could not expand any Village Post Offices, Contract Postal Units and Approved Shipper outlets. The moratorium initially expired in July 8, 2017, but was extended through the end of 2017. On February 7, 2018, the parties extended the MOU until September 20, 2018, thus protecting more retail jobs from potentially being lost to these programs through the expiration of the current union contract.
05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Clerk Craft Directors
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “Re: Retail” imposes a one-year moratorium on any new contracts under the Approved Shipper Program, Contract Postal Units (CPUs) and Village Post Offices (VPOs). In addition, “For a twelve month period of time commencing on the effective date of the 2015 National Agreement, the parties will enter into discussions over the ‘future of retail’ in the Postal Service.” Absent any extensions, the moratorium and discussions are scheduled to end approximately July 8, 2017.
01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The Clerk Craft continued to grow with a net gain of approximately 5,500 new employees in the last year. Nearly all of this growth has been to career jobs. If we continue forward with increased organizing, the APWU can create even more living wage jobs for our communities.
09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Contract negotiations were challenging and arbitration was uncertain, but, in the end, the APWU was able to move forward on many issues union members identified as important. The gains were made possible by the power and leverage provided by the membership through Contract Actions Teams and other forms of activism.
08/21/2016 - Members of the Clerk Craft have a reason to celebrate: For the first time in over a decade, the craft has grown. After losing more than 100,000 jobs since 2003, 15,000 new members have been added to the rolls.
07/29/2016 - APWU Clerk Craft officers and the Postal Service signed three documents on July 29: They agreed to a new set of Questions & Answers on the POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel; signed a Step 4 Settlement on Postal Support Employees (PSEs) staffing Level 4 RMPOs (Remotely Managed Post Offices) working outside their installation, and signed an addendum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Peak Season Exception Periods and the use of annuitants.
Would service like that continue if retail is privatized?
Thanks to vigilant clerks, two elderly customers were saved from mail-fraud scams in recent weeks.
(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
We have, for the moment, stopped the bleeding of jobs as over 20,000 Postal Support Employees (PSEs) have been converted to career status in the last year. These workers now have higher pay, health care, and retirement benefits.
There are many reasons for the relatively remarkable achievement of conversions and slowing down the job losses in the Clerk Craft.
01/12/2015 - An addendum to the Sept. 22, 2013, POStPLAN Memorandum of Understanding will place a number of career jobs into Level 4 post offices, which otherwise would have been staffed exclusively with Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The offices in question are open four hours per day.
12/23/2014 - An agreement between Walmart and the private shipping company Goin’ Postal threatens to further privatize postal services. Under the arrangement, announced on Sept. 29, 2014, Goin’ Postal is lining up franchisees to establish postal kiosks in approximately 2,000 Walmart stores.
The arrangement has the potential to dwarf the Postal Service’s agreement with Staples, which started as a pilot program at 82 Staples stores and which is being expanded to Staples’ 1,500 U.S. stores.
The Walmart deal represents a new twist, however, because Walmart isn’t offering services through a direct agreement with the USPS. Instead, Walmart’s agreement is with Goin’ Postal.