11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks
I hope everyone had a good time at the 24th Annual National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. I think it was a very good convention. As usual, the delegates came prepared to demonstrate why they felt their resolutions had merit, and articulated their arguments appropriately. Our conventions and the process of passing resolutions is a true illustration of how the democratic process should work. As is probably true for most of the delegates to the National Convention, you hit the ground running when returning home.
The same can be said for your national officers. The convention took place smack dab in the middle of contract negotiations. With the contract expiring on Sept. 20, 2018, we went into a lock-down period with the Postal Service from Sept. 14-20, where the parties met around-the-clock in attempts to come to an agreement. In the end, we did come closer together on many issues, but were unable to complete the agreement. Because the parties were making headway and still talking, they agreed to extend the negotiation period by 30 days.
03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Support Services Director Steve Brooks
We are hitting the new year running. We ended 2016 in the middle of contract negotiations for our Information Technology/Accounting Services unit, and are working under an extension to our 2011 agreement. The extension expires on Feb. 24, as this issue goes to print. We hope another extension is not necessary.
04/23/2014 - In a unanimous vote of 33-0, members of the National Postal Professional Nurses-APWU approved a Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS on April 23. Forty-three ballots were mailed.
08/21/2012 - In an inspirational speech Aug. 19, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) urged union members to fight back against “evil-doers” who would destroy the Postal Service and send the nation back to a dark time when most workers had no rights and few prospects for achieving the American Dream.
07/13/2012 - The National Postal Professional Nurses/American Postal Workers Union met with the Postal Service on July 11 in the opening round of contract negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current agreement, the result of the Goldberg Interest Arbitration panel, is due to expire on Aug. 10, 2012.
01/12/2010 - In the first stage of a process that will affect approximately 130 APWU-represented nurses, most of the 51 Postal Service clinical-care medical units were set to shut down Jan. 11, with the rest scheduled for closure by March 9.
08/11/2009 - Two retroactive raises that were reflected in APWU-represented nurses’ paychecks last month are among the features of an April arbitration award, with a third salary increase to take effect later this month.