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APWU Web News Article 18-2019

Arbitration Advocacy Training 2019

03/04/2019 - The APWU Arbitration Advocacy Training program will be Sunday, June 2 - Sunday, June 9. It is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the techniques needed to effectively prepare a case for arbitration. Students must be present for the entire training and must participate in a mock arbitration case on Saturday, June 8. Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel, Maritime Institute Hotel located at 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090, on Sunday, June 2 because classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning. A graduation dinner will be held on Saturday evening. No classes will be held on Sunday, June 9.

APWU Web News Article 13-2019

Denver Teachers Striking Against Arbitrary Pay System

02/13/2019 - On Monday, Feb. 11, over two thousand educators from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) walked out of school, launching the first teachers’ strike in the city in over 25 years. The walkout follows 15 months of negotiations. The strike vote passed in January with over 93 percent of the workers in favor of the walkout.

The APWU National encourages members who are able to join the picket lines or show their support via social media with the hashtag #DCTAstrong. You can also donate to the strike fund.

From the Field

01/16/2019 - This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

Is the Postal Service Sick?

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez

33,400+ employees are absent daily claims management, triggering their Attendance Control Employee Availability (AC/EA) crackdown while they impose so-called “Dynamic Scheduling.”

Leave rules in CBA Article 10 and the Employee & Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Chapter 510 have existed for 40 years. ACEA can’t change those rules. ELM 665.11 requires you to be regular in attendance. However, ELM 511.1 requires management to administer leave on an equitable basis for all employees considering a) the needs of the service b) the welfare of the individual employee.

Too often management imposes discipline using select rules and dictates, such as, three (3) absences in 90 days requires discipline. This dictate violates the contract. “It is the supervisor’s review of the attendance record in light of all relevant evidence, NOT any set number of absences that determines whether corrective action is warranted.” [Article 10.1; 10.2 JCIM].

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