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Watch and Share our New Ad: The US Postal Service - Keep it. It's Yours!

11/16/2018 - We’re ramping up our campaign to stop the White House’s proposal to sell the USPS to private corporations — and we’re asking every APWU member to join the fight. We partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers to produce a new ad to spread the word about the consequences of a postal corporate takeover.

Will you watch it and share it with your friends to help us tell the White House that the U.S. Mail is Not For Sale?

Click here to watch the ad!

NSB 10-2018 for Web (607.33 KB)

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].

APWU Web News Article 98-2018

NLRB "Consent Orders" Decree:

USPS Must Respond to Requests for Information

10/19/2018 - Under Articles 17 and 31 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, management has the obligation to provide documentation when the union has requested it for the enforcement, administration, or interpretation of the contract. This includes information necessary to determine whether or not to file or to continue the processing of a grievance. 

In a January 2010 letter, current Vice-President of Labor-Relations, Doug Tulino, wrote the following to all managers and supervisors:

           Responding to Information Requests

When you receive a request for information from a union representative, you must act promptly after receiving the request.  There is no specific statutory time target, but a good rule of thumb for routine requests is to respond within five days of receiving the request.  Do not wait until you have all the information if some information can be supplied quickly, but other information will take much longer to provide.  If you need assistance in responding to a request, immediately contact District Labor Relations for help.  Do not ignore requests or assume that you can wait a week or tow to work on the request before responding.

If management does not provide the requested information, one tool you have at your disposal is to file charges against the Postal Service through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The NLRB has the authority to file contempt charges with the federal circuit courts against the Service if they fail to provide the information or do not comply with orders to provide information.  When these cases are settled in court it is with “consent decrees” or “consent orders”.

Back-Pay Processing

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks 

You may be, or have been, an employee whose postal employment was in jeopardy due to a disciplinary action. I know employees in this circumstance can find the process of getting your case heard time consuming and frustrating, whether it is through arbitration or pre-arbitration.

If you have an agreement, or have won a case in which the settlement is to bring you back to work with backpay, I’m sure you have realized the Postal Service is in no hurry to get you the pay and benefits you deserve. Furthermore, they are not trained properly when it comes to completing necessary back-pay forms.

APWU Web News Article 92-2018

National Negotiations Update

APWU and Postal Management Agree to Extend Negotiations Deadline until October 20, 2018

09/21/2018 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service have agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for 30 days.

Our current union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expired Thursday, September 20, 2018... 

All the rights, benefits and provisions of our existing union contract remain in place, and are fully enforceable during the 30-day extension of negotiations.

APWU Web News Article 87-2018

Send a Message to USPS Management!

Join Together THIS Thursday and Participate in National Union Gear Day!

09/10/2018 - September 20, 2018 marks the expiration of our Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the USPS. There is much at stake for members of the American Postal Workers Union as your negotiating committee is fighting to protect job security, win fair wage increases, maintain our COLA, expand rights of PTFs and PSEs alike, seek to end the divisive multi-tier wage structure and expand postal services.

This Thursday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 20 are the last two Union Gear Thursdays before our contract expires.

Make sure to ‘Gear Up!’ Coast-to-coast – Hawaii to Maine, Florida to Alaska – as we show the Postal Service that we are one, we are strong, we are united

Put on your buttons, wristbands, stickers, shirts, hats and other union gear!

Tag #APWUnited on social media, send us your images to nccc@apwu.org, and proudly display our solidarity!

Click here to download the flyer and spread the word: Sept. 13 is NATIONAL UNION GEAR DAY!  

 

Clerk Craft Settles 4 National Disputes with USPS

09/10/2018 - The Clerk Craft recently settled four (4) Step 4 National Disputes with the Postal Service that (1.) address the assignment of injured on duty employees in USPS “pilot” or experimental programs, (2.) Lead Clerk duties and leading other employees, same level and higher, (3.) 204B details to non-supervisory positions, and (4.) Lead Clerk and TACs training and duties.

Lamont Brooks, Clerk Craft Assistant Director, was the assigned officer for the disputes and handled the negotiations that led to the favorable settlements. 

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