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APWU Web News Article 236-2016

Contractual Retroactive Payment in November 18th Paychecks: Second Annual Wage Increase Coming Soon.

10/31/2016 - Retroactive Pay for Nov. 14, 2015 – Aug. 5, 2016

The interest arbitration award dated July 8, 2016 that established the terms for the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), ordered a retroactive pay increase effective Nov. 14, 2015. USPS started paying the new rates ordered by the arbitration award on Aug. 6, 2016. The retroactive pay for all APWU represented employees for the period from Nov. 16, 2015 through Aug. 5, 2016 will be paid in pay period 23 (Oct. 29-Nov. 11) and reflected in the November 18, 2016 paycheck.

2016: An Extremely Active Year

09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Sisters and brothers, 2016 has been an extremely active year for the apwu and our members. We received our long-awaited arbitrated Collective Bargaining Agreement from Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg; we held our 23rd Biennial National Convention; local negotiations will begin in September; we will have the right and obligation to vote in our national union elections in September, and, yes, we will have the high honor to vote in our nation’s presidential elections in November.

New Contractual Agreements in the MVS Craft

09/01/2016 - This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After extensive negotiations and interest arbitration, the motor Vehicle Division was successful in amending key sections of Article 39 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which governs the MVS Craft. We also were successful in writing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Re: Highway Contract Routes (HCRs).

The new agreements significantly improve the contract and add protections for members of the MVS Craft. Our fight to keep Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work and prevent the Postal Service from undermining the contractual rights of employees will continue, but the new provisions are important steps forward.

The New Contract and Maintenance

09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In case you missed it, we have a new Collective Bargaining Agreement! The Maintenance Craft was successful in our primary goal of eliminating the non-career category from our ranks. This was an historic achievement, which took a lot of effort, planning and unity of purpose to accomplish. It would be fair

Important Gains for the Clerk Craft

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.

The New Collective Bargaining Agreement

09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)

I hope that you are as excited as I am about our new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Standing up and fighting back was the key. We all played a part in achieving the majority of our goals and there are lessons from this moment that we should pass on for our future negotiations – which are just around the corner: The new contract expires Sept. 20, 2018.

As a member of the Negotiating Committee, I had the honor of being involved throughout the entire negotiation process. There was an important difference in these negotiations that involved you, the member.

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