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Kathy Danek Retires as APWU Auxiliary President

04/02/2019 - This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

At the beginning of the year, Kathy Danek retired as APWU Auxilary President, a position she has served in since 2012.

When Kathy Danek’s husband Terry became a Postal Service employee in 1974, he brought home a paycheck worth over two-and-a-half times what his old job as a minimum wage worker brought in. When she saw the value of the check, Danek quickly realized the importance of joining the APWU Auxiliary to support the union during political battles.

What's to Come in Interest Arbitration

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Our efforts to reach a new contract are now entering the next phases of mediation and interest arbitration.

In mediation, an impartial mediator engages the Postal Service and the APWU negotiating teams in an attempt to break through any impasses and reach an agreement. If mediation does not lead to a voluntary agreement, we will move to interest arbitration.vvvv

ARBITRATION

Frequently Asked Questions

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

With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the USPS and the APWU now at an impasse, we are heading into interest arbitration. Below are answers to a few frequently asked questions the union has received regarding the next steps in achieving a new union contract.

John Dirzius Retires

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


John Dirzius

Northeast Region Coordinator John H. Dirzius retired on Dec. 31, 2018. During a labor union career spanning more than four decades, he was a tireless organizer, held multiple leadership roles and worked to build a strong union movement.

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].

Call to Serve

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

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Idowu Balogun, your New National Maintenance Division Director. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your letters, cards and emails of congratulations and condolences. Brother Raymer’s untimely departure left all of us stunned and without adequate words to describe our feelings.I am writing this open letter to you to share with you the state of the Maintenance Division within a 60-day time frame of the unexpected passing of our beloved Director Steven G. Raymer.

Saving the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund

Visit PostalRelief.com or use the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Charity Code 10268

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

Your donations are needed to sustain the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). PERF is a nonprofit charitable organization.

When disaster strikes and all is lost, PERF provides tax-free relief grants to postal employees and retirees to help them reestablish a home and replace necessities. PERF has provided more than $19 million in assistance to postal families during its 28-year history, but meeting its mission has become increasingly difficult over the last decade.

Local Union Elections

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

It starts with the process for nominations. One of the ways to alleviate and hopefully prevent complaints, Local Election Committee (LEC) and National Election Appeals Committee (NEAC) appeals, and Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) investigations, is for local affiliates to ensure elections are conducted in accordance with Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines.

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