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APWU Web News Article 114-2017

Des Moines’ Postal Services Should Be Expanded, Not Cut!

11/13/2017 - The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein and Des Moines Area APWU Local 44 President Mike Bates that originally appeared in Des Moines' Register on Nov. 9.

The United States Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas.”

Incredibly, the USPS provides universal service six days a week to 156 million addresses and extensive Sunday package delivery. Postal services are provided no matter who we are or where we live – at reasonable rates – without the use of any taxpayer dollars.

APWU Web News Article 110-2017

Arbitrator Rules that Initial Installation of a New Mail Processing System is Not Maintenance Craft Work

11/09/2017 - Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued an award on November 7, 2017 stating, "The work of installing the APPS systems was not bargaining unit work. Hence, the Postal Service did not violate Article 32.1.A or Article 32.1.B in allowing Lockheed to perform that work, rather than assigning it to Maintenance Craft employees." In rejecting the Union’s Article 32 dispute, the Arbitrator held that the Postal Service had shown the existence of a consistent past practice of contracting out the initial installation of newly-manufactured mail processing equipment. He concluded, therefore, that the initial installation of newly-created mail processing equipment is not bargaining unit work.

APWU Web News Article 99-2017

Veterans' Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

10/19/2017 - Each year, Veterans' Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday. 

There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It will be business as usual on Friday, November 10, 2017.

As with Customer Convenience,

Are Blue Boxes a Thing of the Past?

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The familiar blue collection boxes are vanishing from our streets. A recent USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report charges that the Postal Service is not taking into account community need and service when removing the signature mail boxes. In the Eastern Area alone, the Postal Service did not follow proper procedure for 75 percent of the removed collection boxes between Oct. 1, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016 (322 out of 432).  

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