11/05/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
Recently our sisters and brothers who work for other federal agencies had their collective bargaining rights attacked. In a series of Executive Orders, President Trump forced agencies to re-write collective bargaining agreements under new guidelines.
10/26/2018 - Federal authorities announced that an arrest was made in connection with the explosive devices being sent through the mail. However, an arrest does not mean the danger is over. There is still a possibility that additional pieces remain in the mail stream. APWU leadership again reminds you to be vigilant and continue to be on the lookout for any suspicious devices. Alert and observant postal employees have already helped to intercept some of the devices in the mail stream...
The Postal Service recently released an additional Stand-up Talk in regards to both the arrest and suspicious packages.
10/20/2018 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service again agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for an additional 30 days until November 20, 2018.
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).
10/18/2018 - The previously announced payroll issue caused by a faulty computer program and affected 88,782 APWU represented bargaining unit employees in the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service and Support Services crafts.
The Postal Service has informed the APWU that management will begin to do manual pay adjustments beginning October 18, 2018, starting with the employees who are missing the most pay. Management’s goal is to have the majority of the pay adjustments done in time to be included on the next pay check – dated November 2, 2018 – with the remainder being completed by the November 16, 2018 pay date. However, there is no guarantee that will be accomplished.
10/16/2018 - This morning the APWU became aware that the Postal Service identified a computer glitch with the payroll system that will affect nearly 90,000 APWU represented bargaining unit employees. The APWU immediately contacted the USPS about the issue and will continue to monitor the situation until it is corrected. The discrepancies in pay for employees is for pay period 21 2018 (September 29-October 12, 2018, pay date October 19, 2018). Employees should review their pay stubs for pay period 21 and verify if there is any missing pay.
Additional information will be reported when it is available.
10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
“It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force.”
This is how Article 14 of our Collective Bargaining agreement with the Postal Service begins. That one sentence is very powerful and tells all of us that the highest-ranking postal manager – the Postmaster General – recognizes that ultimately it is their responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment.
You may hear supervisors and managers say that safety is “everyone’s responsibility” or that every accident is “preventable.” But how often do you hear that safety is every worker’s right?
09/27/2018 - After decades of jurisdictional disputes, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) reached agreement with the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and the Postal Service on an updated RI-399 procedure for jurisdictional work assignments to Clerks and Mail Handlers.
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.