After Nine Day Strike, Workers Win All their Demands Including a Pay Raise, a Freeze on Any Health Insurance Premium Increase and Governor Veto of Anti-Worker Legislation
03/14/2018 - It was an inspirational show of solidarity. Education workers across all 55 counties in West Virginia – about 34,000 workers in total – said ‘enough is enough.’ Members of the American Federation of Teachers - West Virginia (AFT-West Virginia), the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) went out on strike from Feb. 22 – Mar. 6. Together, they were victorious.
On March 2, thirteen APWU members participated in a day-long focus group to test the curriculum being developed by Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center for the union’s ongoing efforts to build an APWU broad-based educational program, known as the APWU National Institute.
03/07/2018 - With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.
03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.
“Everything the USPS does is all about money and downsizing and at our expense. We all want our jobs and do not want to have to move from our comfort zone to keep it. The APWU is fighting everything for our members and want you to feel secure and know that we have your back… This is a contract negotiation year which amplifies the fight. We need the support of all members in this battle. Your help is necessary in the effort to fight for our jobs.” – Gregory Bryant, Greensboro BMC Local (NC) Editor/ Legislative Director, The Eagle’s Perspective
02/23/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3.
The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year.
02/16/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3. The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year.
11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
From the Field is a new recurring feature for the American Postal Worker spotlighting statements from APWU local and state publications on a current issue.
Reversions, Abolishments, and Excessing
“This is an attack on postal workers’ jobs and we have a big fight on our hands. We need all of you in that fight. You need to report every violation to your steward. Management will be forced to perform more clerk work if this excessing occurs and it is up to you to report those violations.” – Bob Gunter, Illinois Postal Worker Union President, The Illinois Postal Worker