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APWU Web News Article 24-2017

Final Payment of 1.6.b Global Settlement Remedy Agreement

03/09/2017 - The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to over 13,000 active employees and retirees this week.  The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014. 

The terms of the settlement include a monetary remedy of $56 million to be distributed to eligible individual. The bulk of the payment was distributed in the first round.  The second and final round is therefore a smaller amount representing approximately 20% of the total payment...

Working Together to Reduce the Arbitration Backlog

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Presently, there is an arbitration backlog and the reason is simple. The grievances appealed to arbitration are usually caused by management, resulting in the issues and problems being grieved by the union. With this system, management generally does not care if arbitration cases are heard and unless there is specific language to require the arbitration cases are heard, as per the negotiated time limits, there will continue to be a backlog.

Whose Union Is It Anyway

04/22/2016 -

Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez (right) administers the Oath of Office to officers of the Greater Seattle Area Local. All APWU officers take an oath and pledge to uphold the union’sconstitution and to perform the duties of office to the best of their ability.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

At times, members get frustrated by the level of union representation they receive. And yes, sometimes our representation falls short. But I also suspect that much of the frustration comes from misunderstanding how our union functions.

Looking Back, Going Forward After a Year of Progress

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

Welcome to 2016! I trust all members had a safe and prosperous holiday period.

As we begin 2016, I would like to share a short review of the progress we made in 2015. The Industrial Relations Department has been successful in many areas and will continue to advance the desires and needs of the membership going forward in 2016. My department will continue to work hard, while we continue to fight for a Collective Bargaining Agreement the members can live with.

Understanding Your Rights

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Many employees accept unwarranted discipline, simply because they are unaware of their rights. Sometimes out of fear of losing their job, or being harassed by their supervisor, employees let things go and hope for the best. But things often get worse – and before they realize what’s happening, they’re in trouble.

Therefore, it’s imperative that you know your rights.

A Grievance Procedure That Works for You

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

With contract negotiations underway, the APWU negotiating team, like you, is concerned about the future of the Postal Service and the thousands of members we represent.

We are troubled by the Postal Service’s plans to close plants and consolidate facilities, and by the cuts in service management has already implemented. As we have stated in articles, media interviews, at rallies and in the halls of Congress: We believe management’s cut-to-survive strategy is a way of shutting the door on true service to the American public. Every cut the Postal Service makes is also an attack on postal employees.

We must fight hard to defend our rights at the bargaining table, and we must fight to make sure management provides the rights and benefits we have already secured in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The provisions of our contract have been violated at every level by managers who rarely admit they did anything wrong until an arbitrator or judge forces them to reverse their policy and face the consequences – often by the payment of large settlements.

Arbitration Advocacy Training

02/05/2015 - The Research & Education Department offers comprehensive training to APWU activists on a wide array of topics, dedicated to providing union officers and stewards with the skills they need to enforce the Collective Bargaining Agreement, motivate union members, and keep members informed about important issues and activities.