APWU delegates identified negotiating priorities Aug. 19, when they considered resolutions submitted to the union’s Labor-Management Committee. “The biggest threat to the members of APWU is the erosion of jobs,” Resolution 171-C declared, and the APWU must “develop and negotiate clear and concise contractual language to eliminate and reverse” the trend.
In an inspiring speech that brought rank-and-file members of APWU crafts to their feet several times, National Association of Letter Carriers President Bill Young gave an emphatic call for standing together to get this country headed back in the right direction.
“Something’s got to change, and we’ve got make it happen,” Young said during an address to APWU delegates on the first day of the convention. “The men and women of the NALC are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women of the APWU to make sure that it does."
08/18/2008 - As the APWU’s 19th Biennial National Convention gets under way, video highlights of the proceedings are being shown on www.apwu.org and on convention hotel television stations, 24 hours a day.
07/24/2008 - In a historic moment for the two major postal unions, APWU President William Burrus delivered a speech at the biennial convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
It was the first time that the top leader of either union had spoken at a national gathering of the other organization, and Burrus said it was symbolic of the need for solidarity among those whose livelihood depends on the Postal Service.
07/17/2008 - The APWU filed suit against President George W. Bush and Postmaster General John E. Potter in District Court July 16 over their failure to appoint a Postal Service Advisory Council, as required by federal law.
“The Postal Service is required to ‘consult with and receive the advice of the Advisory Council regarding all aspects of postal operations,’” APWU President William Burrus wrote in an April 11, 2008, letter to the president. That letter was a follow-up to a similar letter to Potter last September.
07/15/2008 - With news that eligible employees will soon be receiving notice from the Postal Service about an offer of Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), APWU President William Burrus is advising union members to delay making a decision as long as possible.
“The decision about when to retire is a personal one that is influenced by family obligations and lifestyle,” Burrus said. “But the attractiveness of ending a career early should be weighed with consideration of factors that may not be readily apparent.”
07/11/2008 - Because universal postal service is still extremely important to the fabric of American life, APWU President William Burrus said in a public hearing July 10, those who seek changes in the postal network or monopoly should provide unassailable reasons for doing so.
“Those who want to dismantle the Postal Service network or who call for changes in the postal monopoly,” Burrus said in testimony before the Postal Regulatory Commission, “should be required to bear a heavy burden of proof that there is a need for such change.”
07/09/2008 - APWU President William Burrus met with postal officials July 8 regarding USPS plans to offer early-retirement opportunities to 40,000 employees. “I conveyed our strongly-held belief that the Postal Service is required to bargain with the union over Voluntary Early Retirement opportunities,” Burrus said.
“I also reiterated our request for all pertinent information,” he said, “including the Postal Service’s request to the Office of Personnel Management requesting authority to offer early-outs, and OPM’s response.” Under the law, federal agencies, including the Postal Service, must receive approval from OPM to offer Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) opportunities to their employees.
The union urged the PRC to “view the questions of access to the mailbox and the need for universal service through the eyes of the average citizen,” and noted that, “If the need for postal services were to be viewed only from a business viewpoint, important access to services might be curtailed.”