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APWU Web News Article 033-2010

Union Appoints Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee

04/19/2010 - With contract negotiations set to begin later this year, APWU President William Burrus 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 13th member, appointed by the president, is a representative from the APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

APWU Web News Article 127-2008

APWU Secures More Space For Inaugural Assembly,Invites NALC

12/29/2008 - The APWU has reserved additional space for union members to gather on Inauguration Day, union President William Burrus has announced. Union members will be able to enjoy the event at the National Association of Home Builders, 1201 15 Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005, directly across the street from the Madison Hotel, where the APWU also has reserved a meeting room.

APWU Web News Article 125-2008

Union Files Second ‘Dispute’ Over Two-Tour Initiative

12/19/2008 - The APWU has filed a second Step 4 dispute protesting the Postal Service’s nationwide program to eliminate or drastically reduce Tour 2 assignments and employees. The dispute, filed Dec. 16, is a companion to another Step 4 protest  filed the same day, and recaps many of the allegations made by the union in an Unfair Labor Practice Charge  filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Nov. 25.

The Step 4 dispute (HQTG200820) focuses on management’s violation of Article 17.5.B.4, which requires the Postal Service to jointly discuss new initiatives with the union during the development stage, and to bargain in good faith. The APWU learned of management’s plan to compress mail processing operations to two tours from local union officials, the dispute notes, and received no notification from the Postal Service.

APWU Web News Article 124-2008

Union Files ‘Dispute’ Over Elimination of Tour 2

12/17/2008 - The APWU has initiated a Step 4 dispute with the Postal Service, protesting management’s nationwide plan to eliminate or drastically reduce Tour 2 assignments and employees. The dispute, filed Dec. 16 by union President William Burrus, is in addition to an Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by the APWU with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Nov. 25.

The dispute notes that during a Dec. 10 meeting on the subject, management officials presented the union with a briefing on the two-tour initiative, including the involvement of headquarters-level postal officials. The briefing and documents indicate that management has initiated a “major relocation of employees” through its plan to compress mail-processing operations into two tours, “reassigning a majority of day shift Tour 2 employees to other tours.”

APWU News Bulletin

Federal Health Plan Open Season Extended

12/16/2008 - Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHB) has been extended, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced Dec. 8. The extension was granted in response to widespread concern over benefit changes by Blue Cross Blue Shield that would have required subscribers to pay a new $7,500 co-payment for out-of-network surgeries, the agency said.

Although OPM instructed agencies in the federal program to extend the enrollment period through Jan. 31, the USPS announced that “the new deadline to make employee self service FEHB elections using PostalEASE is Dec. 28, 2008, at 5 p.m. [Central Time].”

APWU Web News Article 123-2008

Whose Policy Is It?

USPS Still Embraces Shipping Franchise That Offends

12/16/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has posed a straightforward question to Postmaster General John E. Potter regarding the Postal Service’s decision to designate a shipping franchise with an offensive name as a participant in the USPS Approved Shipper program:

Does the decision to embrace the term “Goin’ Postal” reflect the policy of the Postmaster General or is it an example of bureaucratic bungling by his subordinates?