05/11/2010 - Testifying at a Las Vegas field hearing, APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to reject the USPS proposal to end Saturday delivery.
05/07/2010 - To honor more than 200,000 postal workers who participated in the Great Postal Strike of 1970, the APWU invites union members to purchase lapel pins that commemorate the 40th anniversary of the illegal work stoppage.
05/03/2010 - The APWU national election period has begun, and in approximately five months, on Oct. 5, the counting of ballots will commence.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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].”
Whose Policy Is It?
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?
12/15/2008 - As excitement builds for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, the APWU is offering union members commemorative buttons to mark the historic event.