10/31/2007 - APWU President William Burrus has criticized the outcome of a meeting of 700 USPS executives, at which participants were invited to identify the best opportunities for improving postal efficiency. According to a USPS News Link report dated Oct. 18, among the top vote-getters were managing sick leave and overtime, and maximizing the use of non-career employees.
Postal Regulatory Commission:
10/29/2007 - The Postal Service could lose more than $45 million if a proposed agreement with the Bank of America Corporation is implemented, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) concluded in early October, but the commission decided nonetheless that the agreement could be justified under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.
The APWU opposed the agreement, arguing that USPS predictions of savings were based on obsolete data. Although the commission did not reject the Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) as the APWU requested, its conclusion echoed arguments and analysis made by the APWU.
10/19/2007 - The Des Moines Register announced Oct. 18 that the Iowa Postal Workers Union has endorsed Sen. John Edwards for president. On the national level, the APWU respects Sen. Edwards and admires his commitment to labor, but we have made no endorsement. We note that several other candidates also have demonstrated outstanding records on the issues that concern working men and women. We will continue to evaluate all the candidates as we assess whether to make an endorsement.
10/17/2007 - The APWU’s first national elections were held in 1974. Shown below are the results of the races for president to date.
10/15/2007 - Drum roll, please! APWU President William Burrus has announced the winners of the national election Voter Participation Contest. The challenge, intended to encourage union members to vote, offered rewards to the locals and retiree chapters that were most successful in organizing APWU members to cast ballots.
The contest provided that the top three locals in several categories would be rewarded, with the categories based on the size of the local. The program stipulated that any local that achieved 100 percent would be rewarded, and that to be eligible, locals and retiree chapters must have achieved voting levels of at least 50 percent.
09/18/2007 - APWU members who enroll in the Consumer Driven Health Plan will pay much lower premiums for health insurance in 2008, plan administrators announced Sept. 18. Union members will pay just $7.77 per pay period for self-only coverage, and $17.48 for self-and-family coverage next year.
The new rates represent a reduction of $10.63 and $23.92 respectively, per pay period from 2007 fees.
09/17/2007 - A Louisiana appeals court has overturned the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell, the lead defendant in the Jena 6 six racially-charged incident. “This decision is welcome,” said APWU President William Burrus, “but it does not resolve the community conflict or the status of the children who continue under indictment and face serious charges.
09/14/2007 - The American Postal Workers Union will join with other progressive forces at a demonstration in Jena, LA, to protest the excessively disparate punishment of six African-American high school students who were embroiled in a racially tinged altercation.
08/29/2007 - The $686 salary increase that will be reflected in APWU members’ paychecks Sept. 21 demonstrates the ongoing value of the union contract, said APWU President William Burrus. “With the one-level upgrade for all APWU-represented positions in February,” he added, “the negotiated raises will amount to approximately four percent over a period of five months.”
Union Label Week Sept. 3-8
08/27/2007 - Union Label Week 2007 begins on Labor Day, Sept. 3 and runs through Friday, Sept. 8. The message this year is: “Support Good Jobs — Buy Union.”
During Union Label Week the labor movement makes a special effort to create a better understanding of how unions and union members contribute to America’s prosperity and security:
- Building roads, offices, home and schools and the things that go into them
- Administering and operating transportation systems
- Delivering vital services — from education to communications, from public safety to health services, from entertainment to public administration