09/04/2008 - With news that the Postal Service will offer Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) to Motor Vehicle Services and Maintenance Craft employees — except Electronic Technicians — APWU President William Burrus is reiterating his advice to union members: DON’T GO!
“My reasoning is simple,” he said. “Every APWU-represented employee who leaves early will save the USPS hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet the Postal Service is refusing to offer cash incentives.”
02/13/2008 - Motor Vehicle Services employees won an important pre-arbitration settlement [PDF] Jan. 31, when the Postal Service agreed to rescind a policy that prevented insulin-dependent diabetics with valid Commercial Driver’s Licenses from operating postal vehicles that weigh 26,001 pounds or more.
11/19/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory Nov. 15, with the introduction of a bill that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.
08/06/2007 - APWU members who plan to attend the 2007 All-Craft Conference can now register online, select workshops, and remit payment to the national union through www.apwu.org. Online registration will also be available for future events sponsored by the national union.
The 2007 All-Craft Conference will be held Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas. The event will feature a comprehensive series of educational workshops and general business sessions in which important craft issues and resolutions will be discussed and voted on. Craft-specific workshops will be offered for members of the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services Crafts, as well as training sessions of general interest.
12/07/2006 - The APWU Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted unanimously on Dec. 7 to approve the union’s tentative 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The agreement will be sent to union members for a ratification vote, which the committee will supervise.
The four-year tentative agreement provides for two wage increases and an upgrade for all APWU-represented employees. There will be two Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) each year.
08/17/2006 - After fervent debate on the 18th Biennial Convention’s third day, APWU delegates adopted a resolution to study “efforts and procedures and processes” that would help bring the National Postal Mail Handlers Union into the APWU as a new department.
APWU members at the 18th Biennial National Convention displayed overwhelming unity Tuesday in approving resolutions intended to guide the union’s negotiators in collective bargaining this year. Negotiations for a new contract begin Aug. 29.
It would not have been much of a birthday without a cake, so the American Postal Workers Union kicked off its 18th Biennial National Convention with a salute to a century of accomplishments and cake for 3,000.
The cake was distributed to convention delegates at the close of a 17-minute video presentation that celebrated the history of postal worker unionism.
03/10/2005 - The APWU in early March learned which USPS trucks featuring Leyman lift gates are being used and where they are being deployed. The USPS has been receiving parts and instructions from the manufacturer and has started modifying and replacing both rail-type and tuck-under lift gates.
02/03/2005 - An arbitrator has sustained the APWU’s arguments in two of three outstanding issues in a significant attendance case. In a ruling in late January, Arbitrator Shyam Das said that the Postal Service may not require an employee to describe the nature of an illness or injury during a phone call to report an absence from work. He also ruled that the USPS policy on second and third medical opinions is inconsistent with the Family & Medical Leave Act and the National Agreement.