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APWU Web News Article 6-2018

WARNING! Voluntary Early Retirement has Potential Side Effects

01/11/2018 - The Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) recently announced for eligible Clerk Craft employees by the Postal Service has generated many questions from the members of the APWU... It is not the place of the national APWU to give advice on whether to retire or not. That is a personal decision. However, it is decision with implications that members should know and consider.

APWU Web News Article 2-2018

USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

01/04/2018 - Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees. This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions.

Click here for the 2018 VERA Questions and Answers, provided by the USPS.

Click here for the 2018 VERA "Steps At-a-Glance," provided by the USPS. 

‘Join Together! Fight Together! Win Together!’

Call to Action at the AFL-CIO Convention

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)


Elizabeth 'Liz' Powell, Debby Szeredy, 
Judy Beard, Vance Zimmerman, 
Clint Burelson and 
Omar Gonzalez at the AFL-CIO Convention

The APWU was one of 55 unions who participated in the AFL-CIO’s 28th Constitutional Conven- tion in St. Louis, MO, from Oct. 22-25. The convention is held every four years, during which officers are elected and resolutions are passed that guide the largest vol- untary federation of national and international labor unions. 

Large Mailers Are Privatizing the Postal Service

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Millions of Americans utilize USPS on a daily basis, yet the public desire for a Postal Service that serves the common good is trumped by the financial wealth and political power of relatively few owners of large corporations that utilize the Postal Service for advertising purposes. Even though the large mailers receive huge discounts for their mailings, they want to decrease their institutional postage costs even further by reducing service to the American public and cutting the wages and benefits of postal workers.

Protests Against Job, Service Cuts Continue

01/01/2018 -


Members of the Des Moines Area Local and the 
Des Moines BMC Local picket in front of the downtown P&DC.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

APWU members from coast-to-coast continue to fight against postal management’s cuts to jobs and resulting diminished service. Following the previously reported demonstrations by the Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local, the Charlotte Area Local (NC), and the Greater Seattle Area Local, in Massachusetts and Iowa APWU members hit the streets and spoke out to inform postal customers about how these cuts lead to slow mail processing, delayed delivery and poor customer service.

APWU Web News Article 119-2017

Clerk Craft Successfully Stops “End of Day” Button

Arbitrator Das sides with union for arbitration victory

12/12/2017 - In an award issued December 8, 2017, Das found that the “End of Day” button – a function the Postal Service added into the Retail System Software (RSS) point-of-sale system allowing postmasters to enter and exit the system without fully closing out – did not satisfy the requirement in the Global Settlement Remedy Agreement that postmasters are allowed to perform bargaining unit work for only 15 hours per week, to be counted from the start to the “end of day.” 

Price Cap's Significant Impact on the Clerk Craft

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Any day now, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will be making a decision on the postage price cap that will significantly affect service to the American people and possibly the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the Clerk Craft and other postal workers.

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