07/13/2007 - More than a dozen new APWU members are finding out that it really does pay to join the union.
Organization Department Director Frank A. Romero announced today the winners of a special drawing that awarded prizes to a sampling of the thousands of new members who have joined the APWU so far this year — and to the organizers who enrolled them — as part of the union’s 2007 Help Us, Help You! and Women’s Organizing campaigns.
07/09/2007 - The 2007 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is now available. The 2007 JCIM update was agreed to by the parties on June 29, 2007. The JCIM is intended to be a resource for the administration of the National Agreement. Jointly prepared by the APWU and the USPS, the JCIM provides a mutually agreed to explanation of how to apply the contract to the issues addressed. When a dispute arises, the parties should first go to the JCIM to determine whether the dispute is addressed and, if it is, the parties are required to resolve the dispute in accordance with this manual.
07/02/2007 - The APWU and the USPS have reached a tentative agreement covering Operating Services workers, which is modeled on the Collective Bargaining Agreement for employees in the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts. If ratified, the tentative agreement will cover 90 employees at USPS Headquarters in Washington, DC, and at a facility in nearby Merrifield, VA. A ratification vote will take place on July 5, 2007.
07/02/2007 - A Department of Labor study released June 27 confirms what most Americans already know, that “family and medical leave is good for workers and their families, is in the public interest, and is good workplace policy.”
07/02/2007 - An NLRB Administrative Law Judge has ruled that DHL Express of Wilmington, OH, is guilty of the unfair labor practice charges lodged against the global-delivery company by the APWU late last year.
06/28/2007 - Although a majority of U.S. Senators clearly favor the Employee Free Choice Act, anti-worker lawmakers have prevented the Senate from passing the measure.
Fifty-one senators voted June 26 to end debate and pass the act. But the 48 senators who oppose the bill voted against “cloture,” preventing a vote on the bill. Under Senate rules, 60 senators would have had to agree to end debate before a vote on the legislation could take place.
06/27/2007 - A new section of the APWU Web site (www.apwu.org) allows union members to review their membership information, find out how to contact their union representatives, and — in the coming weeks — will permit members to register online for national conferences and training seminars.
06/27/2007 - The APWU National Executive Board has voted to open nominations for the vacancy in the National Business Agent position caused by the untimely death of Percy Harrison Jr. Brother Harrison, who died on June 18, had filed the necessary petitions for candidacy and was unchallenged.
06/27/2007 - The Wachovia Bank Corp. has stopped airing a television commercial that strongly implied that home delivery of mail is a primary cause of identity theft.
On June 18, G. Kennedy Thompson, the bank’s CEO, responded to a letter from APWU President William Burrus that objected to the commercial’s characterization. Thompson said that the ad, also criticized by Postmaster General John E. Potter, had been pulled from the airwaves.