02/16/2007 - More than 130 members of Congress will join workers, union leaders, and community activists at press conferences and other events in cities across the country Feb. 19-23 to demonstrate support for the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. The bipartisan bill, introduced in the House by Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and Peter King (R-NY), would fix a broken process in which employers brazenly intimidate, harass, and fire workers who want to form unions.
“I encourage APWU members to participate in these activities and to join the movement to protect workers’ rights to seek better pay and benefits,” said APWU President William Burrus.
02/12/2007 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that it has cancelled nine more Area Mail Processing studies.
In a statement on Feb. 9, the Postal Service told the APWU that “it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations” in: Carroll, IA; Glenwood Springs, CO; Hutchinson, KS; McCook, NE; Sheridan and Wheatland, WY; Fox Valley, IL; and Bryan and McAllen, TX.
02/12/2007 - A DHL director of labor relations, the NLRB complaint says, “implied that it would be futile for employees to select the union as their bargaining representative by telling employees there is only so much money for labor costs, and for them to gain in one area, they will have to lose in another.”
02/05/2007 - The 1.3 percent raise established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will result in a corresponding dues increase, in accordance with Article 16, Section 2(a) of the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. The raises will be paid retroactively to Nov. 25, 2006, but the effective date of the retroactive paycheck and retroactive dues increase has not been announced. Once we receive that information, we will post it on the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org.
The dues increase will be 68 cents per member per pay period for career employees and 42 cents per member per pay period for Transitional Employees.
02/05/2007 - New pay rates established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will appear in paychecks dated March 23, APWU President William Burrus has announced. Increases in wages and uniform allowances will be paid retroactively. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known.
01/30/2007 - The Postal Service has provided the APWU with a list showing facilities that qualify as “200 man-year” offices. In accordance with the recently ratified 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all Clerk Craft part-time flexible employees at facilities of 200 man-years or more will be converted to full time, no later than Dec. 1, 2007.
The APWU has a limited period of time to challenge any improper designations, so local officers are urged to review the list promptly and immediately notify the national office of any discrepancies. To do so, contact Phil Tabbita, Manager of Negotiations Support, at 202-842-4273, or write to him at 1300 L Street NW, Washington DC 20005, no later than Feb. 16, 2007. He also can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com. Please provide your name, title, local name, phone number, address, and e-mail address, as well as an explanation about why you believe the designation is wrong.
01/29/2007 - The APWU won another battle in the fight against misguided “network realignment” plans when the USPS announced the end of a study aimed at consolidating mail processing operations in Yakima (WA) with those in Pasco, 85 miles away.
Saying that the proposed consolidation would not result in improved service or efficiency, the Postal Service announced on Jan. 22 that the Area Mail Processing study begun in December 2005 would not be completed. The central Washington city of Yakima will keep its mail processing operations and its postmark.
01/22/2007 - Shirley Jasper has been appointed Maintenance Division National Business Agent “B” in the Western Region, Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. Jasper is the first woman in the craft to serve as an NBA.
She will begin her duties Jan. 27 at the Pasadena, CA, field office, replacing Richard Shepard, who is retiring. Jasper currently serves as the Maintenance Craft Director for the Great Los Angeles Area Local.
In accordance with the APWU Constitution & Bylaws, division directors fill vacancies, subject to the approval of a majority of members of the division council, which is composed of all national officers in the craft.
01/19/2007 - Drum roll, please! APWU President William Burrus has announced the winners of the union’s Ratification Voter Participation Contest. The challenge, intended to encourage union members to get involved in the ratification process, offered rewards to locals that were most successful in mobilizing APWU members to vote.
Twenty locals in the category of 1-99 members had 100 percent participation, earning each local $200, to be used on behalf of the members. They are the Atchison (KS) Local, Lewistown (MT) Local, Orange (VA) Local, Haleyville (AL) Local, Laurens (SC) Local, Lewisburg (TN) Local, West Frankfort (IL) Local, Donora (PA) Local, Sturgeon Bay (WI) Local, Marengo (IL) Local, Marshall (MN) Local, Bellows Falls (VT) Local, Springhill (LA) Local, Wayne (NE) Local, Saint Ignace (MI) Local, Port Washington (WI) Local, Kewanee (IL) Local, Alpena (MI) Local, Adairsville (GA) Local, and the Tallmadge (OH) Local.