07/27/2007 - Secretary-Treasurer Terry Stapleton has certified six union members as candidates for the position of Clerk Craft National Business Agent (A) for the Chicago region. The nominating process was extended because of the untimely death of Percy Harrison Jr., who passed away on June 18. Brother Harrison had filed the necessary petitions for candidacy and was unopposed.
07/27/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately 90 miles across southwest Tennessee will not occur.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Jackson, TN Post Office into the Memphis, TN Processing and Distribution Center,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on July 27. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.”
07/26/2007 - The USPS “has begun to travel resolutely down the road of privatization,” APWU President William Burrus told a Senate subcommittee on July 25, “without authorization from Congress” — or the American people. The subcontracting of postal work, he warned, “is just one aspect of a dangerous trend: the wholesale conversion of a vital public service to one performed privately for profit.”
Burrus called on the Senate to act. “On the critical issue of privatization of the United States Postal Service,” he said, “it is imperative that Congress take a stand and insist on its right — its responsibility — to set public policy.”
07/25/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation of mail-processing operations in Waco, TX, will not occur. A study to determine whether operations should be shifted both north (about 90 miles to Fort Worth) and south (100 miles to Austin) has been terminated. Approximately 250 jobs were at stake.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of mail processing operations at the Waco, TX P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on July 24.
APWU Lawsuit Alleging USPS Failed to Seek Approval of Plans Dismissed
07/20/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift from one Wisconsin P&DF to another approximately 50 miles away will not occur.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Oshkosh P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on July 18.
07/20/2007 - If Congress wants to limit USPS subcontracting, lawmakers should enact legislation compelling the Postal Service to bargain over the issue, APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee on July 19, rather than intervening in specific contracting-out disputes.
Congress should avoid substituting its judgment for the judgment of the parties who are directly involved, Burrus said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia.
07/13/2007 - Postal Service employees are experiencing fewer ergonomic injuries since the formation of an OSHA-organized labor/management partnership in 2003.
The joint venture between the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the APWU, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NMHU) and the USPS not only has helped to reduce the number of injuries, it has saved money.
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 - APWU members working in Operating Services ratified a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement on July 5 by a vote of 48 to 1.