01/30/2008 - The APWU and the Postal Service finalized a $48 million payout Jan. 29 to “remedy” the USPS violation of staffing procedures for custodial employees. The settlement will be in the form of lump-sum payments of $2,700 to more than 17,000 employees occupying custodial positions. Payment will be made by April 18, 2008.
01/28/2008 - The APWU signed a landmark agreement Jan. 25, for Members-at-Large who work in small post offices and are not represented by a local union.
The agreement, the Local Memorandum of Understanding for Offices Without a Local Union Structure [PDF], outlines the rules for these small offices on topics that are typically the subject of negotiations at the local level between USPS managers and union officers.
01/22/2008 - The American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers have filed suit against the Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General for systematic and widespread intrusions into the medical records of postal employees.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Jan. 17, asserts that, beginning in 2006, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) began surreptitiously seeking and obtaining the medical records of postal workers directly from doctors and hospitals that had provided medical services to postal employees.
01/18/2008 - The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint on Jan. 10 against DHL Express in Allentown, PA, charging the company with committing unfair labor practices during an APWU organizing campaign last year.
01/14/2008 - The APWU is asking local and state organizations to provide information about members who deserve recognition for their fund-raising activities on behalf of APWU COPA. The March/April edition of The American Postal Worker magazine will include a wrap-up of contributions for 2007 and spotlight exceptional COPA activists.
Please send information (and pictures!) as soon as possible but no later than Jan. 21, 2008, to: APWU Communications Department, 1300 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, or call 202-842-4250.
01/11/2008 - Members of the Federal Employee Thrift Investment Board have authorized the TSP Executive Director to implement restrictions on inter-fund transfers as a result of what is being termed “excessive frequent trading” by a small number of TSP participants. According to the board, the excessive trading is driving up administrative costs of the plan and “having adverse effects on other participants.”
01/09/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has asked the union’s state and local presidents to encourage APWU members to write to their U.S. representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236). The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on Nov. 15, 2007, would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant subcontracting.
Seven U.S. Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors. They are: Yvette Clark (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Christopher Smith (R-NJ), and John Tierney (D-MA).
01/07/2008 - Postal Points, a mailing industry newsletter, has enjoyed taking potshots at the APWU for quite a while, but the vitriol seems to have increased lately.
And in a Dec. 21, 2007, article about the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that passed Congress late last year, the publication also blasted legislators who added a provision to the spending bill that directed the Postal Service to postpone any facility consolidations until further review has been made by the Government Accountability Office.
01/02/2008 - Cost-of-Living Adjustments for retirees, which took effect Dec. 1, 2007, will be reflected in annuity payments dated Jan. 2, 2008.
CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System) annuitants who have received benefits for at least a year received an increase of 2.3 percent; FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) annuitants who have received benefits for at least a year received an increase of 2 percent.