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APWU Web News Article 113-2007

Board of Governors Approves Proposal That PRC Says Could Cost USPS Millions

12/12/2007 - The USPS Board of Governors approved a Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) on Dec. 11 that had been sharply criticized by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

In a ruling issued Oct. 19, the rate commission concluded that the Postal Service could lose more than $45 million if the proposed agreement with Bank of America were implemented. Despite the potential losses, the PRC decided that the proposal could be justified under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.

APWU Web News Article 112-2007

Union Action Averts Safety Hazard

12/10/2007 - An objection by the APWU to a change in postal policy regarding the use of biohazard detection equipment has averted a potentially serious safety hazard.

Management instructions issued Oct. 4, 2007, noted that the installation of biohazard detection equipment on Advanced Facer Cancellation machines had been completed, but went on to say that stamp mail could be cancelled on alternate equipment during peak cancellation periods or when volume exceeded capacity on AFCS machines.

APWU Web News Article 111-2007

Federal Affairs Columnist Gives Credit to Unions

Mike Causey Applauds Postal Healthcare Coverage

12/05/2007 - “When it comes to paying health premiums, postal workers pay less than other federal workers,” said Mike Causey in a column posted on Dec. 5. “They get the same coverage as employees with the IRS, Interior or Agriculture. But they pay about half as much for coverage.

APWU Web News Article 110-2007

APWU Health Plan Video

11/29/2007 - With the Health Plan Open Season quickly drawing to a close, union members are encouraged to give careful consideration to the two great healthcare options offered
by the APWU. 

For highlights of the plans, check out the new video or visit the APWU Health Plan Web site. 

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PTFs in Large Offices Eliminated as of Dec. 1

New Limits of Numbers of Casuals Also Go Into Effect

11/28/2007 - “Dec. 1, 2007, will be a historic day for postal labor,” APWU President William Burrus declared this week. “It marks the elimination of part-time flexible employment for the Clerk Craft in large offices.

“As the result of contract negotiations, Clerk Craft PTFs will disappear as a job category in every postal installation of 200 work-years or more,” Burrus noted. “This has been a long-standing objective of postal employees, and it has finally been achieved.”

APWU Web News Article 108-2007

Burrus Issues Stinging Rebuke To USPS Inspector General

Audit ‘Lacks Relevance, Ignores Legislative Mandate’ to Bargain

11/27/2007 - APWU President William Burrus slammed the Office of the Inspector General recently, charging that in a September audit report on employee benefit programs the office had inserted itself into the collective bargaining arena.

In a Nov. 16 letter to Inspector General David Williams, Burrus said, “Simply put, your analysis of the cost of postal benefits compared to those of other federal agencies lacks relevance.”

APWU News Bulletin

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

11/19/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory Nov. 15, with the introduction of a bill that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 107-2007

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Require Bargaining Over Subcontracting

11/16/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory on Nov. 15, when Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before making a commitment to significant subcontracting. H.R. 4236 would require the USPS to submit to arbitration if management and the affected unions were unable to reach agreement. The APWU has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 106-2007

USPS Instructs Managers to Comply With CBAs

Letter Is Response to APWU Criticism of Executives’ Strategy Recommendations

11/15/2007 - In response to criticism by APWU President William Burrus, the Postal Service has officially notified its managers that efficiency-improvement strategies must be in full compliance with collective bargaining agreements.

“Strategic programs designed to increase efficiency will always prove to be more successful when accomplished by adhering to the contractual requirements in our respective collective bargaining agreements,” wrote the Postal Service’s highest-ranking Labor Relations executive in a letter sent to postal managers and executives nationwide.