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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
01/18/2007 - The official results of the APWU contract ratification vote are now available, including a local-by-local tally. The results are shown alphabetically by state, with locals in each state listed alphabetically as well.
Results were certified by American Arbitration Association, which conducted the balloting under the supervision of a subcommittee of the Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee.
01/18/2007 - The U.S. Postal Service announced in early January that it was calling off the only Area Mail Processing studies in the states of Montana and North Carolina.
In a written statement on Jan. 5, the Postal Service said that it had dropped plans to move some North Carolina mail-processing operations from Kinston to Fayetteville, approximately 100 miles away. In Montana a week later, Sen. Max Baucus (D) announced that plans to move mail-processing from Helena, the state capital, to Great Falls had been abandoned.
APWU members ratified a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 84,486 to 12,016, in balloting that concluded Jan. 12. The new National Agreement, which is retroactive to Nov. 21, 2006, will expire Nov. 20, 2010.
Rank-and-File Advisory Bargaining Committee members Thomasine Derricks, Princella Vogel, and Jack Dougherty observe the vote count in Washington on Jan. 12. Vogel chairs the committee.
01/05/2007 - The APWU has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, charging that the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and U.S. Postal Service have violated a national-level three-party agreement that establishes procedures for resolving disputes over work assignments.
The memorandum, signed on April 16, 1992, outlines methods for the unions to challenge USPS work assignments they consider improper, and requires the parties to appoint a national-level arbitrator to resolve the disputes they are unable to settle. The agreement also requires the parties to meet frequently enough to render timely decisions, and to schedule arbitration hearings for unresolved cases.
01/05/2007 - Balloting in the ratification of the tentative agreement will be extended until Jan. 12, the Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee has announced. “We want to ensure that every interested APWU member has an opportunity to participate,” said Princella Vogel, the committee chairperson.