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APWU Web News Article 44-2007

Casual Reports to Have a New Format

05/22/2007 - New restrictions on the use of casuals, mandated by the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, will result in a new format for Casual Compliance Reports. These reports are provided to the national union on an accounting-period basis so that the APWU can monitor management’s adherence to Article 7.1.B. of the National Agreement, which restricts the percentage of casuals the Postal Service may employ.

APWU Web News Article 43-2007

Wisconsin-to-Minnesota AMP Halted

05/22/2007 - The APWU has been notified that the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the La Crosse (WI) P&DF into the Rochester (MN) P&DF 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 mail processing operations at the La Crosse P&DF,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on May 22. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.”

APWU Web News Article 42-2007

Transportation Workers, Unions Declare: ‘Enough is Enough’

05/18/2007 -


APWU officers and staff at the IAM rally
in Washington

APWU officers and staff joined thousands of transportaion workers and other labor activists at a spirited rally in Washington, DC, May 17, demanding an end to federal policies that put profits ahead of safety and security, and corporate needs ahead of workers.

APWU Web News Article 41-2007

Brochure Spotlights Union’s Legislative Goals

05/17/2007 - The APWU Legislative Department has produced a brochure that outlines the union’s legislative goals. “After more than a decade of focusing our legislative activities on the pros and cons of various postal ‘reform’ measures, the American Postal Workers Union has entered a new era,” the booklet notes. The new brochure identifies issues that demand our members’ attention, and provides a guide for the union’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill.

APWU Web News Article 40-2007

Termination of AMPs Is Good News For Northern Michigan, Southern Texas

05/17/2007 - The APWU has been notified that studies of the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the Gaylord (MI) Main Post Office and at Beaumont (TX) P&DF have been brought to a close and the proposed consolidations will not take place.

“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 Gaylord, MI MPO,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on May 14. “Therefore, no significant changes will be made at this time.” The study to consider moving sortation 60 miles away to Traverse City, MI, was announced Dec. 19, 2005.

APWU Web News Article 39-2007

APWU Board Calls for Boycott of Circuit City

05/15/2007 - The National Executive Board of the APWU has voted unanimously to support a boycott of Circuit City stores, due to the retailer’s despicable treatment of its employees.

The NEB vote was in response to the company’s dismissal of 3,400 workers, comprising 8.5 percent of its workforce. The firings, announced in late March, “had nothing to do with performance but were part of a larger effort to improve the bottom line” according to an article in The Washington Post.

APWU Web News Article 37-2007

House Bill Would Set Timetable for Consolidation Studies

05/10/2007 - A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would establish firm deadlines for Area Mail Processing surveys and would prohibit the USPS from removing equipment or reducing the workforce in affected facilities during AMP studies.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 2177, which would require the Postal Service to complete AMP studies within 180 days. Extensions of 60 days would be permitted only if “persons likely to be affected” are notified prior to the expiration of the original deadline.

APWU Web News Article 36-2007

Mail Processing Staying Put in Western MD

05/07/2007 -


The Cumberland Area Local’s anti-consolidation
T-shirt made its debut last summer.

The APWU was notified May 4 that the proposed consolidation of some mail-processing operations involving two sites 90 miles apart in western Maryland has been cancelled.

“After review, it has been determined not to pursue the consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Cumberland Main Post Office,” the Postal Service wrote to APWU President William Burrus of the proposal to consolidate some activities into the Frederick P&DF.

APWU Web News Article 35-2007

Women’s Organizing Campaign Grows

Deadline for Drawing Extended

05/07/2007 - Support for the Women’s Organizing Campaign is growing, with 89 locals and 17 state organizations participating, said Liz Powell, chairperson of the APWU subcommittee that is coordinating the drive.

Because of new interest in the campaign, the deadline for submitting membership applications for a special drawing has been extended until June 30. The contest offers a grand prize of a vacation trip for two; a second prize of $100 each for five entrants; and a third prize of $50 each for 10 entrants. In each case, the new member whose card is drawn and the APWU member who signed up the new member will be awarded prizes.

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