When the Postal Service announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 2 to celebrate the grand opening of an $82 million mail-processing center in Scarborough, ME, it expected that distinguished guests, such as Maine’s U.S. senators, would be pleased to be guests of honor. What USPS officials didn’t expect was an APWU protest — and that became much bigger news that the event itself.
11/06/2006 - After offering a blunt assessment of the first two months of negotiations, APWU President William Burrus presented the USPS with economic proposals on Nov. 6, calling for raises and upgrades that are commensurate with union members’ performance over the six years of the contract that expires Nov. 20.
11/01/2006 - “The Nov. 7 election gives us the best chance in many years to elect a pro-worker Congress,” APWU President William Burrus has said, “and I urge every union member to take advantage of this important opportunity and vote.”
Burrus has asked union members to vote for APWU-endorsed candidates in races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. “On Election Day, you will make decisions that will affect your family, your job, and your country.
10/26/2006 - In a nationwide day of picketing Oct. 26, APWU locals across the country protested Postal Service policies that put the demands of corporate advertising mailers ahead of the needs of individual postal customers and small businesses.
The picketing was part of the APWU’s campaign to expose the poorly conceived — and often well-hidden — network realignment plans and the serious negative impact they would have on mail service for consumers’ and small businesses.
10/25/2006 - Momentum has been building for the APWU nationwide day of picketing to be held Thursday, Oct. 26, at locations across the country.
Delegates at the 18th Biennial APWU Convention in Philadelphia adopted a resolution to conduct a day of picketing that will highlight the potentially damaging effects of the Postal Service’s plans to consolidate postal facilities and expose USPS policies of catering to big mailers at the expense of individual customers and small businesses.
10/23/2006 - A report by the USPS Office of the Inspector General concluded that the cost savings projected by the Postal Service for the consolidation of a California mail processing facility “may be significantly overstated, and the service impacts are not fully described.”
The report on the Area Mail Processing (AMP) plan for the Pasadena Processing and Distribution Center, dated Sept. 26, 2006, also found that “the approval process was not consistently followed, notifications to stakeholders were not issued in a timely manner, and the implementation of the AMP differed from the proposal” that postal managers had approved.
Moment of Silence to Be Observed at USPS Facilities Oct. 21
10/20/2006 - Two APWU members who died after being exposed to bacteria-laced mail were remembered during ceremonies Oct. 19 commemorating the fifth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial was held at a church near the Washington, DC, facility named in honor of the fallen postal workers.
Thomas Morris Jr., 55, who had worked for the Postal Service since 1973, died Oct. 21, 2001. Fifteen-year USPS veteran Joseph Curseen Jr., 47, succumbed a day later. The two Maryland residents died of respiratory ailments following their exposure a week earlier to letters bound for Capitol Hill.
10/18/2006 - Contract negotiations continued Oct. 18, with the USPS asking questions about the APWU’s non-economic proposals. Discussion focused on employee reassignments, jurisdictional disputes, and the rights of employees in small offices.
Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Oct. 23, with additional questions from the USPS about union proposals.
Discussion of economic issues will take place in future sessions.
10/17/2006 - Pat Davis-Weeks has been appointed to fill the National Business Agent (B) position in the Atlanta Region, effective Oct. 16. The APWU Clerk Division Council unanimously approved the appointment at a meeting Oct. 12, which was conducted by telephone.
Clerk Craft Director Jim McCarthy selected Davis-Weeks, who will work at the NBA office in Tampa FL. In accordance with Article 21 of the APWU Constitution, craft directors fill vacancies within their divisions, subject to the approval of other national officers in the craft. Davis-Weeks had served as vice president of the Tampa Area Local.