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Safety Is Its Own Reward

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The Lehigh Valley Processing & Distribution Center was issued a fine of nearly $100,000 by OSHA for extensive “willful” safety violations. OSHA found the $99,630 violation willful because the Postal Service failed in their “ongoing responsibility [to] ensure the adherence to the machine specific procedures to affect the necessary energy control for each system component.”

Inspire and Motivate

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Southern Regional Coordinator Kennith Beasley

The headline above is sometimes a hard thing to set and keep in motion because some of our members are usually concentrating on their own private concerns. However, there are constant and enormous challenges that require our membership’s prompt and undivided attention. Members must be reminded that their jobs and personal concerns are equally important.

The Protection of Skilled Work Continues

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

As the Motor Vehicle Division continues this year's national arbitration schedule, we are focused on preserving and upgrading highly skilled work in Postal Vehicle Service (PVS). The first case on this year’s docket was the Schedule Examiner Vehicle Runs position, scheduled from Feb. 27-28, before Arbitrator Shyam Das.

‘Unprecedented’ Contracts

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

Negotiations with Pacific Architects and Engineering, Inc. (PAE) for our Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) were successfully completed with the membership’s unanimous ratification of the tentative agreement. The parties agreed to terms including a grievance process with just cause provisions. We were also able to achieve a “no lay-off” clause as well as a guaranteed floor in regards to a minimum number of full-time positions.

The Future of Retail: Moratorium and Discussion

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “Re: Retail” imposes a one-year moratorium on any new contracts under the Approved Shipper Program, Contract Postal Units (CPUs) and Village Post Offices (VPOs). In addition, “For a twelve month period of time commencing on the effective date of the 2015 National Agreement, the parties will enter into discussions over the ‘future of retail’ in the Postal Service.” Absent any extensions, the moratorium and discussions are scheduled to end approximately July 8, 2017.

You Have a Right to a Safe Workplace

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of the The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Your safety at work is a priority to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). We want you to come to a safe workplace and to return to your families each day, without injury. Sadly, you cannot rely 100 percent on the Postal Service to make sure you are protected and your workplace is free from hazardous conditions. It is each member’s responsibility to watch out for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of our union sisters and brothers.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Washington Post Gets It Wrong

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In a Feb. 13, 2017 opinion piece,  “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” The Washington Post editorial board issued a troubling public stance on postal reform.

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The Market for International Remittances is Hot

Sure Money: Ripe for Expansion

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The market for international remittances – sending money abroad – is rapidly expanding. Between 2010 and 2014, money transfers worldwide increased between three percent and 11 percent annually, according to the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG). The United States ranks first worldwide for this service, with 22 percent of the global market.

Be Part of Our Democracy – Support ‘Vote by Mail’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy

Voter registration in our country is in a sorry state. in the 2016 general election, not all eligible voters were registered (only 79 percent) – and nearly half of those registered voters did not vote (see chart).

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