11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
With a great sense of pride, I take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of our local and state leaders and National Business Agents in the Northeast Region. Their continuing effort to enforce our contract, organize new members, and mobilize our members to achieve a good contract is never ending.
Finding the time to perform these important duties is challenging; nevertheless, as Regional Coordinator, I have seen the results of their dedication and hard work.
09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Sidney Moss is a semi-retired clinical social worker, but around town in Northampton, MA, he is known as “the post office guy.”
For the past year, Moss has been writing letters to the editor of his local paper about the need to keep post offices and processing plants open, because “it’s one of the few iconic forces in America that’s not completely taken over by the corporate world.”
Recently, he participated in the APWU’s postcard campaign, getting friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors to sign the ‘I Stand with Postal Workers’ cards. He also has been handing out union brochures that dispel myths about the Postal Service.
02/09/2015 - APWU members are invited to join President Mark Dimondstein for a live Town Hall Conference Call on Feb. 17, to discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country. Negotiations begin on Feb. 19. To participate, you must register online by Feb. 16.
12/23/2014 - On behalf of the union officers of the Northeast region, I wish you a happy New Year, filled with peace and fulfillment.
Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on May 20, 2015, and in recent months we have been busy preparing for negotiations for the next contract. Negotiations have been difficult since the inception of collective bargaining between the USPS and its postal unions in 1971.
This year, the committee includes several outstanding representatives from the Northeast Region. I know them personally and can assure you that they have the best interests of our members at heart. I’m confident they will perform their work above and beyond the call of duty. Serving on the committee from the Northeast Region are: Bob Johnson, president, Greater CT Area Local; Jonathan Smith, president, New York Metro Area Postal Union; Ron Suslak, president, Queens NY Area Local, and Bill Weaver, Motor Vehicle Craft president, Boston MA Metro Area Local.
If the parties fail to reach agreement on a new contract the Postal Reorganization Act provides a process to resolve the dispute in “interest arbitration.” The award of the arbitrator is binding on the parties.
APWU Calls on Incoming PMG to Reverse 'Policies of Destruction'
Postal workers across the country cheered the announcement on Nov. 14 that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is stepping down, effective Feb. 1. “We hope that the next Postmaster General will reverse Donahoe’s policies of lowering standards, reducing hours, outsourcing work, and diminishing a great American institution,” President Mark Dimondstein said. “We call on USPS’ Board of Governors to immediately freeze Donahoe’s policies and to do no more harm.” Delegates to the APWU national convention in July had voted unanimously to seek his resignation.