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APWU Communications Dept. Wins ILCA Awards

President Dimondstein Received Third Place for Coveted Saul Miller Award for Collective Bargaining

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

President Mark Dimondstein was awarded third place for the International Labor Communication Association's (ILCA) Saul Miller Writing Award for Collective Bargaining for his July-August 2016 American Postal Worker column, We Have a New Union Contract! The award honors the late Saul Miller, a director of the AFL-CIO Department of Information and an ILCA founder.

Members in Action

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


(L-R) Virgin Islands Area Local President Becky B-Simmonds
and clerk Mary Meyers who works at the general post office on St. Thomas

APWU Donates $25,000 to Hurricane Relief 

APWU delegates to the 2017 All-Craft Conference  donated $12,500 to help their sisters and brothers affected by the catastrophic Sept. 2017 hurricanes and APWU National matched the contributions – resulting in $25,000 worth of donations.

  

A Grand Alliance Takes on New York City Postal Cuts

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

For too many years, in response to pressure from Congress, the Postal Service has slowed mail service, closed community-based post offices and mail processing facilities, slashed hours of operations, tried to end six-day and door-to-door delivery service, and eliminated hundreds of thousands of living-wage jobs.

Protests Against Job, Service Cuts Continue

01/01/2018 -


Members of the Des Moines Area Local and the 
Des Moines BMC Local picket in front of the downtown P&DC.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

APWU members from coast-to-coast continue to fight against postal management’s cuts to jobs and resulting diminished service. Following the previously reported demonstrations by the Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local, the Charlotte Area Local (NC), and the Greater Seattle Area Local, in Massachusetts and Iowa APWU members hit the streets and spoke out to inform postal customers about how these cuts lead to slow mail processing, delayed delivery and poor customer service.

APWU Web News Article 120-2017

Unpopular Tax Bill Passes

12/22/2017 - On Wednesday Dec. 20, Congress voted to pass a tax bill designed to reward the super wealthy and major corporations with more money. Despite being an unpopular bill opposed by hard-working families across the country, it passed without any bipartisan support and awaits the president’s signature to be signed into law.

APWU Web News Article 119-2017

Clerk Craft Successfully Stops “End of Day” Button

Arbitrator Das sides with union for arbitration victory

12/12/2017 - In an award issued December 8, 2017, Das found that the “End of Day” button – a function the Postal Service added into the Retail System Software (RSS) point-of-sale system allowing postmasters to enter and exit the system without fully closing out – did not satisfy the requirement in the Global Settlement Remedy Agreement that postmasters are allowed to perform bargaining unit work for only 15 hours per week, to be counted from the start to the “end of day.” 

APWU Web News Article 116-2017

APWU Clashes with Management on New 3971 Language

12/01/2017 - The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business... This certification is an overreaction by the Postal Service to the July 14, 2017 report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC).  The Report of Hatch Act Investigation: Facilitating Labor Union’s Political Activity Through Use of “Union Official” Leave Without Pay stated that “The postal unions and individual employees and members are permitted, and should be encouraged, to maintain PACs, endorse candidates, and enlist union members to support their electoral agendas on their own time.”  

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