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APWU Web News Article 2-2018

USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

01/04/2018 - Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees. This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions.

Click here for the 2018 VERA Questions and Answers, provided by the USPS.

Click here for the 2018 VERA "Steps At-a-Glance," provided by the USPS. 

‘Join Together! Fight Together! Win Together!’

Call to Action at the AFL-CIO Convention

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


Elizabeth 'Liz' Powell, Debby Szeredy, 
Judy Beard, Vance Zimmerman, 
Clint Burelson and 
Omar Gonzalez at the AFL-CIO Convention

The APWU was one of 55 unions who participated in the AFL-CIO’s 28th Constitutional Conven- tion in St. Louis, MO, from Oct. 22-25. The convention is held every four years, during which officers are elected and resolutions are passed that guide the largest vol- untary federation of national and international labor unions. 

From the National Headquarters to the Workroom Floor

APWU Prepares for 2018 Contract Negotiations

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

The APWU is gearing up for upcoming negotiations to secure a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the United States Postal Service. The current contract expires on Sept. 20, 2018.

The national officers who will serve on the National Negotiations Committee (NNC) – and will negotiate our next union contract – are specified by the APWU’s Constitution and Bylaws. President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson, Maintenance Division Director Steven Raymer, Motor Vehicle Service Division Director Michael Foster and Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks comprise the constitutionally-mandated committee.

‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign a Priority in St. Paul

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

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace. Most APWU members know first-hand what can happen if proper safety procedures are not followed by management. The simple truth is: If postal workers want a safe workplace, APWU members have to work together to force management to make changes when necessary. 

APWU Fights Changes to PS-Form 3971

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

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Happy New Year! I hope this finds you having had a wonderful holiday season, spending time with your families and friends, and having had some joyous times leading into 2018. I also want to thank you all. No matter your craft, work location, or job title, you each had an impact on millions of Americans’ holiday season. Because of your hard work, the holidays were brighter due to the gifts, cards, and letters you delivered during the season. I know it is a busy and exhausting season for all of you, but don’t forget what the work you did meant to millions of people.

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.”  

APWU Web News Article 107-2017

Pay Increase Coming Nov. 25

11/02/2017 - The third general wage increase under the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be effective Nov. 25, 2017. This wage increase will be reflected in the paycheck workers will receive on Dec.15, 2017.Career employees will receive a pay raise of 1.3 percent.

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