01/15/2014 - The North Jersey Area Local sent a delegation to the Staples store in Totowa on Jan. 14 to express the union’s displeasure with the pilot that establishes postal counters in more than 80 stores in four areas — California, Atlanta, Central Massachusetts and Pittsburgh.
04/18/2013 - Postal managers gave employees Stand-Up Safety Talks on April 18, notifying workers that the FBI has confirmed the presence of ricin on two letters that passed through USPS mail-processing facilities in Memphis TN and Washington DC. One letter was addressed to President Obama; the other was addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).
04/17/2013 - The union is eagerly awaiting the results of follow-up tests on letters that indicated the presence of ricin, APWU Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher said on April 17 after a teleconference with postal officials from the Capitol Metro Operations Area and the Capitol District. Two letters tested positive for the deadly toxin in preliminary tests on April 16. One letter was addressed to President Obama; the other was addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).
04/17/2013 - Postal officials have assured APWU President Cliff Guffey that they will update union officials today, April 17, about incidents involving mail that tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison, in preliminary tests on April 16.
Union to Pursue Matter Vigorously
04/17/2013 - APWU officers learned through the news media on April 16 that a letter that may have been contaminated with a deadly poison had been found in the mail
11/23/2010 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the Postal Service $287,000 for willful electrical safety violations at a mail processing facility in Bluefield, WV.
12/23/2008 - An APWU complaint that senior managers and other supervisors filed false mail-count reports at the Philadelphia Processing & Distribution Center has resulted in an exposé in the Philadelphia Daily News that has highlighted chronic understaffing at the facility and the devastating effect it has had on service. Shortly after the newspaper began reporting on the controversy on Dec. 1, the Office of Inspector General announced it was conducting an audit of the facility, and the facility’s top manager was replaced.
01/09/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has asked the union’s state and local presidents to encourage APWU members to write to their U.S. representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236). The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on Nov. 15, 2007, would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant subcontracting.
Seven U.S. Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors. They are: Yvette Clark (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Christopher Smith (R-NJ), and John Tierney (D-MA).
05/23/2007 - National Business Agent Eric M. Wilson has announced he will resign his position, effective May 25, 2007. Wilson, who has served as NBA “A” in the Clerk Division for the Philadelphia Region since 1994, is resigning for personal reasons.
APWU President William Burrus expressed appreciation for the contributions Wilson has made to the union as an NBA and for the assistance he provided during negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. “Eric was a first-class representative,” he said, “and we wish him well.”