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APWU Web News Article 71-2006

Negotiations Hotline Message

Talks Continue at Discouraging Pace

11/15/2006 - In a telephone message Nov. 15, APWU President William Burrus told union members that wages and health benefit premiums continue to dominate contract talks. “Overall,” he said, negotiations are “continuing at a pace that is not conducive to reaching an acceptable agreement on or before midnight, Nov. 20.” Burrus reported that some progress is being made on non-economic issues, however.

APWU Web News Article 68-2006

Negotiations Hotline Message

Burrus: Little Progress Made on Union’s Priorities

11/13/2006 - APWU President William Burrus updated union members about the status of contract negotiations in a recorded telephone message Nov. 13, telling them little progress has been made on the union’s priorities. The union is fully prepared for any eventuality he said, either by negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement or proceeding to arbitration. The current agreement expires Nov. 20, 2006.

APWU Web News Article 67-2006

Union Announces Negotiations Hotline

11/13/2006 - The APWU has established a Negotiations Hotline, which will help union members stay abreast of late-breaking developments regarding bargaining. The toll-free number is 800-992-APWU (or 800-992-2798).

Union President William Burrus recorded a message Nov. 13. Updates will be made as events warrant. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires Nov. 20.

APWU Web News Article 60-2006

Victims Remembered, Workers Honored On Fifth Anniversary of Anthrax Attacks

Moment of Silence to Be Observed at USPS Facilities Oct. 21

10/20/2006 - Two APWU members who died after being exposed to bacteria-laced mail were remembered during ceremonies Oct. 19 commemorating the fifth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial was held at a church near the Washington, DC, facility named in honor of the fallen postal workers.

Thomas Morris Jr., 55, who had worked for the Postal Service since 1973, died Oct. 21, 2001. Fifteen-year USPS veteran Joseph Curseen Jr., 47, succumbed a day later. The two Maryland residents died of respiratory ailments following their exposure a week earlier to letters bound for Capitol Hill.

APWU Web News Article 59-2006

Contract Talks Update

10/18/2006 - Contract negotiations continued Oct. 18, with the USPS asking questions about the APWU’s non-economic proposals. Discussion focused on employee reassignments, jurisdictional disputes, and the rights of employees in small offices.

Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Oct. 23, with additional questions from the USPS about union proposals.

Discussion of economic issues will take place in future sessions.

APWU Web News Article 56-2006

Negotiations Update

10/04/2006 - Management representatives painted a bleak picture of USPS finances during contract talks held Oct. 3, and, to no one’s surprise, concluded that “cost containment is the only answer.” Labor expenses are the “key drivers of costs,” management asserted, in a presentation clearly intended to convey that labor costs must be restricted.

Union negotiators challenged the USPS analysis and raised pointed questions about productivity improvements, excessive postage discounts, and mail volume. Management’s presentation did not include any contract proposals.

APWU Web News Article 54-2006

Negotiations Update

09/23/2006 - Contract talks between the USPS and the APWU continued Sept. 14, 15, 21, and 22, with the union presenting non-economic issues for discussion.

Topics included protecting craft work, safety and health concerns, travel issues, and matters affecting deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.

APWU Web News Article 52-2006

PRC Testimony:

USPS Rate Proposal Shifts More Costs From Major Mailers to Individual Customers

09/14/2006 - Based on an analysis of the Postal Service’s own data, APWU testimony before the Postal Rate Commission has demonstrated that proposed increases in the price of postage would expand a controversial USPS policy — shifting costs from large corporate mailers to small businesses and individual citizens. 

Testimony submitted on Sept. 6 shows that new rates requested by the Postal Service would increase excessive discounts to major mailers who presort their mail, and, as a result, force small businesses and individual customers who do not presort their mail to pay more.

APWU Web News Article 51-2006

Negotiations Update

09/08/2006 - Negotiations between the USPS and the APWU over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement resumed Sept. 7 and 8, with preliminary discussions of non-economic issues. Discussion of economic issues, including upgrades, will take place later in the negotiation process.

Specific contract language on the non-economic issues was not suggested or addressed; instead, each party identified problems to be solved and suggested a general approach for doing so.

APWU Web News Article 50-2006

Testimony Before Rate Commission

Postal Service Falls Short in Attempts To Get Public Input on Consolidations

09/07/2006 - In testimony submitted to the Postal Rate Commission on behalf of the APWU on Sept. 1, Margaret L. Yao, an expert and senior associate at AmericaSpeaks, sharply criticized the USPS for failing to adequately consult with the public on its network consolidation plan.

Yao concluded that Postal Service’s Public Involvement Plan was “needlessly flawed” and that the “deficiencies of the current adversarial approach have invited scrutiny, delay, frustration, and cynicism.”

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