02/16/2007 - More than 130 members of Congress will join workers, union leaders, and community activists at press conferences and other events in cities across the country Feb. 19-23 to demonstrate support for the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. The bipartisan bill, introduced in the House by Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), and Peter King (R-NY), would fix a broken process in which employers brazenly intimidate, harass, and fire workers who want to form unions.
“I encourage APWU members to participate in these activities and to join the movement to protect workers’ rights to seek better pay and benefits,” said APWU President William Burrus.
02/05/2007 - The 1.3 percent raise established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will result in a corresponding dues increase, in accordance with Article 16, Section 2(a) of the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. The raises will be paid retroactively to Nov. 25, 2006, but the effective date of the retroactive paycheck and retroactive dues increase has not been announced. Once we receive that information, we will post it on the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org.
The dues increase will be 68 cents per member per pay period for career employees and 42 cents per member per pay period for Transitional Employees.
02/05/2007 - New pay rates established in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will appear in paychecks dated March 23, APWU President William Burrus has announced. Increases in wages and uniform allowances will be paid retroactively. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known.
01/30/2007 - The Postal Service has provided the APWU with a list showing facilities that qualify as “200 man-year” offices. In accordance with the recently ratified 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all Clerk Craft part-time flexible employees at facilities of 200 man-years or more will be converted to full time, no later than Dec. 1, 2007.
The APWU has a limited period of time to challenge any improper designations, so local officers are urged to review the list promptly and immediately notify the national office of any discrepancies. To do so, contact Phil Tabbita, Manager of Negotiations Support, at 202-842-4273, or write to him at 1300 L Street NW, Washington DC 20005, no later than Feb. 16, 2007. He also can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, title, local name, phone number, address, and e-mail address, as well as an explanation about why you believe the designation is wrong.
01/19/2007 - Drum roll, please! APWU President William Burrus has announced the winners of the union’s Ratification Voter Participation Contest. The challenge, intended to encourage union members to get involved in the ratification process, offered rewards to locals that were most successful in mobilizing APWU members to vote.
Twenty locals in the category of 1-99 members had 100 percent participation, earning each local $200, to be used on behalf of the members. They are the Atchison (KS) Local, Lewistown (MT) Local, Orange (VA) Local, Haleyville (AL) Local, Laurens (SC) Local, Lewisburg (TN) Local, West Frankfort (IL) Local, Donora (PA) Local, Sturgeon Bay (WI) Local, Marengo (IL) Local, Marshall (MN) Local, Bellows Falls (VT) Local, Springhill (LA) Local, Wayne (NE) Local, Saint Ignace (MI) Local, Port Washington (WI) Local, Kewanee (IL) Local, Alpena (MI) Local, Adairsville (GA) Local, and the Tallmadge (OH) Local.
01/18/2007 - The official results of the APWU contract ratification vote are now available, including a local-by-local tally. The results are shown alphabetically by state, with locals in each state listed alphabetically as well.
Results were certified by American Arbitration Association, which conducted the balloting under the supervision of a subcommittee of the Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee.
APWU members ratified a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 84,486 to 12,016, in balloting that concluded Jan. 12. The new National Agreement, which is retroactive to Nov. 21, 2006, will expire Nov. 20, 2010.
Rank-and-File Advisory Bargaining Committee members Thomasine Derricks, Princella Vogel, and Jack Dougherty observe the vote count in Washington on Jan. 12. Vogel chairs the committee.
01/05/2007 - The APWU has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, charging that the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and U.S. Postal Service have violated a national-level three-party agreement that establishes procedures for resolving disputes over work assignments.
The memorandum, signed on April 16, 1992, outlines methods for the unions to challenge USPS work assignments they consider improper, and requires the parties to appoint a national-level arbitrator to resolve the disputes they are unable to settle. The agreement also requires the parties to meet frequently enough to render timely decisions, and to schedule arbitration hearings for unresolved cases.
01/05/2007 - Balloting in the ratification of the tentative agreement will be extended until Jan. 12, the Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee has announced. “We want to ensure that every interested APWU member has an opportunity to participate,” said Princella Vogel, the committee chairperson.