02/07/2013 - The APWU and USPS have reached an agreement regarding management’s plan to transfer work currently being performed by more than 330 TACS Clerks in locations across the country to a single location in Eagan, MN. In August, the USPS notified the union of plans to reassign the Time and Attendance Collection System work to members of the ITASC (Information Technology Accounting Service Center) bargaining unit at the Midwest facility.
12/18/2012 - Members of the Central Kentucky Area Local APWU set out to brighten the hopes of a nine-year old boy this holiday season by delivering the world’s largest Christmas card.
04/12/2012 - Phil Thomas has been appointed to fill the Clerk Craft National Business Agent (A) position in the Wichita Region, effective April 7.
02/24/2012 - Clerk Craft National Business Agent Tom Maier has been appointed to serve as the union’s Legislative and Political Assistant Director. He replaces Steve Albanese, who retired at the end of 2011.
Postal employees whose property was damaged or destroyed due to recent flooding in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest are eligible to apply for grants from the Postal Employees Relief Fund, APWU President William Burrus has reminded union members.
PERF provides financial assistance to postal employees and retirees who have suffered substantial losses as a result of natural disasters or home fires if they are not reimbursed by insurance or other grants. Supported and administered by the unions and the Postal Service, PERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization that is funded through donations from postal employees.
Volunteering for Obama in Indiana
APWU member John Windle has been hard at work, boosting Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as the important May 6 Indiana primary approaches.
Noting that his state has never been so crucial to a modern nomination battle, the Indianapolis Area Local member said, “I just didn’t want to let this opportunity pass without trying to amplify my voice."
04/16/2008 - The APWU has given a one-of-a-kind gift to the people of McCausland, Iowa: a donation of $30,000 to help save their post office. The contribution will pay for renovations to a building the small town purchased in order to stave off threats by the USPS to discontinue regular postal service for its 300 residents.
The saga began more than four years ago, when the Postal Service closed McCausland’s only post office because of mold contamination. A “temporary” post office has never been up to code, and the USPS threatened in January of this year to close it on April 25.
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).
10/15/2007 - An APWU advertising campaign in southern Michigan got underway last week, urging the citizens of Flint and Detroit to speak out against the consolidation of mail-processing operations into a new facility in Pontiac. The campaign is designed to generate interest in community meetings Oct. 22 and 23, when the USPS will discuss Area Mail Processing studies for the two cities.
“The radio and TV ads will alert citizens to the danger of deteriorated mail service,” said APWU President William Burrus. “The USPS plans have been developed without any input from the American people. They are the result of efforts by big mailers to reduce their own postage costs at the expense of all others.” The Flint and Detroit consolidation studies are among nine ongoing nationwide.