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APWU Web News Article 03-2008

Union President Asks Locals, States To Seek Support for Subcontracting Legislation

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).

APWU Web News Article 32-2007

Network Realignment

Twin Falls, Cape Cod Consolidations Stopped

04/25/2007 - The APWU has been notified that the consolidation of some mail-processing operations at the Twin Falls (ID) Customer Service Mail Processing Center into the Boise P&DC has been cancelled. On April 20, 2007, the USPS wrote, “After preliminary review, it has been determined not to pursue the consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Twin Falls, ID CSMPC, at this time.” The Postal Service announced an Area Mail Processing Feasibility Survey in Twin Falls on Dec. 12, 2005, along with nine other studies. 

APWU Web News Article 30-2007

Network Realignment

Bloomington, Two Upstate New York AMPs Halted; Bronx Study in Limbo

04/13/2007 - The APWU received notice recently that consolidations of mail-processing operations in Watertown and Binghamton, NY, and Bloomington, IN, no longer are being considered, and that the Area Mail Processing study in the Bronx may be on hold.

“After preliminary review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations" in Watertown and Binghamton, Postal Service management wrote in April 13 and April 17 letters. “Therefore, no changes will be made at this time.”

APWU Web News Article 65-2006

Portland APWU Rains on Potter’s Parade

Maine Elected Officials Honor Union Picket

11/09/2006 -


Union members braved rain and cold to protest
management's staffing plan for the new mail 
processing center in Scarborough, ME.

When the Postal Service announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 2 to celebrate the grand opening of an $82 million mail-processing center in Scarborough, ME, it expected that distinguished guests, such as Maine’s U.S. senators, would be pleased to be guests of honor. What USPS officials didn’t expect was an APWU protest — and that became much bigger news that the event itself. 

APWU News Bulletin

Reaching Out to Postal Workers, Other Hurricane Katrina Victims

09/08/2005 - APWU members are joining together to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which included thousands of postal workers and their families. 

The APWU is urging union members to make contributions to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF), a charitable organization established by postal unions, management associations, and the USPS. It benefits active and retired postal workers who have suffered significant property loss or damage from natural disasters. 

APWU News Bulletin

Local Negotiations Period Set

Contract Extension Establishes 60-Day Window for Bargaining

08/17/2005 - As a result of the ratification of the contract extension, local unions and management will have an opportunity to negotiate changes to local agreements during the 60-day period from Oct. 3 through Dec. 1, 2005, APWU President William Burrus has announced.

Under the terms of the contract extension, existing local memorandums of understanding will remain in effect during any discussions, and can be changed only upon mutual agreement. Agreements may take effect upon the close of negotiations or at any date agreed to by the local parties.

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