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APWU Web News Article 049-2013

Ricin Suspect Released, New ‘Alleged’ Incident Reported

04/23/2013 - The suspect in the ricin case was released on April 23, and the Justice Department is moving to drop charges against him, according to published reports. Paul Kevin Curtis was charged on April 17 with sending tainted letters to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and a Mississippi judge, but no physical evidence linking him to the crime could be found. There have been no reports of ricin-related illness among recipients, postal employees or non-postal employees who handle government mail.

APWU Web News Article 101-2008

Spotlight on Colorado

APWU Activists Making the Difference

10/30/2008 -

Denver Metro Area Local member Tina DeSautels,
participating in a "labor walk" earlier this year. 

As Election Day draws near, APWU members are out in force from coast to coast, canvassing neighborhoods and making phone calls to union households on behalf of worker-friendly candidates. 

In an effort that is perhaps typical of our union members’ good works, activists in the “battleground” state of Colorado, as elsewhere, are channeling their participation toward Labor 2008, the AFL-CIO's political education and election action program. 

APWU Web News Article 06-2007

Postal Service Cancels Another AMP Study

01/29/2007 - The APWU won another battle in the fight against misguided “network realignment” plans when the USPS announced the end of a study aimed at consolidating mail processing operations in Yakima (WA) with those in Pasco, 85 miles away.

Saying that the proposed consolidation would not result in improved service or efficiency, the Postal Service announced on Jan. 22 that the Area Mail Processing study begun in December 2005 would not be completed. The central Washington city of Yakima will keep its mail processing operations and its postmark.

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.