The APWU’s national headquarters is gearing up for the upcoming 2018 Contract Campaign!
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment.
In June 2018, the APWU will open formal negotiations with management, and preparations are already underway. Some of the APWU’s major goals for upcoming negotiations include:
- Ensuring job security, including protecting no lay-off provisions and limiting sub-contracting;
- Providing fair pay raises that reward postal workers for their hard work and contributions;
- Bridging the gaps between the divisive “three tier” wage and benefit structure;
- Protecting and expanding career jobs;
- Uplifting the Postal Support Employee (PSE) workforce;
- Holding abusive managers accountable;
- Expanding and enhancing postal services.
Negotiations are never easy. They will be especially challenging in the current political environment. The APWU’s success will depend on how much power and leverage can be mustered with member involvement and public support.
By successfully doing this in 2015, the union made real progress in the last contract.
Over the next year, the APWU will be building momentum, establishing contract action teams, wearing union gear and educating postal customers. There will be many opportunities – and much need – for members to get involved.
Importance of Contract Action Teams
In general, most postal workers are sick and tired of the understafﬁng, daily contractual violations, and poor service that the Postal Service is providing to the public. Most union members would like to see better service to our communities, as well as improvements to working conditions, wages and beneﬁts. Contract negotiations will be an opportunity to make progress on these important issues.
Hostile Opposition in Negotiations
However, we will face strong opposition in our efforts to improve the Postal Service. Many of the large mailers – who are among the largest corporations in the world – and their friends in Congress will again be pressuring the Postal Service to seek concessions from postal employees. These large mailers continually push the Postal Service to cut stafﬁng and reduce service to the public in order to reduce how much they pay for postage. [Read More]
Contract Action Team Liaisons Appointed
They are Fired Up and Ready to Go Assist Local CATs!
To assist local and state organizations with developing strong grassroots organizing and activism in support of the APWU’s upcoming contract negotiation fight, President Mark Dimondstein appointed the following Contract Action Team (CAT) Liaisons:
- Janalee Banks - Provo (UT) Local;
- Arrion Brown - Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Areal Local;
- James Donohoe - Boston Metro Area Local;
- Angela Ellington - Dallas Area Local;
- Larry Guarnero - Portland OR Area Local;
- Wanda Harris - Miami Area Local;
- Jennifer Lemke - Toledo (OH) Area Local;
- Ahlona Miranda - Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local.
The appointees arrived at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center on Feb. 27, excited for the “train-the-trainee” boot camp covering the elements involved in a contract campaign. During the two and a half day training, the liaisons learned how to “Build Worker Power through CATs.” [Read More]
Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed
With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.
The APWU National Negotiations Committee (NNC) has full authority to negotiate the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement and the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee provides input to the NNC. The rank-and-file committee must also approve any tentative agreement before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. [Read More]
Note: This event has passed. A recording of the livestream of the Tele-Town Hall is now available at this link (your members-only login will be required).
We need you to build worker power to achieve our goals for a fair contract! Join us for the APWU Tele-Town Hall on January 24 for an opportunity to hear about specific actions you can take in the fight for better working conditions and the ability to provide a better standard of living for APWU members and families.
Here are the details:
The Tele-Town Hall will be held at two times on January 24 – at 2PM and 6PM EST.
Participants in the Tele-Town Hall will be able to ask questions in advance about the contract negotiations and the contract campaign. Officers will answer the most frequently asked questions during the event. It will also cover:
- What we are up against
- Our goals for negotiations
- Opportunities for you to get involved
Let’s get all hands on deck!
10/27/2017 - President Dimondstein is pleased to announce the winning slogan is “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.” It was submitted by Alfonso McFarlin, Jr., a member of the Houston Area Local Retiree Chapter. [Read more...]