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Pregnancy Discrimination

10/04/2018 -  (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson 

Pregnancy discrimination exists in many agencies nationwide, including the Postal Service. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Pregnancy is considered a temporary disability in the eyes of the law, meaning the treatment of pregnant employees falls under the same jurisdiction as disabled employees.

Labor Rights are Human Rights

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Organization Director Anna Smith


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We all have heard of human rights and we all have those rights. But, did you know that labor rights are human rights?

What do I mean by that? Well, let me give an example and begin with the “right to an education.” Public education is far too often taken for granted by Americans. Sadly, only in the last century is it normal for children go to school and learn reading, writing and basic mathematics. This is all because of the work of worker unions in the late 1800s and early 1900s to end child labor. Once young children were no longer going to work in places like the clothing mills or mines, the need for elementary and high schools emerged. Unions then fought for those schools to be public, and not owned by a religious group or a company (in the cases of “company towns”).

Workers fought for free public education. We succeeded in helping secure the right of every American to have a K-12 education. We still are fighting for that same right to a free collegiate education. Labor unions fought for human rights to be protected by law. We constantly fight to give true meaning to the phrase “dignity and respect.” We fought for, and continue to fight, to maintain basic freedoms like thought, speech, press, religion, assembly and especially our right to petition our government to correct the wrongs we face.

Privatization:

Does Your Representative Support Our People’s Postal Service?

Confirm Your Voter Status Before Election Day!

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Department Director Judy Beard 

The 2018 Midterm elections are quickly approaching! On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, one-third of the U.S. Senate, every U.S. House Representative, dozens of governorships, and countless local and state positions are in play. These candidates want our vote. Before you head to the polls, find out where these candidates stand on preventing the privatization, in part or in full, of the United States Postal Service.

Privatization means ending our publicly owned and operated Postal Service to be replaced by private corporate interests. It means ending our jobs that pay a living wage and jeopardizing our hard-earned retirement and healthcare.

To see if your representative supports House Resolution 993, (which calls for Congress to ensure that the USPS is “not subject to privatization,” go to tiny.cc/993. We have more than 190 sponsors so far, both Democrats and Republicans.

**Editors Note: Click Here to Pledge to Fight for the People’s Post Office!**

Time's Up

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Central Region Coordinator Sharyn M. Stone 

This is a tough article to write because by the time you read it, we could either have a contract or be headed for binding interest arbitration. Our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires on September 20, 2018. Hopefully we have achieved a fair and just contract and maintained the hard-fought protections we have achieved. Our negotiations’ team, headed up by President Dimondstein, serves us well.

Even if all is complete with the CBA, we have miles to go before we sleep. The constant threat of Article 12 excessing, reorganizing, mismanagement, harassment, coupled with the President’s threat to privatize the Postal Service into oblivion is still in play.

Have you called your member of Congress? Nothing should be more inspiring and more motivating than a threat to our livelihood and the continued existence of the Postal Service committed to serving every community...

Back-Pay Processing

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks 

You may be, or have been, an employee whose postal employment was in jeopardy due to a disciplinary action. I know employees in this circumstance can find the process of getting your case heard time consuming and frustrating, whether it is through arbitration or pre-arbitration.

If you have an agreement, or have won a case in which the settlement is to bring you back to work with backpay, I’m sure you have realized the Postal Service is in no hurry to get you the pay and benefits you deserve. Furthermore, they are not trained properly when it comes to completing necessary back-pay forms.

"The Struggle Continues" - Moe Biller

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are in the process of contract negotiations. It is no secret that MVS faces very challenging times during this round of negotiations. The USPS, inspired by the White House, is pushing an agenda of privatization and trying to turn middle class jobs into part-time positions.

The Postal Service will advance an agenda of cheap labor called “efficiency” in an attempt to extract concessions from many years of bargaining between the parties. Postal management’s agenda is to duplicate the business models of Wal-Mart, Target, UPS and other for-profit corporations that have little regard for hourly employees. In this model of corporate greed, many benefits achieved by the APWU over the years – such as a 40-hour work week, penalty overtime, and scheduled off days – could become a thing of the past. Although the APWU MVS Division has submitted numerous proposals, we have yet to receive any proposals from the USPS, so we are virtually negotiating with ourselves. On top of that, our current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on September 20.

New Maintenance Division Appointments

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Filling Maintenance Vacancies — Part II

This is Part II of an article started by our late brother, former Maintenance Division Director Steve Raymer, in the July-August edition of The American Postal Worker. We are sharing how to fill vacant maintenance positions under terms of our contract, known within our craft as the “pecking order.” The previous article covered through Step 4 of the process; we pick up here with Step 5.

USPS Utilizing Disgraced Former NLRB Commissioner

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson 

The United States Postal Service is utilizing Terence F. Flynn, the disgraced former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member, during their current negotiations with the APWU.

Terence “Terry” Flynn started with the Postal Service in 2018 as a labor relations attorney and is currently advising the USPS representatives who are meeting with the APWU Clerk Craft. The USPS team is meeting with Flynn prior to and after each meeting with the Clerk Craft.

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Resolutions Opposing Privatization of the Postal Service Introduced in Congress

10/02/2018 -

On July 16, a leading group of Congressional representatives took action to help combat a proposal to privatize the Postal Service by introducing House Resolution 993. The privatization proposal, put forward by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in their report Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, would “restructure the U.S. Postal Service” and “prepare it for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.”   

Thereafter, on Sept. 18, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced Senate Resolution 633, sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), stating that, “Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.” By Sept. 25, S.Res.633 had 36 co-sponsors including, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I-ME), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

CALL 1-844-402-1001 and urge your member of Congress to support these resolutions! The U.S Mail: NOT FOR SALE.

The National Convention Sets the Path for Current and Future APWU Struggles

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Twenty-one hundred APWU members departed from the union’s 24th Biennial National Convention in August uplifted, united and ready to continue Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow!

Four days of rousing speeches, an enthusiastic rally against the privatization of the public Postal Service, as well as vigorous debate over resolutions on work floor topics and social issues reflected the APWU’s spirit of activism and a commitment to strengthen the union.

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