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Postal Workers Recover from Hurricanes

Union Family Comes Together to Assist Affected Members

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

In less than a month, three catastrophic hurricanes made landfall slamming the south (especially Texas and Florida) as well as the U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The storms left devastation and destruction in their wakes. Hundreds of thousands of homes – including hundreds be- longing to APWU members – were significantly damaged or completely destroyed by wide-spread flooding, hurricane-force winds or mold afterward.

2018 Contract Campaign

'Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow'

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The APWU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Postal Service expires on Sept. 20, 2018. As part of the National Officers’ preparation for the upcoming negotiations, they issued a call-to-action for members to suggest an initial contract campaign slogan. Answering the call, members stepped up and spoke out.

Labor News Briefs

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)


ROCU members protest for One Fair Wage in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of ROCU

Fighting for One Fair Wage For All 

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has not been increased in 25 years – and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROCU) launched a campaign to change that.

Fight for Working Class Unity

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein 

"In Our Unity, Lies Our Strength!” “An Injury to One is an Injury to All!” These are crucial union principles for building a better life for postal, and all, workers.

The corporate rulers know it. They counter our unity and solidarity path with their strategy of “divide and conquer.” As Wall Street strives for maximum profits, there are many fault lines they exploit such as dividing native from foreign born, men from women, white from black, private from public sector, career from non-career and workers here from workers around the world. When they succeed in dividing us – they laugh all the way to the bank!

Let's Build The Grand Alliance

Field Hearings Demonstrate Broad Public Support

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

"Save and enhance the U.S. Postal Service” was the overwhelming spirit of the community field hearings held around the country by A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. A wide range of speakers reaffirmed the need for a public postal system and rejected privatization, while recognizing that changes must be undertaken to bring the USPS fully into the 21st century.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Bank Closings and Lack of Confidence Point the Way to Postal Banking

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Way back in 1956, an article in the Monthly Business Review made a case for ending the Postal Savings System (see box). “It would seem that the Postal Savings System has outlived any social or economic need it may have once satisfied,” wrote the Cleveland Federal Reserve

From the Field

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

From the Field is a new recurring feature for the American Postal Worker spotlighting statements from APWU local and state publications on a current issue.

Reversions, Abolishments, and Excessing 

“This is an attack on postal workers’ jobs and we have a big fight on our hands. We need all of you in that fight. You need to report every violation to your steward. Management will be forced to perform more clerk work if this excessing occurs and it is up to you to report those violations.” – Bob Gunter, Illinois Postal Worker Union President, The Illinois Postal Worker

Still in the Struggle

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Central Regional Coordinator Sharyn M. Stone

Postal management’s massive violation of Article 12 continues to have a significant impacton our jobs. As this article goes to press, we are still having extensive meetings and some impacts remain up in the air. Clearly, management does not have a vision of what they are trying to achieve. Not only are the numbers constantly in flux, but the reasons for some of the impacts keep changing.

Contracts Ratified

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

The Support Services Division ratified two of its tentative agreements in August. First, the Information Technology & Accounting Services (IT/AS) agreement, which had a 77 percent approval, and then the private-sector mail-haulers contract with Salmon Companies, with a 75 percent approval.

Sept. 1 and Where is the Work?

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

On August 18, 2016, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in case Q06C-4Q-C 11182451 that the Postal Service had violated Article 32 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by failing to notify the union of at least 212 Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) until after the contracts had already been let. Arbitrator Das’ award ordered the Postal Service to convert 110 of the disputed routes remaining in service to the Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) for regular, four-year contract terms.

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