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Building Our Future – A Challenge, A Priority

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Northeast Regional Coordinator John Dirzius

As a proud member of the American Postal Workers Union since its birth in 1971, I have witnessed first-hand our development and growth into one of the largest and most aggressive unions in the labor movement. Over these past 46 years, our collective efforts have improved the standard of living of APWU members, all postal employees and workers in general.

MVO/TTO Qualification Standards Settlement

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

The APWU and the Postal Service finalized a settlement on May 9, 2017 resolving national case A19V20021, concerning the 2002 changes made to the Motor Vehicle Operator (MVO) and Tractor-Trailer Operator (TTO) Qualification Standards. The union filed an appeal to arbitration in 2002 in response to unanswered questions and concerns with the changes that had been made, including increasing the experience requirement from one year to two and the elimination of the language, “those who pass the Postal Service road test on a tractor-trailer will be considered the meet the six month requirement.”

A Significant Step Forward for Remedies

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

The APWU took a significant step forward in holding the Postal Service accountable for violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), as a result of Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg’s award in the dispute regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Clerk Craft jobs.

Know Your Weingarten Rights

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

What does a grocery store chain started in Texas in 1901 have to do with you? That chain of grocery stores – Weingarten’s – ultimately gave us some of the most important rights we have as union members today. Weingarten’s gave us our right to have union representation in meetings with management.

Your Local Election Committee

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Union elections represent one of the foundations of our democracy. Union members have the right to nominate and vote for their leadership and those officers who will be placed in charge of protecting the rights of postal workers and the administration of the union. 

Organizing to Save Your Local Post Office

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy

Picture this scenario… your manager posts a formal notification stating the USPS’ intention to move your post office to an industrial park, or a carrier annex, or some other inconvenient and out-of-way location.

Maybe the posting says days and hours of operation will be cut, or the office will close indefinitely (suspended), or it will be closed and consolidated with an office in another neighborhood or town, or your office will be shuttered permanently. Perhaps the Postal Service proposes to substitute the closing office with a village post office or rural letter carriers or a retailer selling stamps.

‘All for One and One for All!’

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein

The Three Musketeers must have belonged to the “Musketeers Union” with their rallying cry “All for one and one for all!” That captures the essence of union solidarity.

So does the recent APWU-led informational picket in Barre, Vermont.

IT/AS Contract Negotiations Update

05/16/2017 - By Steve Brooks
Director, Support Services Division 
     

I would like to start off by thanking members for their patience and dedication over the past months. I know everyone is anxious to get a new collective bargaining agreement. The process has had its ups and downs but we continue to make progress.

It is heartening and helpful to see members at our centers/facilities taking an active role by spreading the word, wearing buttons and t-shirts and demonstrating to local management our determination to get a fair contract. This is the solidarity that will get us a decent contract for all.

APWU Health Plan Gains Accreditation

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recognizes comprehensive Health Plan Accreditation provided by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. All Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plans are expected to meet this OPM requirement by April 2017.

Postal Reform is ‘Marked-Up’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the House of Representatives or Senate.

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