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Provide ATMs in Post Offices

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

Every day, people receiving public assistance pay a portion of their benefits in fees to access their own money. It could be Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs benefits, refugee benefits, or one of many state and local programs.

Young Workers

AFL-CIO Young Workers Meet with Brazilian Union Leaders

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

A delegation of young workers from the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil for five days in May for an educational exchange with Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT), an organization of Brazilian labor unions, much like the AFL-CIO. The exchange was sponsored by the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center and CUT.

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.”

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.

Selection from the In-Service Register

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

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

We have noticed an uptick in the use of maintenance craft in-service registers. This makes it a good time to point out the in-service register “pecking order” on page 280 of the 2012 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM). It is entitled Order for Filling Maintenance Craft Positions and gives a specific process for how our posted duty assignments are awarded.

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.

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.

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. 

‘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.

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