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Department & Division News

Building on Our Success

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Organization Director Anna Smith

We had an outstanding finish in 2016 with approximately 21,000 new members joining the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) family. Our success can be attributed to hard work and dedication at every level of our union!

Legislative Update

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard 

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, and legislators wasted no time introducing bills and resolutions of interest to workers.

Negotiations, Negotiations

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

We are hitting the new year running. We ended 2016 in the middle of contract negotiations for our Information Technology/Accounting Services unit, and are working under an extension to our 2011 agreement. The extension expires on Feb. 24, as this issue goes to print. We hope another extension is not necessary.

Promises, Promises

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez 

I’m not referring to New Year’s resolutions many of us already broke. I refer to what promises to be an interesting year.

Lawsuit Against Arbitration Award Dismissed

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By MVS Craft Directors 

The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association’s lawsuit against the Postal Service over the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) arbitration award regarding Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) was denied by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USPS Testing New Machine to Automate Craft Work

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The new year certainly started with a bang! while we are, of course, very proud of the efforts of the Maintenance members involved, all the members of all American Postal Workers Union (APWU) bargaining units are deserving of praise and congratulations for a hard won success on the Staples issue. Everyone, regardless of craft, came together to press for what was right.

Arbitration Victory Creates Full-Time Assignments

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Clerk Craft Directors

The Clerk Craft was successful in a recent arbitration regarding the USPS’s handling of the Sales Retention Team (SRT) program. The Postal Service blatantly violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in utilizing injured employees, mostly carriers, to staff the Sales Retention Teams, without first posting the jobs for bid in the Clerk Craft.

Starting 2017 with a Bang!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

I was never a more proud member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) than when news broke that together we secured victory in the long and hard fought battle with Staples. It is inspiring to reflect on the unity displayed from coast to coast. Our union sisters and brothers waged a steady, forceful and diligent pressure campaign on both Staples and the USPS, leading to the stoppage of the subcontracting of our retail work.

Working Together to Reduce the Arbitration Backlog

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Presently, there is an arbitration backlog and the reason is simple. The grievances appealed to arbitration are usually caused by management, resulting in the issues and problems being grieved by the union. With this system, management generally does not care if arbitration cases are heard and unless there is specific language to require the arbitration cases are heard, as per the negotiated time limits, there will continue to be a backlog.

The Stop Staples Fight:

Unity and Activism - Key to Victory!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017  issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By President Mark Dimondstein

After a dynamic three-year campaign, we have won the Stop Staples fight! Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores would be shut down by the end of February 2017. The boycott against Staples is now over.

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