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Department & Division News

Moving Forward

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The Maintenance Division had a productive first half of 2017.

USPS Concedes that Schedule Examiner Work is Bargaining Unit Work

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

As we mentioned in a previous article, the union put its case for preserving the Schedule Examiner Vehicle Runs position before Arbitrator Shyam Das on Feb. 27 as the first case on the docket this year. As a long-standing issue, we considered this case an important step in preserving skilled Motor Vehicle Service work. It was the union’s position that the Postal Service was in violation of Article 1.6 of the National Agreement by assigning work normally performed by the Schedule Examiner to supervisory and Executive and Administrative Schedule employees; the Postal Service took the position that the case should be bifurcated on the grounds of arbitrability.

Fake News

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

During and after the 2016 Election, the term “fake news” became widely used in American political conversations. Politifact.com, a fact-checking website, defines fake news as, “made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.”

Bill to Improve Thrift Savings Plan Introduced

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard

The 2017 Congress introduced legislation to improve the Thrift Savings Program (TSP). It addresses shortcomings in the withdrawal rules which have not been changed since 1986. The current rule allows for active postal employees, upon reaching age 59 ½, to make only one withdrawal from their TSP account. Similarly, retirees can only partially withdraw from their TSP a single time. This inflexibility often leads retirees to fully withdraw their money and move it into private investment plans which have pricier maintenance fees.

Labor News Briefs

09/01/2017 -


Workers march in Los Angeles during a 2015 Fight for $15 protest. 
SEIU Local 99/Flickr Creative Commons

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Minimum Wage Raised 

Voters in several states and cities approved ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, which were enacted this summer.

A Grand Alliance

Thinking Outside the Box: Bargaining for the Common Good

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


Activists at a Fix L.A. Coalition rally.

All over the country, public sector unions and their community allies are beginning to think outside the box when it comes to collective bargaining. The new strategy, called Bargaining for the Common Good, seeks to forge coalitions that can use the leverage of collective bargaining to benefit the broader community. Furthermore, community involvement puts more pressure on the employer to act on the shared demands.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Payday Lenders Trapping Senior Citizens

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Although the payday lending industry slowed in California in 2016, it increased dramatically among senior citizens. For the first time, seniors took out more short term loans than any other age group, according to a study California’s Department of Business Oversight released in July.

Members in Action

09/01/2017 -


From L-R: President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin,
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Legislative & Political Director Daniel
Cortez and Director of Associate Offices Verna Mathews.

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Protesting Health Care Bill 

Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.” 

Assault on Jobs

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Eastern Regional Coordinator Mike Gallagher 


Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local Clerk Director Gloria Drake at the local’s protest
against USPS job cuts on June 10.

As you may know, the USPS embarked on a strategy of reducing the number of duty assignments in an installation to correspond with their earned work hours, not with the actual hours that people are working. Management’s actions will lead to a wholesale reduction in the number of jobs in an installation.

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