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"The Struggle Continues" - Moe Biller

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are in the process of contract negotiations. It is no secret that MVS faces very challenging times during this round of negotiations. The USPS, inspired by the White House, is pushing an agenda of privatization and trying to turn middle class jobs into part-time positions.

The Postal Service will advance an agenda of cheap labor called “efficiency” in an attempt to extract concessions from many years of bargaining between the parties. Postal management’s agenda is to duplicate the business models of Wal-Mart, Target, UPS and other for-profit corporations that have little regard for hourly employees. In this model of corporate greed, many benefits achieved by the APWU over the years – such as a 40-hour work week, penalty overtime, and scheduled off days – could become a thing of the past. Although the APWU MVS Division has submitted numerous proposals, we have yet to receive any proposals from the USPS, so we are virtually negotiating with ourselves. On top of that, our current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on September 20.

New Maintenance Division Appointments

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Filling Maintenance Vacancies — Part II

This is Part II of an article started by our late brother, former Maintenance Division Director Steve Raymer, in the July-August edition of The American Postal Worker. We are sharing how to fill vacant maintenance positions under terms of our contract, known within our craft as the “pecking order.” The previous article covered through Step 4 of the process; we pick up here with Step 5.

USPS Utilizing Disgraced Former NLRB Commissioner

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson 

The United States Postal Service is utilizing Terence F. Flynn, the disgraced former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member, during their current negotiations with the APWU.

Terence “Terry” Flynn started with the Postal Service in 2018 as a labor relations attorney and is currently advising the USPS representatives who are meeting with the APWU Clerk Craft. The USPS team is meeting with Flynn prior to and after each meeting with the Clerk Craft.

The National Convention Sets the Path for Current and Future APWU Struggles

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Twenty-one hundred APWU members departed from the union’s 24th Biennial National Convention in August uplifted, united and ready to continue Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow!

Four days of rousing speeches, an enthusiastic rally against the privatization of the public Postal Service, as well as vigorous debate over resolutions on work floor topics and social issues reflected the APWU’s spirit of activism and a commitment to strengthen the union.

Stand Up for Safe Jobs

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

“It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force.”

This is how Article 14 of our Collective Bargaining agreement with the Postal Service begins. That one sentence is very powerful and tells all of us that the highest-ranking postal manager – the Postmaster General – recognizes that ultimately it is their responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

You may hear supervisors and managers say that safety is “everyone’s responsibility” or that every accident is “preventable.” But how often do you hear that safety is every worker’s right?

Local Union Elections

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

It starts with the process for nominations. One of the ways to alleviate and hopefully prevent complaints, Local Election Committee (LEC) and National Election Appeals Committee (NEAC) appeals, and Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) investigations, is for local affiliates to ensure elections are conducted in accordance with Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines.

I Have a Dream, You Have a Dream, and Dr. King Had a Dream

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Vice President Debby Szeredy 

My dream would be to help make APWU truly a movement of members fighting to save the USPS from privatization. Everyone needs to take responsibility and get involved. There is plenty of work to do. It will only get better when everyone joins in making it happen. We all want a safe, non-hostile, good paying, enjoyable workplace! We all are under attack and without all of us in this fight we could lose everything.

The Five Ds

10/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By President Mark Dimondstein 

I was honored to have led the just concluded APWU’s 24th Biennial National Convention – the grand union meeting that sets our union's future direction. It was inspirational with dynamic speakers, democratic with much lively debate and votes taken, included a spirited rally to save the service, and helped prepare us for the challenges ahead. Some excerpts from my keynote address follow:

On this 50th anniversary of the historic 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike when 1,300 courageous African-American workers in the segregated south took on city hall and won, we gain courage and inspiration. Fifty years later the education workers’ rebellions uplift us…

Clerk Craft Settles 4 National Disputes with USPS

09/10/2018 - The Clerk Craft recently settled four (4) Step 4 National Disputes with the Postal Service that (1.) address the assignment of injured on duty employees in USPS “pilot” or experimental programs, (2.) Lead Clerk duties and leading other employees, same level and higher, (3.) 204B details to non-supervisory positions, and (4.) Lead Clerk and TACs training and duties.

Lamont Brooks, Clerk Craft Assistant Director, was the assigned officer for the disputes and handled the negotiations that led to the favorable settlements. 

Labor News

07/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

JetBlue Workers Vote for Union Future


New member of TWU: Jet Blue
InFlight Crewmembers.

Workers are standing up for a better deal at JetBlue. It’s one of the few companies in the airline industry that has operated in the past as a non-union carrier.

The future will be different. In April, flight attendants at the New York-based airline overwhelmingly voted for representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In May, the Air Line Pilots Association announced a tentative agreement on a first contract with the airline.

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