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APWU Web News Article 85-2006

If You Didn’t Get a Ballot…

12/28/2006 - Ballots for the contract ratification vote must be received in the New York office of the American Arbitration Association by 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. If you have not received a ballot, contact the American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate.

APWU Web News Article 84-2006

Non-Members to Receive Ballot Mailing

12/15/2006 - As part of an unprecedented organizing campaign, the APWU will send a “ratification packet” to workers represented by the union who are not members. The mailing will include a summary of new contractual provisions and invite the non-members to vote.

There’s a catch, of course. The vote will only be counted if the non-member completes a union sign-up card, which will also be enclosed.

In a letter accompanying the mailing, APWU President William Burrus wrote, “If you approve of these changes, the only way you can have a voice in whether or not they are enacted is if you become a union member.

APWU Web News Article 82-2006

Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee Approves Tentative Contract Agreement

Union Members to Vote on Ratification

12/07/2006 - The APWU Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted unanimously to approve the union’s tentative 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement on Dec. 7 at a meeting in Washington, DC. The agreement will be sent to union members for a ratification vote, which the committee will supervise. 

The four-year tentative agreement provides for two wage increases and an upgrade for all APWU-represented employees, in addition to Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) twice per year. 

APWU Web News Article 81-2006

APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement

Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee to Review Contract Proposal

12/06/2006 - Negotiators for the APWU and U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement, APWU President William Burrus has announced. 

“This is an outstanding agreement that protects the rights and interests of postal workers and the American people,” he said. 

APWU Web News Article 78-2006

Negotiations Hotline

Talks Continue, But Union Instructs Lawyers to Prepare for Arbitration

11/29/2006 - Although a voluntary agreement is still possible, APWU President William Burrus has instructed the union’s attorneys to make initial preparations for arbitration. In a telephone message to union members on Nov. 29, the union president said, “We must move forward to achieve a new contract.”

APWU Web News Article 77-2006

OPM Opens Up Enrollment for Advanced Dental/Vision Benefits

11/29/2006 - Working with a private company, the Office of Personnel Managment has set up online enrollment procedures for enhanced vision- and dental-care benefits. The Web site,, was launched on Nov. 13. 

The Benefeds site is the exclusive place for postal employees to sign up for these voluntary benefits. The “dental/vision” enrollment season, Nov. 13-Dec. 11, coincides with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program’s Open Season.

APWU Web News Article 76-2006

Negotiations Hotline

Contract Talks to Resume After Thanksgiving Weekend

11/21/2006 - APWU has proposed bold steps to address important issues for postal employees, union President William Burrus told APWU members in a telephone message. “Because we are attempting to break new ground, the final pieces of an agreement pose difficult challenges,” he said. “Despite intense discussions today, agreement on all of the issues is still beyond our grasp.” Contract talks will resume after the Thanksgiving weekend.