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APWU Web News Article 99-2017

Veterans' Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

10/19/2017 - Each year, Veterans' Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday. 

There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It will be business as usual on Friday, November 10, 2017.

APWU Web News Article 91-2017

Grievance Time Limit Deadlines Extended For All-Craft Conference

09/26/2017 - In preparation for the 2017 All-Craft Conference, the APWU has requested an extension for all grievance time limit deadlines, for all levels. In response, the Postal Service has issued, “a one-week moratorium on grievance time limits at the local, regional and national level.”  The extension period is effective from Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, through Oct. 6, 2017, to coincide with All-Craft activities.

2018 Contract Negotiations - Preparations Underway

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

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations.

APWU Web News Article 76-2017

Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced

08/11/2017 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year.

APWU Web News Article 67-2017

Maintenance Defines Custodial Staffing in POStPlan Clusters

07/06/2017 - On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]). Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft "Subcontracting Cleaning Services" Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) applies. This means the USPS cannot continue to freely subcontract out bargaining unit work in these small offices.

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.

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