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APWU Web News Article 23-2018

Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

03/07/2018 - With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

APWU Web News Article 14-2018

APWU and Postal Service Extend Moratorium on Private Retail Outlets

02/13/2018 - In an effort to protect against further contracting out of retail operations and defend the integrity of customer service and our jobs, the APWU secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement that imposed a moratorium whereby the Postal Service could not expand any Village Post Offices, Contract Postal Units and Approved Shipper outlets. The moratorium initially expired in July 8, 2017, but was extended through the end of 2017. On February 7, 2018, the parties extended the MOU until September 20, 2018, thus protecting more retail jobs from potentially being lost to these programs through the expiration of the current union contract.  

From the National Headquarters to the Workroom Floor

APWU Prepares for 2018 Contract Negotiations

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

The APWU is gearing up for upcoming negotiations to secure a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the United States Postal Service. The current contract expires on Sept. 20, 2018.

The national officers who will serve on the National Negotiations Committee (NNC) – and will negotiate our next union contract – are specified by the APWU’s Constitution and Bylaws. President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson, Maintenance Division Director Steven Raymer, Motor Vehicle Service Division Director Michael Foster and Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks comprise the constitutionally-mandated committee.

2018 Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein  

Happy New Year! 2018 will be extremely challenging and busy as the fight continues to protect our jobs from the outrageous management onslaught of reversions, abolishments and threatened excessing. The 2018 elections, including issue-based ballot initiatives, are important to our future. The ongoing Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign has the potential to reduce tens of thousands of workplace injuries. The APWU Biennial National Convention, the union’s highest authority, will help set the course for the coming years. Critical postal reform will need serious attention to be achieved. 

2018 Contract Campaign

'Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow'

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The APWU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Postal Service expires on Sept. 20, 2018. As part of the National Officers’ preparation for the upcoming negotiations, they issued a call-to-action for members to suggest an initial contract campaign slogan. Answering the call, members stepped up and spoke out.

Communication Is the Key

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Nov-Dec 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

In most local unions, the primary means of communicating with the membership is at the general union meeting. However, if this is the only way to communicate with members, the local will not be very successful getting their message out to the members.

APWU News Bulletin

2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest Winner Announced!

10/30/2017 - After the 2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest was announced in the middle of August, slogans came pouring into headquarters with over 1,500 members taking action. Concern for the future, unity, respect and support for the union’s general bargaining goals were recurring themes. By the deadline, more than 2,500 entries were received, with some members entering multiple suggestions. 

Around 1,300 All-Craft Conference (ACC) attendees got a chance to cast a ballot for their favorite pick of the five “finalist” slogans – determined by the National Executive Board. President Dimondstein is pleased to announce the winning slogan is “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.” It was submitted by Alfonso McFarlin, Jr., a member of the Houston Area Local Retiree Chapter.

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