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APWU Web News Article 10-2019

APWU Officers and Members Join ‘Occupy Hart’ Sit-In to Stop the Shutdown

01/25/2019 - On Jan. 23, APWU officers joined together with protestors from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), SEIU, and other unions in a sit-in at the Hart Senate office building in Washington, D.C., demanding the re-opening of the federal government.  

Hundreds of protestors engaged in a silent, 33-minute sit-in action (one minute for each day of the shutdown).

APWU Web News Article 9-2019

APWU’s Greater Los Angeles Area Local Joins UTLA Strike

Union Overwhelmingly Approved Contract on Tuesday

01/24/2019 - APWU’s Greater Los Angeles Area Local joined United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) on the picket line last week, offering support to fellow public-sector workers during the week-long strike that ended Tuesday morning.

“It’s important to support each other in solidarity,” said Greater Los Angeles Area Local President Dominic Davis. “Teachers were out in full force, side by side with us in solidarity, during the Stop Staples campaign. We’re so closely aligned with them, with both of us going through negotiations [now], so it was important to show our support.”

APWU Web News Article 6-2019

Los Angeles Teachers Striking for Smaller Class Sizes and Fair Pay

01/18/2019 -  

On Monday, Jan. 14, over 30,000 members of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out on strike, taking to the streets in a driving rainstorm. The strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) comes after their 21 month-long contract negotiation reached an impasse.

The education workers are demanding: reasonable class sizes; an instant 6.5 percent pay increase; more nurses, librarians, psychiatrists and counselors to fully staff all district schools; and limits on funding to charter schools (a form of education privatization – turning schools into profit making and driven entities).

Union Membership on the Rise

01/17/2019 - This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson

According to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, membership in labor unions rose by about a quarter million this year. In 2017, 7.2 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.6 million workers in the private sector. Although the union membership rate for private-sector workers increased by 0.1 percent, their unionization rate continued to be lower than that for public-sector workers (6.5 percent versus 34.4 percent).

Voting is Our Priority

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Southern Region Coordinator Kennith Beasley 

I trust that all APWU members had a Happy Holiday Season and New Year.

During 2018 we had countless things to be grateful for. We are still standing in spite of the White House’s unnecessary, unwarranted attacks on the Postal Service. Our challenge now in 2019 is to stay focused on strengthening our resolve to continue to safeguard and protect the public Postal Service and our jobs.

We were excited and energized in 2018. Let us carry that same enthusiasm over into 2019

ARBITRATION

Frequently Asked Questions

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the USPS and the APWU now at an impasse, we are heading into interest arbitration. Below are answers to a few frequently asked questions the union has received regarding the next steps in achieving a new union contract.

Auto Workers Laid Off

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Recently, General Motors (GM) and Ford announced massive layoffs and plant closings. GM announced that about 15,000 workers will be laid off in 2019. As this issue goes to press, Ford hasn’t announced how many workers will be laid off, but estimates put the number around 24,000 workers. The stress and emotions the workers and their families are going through is something many of us have never had to experience.

Not Surprising - USPS 2012 Cuts Do Not Create Projected Savings

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Oct. 15 report proves what postal workers have been shouting for years – cuts to mail processing and service is not the answer to the challenges facing the Postal Service.

In 2011, the Postal Service embarked on a disastrous endeavor to close and consolidate more than two hundred mail processing facilities in an attempt to save money. In 2015, the Postal Service began the second part of its reckless cost-cutting program – called the Operational Window Change (OWC) – revising its First-Class Mail (FCM) service standards. These changes included the elimination of single-piece overnight FCM service and shifting some First-Class pieces from the two-day service standard to a three-day service standard, as well as additional closings and consolidations of processing plants.

The Postal Service claimed these changes would lead to savings of over $1.6 billion over the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. But, according to a new audit report from the OIG, the results haven’t even come close to that.

White House Targets Postal Workers

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

On Dec. 4, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department released the long-awaited report by the White House’s Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Task Force was created by an executive order issued on April 12, 2018. It was chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) also serving on the committee. This task force report followed a June 21 recommendation from the White House Office of Management and Budget, which called for the wholesale privatization of the USPS, i.e. selling it to private corporations.

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