08/25/2010 - Thousands of APWU members, led by union president William Burrus and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, marched through the streets of downtown Detroit on Tuesday afternoon to Save Saturday Service and rally for good jobs.
ALSO: Clerk Division delegates discussed job security at their pre-convention conference on Aug. 21 and 22, debating resolutions and discussing officers’ reports about issues affecting the craft. Motor Vehicle Services Division delegates discussed several urgent topics at their pre-convention conference Aug. 21 and 22.
AND: A distinguished group of national officers who will retire at the end of their term in November were honored by convention delegates on Aug. 23. Together, they have given 179 years of service to the members of the APWU.
02/22/2010 - Last month, newspapers reported a settlement between the Department of Labor and a USPS subcontractor that exemplifies the problem with postal subcontracting: After three years of defrauding its workers of pay and benefits, the contractor, MT Transportation & Logistics Services, Inc. was ordered to pay employees $1.8 million in back wages, and was barred from entering into new federal contracts for three years. The Postal Service’s reaction? Despite the contractor’s illegal treatment of its workers, current contracts with the disgraced company will remain in effect, the USPS said.
09/24/2008 - In a notice to APWU members who are eligible to vote in the re-run election for Motor Vehicle Division National Business Agent, Southern Region, Southwest Sub-Region, the Department of Labor announces an extension of the balloting deadline. Ballots are now due back no later than 10:45 a.m. (EST) on Oct. 15, 2008.
09/19/2008 - In a notice to APWU members who are eligible to vote in the re-run election for Motor Vehicle Division National Business Agent, Southern Region, Southwest Sub-Region, the Department of Labor announces that if you have not received your ballot, or if your ballot was lost or destroyed, you may request a duplicate by contacting Election Supervisor Erica Weber at 202-513-7306. Completed ballots must be received by Sept. 30, 2008.
09/04/2008 - With news that the Postal Service will offer Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) to Motor Vehicle Services and Maintenance Craft employees — except Electronic Technicians — APWU President William Burrus is reiterating his advice to union members: DON’T GO!
“My reasoning is simple,” he said. “Every APWU-represented employee who leaves early will save the USPS hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet the Postal Service is refusing to offer cash incentives.”
02/13/2008 - Motor Vehicle Services employees won an important pre-arbitration settlement [PDF] Jan. 31, when the Postal Service agreed to rescind a policy that prevented insulin-dependent diabetics with valid Commercial Driver’s Licenses from operating postal vehicles that weigh 26,001 pounds or more.
11/19/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory Nov. 15, with the introduction of a bill that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.
08/06/2007 - APWU members who plan to attend the 2007 All-Craft Conference can now register online, select workshops, and remit payment to the national union through www.apwu.org. Online registration will also be available for future events sponsored by the national union.
The 2007 All-Craft Conference will be held Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas. The event will feature a comprehensive series of educational workshops and general business sessions in which important craft issues and resolutions will be discussed and voted on. Craft-specific workshops will be offered for members of the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services Crafts, as well as training sessions of general interest.
12/07/2006 - The APWU Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted unanimously on Dec. 7 to approve the union’s tentative 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement. 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. There will be two Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) each year.
08/17/2006 - After fervent debate on the 18th Biennial Convention’s third day, APWU delegates adopted a resolution to study “efforts and procedures and processes” that would help bring the National Postal Mail Handlers Union into the APWU as a new department.