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04/02/2019 - This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

'Keep on Truckin' Baby Again

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster

In early 2018, the USPS began deploying new cargo trucks and spotters, on a one-for-one replacement of the trucks in use at the time. The Postal Service continues to replace its aging fleet, and tractors are next in line. Many of the current tractors have over 1 million miles and are on their last leg.

On Jan. 29-31, in South Bend, IN, the APWU attended the First Article Testing (FAT) the Postal Service conducted on the Cab-Behind-Engine (CBE) tractor trailers, built by Navistar International Trucks, formerly International Harvester Company.

Several of our MVS Craft representatives across the country braved record inclement weather to participate in the FAT, which included an opportunity to observe and operate the test vehicles. The opinion of the APWU team members is these vehicles appear to be a welcome improvement to the Postal fleet.

Custodian Team Cleaning (CTC): Doomed to Fail

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Beginning in 2012, The US Postal Service embarked on a “Pilot” program to replace the 1983 Housekeeping Handbook MS 47 TL 3 with Custodian Team Cleaning (CTC). The CTC concept was created by a Utah based company called Manage Men. The new handbook was titled MS 47 TL 5.

By the end of 2014, USPS rolled out the Pilot program nationwide as the new standard of operation. Under CTC, four custodians are jointly responsible for completing all assigned tasks. The four specialists include the Restroom Specialist, Vacuum Specialist, Light Duty Specialist and Utility Specialist. Three of the four specialists visit each room, with the exception of the Restroom Specialist, creating the Team Cleaning Concept. Each specialist’s duties are as follows:

APWU Members Trained to Take US Mail – Not for Sale Campaign Out to the Field

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)


Legislative & Political Director Beard addresses trainees

Sixteen APWU members participated in a “train-thetrainer” for the APWU’s US Mail – Not for Sale Anti-Privatization campaign. Members from coast-to-coast came to learn about the current White House proposals to sell the public Postal Service, and to acquire strategies to develop worker power to stop the sale.

The training was held at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Hillandale, MD from Feb. 26-28. Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard organized and taught the course, with the assistance from staff members on the US Mail – Not For Sale national committee. 

Clerk Craft Updates

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson 

National Grievances

As a result of the Clerk Craft’s win in the Sales Retention Team dispute, the USPS recently sent checks to eligible employees as part of the $36 million remedy for the USPS violations when they failed to post new duty assignments in the sites with Sales Retention Teams. The Clerk Craft’s win of $49.9 million in the Postmaster Relief (PMR) dispute should be coming out to eligible employees later this year. Part of the delay in paying employees is getting accurate information from the Postal Service.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Strikes, Shutdown and Service — Public Servants Rise in Defense of the Public Good

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Conventional wisdom suggested that the anti-union Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME last summer spelled the inevitable decline of public sector unionism in this country. Despite a generation of corporate led attacks on public unions and the public good culminating in Janus, public-sector workers and their allies are standing in defense of the common good that everyone in this country relies upon.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Advocating for Postal Banking in the U.S. and Canada

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As was previously reported in the American Postal Worker, the Canadian government forced striking Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to work at Canada Post late last year through an act of parliament. CUPW begins 2019 in contract arbitration to resolve the ongoing dispute with Canada Post.

Heading into contract arbitration, postal workers aren’t just discussing pay and benefits – the union is using the forum to advocate for postal banking in Canada as well. The union sees postal banking as a critical step in developing a more equal society in Canada.

What's to Come in Interest Arbitration

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Our efforts to reach a new contract are now entering the next phases of mediation and interest arbitration.

In mediation, an impartial mediator engages the Postal Service and the APWU negotiating teams in an attempt to break through any impasses and reach an agreement. If mediation does not lead to a voluntary agreement, we will move to interest arbitration.vvvv

Secretary-Treasurer Powell Honored with World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

On Feb. 5, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell was honored by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC) as a “Roving Ambassador for Peace,” and awarded the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership, alongside Ester Lopez, International Secretary-Treasurer, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. The award honors individuals who dedicate their lives and careers to peace, justice and labor leadership.

What are the Requirements to Remain as a Chartered Local?

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Under the provisions of Article 16.4 of the APWU Constitution, the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department must notify locals in writing that their charter will be revoked if they fail to meet their requirements listed below:

  • Filing annual financial reports with both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as required by federal law.
  • Announcing nominations and conducting an election of officers at least every three years.
  • Maintaining a fidelity bond covering at least 10 percent of its assets if the local collects more than $5,000 a year in dues.
  • Abiding by a properly-adopted local constitution.

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