03/08/2012 - The Postal Service’s announcement on March 7 that it would suspend consolidation of mail processing and distribution centers during the “election mailing season” seems to have raised more questions than it answered.
01/18/2012 - Recent notices posted by management have generated questions about APWU members’ right to participate in activities opposing the closure of postal facilities.
Bill Would Authorize Layoffs, Force Out Senior Employees First Unions Keep Pressure On, Urge Members to Join Sept. 27 Rallies
09/21/2011 - A bill that would destroy the Postal Service as we know it passed a House subcommittee on Sept. 21 by a vote of eight to five, along party lines.
Union Members to Protest USPS Plans to End Six-Day Delivery
08/22/2010 - Postal Workers from across the nation will gather at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park on Tuesday, Aug. 24, to protest the Postal Service’s plan to end Saturday mail delivery.
08/16/2010 - The APWU is asking union members to boycott USPS “Voice of the Employee” surveys in order to prevent management from manipulating the results to undercut the union during upcoming contract negotiations.
03/20/2010 - Confirming charges the APWU has made for more than a decade, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) concluded on March 29 that the Postal Service grants excessive postage discounts to large mailers. The USPS suffered a loss of $3.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2009.
03/18/2010 - APWU President William Burrus denounced Postal Service plans to eliminate Saturday mail delivery March 18, and urged Congress instead to correct two major causes of USPS financial difficulties: A provision of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) that requires the agency to pre-fund retiree healthcare costs, and a flawed method for computing USPS obligations to the Civil Service Retirement Fund.
03/03/2010 - APWU President William Burrus condemned USPS proposals to reduce mail delivery to five days per week, saying, “It would be the beginning of the demise of the Postal Service.” The USPS outlined the five-day delivery plan and other proposals at a conference March 2.
09/22/2008 - The APWU has reached agreement with the Postal Service on a method for granting union representatives at the state and local levels direct access to USPS PolicyNet.
PolicyNet is the portion of the Postal Service intranet (Blue) that contains handbooks, manuals, Management Instructions, publications, Memorandums of Policy, forms, posters, notices, Vehicle Modification Orders, and Vehicle Maintenance Bulletins.
Union Wins Settlement
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.