USPS to halt retail sales at Staples stores, APWU to drop boycott

From the Washington Post:

The U.S. Postal Service will discontinue retail services at Staples stores by the first week in March, according to the labor organization that led the fight against the program.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said it was informed by the Postal Service that Staples will remove all postal signage at about 500 stores across the country. The union cast the decision as “a big win for the public as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and the union’s allies.” The union waged a national “Stop Staples” campaign and said it is immediately ending its boycott of the company.

Source: U.S. Postal Service to halt retail sales at Staples stores after union complaints – The Washington Post

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Award in SPSS dispute

12/09/2016The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit.

The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the work to the Mail Handler Craft. After a closer and better review, the USPS reassigned some of the functions, including facing and separating packages as well as sweeping in rotation, to the Clerk Craft. Continue reading

APWU: Any Modifications to the 110 HCR Subcontracting Awards Must be Discussed at National Level

From the American Postal Workers Union

11/22/2016 – According to correspondence between the Postal Service and APWU, all discussions to modify any of the 110 Highway Contract Route (HCR) subcontracting must be done at the National level.

In the award summary, Arbitrator Shaym Das stated, “By agreement, the parties may substitute other route(s) to be converted to PVS service pursuant to this order based on particular circumstances.” Continue reading

Message from APWU President Dimondstein on election results

11/10/2016To APWU Members:

The Presidential election is over and Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Throughout the primaries and general election there was a revolt against the “establishment” and politics as usual. People clearly wanted a change.

As a union whose members cover the entire political spectrum, we always believe that your vote is a personal decision. We commend all of those who got involved and engaged in the political process. Continue reading

APWU: Retroactive Contract Payment in November 18th Paychecks: Second Annual Wage Increase Coming Soon

From the American Postal Workers Union:

10/31/2016Retroactive Pay for Nov. 14, 2015 – Aug. 5, 2016

The interest arbitration award dated July 8, 2016 that established the terms for the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), ordered a retroactive pay increase effective Nov. 14, 2015. USPS started paying the new rates ordered by the arbitration award on Aug. 6, 2016. The retroactive pay for all APWU represented employees for the period from Nov. 16, 2015 through Aug. 5, 2016 will be paid in pay period 23 (Oct. 29-Nov. 11) and reflected in the November 18, 2016 paycheck. Continue reading

APWU: What to Expect in a Lame Duck Congress

(This article first appeared in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

When members of Congress return to the Capitol after Election Day, they will be officially operating in a “lame duck” session.  The “lame duck” session will include senators and representatives who lost their seats in the election, but whose terms don’t expire until Jan. 3, 2017.

The Legislative and Political Department is ever mindful of the dangers inherent in lame duck sessions. It was during one such session in 2006 that Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) – which was a disaster by any measure. The PAEA contains the onerous provision that required the Postal Service make payments of more than $5 billion annually to pre-fund 75 years of estimated costs! Continue reading

On 15th Anniversary of Anthrax Attacks, Workers Recall Those Who Died

10/21/2016Fifteen years after their deaths from exposure to anthrax-laden mail, Joseph P. Curseen Jr. and Thomas L. Morris Jr. were remembered by their co-workers at a reflective and joyful ceremony on Oct. 21.

A monument to the two APWU members was unveiled at the memorial outside the mail processing center that was renamed in their honor. More than 100 USPS employees and managers attended, as well as Curseen’s sister and brother-in-law.

Morris, 55, a 28-year USPS employee, died Oct. 21, 2001. Curseen, 47, a 15-year employee, succumbed a day later. They died of respiratory ailments after they came in contact with letters bound for Capitol Hill that contained the deadly toxin. Continue reading

Dimondstein Scores Overwhelming Victory in APWU Leadership Election

dimondsteinstaples10/06/2016APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast. Incumbent Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy won re-election, beating two opponents. Challenger Vance Zimmerman, who also ran on Dimondstein’s slate, won as Director of Industrial Relations. Unofficial results for all races are printed below. Winners are denoted with an asterisk; incumbent officers are denoted by “(I)” after their name. Certified results are expected in the next several days and will be posted at Results also will appear in the next issue of The American Postal Worker. Continue reading

Deadline Nears In APWU Officers Election

Time is running out for union members to vote in the APWU National Officers election. To be counted, ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

As of Sept. 26, just over two weeks before the deadline, the unofficial count of ballots received was 29,880.

Votes will be tallied at Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002.

APWU20Its20Your20Union20VOTE20resized_0Preliminary, unofficial results will be posted on the union’s website,, as soon as they are available, and will be updated frequently. Official results will be posted as soon as they are available as well.

Members in good standing as of June 24, 2016, who have not received a ballot should notify their local, or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate. Ballots may also be requested by

All requests for duplicate ballots must include the member’s name, address, employee ID number (or retiree ID number) and the last four digits of his or her Social Security number, along with the name of his or her local and craft.

It’s your union. VOTE!

Source: Deadline Nears In APWU Officers Election | APWU