03/16/2018 – The APWU was informed on October 26, 2017 of the Postal Service’s intent to roll out a new program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The Postal Service intends to replace the safety captain program, and any other local safety programs, with this “standardized” and nationally controlled program. The American Postal Workers Union does not support, agree with, or endorse this program. Continue reading →
03/07/2018 – With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force. Continue reading →
02/21/2018 – The White House introduced its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget to Congress last week. This non-binding proposal begins an annual, months-long government funding process and also showcases the Administration’s funding priorities, setting the tone for budget negotiations. Continue reading →
(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Clerk Craft Directors
Millions of Americans utilize USPS on a daily basis, yet the public desire for a Postal Service that serves the common good is trumped by the financial wealth and political power of relatively few owners of large corporations that utilize the Postal Service for advertising purposes. Continue reading →
10/19/2017 – Each year, Veterans’ Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday.
There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It will be business as usual on Friday, November 10, 2017. Continue reading →
10/13/2017 – Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. This year, the December period begins December 2, 2017 (Pay Period 25-17- Week 2) and ends December 29, 2017 (Pay Period 01-18 – Week 1).
The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary. Continue reading →
10/02/2017 – The House of Representatives is expected to vote this Wednesday on its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution, which includes an outright assault on postal and federal workers!
CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW! Tell your member of Congress to VOTE NO against any budget that includes attacks to postal and federal employees’ benefits, including retirement benefits, or undermines the public Postal Service itself!
As currently written, this budget will slash the pay and benefits of postal employees. It calls for:
Increasing employee pension contributions into FERS, amounting to a pay cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee.
Taking away the Social Security supplement for FERS employees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security benefits.
Outright eliminating pensions for new hires.
It also moves the Postal Service “on budget,” which could subject the USPS to federal government shutdowns as well as further restricting delivery and postal services.
If this disastrous budget is implemented, there is also concern that Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) on FERS retirement benefits could be eliminated and COLAs on current civil service retirees would be reduced, as previously proposed by the White House.
“We need all APWU members and supporters to call their member of Congress and tell them to vote ‘NO’ on this budget,” said Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard. “It will devastate working families.”
APWU activists have made 5,000 calls against this disastrous budget. Now we have to keep up the pressure and let our lawmakers know we will not stop fighting for working families!
07/12/2017 – The American Postal Workers Union reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with Salmon Companies, the largest ground transportation supplier to the United State Postal Service. Truck drivers for the private-sector company are members of the APWU Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX, Shreveport, LA, Little Rock, AR, and Memphis, TN. Continue reading →