APWU: Significant COLA Increase Coming

02/15/2017Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 24 (Pay Period 06-2017), and will total $333.00 per year. Continue reading

Stidman says postal unions support reform bill to help “sell their health insurance plans”

Jerry Stidman, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for APWU National President last year, has accused the APWU and the other postal unions of supporting the latest postal reform bill in order to boost sales of their union sponsored health insurance plans.

From the 21st Century Postal Worker web site:

I want to state my personal opposition to H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. This is a major concession on postal reform and one that will hurt all federal employees.

It would appear the unions of the post office have adopted support of this legislation to improve their ability to sell their health insurance plans. Continue reading

APWU calls postal reform bill “a positive step forward”

02/07/2017On Feb. 7, a hearing was held before the full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). The legislation, introduced on Jan. 31, is sponsored by the Oversight Committee’s Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as well as Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA). H.R.756 is very similar, but an improved version, to the postal reform legislation passed out of the committee in May 2016. Continue reading

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