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Burrus: “I am bitter”

Name calling is common in online comments, but sometimes the response isn’t what you’d expect. When a commenter on the 21st Century Postal Worker (21CPW) site started calling former APWU President Bill Burrus “Bitter Bill”, Burrus responded:

You have given me a new name “Bitter Bill” that is intended with malice but accurately captures my reaction to what has been done to the next generation of postal employees.

I am bitter that their income will be reduced by more than $500,000 for doing the exact same work and suffering the same supervisory abuse. I am bitter that they will not have the same opportunity to purchase a house or send their children to college.

You may include the 14% of the workforce that would have been full time but are now included in the ranks of PSE and the fact that postal management would be in violation of the contract when unilaterally increasing the PSE negotiated salary from $14 per hour to $18 per hour to offer postal employment to the unemployed.

The title accurately captures my reaction to the reduction of full time from 40 hours to 30 hours and the right of management to involuntarily assign full time employees to NFTY schedules of 30 hours per week. This reaction includes the damage done to the 399 recently converted PSEs whose Step Increases will be capped at Step J and they will earn less than Mail Handlers, City and Rural Carriers. I am bitter because it was their union that protected some at the expense of the future and declared victory.
I am bitter because I care. Do you?

21st Century Postal Worker Exchange for Messages of General Union Business.

  • You won’t let me

    If Guffy sells us down the river with health benefits like he did with the contract although I’m pro union I hope everyone drops out of apwu and Guffy and his advisors go down too

    • Mail Handler

      There is something you can do if the vote is rigged and Goofy, Moron,Bull,Stunk and Pewell are declared re-elected…DECERTIFY the APWU and join up with the NPMHU.

  • bubba

    Wait until next APWU contract. Will be 52 weeks between step increase for all new hirers like Mail Handlers just got. So about extra 5 years to get to top step. You heard it 1st here :)

  • sportsman

    brother burrus is right the damage done to senior apwu employees is extensive by cliff guffy and greg bell leadership by the last garbage contract sent to the membership. the apwu is a cancer patient and the only chemotherapy to save it is to vote out guffy and bell in September. otherwise the apwu will due a very painful death

  • Balmoral

    unless labor friendly congress members lead the charge to prevent it usps is on the road to privatization. the apwu has lost its mission and is like a stage 3 cancer patient needing targeted chemotherapy. but remember friends the cure can be sometimes worse than the disease. but to do nothing the apwu will die a very painful death. what you can do is to send off guffy and bell to retirement in September.othewise thousands of middle-class jobs will be a stake.

  • san

    it is the abuse of the union not magagement

  • APWU Member

    those stewards and officers who pushed the new contract to members should all resign!! They don’t deserve to run our union because they were all just thinking of their own pocket and free trips and lunches and dinners!!!

  • Fedupcapemployee

    All the postal unions should negotiate one contract. Better yet it is time for the unions to consolidate into one and ally themselves with a really strong union like the Teamsters. Only when we can legally strike will the rank and file get decent wages and benefits.

    • guest

      Sure, those that sit on a stool and sort UBBM in a climate controlled environment should make the same wages as one who carries a load 6-8 hours everyday up and down ice covered steps, in blizzards or in unrelenting heat for months on end. How many clerks or mailhandlers are bitten, let alone attacked by dogs each year?

  • the real 204b

    Unions with management!

  • Mrs High

    Praise The Lord! I’m sad every time I hear of the lack of representation and back bone. Thank u for your comment, worth reading

  • darrel

    Unfortunately it cannot be changed. APWU blew it. NALC did much better in negotiations. Can we trade unions? :)

  • mrssea

    I am one of the PSE’s converted to a regular (career employee). In our District (Plant) we are now informed we have to go through another 90 day probationary period. My concern is that this is only being done at our location and I have heard from other Postal employees from other Districts that the “converted PSE’s would not have to serve a new probationary period”. We are being told that they can let us go for any reason within the 90 days and the union rep. told us “not much they can do” but we still have to continue to pay Union dues. Can someone clarify this for me. Thank you for any information.

  • sheryl

    mrssea,
    Just make it through you 90 days the best you can. Everybody has to make through the 90 days probation, no matter what to become a career person. Once your in, your in. Don’t call in sick, miss work, etcetera, be on your best behavior, count the days to the end. Whatever it takes to make it. Sounds like on a flip side, your in a great position. Some things can be out of you control, but as long as you done the best you can, great. If you get injured past 90 days, you can go on OWCP to protect you from PO saying they have no work for you if you get limitations (even if they do). Good luck. I made it once, and glad I did.

    • mrssea

      thank you Sheryl.. I hope and pray that I make it through the 90 days. There were 11 of us that started this Saturday and they put everyone of the on days or afternoons except me and they put me on a 6pm-2:30 am possibly 4:30 am. They know I am not a night person and I wake up at 9 am regardless of what time I get off work. I get approx. 4-4.5 hrs. asleep a night. For the last 2 years as a PSE I have requested to be put on an earlier shift if possible but every time they made the schedule or changed PSE start times they would leave mine the same and tell me “if I don’t like it then quit”! They have been trying to get me to quit for over 2 years. It is their way of making my life a living H*!!. and hoping I will quit. Now that I am a career with a 90 day probationary period that just gives them the opportunity to find a reason to get rid of me. I am sick at my stomach

  • sheryl

    mrssea,
    Just make it through you 90 days the best you can. Everybody has to make through the 90 days probation, no matter what to become a career person. Once your in, your in. Don’t call in sick, miss work, etcetera. Be on your best behavior, count the days to the end. Do whatever it takes to make it. Sounds like on flip side, your in a great position. Some things can be out of you control, but as long as you do the best you can, great. If you get injured past 90 days, you can go on OWCP to protect yourself from PO saying they have no work when they do. PO will often tell employees they have no work for them if they get injured and are not covered for on the job injury (OWCP) just so they can get rid of them and / or give them a hard time. . Good luck.

    • mrssea

      Thank you Sheryl

  • robert

    the union is full of fake and lazy people who are weak and have very little power