Rural carrier contract talks reach impasse

From Postcom:

On May 20, negotiations on a new labor contract between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) came to an impasse. The parties will continue to follow the current agreement until a new contract is reached through the dispute resolution process. The NRLCA represents more than 116,000 employees who deliver mail primarily in rural and suburban areas.

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APWU: Contract Talks Extended, to Focus on Economic Package

05/21/2015 – The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract.

“We were unable to reach a negotiated settlement tonight,” Dimondstein said. “We were too far apart on wages and benefits. But we are going to work hard over the course of the next week to see if we can narrow the differences.”

“The terms of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will continue until a new contract is reached,” he said.  “In the meantime, all the old contractual protections remain in full force and effect.”

If the extended bargaining fails to lead to an agreement, the APWU will seek mediation, Dimondstein said, and proceed to arbitration if attempts to mediate a settlement are unsuccessful.

“We made progress in negotiations on many important work-floor issues,” Dimondstein said, “but in the end, we were unable to negotiate a complete agreement. Management scuttled the prospect of reaching a deal before the deadline by insisting on a permanent, new lower pay scale and reduced benefits for future career employees as well as givebacks in pay and benefits for current career workers.

“The union’s job is to fight for those who are part of the workforce today — both career and non-career — and for those who will be part of the workforce in the months and years ahead,” he said. “If we fail to do that, over time we will undermine the wages and benefits of all our members.”

Keep the Heat On!

Dimondstein praised the activism of APWU members throughout negotiations. “Your actions are having an effect,” he declared. “Management takes note of how many of our members are wearing buttons, stickers and union shirts, and how many members participate in rallies and other events. They take it as a measure of the union’s strength.

“So I urge every member to stay involved and keep the momentum going as we enter a new period in our struggle,” he said.

“Over the last few months, management also took note of the tremendous support we received from our sister postal unions, the labor movement and from civil rights, religious, environmental, good government and women’s organizations. I encourage every member to take our message to your family, friends, neighbors, and the organizations you participate in outside of work,” Dimondstein added.

“The ‘I Stand with Postal Workers’ postcards are a great way to let the Postmaster General know that the people of the country want what we want: Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! Let’s keep collecting signatures,” he said.

“Our struggle continues,” Dimondstein said. “Stay strong, stay united and keep Standing Up and Fighting Back!”

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APWU Asks Members to Wear Union Gear on Wednesday, May 20

From the American Postal Workers Union:

On May 20 – the day our contract expires – show solidarity by wearing APWU-themed gear to work.

That’s the message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“I urge you to wear a union T-shirt, cap, button or sticker. If you can’t get your hands on an APWU item, please wear blue,” he said.

“As the contract clock ticks down, let’s send a message to management that we stand together! Let’s send a message that we won’t stop fighting for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!

Source: Wear Union Gear on Wednesday, May 20 | APWU

APWU: Setting the Record Straight

03/23/2015Three in-depth flyers and a brochure just published by the APWU dispel common misconceptions about the Postal Service.

“With contract negotiations underway, it’s important for union members – and the public – to know the truth about the Postal Service’s phony financial crisis, the threat of privatization, and the potential for expanded and enhanced postal services,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“I encourage union activists to pass out the flyers in break rooms and cafeterias as they discuss the contract campaign with their co-workers,” he said.  Flyers have been mailed to local presidents for distribution.

The information is also available in a brochure format, which can be used when speaking with allies and potential allies. “I hope APWU activists will distribute the brochures at meetings with local labor councils, state federations, community organizations, elected officials, the media, and others,” Dimondstein added.

“APWU members across the country are doing outstanding work – building unity, enthusiasm and activism in our campaign for a good contract. Members are involved at every level of the organization – in Contract Action Teams, locals, state organizations, retiree chapters and the APWU auxiliary,” he pointed out.

“With your continued activism, we will fight to protect our vibrant, public Postal Service for generations to come!”

APWU: Sticker Day Set for Thursday, March 26

From the American Postal Workers Union:

03/23/2015On March 26, APWU members will “Say It With a Sticker.”

“Led by our local and state presidents and our Contract Action Teams, March 26 will be a day to spread the word,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein declared.

“We’ll send a message to management by wearing stickers, and we’ll take our message to the people by passing out flyers at post offices and asking business owners to put posters in their windows supporting ‘Our Public Postal Service.’

So remember, on Thursday, March 26:

  • Wear your sticker!
  • Pass out flyers to the public at post offices.
  • Distribute posters to businesses to display in their windows.

Material has been mailed to local and state presidents for distribution.

Next Town Hall Call: April 6

APWU members are invited to join Dimondstein for a live Contract Town Hall Call on Monday, April 6. Members will receive an update on our fight to win a good contract while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service.

There are two options: 12 p.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT.

To participate, union members must register online by 6 p.m. EDT, April 5. Once you register, all you have to do is answer your phone!