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!

APWU: Tentative Agreement Reached on Nurses’ Contract

apwulogoAPWU Web News Article #057-14, April 1, 2014

The APWU has reached a Tentative Agreement with the USPS on a Collective Bargaining Agreement covering postal nurses. “The tentative contract resolves all the articles that were in dispute,” said Support Services Craft Director Steve Brooks.  “It will provide new benefits and will clarify working conditions for postal nurses represented by the National Postal Professional Nurses Local, APWU,” he said. In addition, as a result of an Occupational Health Nurse Business Plan, management will post 38 new positions, Brooks said. Continue reading

APWU: Maintenance Memo Outlines Steps for PSE Conversion to Career

APWU Web News Article #055-14, March 29, 2014

apwulogoA March 28 agreement with the USPS [PDF] outlines the procedure for the conversion of Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees to career, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The Memorandum of Understanding is a follow-up to an agreement signed by President Mark Dimondstein on March 20 that outlines the procedure for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Motor Vehicle and Maintenance Crafts, which will lead to the conversion of PSEs.

“The opportunity to secure a career position is of critical importance to PSEs, who are always at risk of being released due to lack of work,” Raymer said. “I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement that will give Maintenance Craft PSEs the opportunities and upward mobility they deserve.”

Union Wins Call Center Pay Case; Clerks to Be Upgraded Two Levels

APWU Web News Article 123-2013, Nov. 1, 2013

In a decision issued Oct. 28 [PDF], Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the USPS must upgrade all Customer Care Agents two levels and must make them whole for all pay and benefits they lost as a result of the improper ranking of their positions.

“This is a tremendous victory for the APWU and for all the Customer Care Agents,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey.

More than 1,100 employees hired at three Customer Care Centers pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Clerk Craft Jobs will be upgraded from Level 4, 5 and 6 to Level 6, 7 and 8. ”This was a 100% victory,” said Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk. Continue reading