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Resolution Opposing Privatization of the Postal Service Introduced in Congress

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07/19/2018 - On July 16, a leading group of Congressional representatives took action to help combat a proposal to privatize the Postal Service. The proposal, put forward by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in their report Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, would “restructure the U.S. Postal Service” and “prepare it for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.”  ?

APWU thanks the bipartisan group of representatives for introducing House Resolution 993 in response to this attack. The resolution calls on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and not be subject to privatization. 

The resolution was introduced by Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and co-sponsored by Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL), Don Young (R-AK), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH).

“We will fight back against any attempt to privatize the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This is yet another attempt by corporate interests to pad their pockets and rob the public of affordable and universal mail delivery.”

Members of Congress will be starting their summer recess in August.  “We urge all APWU members to meet with your representative and express the urgency of them becoming a co-sponsor of this resolution and oppose the privatization of the Postal Service,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard.

You can reach your Congressional representative by dialing 1-844-402-1001.

 


Oct 16, 2018

Significant Payroll Issue Identified

WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
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10/16/2018 - This morning the APWU became aware that the Postal Service identified a computer glitch with the payroll system that will affect nearly 90,000 APWU represented bargaining unitemployees. The APWU immediately contacted the USPS about the issue and will continue to monitor the situation until it is corrected. The discrepancies in pay for employees is for pay period 21 2018 (September 29-October 12, 2018, pay date October 19, 2018). Employees should review their pay stubs for pay period 21 and verify if there is any missing pay. 

Additional information will be reported when it is available.


Oct 16, 2018

From: Vance Zimmerman
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:24 AM
To: Resident Officers <ResidentOfficers@apwu.org>; Regional Coordinators <RegionalCoordinators@apwu.org>; NBAs <NBAs@apwu.org>
Subject: Latest information regarding the payroll issue

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I just received the below information from management . I will keep you updated with the information  as soon as I receive it.

 Vance

Regarding the payroll issue you contacted me about this morning, nearly 90,000 individuals, all APWU bargaining unit employees, are anticipated to be impacted by a payroll error this week.  The individuals will fall into three categories:

  1. Individual will receive no pay
  2. Individual will receive only one week’s pay
  3. Individual will receive the base pay, but no overtime

It is unknown at this time how many individuals fall into each category and the locations.  Those affected individuals will be provided the option to receive a salary advance at their local office.  I’ll provide more details about the situation and solution as I receive it.

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

1300 L Street, NW

Washington, DC  20005-4128

Tel:  202.842.4273 | Fax:  202.371.0992


Sep 24, 2018

National Negotiations Update

APWU and Postal Management Agree to Extend Negotiations Deadline until October 20, 2018

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09/21/2018 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service have agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for 30 days.

Our current union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expired Thursday, September 20, 2018.

The APWU and postal management have engaged in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) since June 26, 2018. Three months of frequent negotiation sessions and a last 10-day stretch of intense “round-the-clock” discussions identified important issues that the union believes deserve more time to discuss and explore before declaring an impasse and ending negotiations for a voluntary agreement.

“Our goal is to reach a negotiated settlement that can be voted on by the members” declared President and lead negotiator Mark Dimondstein. “National Negotiations are always challenging. At this point in time it is in the best interest of the members to stay at the bargaining table rather than declare a hard and fast impasse.”

Once an impasse is declared, the parties enter the phase of mediation and binding interest arbitration. In an interest arbitration, after both the union and management sides make their presentations and arguments, the final decisions regarding our future conditions of employment is determined by an arbitrator.

The goals of the APWU remain consistent as the union is “fighting today for a better tomorrow” and include:  Fair wage increases, COLA, job security including maintaining no lay-off protections, bridging the gaps of the divisive three-tier wage structure, addressing concerns of hostile work environments, seeking better career and full-time opportunities for both PSEs and PTFs, and expanded postal services.

“Postal workers deserve the respect and dignity, recognition for their dedication and hard work, that comes with a decent union contract,” said Dimondstein. “We will continue this just fight over the next 30 days.”

“Negotiations are fluid, changes can happen quickly and we remain optimistic that together we have the power as unionized workers to win a decent union contract,” shared chief spokesperson and Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman. “Keep the contract campaign going strong and continue to send management the message that we are united in our demand for a good union contract.”

All the rights, benefits and provisions of our existing union contract remain in place, and are fully enforceable during the 30-day extension of negotiations.


Sep 19, 2018

Our campaign kicks off Oct. 8--pledge to join us!

Pledge to Join the Fight to Defend the PUBLIC Postal Service

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09/17/2018 - Pledge to join the fight!

Beginning October 8, we'll be taking action in person, online and on the phones to defend our PUBLIC post office and preserve this national treasure. Click here to learn more about our first actions and download flyers for your worksite and community!. Pledge to take action by filling out the form below, and we'll keep you posted on ways you can help stop the privatizers from selling off the USPS. 

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Aug 13, 2018

APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using Leave Without Pay to Campaign

WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
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08/08/2018 - APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions.

In his award on August 6, 2018, the arbitrator upheld the APWU’s challenge to the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to the leave program that put the burden of managing LWOP requests on employees, rather than supervisors. The award protects employees’ right to request LWOP to volunteer through their union to participate in important political activities, like the upcoming November elections.   

Postal employees have the legal right to campaign and participate in politics, subject to limits under the federal Hatch Act. The APWU challenged policy changes the Postal Service made that potentially restricted postal employees’ legal right to campaign on their own time away from work.

The Postal Service’s changes arose out of a complaint in 2016 about letter carriers participating in the AFL-CIO Labor 2016 program. The Office of Special Counsel found that postal managers mishandled valid employee leave requests, and the Postal Service reacted by unilaterally changing the leave rules to protect its managers, at the expense of employees being subject to discipline and prosecution for how they filled out leave request forms. The APWU immediately challenged the USPS changes, and the National Association of Letter Carriers and National Postal Mail Handlers Union both intervened and joined us in the dispute.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein commented that “this is what workers in a union do – make management respect their legal rights.”  He went on to note that “process matters, and we earn process and have a real voice when we come together, both in bargaining and in politics.”

At the arbitration hearing, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman testified that the Postal Service made the changes without contractually required notification or discussion with the APWU, in violation of the Postal Service’s commitments in the APWU National Agreement. The arbitrator sustained the union’s position and rejected the Postal Service’s claim that OSC’s allegations of managerial misconduct under the Hatch Act was a legal decision allowing the Postal Service to ignore its bargaining commitments to the APWU. 

The arbitrator ordered the Postal Service to rescind the changes immediately and restore the previous leave rules unless it proposes changes that comply with the National Agreement.

Attachments
 Hatch Act and LWOP Award (272.91 KB)

Aug 06, 2018

Special Enrollment Period:

PSEs for the USPS Health Benefits Plan

WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
75-2018

08/03/2018 - On July 30, 2018, the Postal Service notified the APWU that there will be a special enrollment period for PSEs to enroll in the USPS Health Benefits Plan.  The enrollment period will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 4, 2018.  Coverage will become effective on October 13, 2018.

This special enrollment is being conducted in accordance with the settlement agreementRE: Workforce Benefits Fund.  The settlement calls for the Postal Service to make additional contributions to USPS Health Benefits Plan for self plus one and family enrollments for PSEs.  With these changes, it is necessary for the Service to offer eligible PSEs the opportunity to enroll.

Each eligible PSE will be receiving a letter from the Postal Service giving enrollment deadlines, enrollment methods, and plan premiums.  The letter will instruct the employees to go the https://liteblue.usps.gov/uspshbp to learn about the plan.  Enrollment will be through PostalEASE via liteblue, self-service kiosks in some offices, or by calling the HRSSC at 1-877-477-3273.

This enrollment is for the USPS non-career health benefits plan and should not be confused with the APWU Consumer Driven Option (CDO) plan.  Enrollment will not be open for the APWU CDO plan during this special enrollment.

PSEs are eligible for enrollment in the APWU CDO plan after completing their first 360-day appointment.  PSEs may enroll in the APWU CDO plan within 60 days of being appointed to a second term as a PSE or during regular Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) open season held in November and December of each year after meeting eligibility requirements.

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