New Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6
Retroactive Pay Expected Nov. 4
According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced.
Retroactive pay for the period from Nov.
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Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle. The boycott against Staples is over!
“I salute and commend every member and supporter who made this victory possible,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “I never doubted that if we stayed the course, stuck together and kept the activist pressure on, we would win this fight.”
APWU Sprung Into Action
“The Staples pilot was an acceleration in the privatization of retail services and a direct assault on our jobs,” said Dimondstein. “It was time to draw a line in the sand.”
“We wasted no time swinging into action,” Dimondstein continued.
Early in 2014, the Stop Staples campaign started to put pressure on Staples and the USPS. On April 24, 2014, APWU members staged a country-wide National Day of Action with 56 Stop Staples protests in 27 states. After this, the APWU launched the official Staples Boycott.
The APWU delegates to the 2014 National Convention reaffirmed the Stop Staples fight, authorizing necessary resources for the campaign. A thousand delegates took to the streets in front of a Staples store in downtown Chicago, IL, proclaiming, “The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale!”
“If Staples was going to take our work and jobs for their private profit, we were going to hit back and affect their bottom line,” Dimondstein explained. The APWU launched StopStaples.com where tens of thousands pledged to join the boycott. The union also engaged in a postcard campaign which resulted in over 100,000 postcards delivered to Staples’ CEO.
The fight continued for another two and a half years, but APWU members did not give up. Constant pressure was maintained, especially in Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Protesters held signs and distributed leaflets in front of Staples stores across the country. APWU members and supporters spoke with prospective Staples customers and answered questions about what the protest was about and why they should not shop there. Many customers chose to respect the boycott.
In February 2015, the APWU released two research papers critical of Staples’ proposed $5.5 billion merger with Office Depot and met with the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) examining the merger. The FTC eventually blocked the merger and Staples was forced to pay a $250 million penalty to Office Depot.
The APWU carried out investigations that proved Staples was shortchanging the Postal Service in revenue, undermining the security of the mail and trashing the Postal Service’s brand. The union requested a USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation that further proved these facts. The APWU won a series of cases before the National Labor Relations Board culminating in a recent Administrative Law Judge’s decision that said the USPS failed to bargain with the union over the subcontracting of postal work to Staples.
“This is not only a victory regarding the Staples’ dirty deal,” Dimondstein said. “In regards to the USPS’s planned retail privatization expansion to dozens of other corporations, those companies have largely backed-off and gotten the message – mess with postal workers and customers and you will have to tangle with the APWU family!”
“With the Staples deal out of the way, there is a fresh opportunity for postal management and the APWU to consider the future expansion and improvement of retail operations without these misguided privatization schemes that undermine great service, good jobs, and a strong postal brand.” President Dimondstein said.
President Dimondstein applauds “the many local and state organizations that joined in the fight; our retiree and auxiliary chapters who stepped up with enthusiasm; APWU National officers and staff who stayed the course; and especially the many Stop Staples activists, active and retired, career and non-career, who worked day-in and day-out to see this struggle through and were the heart and soul of the campaign.
“A job well-done, Sisters and Brothers!” said Dimondstein. “The struggle continues and this victory helps strengthen and steel us for the battles ahead.”
The seven changes to the Long Island, NY Area Local, APWU were approved by an average of 3 to 1. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2017.
The voting was as follows:
Change: 1 175 42
Change: 2 166 51
Change: 3 172 45
Change: 4 175 42
Change: 5 175 45
Change: 6 170 47
Change: 7 174 43
Thank you to all who participated and voted!!
Farewell to Jeff Kehlert
Jeff Kehlert falls short of his quest for National Vice President of APWU
Jeff Kehlert, whom our local endorsed for Vice President, fell short of his quest for the office of National APWU Vice President. For now, that means Jeff will no longer be representing the members of our great union. It is a loss that will be greatly missed. Read More...
National Union Election Results
Official Results in Election of Union Officers
Dimondstein Scores Overwhelming Victory; His Team Wins Decisively
(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast. Read More...
Arbitration Award Announced!
We Have a New Union Contract!
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
07/08/2016 - The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract. Read More...
A special enrollment period for the USPS Health Plan is now open. We encourage any PSE who desires to enroll to review the information and process as soon as possible. The enrollment period ends June 30, 2016.
Year end recap The Long Island NY Area Local, APWU, in conjunction with its outstanding National Business Agents, has been very busy this year, and achieved great successes. The Local has won thousands of dollars, saved members hundreds of dollars, created many jobs, and got many PSEs converted to career. For more details, go to the Member Resource page.
Postal Service delays payments
Global settlement payout......delayed
Unfortunately the USPS did not complete the process for payment of the 1.6.B Global settlement payment in time for Christmas. According to several e-mail threads since Thanksgiving, the USPS’ programmers have attempted on several occasions to upload the payment, however, they have not been successful. Read More...
Our members Rally!!
Long Island Area Local Rallies for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!
Members of the Long Island Area Local outside the
Mid-Island general mail facility
Photo credit: James Carbone
More than 150 members of the Long Island Area Local and their supporters rallied for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract. Read More...
OIG and Postal Passport Acceptance
USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities
Posted courtesy of 21st Century Postal Worker
The U.S. Postal Service accepts passport applications at over 5,000 post offices nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Postal Service agreed to accept passport applications for a minimum of 5 hours per day. Read More...
I Stand With Postal Workers!!
KEEP GETTING “I Stand with Postal Workers” POSTCARDS SIGNED
As we move to mediation and possibly to arbitration, the role of rank-and-file members’ remains critical, as well the need to let Postmaster Megan Brennan know that the people of this country share our goals: Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract. Read More...
Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
An important and overlooked part of the pending collapse of the American middle class is the path our children have been forced to take. The American Dream of education leading to middle class and more is becoming a nightmare. The result, quite often, of higher education is becoming debt and a limited number of jobs, many of which pay less than middle class wages. Read More...
03/02/2015 - The APWU and USPS are facing off over management’s latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey.
“The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse – and any other employee opinion survey – despite management notices that say otherwise,” said President Mark Dimondstein. A Feb. Read More...
In a typical example of corporate disdain and disregard for unions, their employees, and the compesation they deserve, Cablevision has gone to new lengths to get rid of a union, and pay their employees less than they deserve.
Brooklyn technical workers voted to unionize through the CWA three years ago. In that time, Cablevision has refused to negotiate a fair contract with the CWA, arguing that by paying those workers compensation comparable to technicians in other locales, it would be unfair to non-union workers. They have also allegedly threatened to withhold raises unless the group votes to decertify the CWA, without ever negotiating a fair contract. A typical representation of the attitude of big business in today's climate.
Were you fooled?
Staples and the Postal Service may have "terminated" the name of their privatization program, but they have not ended their nefarious plans. As Northease Regional Co-ordinator John Dirzius relates, "As you remember back on July 14 Staples announced that the company terminated its no-bid deal with the U.S. Read More...
The American Postal Workers Union continually fights for safe jobs. The Postal Service, as we all know, is not the safest place to work. Learn what we can do to keep ourselves safe, and what the Union is doing to help keep us safe. For more information, click here.
Money on the table
For those Long Island NY Area Locals who have been paying attention, or have been on the receiving end, the members of this local have won thousands of dollars for various violations of our contract in their offices. Almost quarterly, many of our members receive checks for several hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.
On February 27, democratic candidate Anna Throne-Holst celebrated opening her Medford office in her quest for the First Congressional District seat. Currently engaged in a primary, Throne-Holst has earned the endorsement of the Long Island NY Area Local, APWU in her quest to unseat Tea Party republican Lee Zeldin.
In attendance was our National Business Agent Pete Coradi, Local President Peter Furgiuele, Area Representatvies Don Papa and Rich Abramovitch. NBA Coradi introduced Ms. Throne-Holst at the event. Also in attendance was former Congressman Tim Bishop.
Rage Against the Machines Tom Morello is an active union supporter. Listen to his song "Union Town" here.
Let Staples know we will not sit by while they take our jobs!! Click on the link to get a downloadable flyer!