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Clerk Craft Seniority - November, 2014
Seeking Mutual Swap to Suffolk County (Middle Island Area if possible)

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Defensive Driving Class Scheduled

The Long Island NY Area Local is pleased to announce another Defensive Driving Class. It is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Union Hall.  You must call to reserve your seat.  The cost of this class is $31.00 per person. This is a first come, first serve event for members and their families. Make checks out to Long Island Area Local.

Conversions to Full Time

In addition to the conversion of PSEs, Long Island Area Local have had numerous conversions of PTF to Full Time positions. These are the result of continuous and vigorous protecting of jobs against managements improper reversions and bid abolishments.

More PSE Conversions

Effective July 21,2018, we have successfully had 177 PSEs converted to career status in the Northeast Area. Long Island Local PSEs have been converted to full time career status and PTF positions. These conversions are due to the hard work and vigilance of the Long Island Area officers.

Contract Negotiations Begin

Contract negotiations begin today!! Check out the Action center on the Home page. Wear your Union gear. Be ready for an action call. You, the member, are an integral part of the process.

Hartos ABA Scholarship

Available now is an application for a scholarship of $1000.00 for your graduating high school senior. In honor of Tom Hartos, Michael Tosches, and Eugene Johnson, the ABA (Accident Benefit Association) offers this opportunity.

APWU Sholarships! Apply Now!

Eligibility ? Applicants must be a senior attending high school or other secondary school. ? Applicants must be a child, grandchild, stepchild, or legally adopted child, of a current, retired, or deceased APWU member. ? Note: Relatives of APWU elected national officers are not eligible.

Stop the White House Plan to Privatize the Post Office

During some office visits, and in speaking with some members, the question has come up of 'what does privatization of the Postal Service mean? How does it affect me?'  If one member has that question, probably numerous members have the same question. How do we educate our members and the public we serve?

The following is provided by the National Union to help explain briefly what privatization means.

It is up to each of us to fully understand what privatization means, and how we can educate the public, our friends and families, and our elected officials. Take the time to read, grasp, and be able to educate.  YOUR job depends on it.

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

Mark Dimondstein, President

Judy Beard, Legislative & Political Director


STOP the White House Plan to Privatize USPS



For years, conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation have advocated for the privatization of the Postal Service. Now, we are seeing their efforts pay off. Recently, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget issued a report directly calling for the privatization of the Postal Service. The proposal, 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.”

                                                                  What Does Privatization Mean?

  • Privatization means the end of our publicly owned and operated United States Postal Service, to be replaced in part by private corporate interests.
  • Privatization means the elimination of our jobs and our livelihoods. Further, it jeopardizes the future of our hard- earned retirement and healthcare benefits.
  • Privatization means the end of Universal Service.


What Is Universal Service?

Universal Service is the key difference between our public United States Postal Service and any private company intended to replace it.

Universal Service is the Postal Service’s mandate to, “bind the nation together through the personal, educational, literary and business correspondence of the people.” Fulfilling its mission enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the Postal Service provides affordable, reliable, and timely mail service to all Americans regardless of their health or wealth, who they are or where they live.

Universal Service is not a mission a private corporation will adhere to. Driven by its profit motive, a private company will not deliver a letter from Miami to Anchorage for 50 cents.


The Stakes

Privatizing the Postal Service and eliminating its Universal Service mandate will have a very real and very negative impact on those who depend on affordable, reliable mail delivery. It means cuts to service for millions of Americans, particularly those in rural areas and inner cities. As the White House Report highlights, privatization can mean hiked postage rates and the end of timely service and door delivery.

This White House plan is a wake-up call to every postal worker and APWU member. The threats of postal privatization, the threats to decent union jobs, the threats to good services, are real.

The American Postal Workers Union stands with the people of this country and our many allies in the ongoing fight to ensure a vibrant public Postal Service for generations to come.


Contact the APWU Legislative and Political Department at (202) 842-4211 for more information A complete list of APWU Legislative Priorities is available at

APWU National Convention

The Long Island NY Area Local was represented at the APWU National Convention by the delegates elected by our membership: Ron Peebles, Mike Puterio, Clif Johnson, and Rich Abromavitch.

The convention was honored with speakers from various areas of the labor movement, from sister locals, and the AFL-CIO.  It was also noteworthy in that this year marked the 50th Anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike. This historic strike, known as the "I am a man" strike, came at the height of Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.  It is also during this strike that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.   The delegation was honored to have speakers who were at the heart of the strike.

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It was an honor to hear these men speak of the horrific conditions in which they worked, of the sacrifice they made, and of the support of the Union movement during those difficult times.

Perry Gershon at the Union Hall

Democratic Candidate for the First Congressional District Perry Gershon has been endorsed by the New York State AFL-CIO. Mr. Gershon made this announcement at the Thomas Hartos Union Hall, home of the Long Island NY Area Local, APWU. The Long Island NY Area Local was proud to be the site of this announcement.

Left to right: Area Representative Angela Bennett, President Peter Furgiuele, Perry Gershon, National Business Agent Peter Coradi, Long Island NY Area Local Secretry Rich Golini.  Not pictured: Local Executive Vice President Michelle Nadeau.

Final COLA of 2015 Contract

Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced


08/10/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.

The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases.

This is the seventh and final cost-of-living adjustment under the 2015-2018 contract:

  • $0.00 The first COLA would have been effective Sept. 5, 2015
  • $0.00 The second COLA would have been effective March 5, 2016.
  • $21.00 The third COLA was effective Sept. 3, 2016.
  • $333.00 The fourth COLA was effective March 18, 2017.
  • $270.00 The fifth COLA increase effective Sept. 2, 2017.
  • $520.00 The sixth COLA effective March 3, 2018.
  • $645.00 The seventh COLA effective Sept. 1, 2018.

The COLAs received during the 2015-2018 CBA will total $1,789 per year.

Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, but had five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract. PSEs received a pay increase of 21 cents on May 26, 2018.

Updated pay scales are available.

Benefits for PSEs
As if PSEs (or any employee represented by APWU) needed any additional reasons to belong to the American Postal Workers Union, these additional benefits and rights exacted for PSEs demonstrate how hard, and continuous, APWU works for their members.
Contract Actions Now!!!
TAKE ACTION NOW FOR YOUR JOB! YOUR BENEFITS! YOUR PAY! The contract between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 - less than four months from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment.
Postal Service Unilaterally Changes Safety Program
Not surprisingly, the Postal Service has once again unilaterally changed a program within the job. This time, the Postal Service has changed the safety program, essentially ridding themselves of safety captains, local safety and health committees, and the nuisance (to managers) form 1767 report of safety problems. This action seeks to circumvent the Union's and long standing practices.
Local Dues Increase
General Membership Overwhelmingly Votes to Increase Local Dues At the February 25, 2018 General Membership meeting, the members present voted overwhelmingly to increase the Local union dues.
APWU prevails again!!! The excessing event we have been under since last June has been lifted!!! Thanks to the tireless efforts and extraordinary work of our National and Regional officers, we are no longer under an Article 12 freeze.  Congratulations and thanks go out to all of our officers who have made this possible.
Congress inching toward taking money out of your pocket
On Thursday, Oct. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance its 2018 budget resolution. This resolution is a broad measure that designates government spending with far-reaching implications, including enormous cuts to postal and federal workers, as well as America’s social safety net, while providing tax cuts for the wealthy.
Take Action! Your Retirement and Job at Stake!!
APWU members made 5,000 calls during our call-in Day of Action to fight the House Budget Proposal, but our fight is not over. This Wednesday, Oct. 4, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on their 2018 Budget Proposal. NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. Let your Representative know that their constituents are deeply concerned. CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW.
URGENT ACTION ALERT: Affordable Care Act Repeal is Back! WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  88-2017 09/19/2017 - This week, the U.S. Senate is working on their newest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, is gaining steam, and Senators are hoping to bring it to a vote by September 30.
Postal News Briefs
Postal  NeWs·Briefs The Postal Service reported in August a net loss of $2.1 billion for the third quarter of 2017, an increase in net loss of $573 million, compared to the same quarter last year.
Steward Flash Report
For Your Future, Contact Congress
CALL 844-402-1001  to tell your Member of Congress  How You Really Feel  About the House Budget  Before the summer recess, the House Budget Committee advanced its Fiscal Year 2018  budget resolution which includes an outright assault on postal and federal workers.
Download: Summer Action Flyer.pdf
Contract 2018 Preparation
APWU Contract 2018 “We’re Fired Up! Ready to Go!     Hopefully, you have received the attached important letter from President Dimondstein about the beginning of our 2018 Contract Campaign, the Slogan contest, and the contest forms.
Fighting Back
Update on the Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  70-2017 07/20/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
Long Island District does it again
On July 19, 2017 Long Island District reduced the number of identified Excessed Post Offices from the Original 88 Post Offices to 68 Post Offices, and the number of employees to be Excessed from 188 to 137. Although this is a step in the right direction the APWU will continue to press both Regional and District Management Officials that their numbers are still bogus, inflated and in violation of the APWU - USPS National Agreement.  
Peter Furgiuele, President
For more information, log onto the website and go to Members Home
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED!! YOUR ACTION, YOUR JOB, YOUR PAY!!! Join the APWU in a Day of Action on July 18th to Fight the White House’s Budget Proposal Speak Up to Protect Your Job and Your Retirement.
A small documentary from PBS

From our friends at the AFL-CIO

The Labor Wire

July 12, 2017

In the midst of a stormy political summer, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers are staying focused on good jobs with a short documentary produced by PBS and narrated by James Earl Jones called “Made in America.” Check it out. The labor movement will never rest in our fight to make the American dream real for all workers.

Postal Service attack on our jobs
MEMBERS ALERT -     MEMBERS ALERT Dear Sisters & Brothers, Posta l Management has officially notified the APWU of their intentions to excess at least 188 employees from 88 different post offices represented by our Local. To see the complete list of offices and the number of employees affected visit our Local Web-Site (see enclosed  information).
Unions Stand Together Against Postal Service Jobs Attack
My job is safe. NOT!
So you thought you had a job, eh? A good job. Good days off, good hours.  Seniority has its privileges, eh?  You’re a senior lead clerk, level 7, do the tasks you want to do.  But do TACS? No, I do not want to do that. Station inputs? No, let them find some junior clerk to do that.  In fact, let management do that work.

Q and A on the Bills Pending before Congress
Get the Facts Postal Reform Questions & Answers WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  34-2017 04/10/2017 - In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis.
Washington Post Has it Wrong
WASHINGTON POST GETS IT WRONG By AGAFebruary 16, 2017Recent News14 Comments 6    Response to Washington Post Editorial Board’s “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” February 13, 2017.
Long Island NY Area Local Constitution Changes
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.
Someone Else Died

APWU Stands up for Safe Jobs

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.

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The Postal Service is again urging workers to take a survey, called PULSE. Just like the VOE, the Union urges members to boycott this survey.
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