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PENSION RESCUE PLAN UPDATE
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Chintzy Florida losing its movie industry
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Fight For $15 Rally in Kingston
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New study shows prevailing wage has benefits, does not add costs
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Wounded Warriors Leave Act

On November 5, 2015, President Obama signed the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2015, which grants veteran employees with at least 30% disability up to 104 hours of paid leave time off.

For members only

In a continuing effort to further maximize the benefits of being a member of our Union, I am going to be placing more information on the Members page. You will have to be a member, and register for the website to access this information. Solidarity.

Steward Flash report December 2015

Contract update in this months December flash.
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Check your paystubs every payday

Pay check issues Please check your pay stub every Pay Period. there have been many problems with the pau checks of late. 1.   Check for annual leave, sick leave and LWOP hours. 2. Check for overtime hours, including penalty hours.  3. Holiday pay and/or Holiday/AL Leave exchange (lv exchange on the 3971).


General Membership Meeting and Nominatins
A reminder to all of our members, that Sunday, February 21, is our regularly scheduled membership meeting, but due to the weather related cancellation in January, we will be having the nominations of local officers at this meeting. Attend your union meetings!
Contract Arbitration to Begin

Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

Goldberg Selected as ‘Neutral Arbitrator’
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01/12/2016 - Arbitration hearings for a new APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement with the U.S. Postal Service will begin on Feb. 17, President Mark Dimondstein has announced.

The case will be presented to a three-member panel comprised of a union-appointed advocate, a management-appointed advocate, and a neutral arbitrator, who determines the outcome. Under federal law, the APWU and USPS must mutually agree on the neutral arbitrator. 

To show solidarity, union members will wear
stickers on the opening day of arbitration.
Stickers are being mailed to members’ homes. 

Stephen B. Goldberg has been selected as the neutral arbitrator and will preside over the case. Goldberg served as the neutral arbitrator for the 2000-2003 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the last time an APWU contract was decided in arbitration. Since then he has amassed extensive experience as a national-level postal arbitrator. Goldberg will convene a preliminary meeting on Jan. 20 to discuss “ground rules” for the hearing.

Arbitration hearings on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, known as “interest arbitration,” are similar to court cases, with opening and closing statements, witness testimony, cross-examination, presentation of supporting documents, and legal briefs.

Complex Material

Because of the complex nature of the material, the hearings are expected to stretch over numerous sessions, which will be scheduled based on Goldberg’s availability. 

The APWU seeks to win fair wage increases; protect cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs); defend the no-layoff clause; win improvements for Postal Support Employees (PSEs) and Part-Time Flexibles; secure more career jobs; redefine “full-time” so that it again guarantees a 40-hour work week; limit subcontracting, and win better service for our customers. 

Management wants to gut the COLA for current workers and is seeking a new tier in the career workforce that would earn no COLAs; have virtually no protection against layoffs, and face a reduction in annual leave and sick leave. (The APWU currently has a three-tier workforce, consisting of pre-2010 career employees; post-2010 career employees – who earn lower pay than their pre-2010 counterparts – and post-2010 PSEs, who earn even lower pay and fewer benefits.)

APWU’s attorneys will present the union’s case, with testimony from officers, economists, workers and other experts. 

Phil Tabbita, APWU manager of Negotiations Support, will serve as the union-appointed advocate on the panel.

Negotiations began almost a year ago, on Feb. 19, 2015. The 90-day negotiation period ended on May 26, following a one-week extension. The parties engaged in mediation throughout the summer and began identifying possible neutral arbitrators in the fall. Informal talks continued.

‘We’re Ready’

“We began preparing for the possibility of arbitration even before negotiations began,” Dimondstein said. “Our negotiating team, attorneys, and other advocates are ready.”

“We’re fighting for justice – for a strong Postal Service for generations to come and economic justice for postal workers and retirees, today and in the future,” he said.

To show solidarity as APWU members embark on the final step of our contract battle, union members will wear stickers on the opening day of the hearing with the message, “Fighting for Justice.” 

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.
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Our members Rally!!
Long Island Area Local Rallies for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! 11/03/2015 - 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.
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OIG and Postal Passport Acceptance
USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities Posted courtesy of 21st Century Postal Worker 3 1 1 Background 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.
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Bernie Sanders at All Crafts Conference
Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference ‘It Was Electric’ 10/14/2015 - Senator Bernie Sanders Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thrilled APWU members attending the union’s All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 14. “It was electric,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein of the response to Sanders’ speech.
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NLRB Decision on Staples
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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.
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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.
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NO PULSE
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.
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Your value, your contract
What do you value in your life? What is easy to put a value on? Your house, your car, phone, or television?  They all have value, they all have worth. How about yourself? Do you value yourself, your family, your health? Of course you have value. So what are you willing to do to prove that value, your worth? This is a contract year for you, as a postal worker.
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In today's anti-labor world by Mike Puterio

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.

For the whole article, click here.

Someone Else Died
Top Ten Reasons

Similar to Dave Letterman's top ten monologue, the American Postal Workers Union has put together their version. It is called the Top Ten Reasons Members Postal Workers do not attend protests of Staples. Unfortunately, unlike the satirical comedy of Letterman, this parody reflects our members lack of understanding how directly the Staples deal could affect their livelyhood. Look through this list, and see if any have been used by yourself or your co-workers. Then, think about answers to these reasons. Is there really a reason to not fight for your jobs?

See the list here.

Staples
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.
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Breaking information

Here a few links about some things happening with the Postal Service that should be of interest to our members. Click on the links.

http://www.21cpw.com/prc-issues-annual-report-to-the-president-and-congress

http://www.21cpw.com/the-problems-and-promise-of-postal-banking

http://www.21cpw.com/usps-transforms-mystery-shopper-program

Do not let them take your Pulse
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.
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