It has come to our attention that a large number of emails are being returned, inhibiting our ability to communicate with you, the members. If you have not received an email message in the past two weeks, please do the following:
If you have used your USPS email, the system will reject the Union's email. Please use your private email. Rest assured we do not share your email with anyone, especially marketers.
If you have used a private email, make sure that our emails are not being placed in your spam folder. Mark the emails as not spam, or place in the white list.
Check the email in your profile, and make sure it is entered correctly.
Timely communication is integral to our mission, to keep you, the member informed. Please help us help you.
For any career employees seeking to transfer to the maintenance craft, applications for in house transfers are now open. Please consult your managers for the details. You should have received a service talk on this.
The applications are open now, and are due January 27, 2020. If you are interested, act quickly.
A note from our NBA Pete Coradi:
Just a friendly heads up.
These Group Retirement Seminars are in fact off-the-clock as management notes in the advertisement.
However, what they do not note is that as per ELM 589, individual telephonic retirement counseling is in fact on-the-clock.
Message from President Dimondstein
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Happy New Year to you all. It promises to be an important year in the life of our union and our movement as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike, anticipate a new contract, engage in vital struggles over the future of the Postal Service and organize for important elections in the fall. Read More...
Happy New Year!!! Here's to hoping that everyone had a fantastic, fun filled, and safe holiday season. All of our members toiled hard during this holiday season, working long hours, often starting at midnight to accept Amazon drops. You all deserve a round of applause.
2019 was a challenging year, and 2020 will be no less challenging. Attacks on our jobs continue, coming from many directions. Outside the Postal Service, attacks from the right wing privatizers continue, emboldened by an administration that is set on selling off profitable parts of the Postal Service, enacting rules and regulations harmful to workers, and stacking a National Labor Relations Board as anti-union as any I have seen in 39 years. Internally, we have managers from Washington DC down to the Areas, to the Districts, and into the offices, set on harming our jobs, taking away duty assignments, and preventing conversions to full time and conversions to career. In 2020, it is imperative that we all work together to stem the bleeding.
Locally, your Local officers have worked tirelessly and effectively to protect jobs and continue conversions. The Local has stopped numerous reversions with diligent work and an excellent National Business Agent. We must continue these efforts and combine those efforts with the assistance of the membership. All of our members must chip in and help the Local officers protect jobs. This can be done as simply as doing your job correctly, whether it is on the window or the workroom floor. On the window, process transactions properly, carefully, making sure that when you assist a customer, it is properly documented. A sale is documented by the transaction itself, but answering questions, getting hold mail, certified pick ups, etc must be documented. Use the buttons on your computer and show that you are working.
On the workfloor, perform the proper scans, make sure that you sort correctly, and most importantly, do not allow management to perform your work. In level 18 offices, document when your postmaster performs clerk work- sorting mail, accepting mail, performing certain functions on the computer, working the window. Work with your Area Representatives in understanding how and what to document. We have found numerous times that managers are not correctly reporting the hours they actually work, and this hurts all of us, PTFs and FTRs. We have had numerous clerks get paid for managers exceeding their allowed hours. You are the eyes and ears for these violations.
Incorrectly issued discipline continues to be an issue, with management using certain metrics not allowed under the contract. If you are disciplined, make sure you speak with a Union official as soon as possible. Not doing so can result in discipline remaining on your record for two years, and can be relied upon for additional discipline. Most of the time, management does things incorrectly, and discipline can be overturned when it is timely grieved.
We should be getting the arbitrators decision on a Contract soon. We will then know what we will be working under for the next couple of years. We have to accept the terms and conditions of the arbitrators decision, whether we like them or not. What ever results from the decision, let's make sure that we maintain our focus in protecting our jobs.
Make a resolution for 2020. Attend Union meetings, even if it is one a year. The members are the controlling group of the Union, and your voice should be heard. The Union meeting is the place to have it heard. Make 2020 the best year of meeting attendance ever.
Have a great new year!!!!
Please watch the APWU Holdiay Ad and sign the petition!! Let's work together to save our jobs and grow the Postal Service! Click here for the petition!!
Things a Member Should Do
Members, there are several things you should do periodically to protect yourself, and to assist your Union in protecting your rights.
A very important and overlooked task a member should do is periodically review their Official Personnel File. Know what is in your OPF, and if there is something that should not be in there, take action to have it removed. Read More...
Protect your job!! Call your legislator!!!
Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
05/02/2019 - On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 2006. Read More...
APWU Contract Statement
Statement from President Mark Dimondstein to APWU on Status of Collective Bargaining
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
12/21/2018 - The Collective Bargaining Agreement (Union Contract) between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service initially expired on September 20, 2018. Read More...
Urgent Safety Alert
Urgent Safety Alert
Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities.
APWU leaders condemn such criminal acts.
Our members are rightfully deeply concerned for their own well being and that of the public we serve. Read More...
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. Read More...
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. Read More...
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. 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...
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.