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August 20, 2018
Clerk seeking mutual swap
Jada Madison
FTR Clerk - Bay Station, Brooklyn
Clerk Craft Seniority - November, 2014
Seeking Mutual Swap to Suffolk County (Middle Island Area if possible)

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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.

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. As part of the last contract, the Union was able to get the Postal Service to fund the following, and due to continued vigilance, has now gotten this enacted.

                                 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT     BETWEEN THE



Re: Workforce Benefits Fund, Case Number Q10C-4Q-C 15215794

In accordance with the terms of this Settlement Agreement, the parties agree to a full and final resolution and remedy of pending disputes involving the Workforce Benefits Fund in the above-referenced national level case, and grievances held pending the outcome of the issues in the above-referenced national level case as follows:

  1. The Postal Service will make a bi-weekly contribution equal to 65% of the total premium for any Postal Support Employee (PSE) who wishes to participate in the USPS Non-career Health Care Plan (USPS Plan) for either self plus one or family coverage during a PSE's initial year of PSE employment. After the PSE's first year of employment, the Postal Service will make a bi-weekly contribution equal to 75% of the total premium for either self plus one or family coverage. Any PSE wishing to make their health care contribution on a pre-tax basis will be required to make an election to do so in accordance with applicable procedures.

After an initial appointment for a 360-day term and upon reappointment to another 360-day term, any eligible non-career PSE who wants to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program on a pretax basis will be required to make an election to do so in accordance with applicable procedures. The total cost of any FEHB plan is the responsibility of the PSE, except as provided below.

The Postal Service will make a contribution in the amount of 75% of the total premium for any eligible PSE who selects an APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan option.

  1. On an annual basis, PSEs who are assigned as PSE Sales/Service & Distribution Associates, SSDA D/A 81-4, who have met the criteria listed below, will be eligible to purchase Type 2 uniforms as outlined in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Section 933.2, with the same allowance as provided to eligible career retail clerks by Article 26.2.A of the National Agreement:

  1. Completed ninety (90) work days, or have been employed for one hundred twenty (120) calendar days, whichever comes first;
  2. Successfully completed required training; and
  3. Meet the requirements of the ELM, Section 932.11.g, which includes, "Retail personnel ... whose official assignment at a retail counter is for minimum of 4 hours daily for 5 days a week on a continuing basis or for not less than 30 hours a week."

If a PSE SSDA, who has met the above criteria, is subsequently assigned to a different PSE job title, and/or no longer meets the requirements of ELM 932.11.g, stated in part c above, he/she will no longer be eligible for the uniform program.

Any PSE who has received an allowance of up to $126 under Article 26.4 of the 2015-2018 National Agreement will receive the difference between the new allowance and the allowance previously received for 2018.

PSEs will receive the additional uniform credit authorized by Article 26.2.B with their first uniform allowance following conversion to career status.

The above-referenced uniform purchases are reimbursed by the Postal Service directly to the vendor.

  1. PSEs shall be paid overtime for work performed only after eight (8) hours on duty in any one service day or forty (40) hours in any one service week. Overtime pay for PSEs is to be paid at the rate of one and one-half (1-1/2) times the basic hourly straight time rate.

4.Articles 8.4.C, 8.4.E, and 8.4.F of the 2015-2018 National Agreement, related to penalty overtime, will apply to PSEs. Excluding December, PSEs will receive penalty overtime pay for all work in excess of ten (10) hours in a service day or fifty-six (56) hours in a service week. Wherever two or more overtime or premium rates may appear applicable to the same hour or hours worked by a PSE, there shall be  no pyramiding or adding together of such overtime or premium rates and only the higher of the PSE's applicable rates shall apply.

Items 3 and 4 of this Settlement Agreement do not alter any other provisions of Article 8 related to overtime.

  1. Any PSE employee who is scheduled to work and who reports to work in a post office or facility with 200 or more workyears of employment shall be guaranteed four (4) hours of work or pay.

  1. The effective date of provisions outlined in items 1-5 of this Settlement Agreement will be as soon as practicable, but no more than 120 days from the signing of this agreement.

  1. The Workforce Benefits, Employment Opportunities, Training and Education Fund (Fund), as outlined in item 7 of the March 11, 2011 initialed Memorandum of Agreement between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, is terminated with the signing of this Settlement Agreement. In consideration of items 1-5 above, as well as the existing health benefits the Postal Service provides to PSEs, the parties recognize that the purpose and intent of the Fund has been satisfied. By signing this Settlement Agreement, the APWU hereby releases and waives any and all further claims against the Postal Service with regard to the Fund.

Except as provided herein, it is understood by the parties that this Agreement is a full and final resolution of the grievance and disputes set forth in national case #01 0C-4O-C 15215794.



Doug A. Tulino

Vice President Labor Relations United States Postal Service


Mark Dimondstein


American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO


Date:                                                                             Date:

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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
APWU Legislative Update
The Staples Dirty Deal is over!!!
We Won!! The USPS and Staples Deal is Over! WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  01-2017 01/05/2017 - Rallying in El Cerrito, CA.  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.
Long Island NY Area Local Constitution Changes
Farewell to Jeff Kehlert
Health Plan Special Enrollment Period for Non Career

For all PSEs and non career employees!!

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.

To see this information, click here.

Health Plan for PSEs less than a year on job
For more information, visit the member resource page. You must be a union member to access the page, and register on the website.
Year end recap
Postal Service delays payments
Our members Rally!!
OIG and Postal Passport Acceptance
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NLRB Decision on Staples
Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
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.
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

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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Boycott Staples
Let Staples know we will not sit by while they take our jobs!! Click on the link to get a downloadable flyer!
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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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