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My name is Donald Papa. I am running as the long-term incumbent of the position of Area Representative Nassau South.
Began my USPS career 1974 as a clerk in Lynbrook NY
Shop steward since 1980 - 2004.
Held Area Representative position since winning election 1992.
While there are six Area Representatives I have filed well over 50% of the grievances in the local over the years (thousands and thousands), which have resulted in many and mostly positive outcomes and have succeeded in gaining hundreds of thousands of dollars of remuneration for the members in my Area.
I have no doubt that if the election was strictly up to the members in my area who know me and whom I represent, I would win.
NBA Pete Coradi has said many times verbally and in writing that he wishes that he had "ten of me" because of my work ethic.
I have been one of the first union officers to develop and effectively use the National Labor Relation s Board and have filed more than a few charges to gain the legal rights attached to out contractual rights.
There is no good reason that would determine that I should not keep and hold my position except that management would be very happy and the membership suffer.
Not knowing my opponent I cannot speak,but my experience, knowledge, intuitiveness and diligence cannot be replaced so easily by one who does not have the experience that I do.
Please Vote for me.
VOTE LISA ROLAND
AREA REPRESENTATIVE NASSAU SOUTH
Hello Sisters and Brothers:
I am excited to announce my candidacy for Area Representative Nassau South, Long Island Area Local,APWU.
I am honored to have the unanimous support of the Local Executive Board. I know I can be an
asset to this team of dedicated unionists. I am not retired. I am on the workfloor, have worked in several offices, was a PTF for 10 years, and seek to bringhard work and enthusiasm to this important position. I have been a Shop Steward for several years, representing members on multiple issues. I have worked closely with my Area Representative and the
Executive Vice President.
Members deserve strong representation, to be treated with dignity and respect, each member valued as part of a team, not spoken to disrespectfully, and to have their needs considered when a change of schedule is requested.
The incumbent has demonstrated an inability to resolve even the most basic issues for members, causing unnecessary financial burdens to our Local. He has a disturbing lack of ability to work with fellow officers.
With your support, I will energetically represent your interests. I will be part of a great team of local officers.
We have enough problems focusing on managements daily actions. We should not do it alone.
Teamwork is critical to achieving those goals.
I humbly ask for your vote and support, and I will prove you made the best choice in unionism .
Nominations for Local Officers were held Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Hartos Memorial Union Hall. The following officers were nominated, and were unopposed, and will serve a three year term beginning April 1, 2019:
President- Peter Furgiuele
Vice President- Michelle Nadeau
Secretary/Treasurer- Peter Lockwood
Executive Secretary- Richard Golini
Clerk Craft Director- Ronald Peebles
Maintenance Craft Director- Robert Zamora
Area Representative, Nassau North- John Emmel
Area Representative, Nassau Central- Clifton Johnson
Area Representative, Suffolk North- Kevin Ryan
Area Representative, Suffolk Central- Richard Abramovitch
Area Representative, Suffolk South- Angela Bennett
Area Representative, East End- Mike Puterio
Sergeant at Arms- Ann Marie Balsamo
The position of Area Representative, Nassau South is the only contested position. The candidates for this office are Donald Papa and Lisa Roland. More information on this election can be found in the article under Election Rules.
Congratulations to all officers elected to new terms.
The Election Committee for 2019 has met and has established the following Election Rules:
Only bargaining unit members as of January 18, 2019, and any new member with an 1187 (pink form) dated prior to January 18, 2019 shall be eligible to vote in the 2019local election.
Any 1188s as of January 18, 2019 in local office will be ineligible to vote.
Any member not appearing on the Dues Check Off - Pay Period 02-19 (January 18, 2019) shall be declared ineligible to vote as will anyone having a Form 1187 in the union office after 5:00 PM on January 18, 2019.
All ballots shall be mailed to all eligible members no later than March 1, 2019.
All ballots will be color coded.
Directions accompanying the ballots must be adhered to.
All ballots must be returned via US Mail to PO Box 245 Old Bethpage, NY 11804 (in stamped envelope provided).
Hand delivered ballots will not be accepted.
Ballots must be received by 10:00 AM March 18, 2019.
Ballots shall only be released to at least two committee members after 10:00 AM on March 18, 2019.
The Committee will allow for duplicate ballots for those who did not receive or misplaced them.
Duplicate ballots will be identified as duplicates on the business reply envelope.
Duplicate ballots will be given to Long Island NY Area Local President Pete Furgiuele twenty at a time.
Candidates shall be permitted to run for only one position.
Any candidate running for office shall not campaign on union time.
Articles written by candidates shall be no longer than 250 words.
All articles are to be typed and double-spaced.
All articles are to be written in upper and lower case.
All articles are to be received by the Committee no later than COB February 8, 2019.
Articles are to be sent to the Local Election Committee, by mail.
No corrections will be made to articles.
Any profanity or slanderous remarks may be deleted from articles at the discretion of the Election Committee.
Candidates will be telephoned of any problems with articles and given time to submit any changes.
Changes must be submitted no later than COB February 13, 2019. Candidates must provide phone number.
The Election Committee will affix mailing labels to the candidate's mailings at a flat rate 'charge of $.175 per member maiIinglist.
If a candidate chooses to use their own volunteers to affix mailing labels to mailings (which must take place at the Long Island Area Local Union Hall and at the time and date of the Election Committee's discretion), there will be a flat rate charge of $100 per member mailing list. At least two committee members will be present to supervise the affixing of the mailings labels.
Candidates will not have access to the union hall for the stuffing of any campaign mailings.
Candidates must submit to the election committee how they want their names to appear on the ballots and on the official Local Web-Site.
Any candidate who has any question concerning the election may submit them (in writing) to the Election Committee.
The Election Committee may modify these rules concerning the election process up until February 12, 2019. All candidates will be advised of any changes.
Ballots will be counted in the basement of the Union Hall on March 18, 2019 starting at 11:00 AM.
AlIproperly returned ballots will be checked off and counted as per Local Dues Check Off (DCO) dated January 18, 2019 /PP 02-19.
There will be a notice posted on the Local Official Web-Site requesting that Shop Stewards/Members post any political information concerning Local Election 2019 on Union Bulletin boards.
These rules have been reviewed and agreed upon by the following Committee Members: Debbie Alanis, Bay Shore, Josephine Bruck, Mille Neck, Terry Hooks, Amagansett.
THE ONLY LOCAL POSITION BEING CONTESTED IS AREA REPRESENTATIVE, NASSAU SOUTH.
YOU WILL BE RECEIVING CAMPAIGN LITERATURE FROM BOTH CANDIDATES AND FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPORTING THEM.
TO ENSURE A FAIR AND EQUITABLE ELECTION ALL CAMPAIGN LITERATURE RECEIVED MUST BE POSTED ON UNION BULLETIN BOARDS. ALL OTHER RULES AND ELECTION INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON OUR
LOCAL WEB-SITE - LONGISLANDAREALOCAL.ORG
BALLOTS WILL BE MAILED OUT MARCH BY MARCH 1, 2019. BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED BY 10:00 AM, MARCH 18, 2019. ELECTION COMMITTEE WILL PICK UP BALLOTS AFTER 10:00 AM, MARCH 18, 2019.
ANY MEMBER NOT RECEIVING A BALLOT BY MARCH 7, 2019 CAN CONTACT THE UNION HALL@ 516 694-2798 FOR A DUPLICATE BALLOT!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE - IT'S IMPORTANT
THE 2019 ELECTION COMMITTEE
APWU Contract Statement
Statement from President Mark Dimondstein to APWU on Status of Collective Bargaining
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
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Trump Report Attacks YOUR Pay
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For Immediate Release
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National Day of Mourning
For the National Day of Mourning being observed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, please note.
First and foremost, we mourn and honor the memory of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Former President Bush served the country in numerous capacities during a long career, including serving in World War II as a fighter pilot. Read More...
New APWU/NALC Ad The APWU and NALC joined together to produce an advertisement to educate the public that the US Mail is not for sale. Watch it here.
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...
Day of Action 2018 October 8, 2018
Long Island Area Local Participates in Day of Action
Members of the Long Island, NY Area Local joined with members from the NALC and Mailhandlers union to demonstrate in front of the Huntington Station Post Office on Monday, October 8, 2018.
Joining a force of about 250 unionists, the message was sent out that the US MAIL IS NOT FOR SALE. Read More...
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. Read More...
Benefits for PSEs
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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...
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. 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...
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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.