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New Pay Rates

New Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6 Retroactive Pay Expected Nov. 4 According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov.

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President Dimondstein's Opening remarks

Dimondstein: ‘Postal Workers Earn the Right to Be Justly Compensated for Our Service and Hard Work’ WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  023-2016 02/17/2016 - On the opening day of arbitration for a new contract, APWU President Mark Dimondstein stated the union’s case in an impassioned presentation to the arbitration panel. The text is below.
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Non Revenue Sheet for Lobby Director

It is important for clerks to document their time spent performing lobby director duties. Here is a form to simplify the tracking and reporting. Hand it to a window clerk every half hour for proper and timely reporting. Click on the headline to get the form.


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Members who have not received a ballot by Sept. 19 are asked to notify their local or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday, at 800-529-5218, to request a duplicate. Duplicate ballots also may be requested by visiting aaaelections.org/apwu. To receive a duplicate, members must provide their name, address, employee ID number (or retiree ID number) and the last four digits of their Social Security number, along with the name of their local and their craft.

Vote in the National Election!!

CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION!!

You should have received your ballot in the mail to vote in this very important National Union Election. Please take the time to vote.

The Executive Board, and the General Membership, have voted to endorse Jeff Kehlert for National Vice President. A long time friend of our local, Jeff has written numerous books on strategies for winning grievances, arbitrated thousands of cases, and continues to be a vital resource for our members. Please vote for Jeff in this very important election.

The Local has also urges our members to vote for Mark Dimondstein for re-election to President.

Regardless of who you vote for, just please vote!! It only takes a minute to fill out the ballot, put it in the postage paid envelope, and bring it to work and drop in the mail!!!

Vote in our National Election!!!

Ballots for our National Officers will be arriving soon. Vote!! Vote for our future, vote for our present. Vote!!!

We, as a local at a membership meeting,  have voted to endorse several candidates for National Office. Please consider voting for those individuals. Of note is Jeff Kehlert, candidate for National Vice President, a tireless worker for our rights, and author of numerous strategy books for processing and winning grievances, and an outstanding arbitration advocate.

For more information about Jeff, please click here and here.

NEW CONTRACT!!

Arbitration Award Announced!

We Have a New Union Contract!

WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
140-2016

07/08/2016 - The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract!

On July 8th, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued his arbitration award that sets the wages, hours and conditions of employment in our new union contract.  This award concluded a two-year struggle for “Good Service, Good Jobs, Good Contract” that included contract negotiations, mediation, arbitration hearings – and solidarity actions on work floors and in communities around the country.

“We have gained many positive results in these difficult times,” APWU President and lead negotiator Mark Dimondstein said. “We, as a union, should be proud of the results. We made some real progress on most of our major goals. We gained an all-career workforce in our Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts.  We secured real general wage increases. We preserved our COLA and no lay-off protections. We strengthened conversion opportunities for PSEs and improved PSE wages and benefits. We strengthened job security by limiting subcontracting, particularly in relation to MVS.  We achieved a temporary moratorium on new plant closings and consolidations. We laid the basis for better protecting retail services and for expanding postal services. While we were unable to stop management’s demand that employees pay a greater share of health insurance premiums, we successfully fought back the main concessionary demands of postal management-- for increased percentages of non-career employees, a new tier of lower- paid career employees, the elimination of COLA and the weakening of our no layoff protection.”

Below is a summary of the main highlights of the new award (for a full copy click here.) All provisions of the previous contract that remain unchanged carry forward into our new contract including seniority and bidding rights, the grievance procedure, protection against unjust discipline, annual and sick leave, holiday and overtime pay and all the other important union benefits we have won over many decades of struggle.

Length of the Agreement
May 21, 2015 - September 20, 2018 (40 months)

Career Employee General Wage Increases
There will be across-the-board pay increases of 3.8% for career employees over the life of the Agreement:

  • 1.2% effective November 14, 2015 (Retroactive)
  • 1.3% effective November 26, 2016
  • 1.3% effective November 25, 2017

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)
The COLA for career employees is maintained under the current formula. Cost of living adjustments will be made in March and September of each year of the Contract.

PSE Wage Increases
PSEs (who do not receive COLA raises) will receive wage increases as follows:

  • 2.2% effective November 14, 2015 (Retroactive)
  • 2.3% effective November 26, 2016
  • 2.3% effective November 25, 2017

In addition to these general wage increases, PSE wages will be increased by fifty cents per hour over the life of the Contract as follows:

  • $0.09 per hour effective November 14 2015 (Retroactive)
  • $0.20 per hour effective May 13, 2017
  • $0.21 per hour effective May 26, 2018

No Lay-Off Protections for Career Employees
The no lay-off protections of Article 6, for employees with more than six years of service, remain in full force. In addition, no lay-off protection is extended to all career employees who are on the rolls as of July 8, 2016. This protection covers the 32,000 postal workers recently converted to career who have not yet achieved the six year threshold of no lay-off protection.

Job Security Provisions

  • There will be no new subcontracting of PVS driving work during the life of the contract.
  • For a minimum of the first year of the contract, the postal service will not expand contract stations, village post offices and approved shipper programs. (The fight over Staples is not affected by this moratorium.)
  • There will be no further plant closings and consolidations until at least April 2017.

Workforce Structure

  • All Maintenance Craft PSEs will be converted “in place” to career within 60 days of the Award. Thereafter the PSE category of employee will be eliminated in the Maintenance Craft.
  • All Motor Vehicle Service Craft PSEs will be converted to career - either full-time or PTF - within 60 days of the Award. Thereafter, the PSE category of employee will be eliminated in the MVS Craft. However, in the future PSEs could be authorized as part of a package to bring back currently subcontracted MVS work.
  • PTF employees are reintroduced into the MVS craft, not to exceed 20% of the MVS career workforce.
  • Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments are eliminated in Function 1 (mail processing) and Function 3 (MVS) and will be reposted as traditional full-time duty assignments. NTFTs cannot be introduced into the Maintenance Craft. Current four day a week/ ten-hour a day duty assignments may remain in place if the local parties agree.  Local parties may mutually agree upon more such assignments under the Modified Work Week Memo.
  • Non-Traditional Full-Time employees in Function 4 (Retail) are now capped at 8%, excluding NTFT assignments in POStPlan offices. (Previously there was no cap.) The rules concerning schedules and postings in the NTFT memo remain.  However, the restriction on assigning mandatory overtime to non-OTDL employees is narrowed from installation wide to the facility.

Veteran Hiring
Preference Eligible Veteran hiring will be greatly enhanced with the creation of the all- career workforce in the Maintenance and MVS Crafts where Veterans will now be hired directly into career positions.

Career Employee Health Benefits
The Health Plans and benefits for career employees remain in effect. Over the next three years, the employees’ portion of the health premium will increase 1% a year. For the APWU Consumer Driven Health plan, the Postal Service will continue to pay 95% of the premium.

PSE Health Benefits and Holiday Leave Pay

  • PSEs will now receive six paid holidays. (PSEs had no holiday leave.) The holidays are the six major holidays of New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • The number of hours paid for the holiday will vary by size of office: 200 Man year offices – 8 hours. POStPlan offices – 4 hours. All other offices – 6 Hours.
  • PSEs who work on a holiday will have the same option as career employees to have their annual leave balance credited in lieu of holiday leave pay.
  • The 75% contribution of the USPS to the premiums of the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan, available after one year of service, remains in effect. In addition, PSEs will now have access to a USPS sponsored health plan upon employment with the USPS contributing $125.00/pay period.

Limits on Excessing
During the life of the CBA, no employees can be excessed beyond a 50 mile radius.

Bereavement Leave
Clarification on expanded bereavement leave coverage to “in-laws.”

Enhanced and Expanded Services
Parties established a joint Service Enhancement and Innovation Task Force authorized to discuss research, and consult experts with a goal of agreeing to programs including pilots to implement agreed upon services and practices.  At least one pilot program must be implemented within 12 months.

Uniform and Work Clothes for Eligible Career Employees
Allowances for uniform and work clothing programs will be increased

  • Effective May 2016, increase of 5%
  • Effective May 21, 2017, increase of 2.5%
  • Effective May 21, 2018, increase of 2.5%

Eligible PSE Employees
PSEs employed in retail for the first time will receive an annual uniform allowance for three shirts, subject to the normal eligibility requirements.

Clerk Craft

  • Incorporates successful MOU “Re: Filling of Residual Vacancies” into the Contract.
  • New pecking order for full-time vacancies allows for a possible PTF transfer and conversion of PSEs within a 50-mile radius.
  • New pecking order for PTF vacancies provides for conversion of PSEs within the installation, the transfer of PTFs within 50 miles and conversion of PSEs within a 50-mile radius.
  • PTFs can express a preference to work outside their installation.
  • One-time conversions of all Clerk Craft PSEs in 200 work year installations with over 2.5 years of service as of July 8, The conversions will be completed as soon as practical but no later than 60 days from July 8, 2016. One year from the award, the parties are ordered to discuss the possibility of another one-time conversion.
  • New language in Article 37.5.D that streamlines process for PSE conversion to career.
  • eReassign Task Force established to explore improvements to the  posting and placement process.
  • Employees can now exercise retreat rights without regard to level.

Maintenance Craft

  • All Maintenance Craft PSEs converted to career and the PSE category eliminated.
  • Maintenance Jobs MOU eliminated except for provisions related to pending disputes over “Unit Clarification”.
  • Significant improvements to excessing provisions in Article 38.3.K.
  • New provisions for ET-11 issues including a nationwide PAR for ET-11s and negotiations for LMOUs with MTSC.
  • Retained the Subcontracting Cleaning Services MOU with entire installation in the 18K sq. ft. formula.
  • Retained the 50-mile rule on excessing.
  • New pecking order putting APWU bargaining unit employees ahead of non-APWU employees for in-service register selections.

Motor Vehicle Craft

  • All MVS Craft PSEs converted to career and the PSE category eliminated except when part of package to bring in contracted work.
  • Numbered paragraphs 1, 3, and 4 of the 2010 Motor Vehicle Craft Jobs MOU terminated  Paragraph 2 remains and includes the evaluation of 8,000 HCR routes for possible return to PVS.
  • No new subcontracting of PVS driving work during the life of the contract.
  • Because of the loss of flexibility with conversion of all PSEs, elimination of NTFT assignments and restriction on sub-contracting, the Award provides for the return of PTFs with a 20% cap.
  • Clarification of policy regarding Vehicle Maintenance Agreements (VMAs) in offices with vehicle maintenances.
  • All Full-Time Regular Motor Vehicle Craft employees – not just operators – will use their seniority for vacation scheduling.
  • Bids for Examination Specialist (SP-2-188) and Vehicle Operations – Maintenance Assistant (SP-2-195) are open to all full-time regular MVS employees.

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.
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Executive Board and Membership Endorse Jeff Kehlert for National APWU Vice President

At the Long Island NY Area Local's Executive Board meeting, the officers unanimously voted to endorse Jeff Kehlert for the office of Vice President of the national American Postal Workers Union.

Jeff has been an officer of the union for over 30 years, from shop steward to local president to his current position as National Business Agent. Jeff has authored numerous articles and manuals concerning representing the members, strategies for winning grievances, and teaching future union leaders. Jeff's dedication to training union representatives is second to none. A tireless worker, Jeff will serve the membership to the utmost of his abilities.

We are proud to endorse Jeff Kehlert for National Vice President.!!

Like Jeff's Facebook page by clicking here.  For further information, visit Jeff's website by clicking here.

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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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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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
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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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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Local attends Throne-Holst office opening

On February 27, democratic candidate Anna Throne-Holst celebrated opening her Medford office in her quest for the First Congressional District seat. Currently engaged in a primary, Throne-Holst has earned the endorsement of the Long Island NY Area Local, APWU in her quest to unseat Tea Party republican Lee Zeldin.

In attendance was our National Business Agent Pete Coradi, Local President Peter Furgiuele, Area Representatvies Don Papa and Rich Abramovitch. NBA Coradi introduced Ms. Throne-Holst at the event. Also in attendance was former Congressman Tim Bishop.

          


 
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