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December 10, 2016

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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.


Long Island NY Area Local Constitution Changes

Local Constitution changes approved!!!

The seven changes to the Long Island, NY Area Local, APWU were approved by an average of 3 to 1. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2017. 

The voting was as follows:

                      FOR                        AGAINST                     

Change: 1            175                            42

 Change: 2            166                            51

Change:  3           172                             45

Change: 4             175                            42

Change:  5          175                      45

Change:  6             170                           47

Change:  7             174                           43

Thank you to all who participated and voted!!

Executive Board

   

Farewell to Jeff Kehlert
Jeff Kehlert falls short of his quest for National Vice President of APWU Jeff Kehlert, whom our local endorsed for Vice President, fell short of his quest for the office of National APWU Vice President. For now, that means Jeff will no longer be representing the members of our great union. It is a loss that will be greatly missed.
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National Union Election Results
Official Results in Election of Union Officers Dimondstein Scores Overwhelming Victory; His Team Wins Decisively (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast.
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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.
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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.
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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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