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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.
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.
Statement by Mark Dimondstein President, American Postal Workers Union on White House Postal Task Force on the Postal Service Report
For Immediate Release
12/04/2018 - If the White House Task Force on the Postal Service’s report was assigned a ZIP Code it would be 00000.
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.
URGENT!!!!! APWU MEMBERS, PLEASE READ!!!!
Thanks to the diligence and perseverance of our APWU representatives, the pay fiasco and resulting confusion has been resolved. Employees whose pay (overtime) was not properly processed WILL be able to get a salary advance.
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.
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.
The Long Island NY Area Local was represented at the APWU National Convention by the delegates elected by our membership: Ron Peebles, Mike Puterio, Clif Johnson, and Rich Abromavitch.
The convention was honored with speakers from various areas of the labor movement, from sister locals, and the AFL-CIO. It was also noteworthy in that this year marked the 50th Anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike. This historic strike, known as the "I am a man" strike, came at the height of Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. It is also during this strike that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. The delegation was honored to have speakers who were at the heart of the strike.
Democratic Candidate for the First Congressional District Perry Gershon has been endorsed by the New York State AFL-CIO. Mr. Gershon made this announcement at the Thomas Hartos Union Hall, home of the Long Island NY Area Local, APWU. The Long Island NY Area Local was proud to be the site of this announcement.
Left to right: Area Representative Angela Bennett, President Peter Furgiuele, Perry Gershon, National Business Agent Peter Coradi, Long Island NY Area Local Secretry Rich Golini. Not pictured: Local Executive Vice President Michelle Nadeau.
Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
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.
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.
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.
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.
URGENT ACTION ALERT: Affordable Care Act Repeal is Back!
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
09/19/2017 - This week, the U.S. Senate is working on their newest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, is gaining steam, and Senators are hoping to bring it to a vote by September 30.
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
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.
Update on the Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
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.
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.
MEMBERS PLEASE STAY ALERT - LOG ON TO OUR LOCAL WEB-SITE.....
Peter Furgiuele, President
For more information, log onto the website and go to Members Home
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.
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).
Get the Facts
Postal Reform Questions & Answers
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
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.
The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
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.
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.
USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities
Posted courtesy of 21st Century Postal Worker
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.
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.