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July 23, 2017

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New York State is #1!

Good Afternoon Sisters & Brothers: Don't know if you saw the report just released by APWU Legislative & Political Department Grassroots Coordinator Janice Kelble. The report lists COPA donations by state for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Once again the State of New York ranked number 1! Great work by all.

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A new page has been added to benefit our members. If a member is seeking a mutual swap or transfer, email to the administrator and the request will be posted.

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Have you been approached by people claiming to be from the Office of the Inspector General? If so, what did you do? If not, what would, should, you do.
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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.

However, this may one be a temporary reprieve as the USPS is planning to move ahead with their outrageous and misguided plans to gut the workforce and service, targeting over 12,000 jobs with their three-pronged assault:

  • First, in most facilities postal management is automatically reverting (i.e. doing away with) vacant positions in violation of the contract. Job reversions reduce the workforce and slow or stop conversion opportunities for Postal Support Employees (PSEs) to career jobs.
  • Second, management is targeting thousands of bid jobs currently occupied by career employees for abolishment.
  • Third, job abolishments can lead to the excessing of career employees out of their facilities and possibly out of their crafts. Furthermore, PSE hours will be significantly reduced if management's ill-conceived actions are fully implemented.

"Management's proposed plans will severely disrupt the lives of career and non-career employees alike. We are in a big fight," said President Dimondstein. "If we stick together and stay united, then I am confident that - just like with the Stop Staples and contract struggles - we will be victorious in stopping these new attacks on the workforce and on customer service."

USPS Actions are an Attack on Service

These actions by postal management are counter to the Postal Service's core mandate to "provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas."

"The Postal Service's decisions will reduce employees at offices which are already short-staffed and where customers are experiencing poor service," said Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson. "Delays in the mail will increase and there will be longer lines at post offices."

APWU and Mail Handlers Working Together

In response to these attacks on the postal workforce and service, APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan voicing the unions' deep concerns. In the letter, the two presidents questioned "why the Postal Service would choose to declare war on its unions and its employees."

"The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to the workforce but will cause further degradation of postal services for the American people throughout the country," the letter stated.

Together, the postal unions drew a line in the sand and stood united against Postmaster Brennan's continuous "cost-saving" shortcuts. The presidents concluded by restating their commitment to work together, "Rest assured that, absent correction, the APWU and the NPMHU will together resist [the] misguided actions and violations of [the Postal Service's] agreements with, and commitments to, our members."

Fighting Back with Grievances and in the Streets

The National Clerk Division Leadership organized a coordinated response to the serious contract violations, including provisions that management must create career bid jobs out of all available work hours. National officers conducted concerted training for local/state officers and stewards across the country (with plans to continue trainings, as necessary, moving forward). A Clerk Division National Business Agent (NBA) from each region is assigned to assist the local and state affiliates in filing grievances. The APWU headquarters leadership is preparing to file national grievances, as appropriate, and the five APWU Regional Coordinators will initiate appropriate area-wide grievances, as well.

Now that the proposed excessing is delayed for five months, the APWU and postal management agreed to area wide meetings to fully discuss staffing and scheduling. "We welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss these important issues," said President Dimondstein. "However, APWU representatives will vigorously oppose any unnecessary changes and seek constructive alternatives to management's slash and burn approach."

Locals are taking their own initiative and getting out in the streets, educating and rallying their communities. On June 10, the Baltimore Francis "Stu" Filbey Area Local held an informational picket with over 70 members and supporters. Other locals are preparing similar actions to defend good services to postal customers.

Stay Informed & Involved!

Go to the Members Home for additional information.

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.  
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URGENT!!! DAY OF ACTION!!!
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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.

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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).
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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.

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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.

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APWU Stands up for Safe Jobs


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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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