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American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

03/16/2018 07:00 AM
USPS Safety Ambassador Program
Web News Article #: 28-2018

The APWU was informed on October 26, 2017 of the Postal Service’s intent to roll out a new program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The Postal Service intends to replace the safety captain program, and any other local safety programs, with this “standardized” and nationally controlled program. The American Postal Workers Union does not support, agree with, or endorse this program.

Using their latest catch phrase—employee engagement—the Postal Service claims that this program “will focus on employee engagement, training, communication, hazard identification/abatement, and accident reduction.” Having a safe workplace is every worker’s right and you must fight for that right! However, the Safety Ambassador Program appears to be nothing more than an end-around our currently negotiated joint union-management safety procedures.

03/16/2018 05:15 AM
2018 POWER Central Region Educational Conference Announced
Web News Article #: 27-2018

The 2018 POWER Central Region Educational Conference has been officially announced! 

The conference commences promptly at 8:30 AM on Friday, May 18, 2018. It will conclude Saturday, May 19, 2018, no later than 6 PM. It will be held at the Hotel Lumière at the Arch, 999 North Second Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102.

Click here for the conference call flyer and registration form.

03/14/2018 07:45 AM
Huge Victory for West Virginia Education Workers
Web News Article #: 26-2018

It was an inspirational show of solidarity. Education workers across all 55 counties in West Virginia – about 34,000 workers in total – said ‘enough is enough.’ Members of the American Federation of Teachers - West Virginia (AFT-West Virginia), the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) went out on strike from Feb. 22 – Mar. 6. Together, they were victorious.

03/13/2018 06:15 AM
Building Our Future – A Challenge, A Priority!
Web News Article #: 25-2018

On March 2, thirteen APWU members participated in a day-long focus group to test the curriculum being developed by Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center for the union’s ongoing efforts to build an APWU broad-based educational program, known as the APWU National Institute.

03/08/2018 07:15 AM
Honoring Women's History
Web News Article #: 24-2018

On March 7, 2018, The APWU National Executive Board adopted a proclamation to honor the women of the APWU throughout March, in celebration of Women's History Month.

03/07/2018 05:45 AM
Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed
Web News Article #: 23-2018

With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

03/02/2018 03:45 AM
Florida Postal Workers Protest Staffing Shortages
Web News Article #: 22-2018

On Monday, Feb. 19, members of the Florida Keys Area Local held an informational picket in front of the main post office in Key West, shining a light on the severe slashes to staffing and service that are causing mail delays and hazardous working conditions.


02/28/2018 06:15 AM
Agreement Reached on MS 1 Remand!
Web News Article #: 21-2018

On February 27, 2018, the Postal Service and the APWU Maintenance Division signed an agreement resolving national level disputes in case numbers (Q10T-4Q-C 14171644 and Q10T-4Q-C 16481407).

The outstanding issue revolves around Arbitrator Goldberg’s REMANDED Decision of September 13, 2017:

The issues of whether the revisions to the MS-1 dealing with (a) preventative maintenance time allowances and frequencies, and (b) space adjustments and miscellaneous work time allowances violated Article 19 are remanded to the parties.”

02/26/2018 01:30 PM
President Dimondstein Talks with Ed Schultz About the Supreme Court Case Janus v AFSCME
Web News Article #: 20-2018
"If the Supreme Court rules against the unions, it's not going to stop workers from needing and wanting and building unions."

02/23/2018 04:00 AM
First 2018 COLA Increase Announced
News Service Bulletin #: 02-2018

In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3. 

The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year.