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American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

09/21/2017 06:30 AM
Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg Issues Award in MS-1 Handbook Dispute
Web News Article #: 89-2017

In his award dated September 13, 2017, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued his decision in the MS-1 Handbook case no. Q10T-4Q-C 14171644/Q10T- 4Q- C 16481407. 


09/19/2017 08:15 AM
URGENT ACTION ALERT: Affordable Care Act Repeal is Back!
Web News Article #: 88-2017

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. This bill, like other repeal attempts, is riddled with catastrophic measures...


09/15/2017 11:00 AM
Support Postal Employees Impacted by Irma
Web News Article #: 2017-87

Recovery had only just begun from Hurricane Harvey when Hurricane Irma delivered a second punch, leaving in its trail devastation that affects postal workers in the Caribbean, Florida and many parts of the south. It will be a long road to recovery for her victims.


09/15/2017 07:30 AM
A Reminder on How to Stay Safe Working with Suspicious Mail
Web News Article #: 2017-86

Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman reminds APWU members to be aware of the USPS safety procedures when handling suspicious mail.


09/12/2017 03:15 AM
IT/AS Support Services Members Ratify Contract
Web News Article #: 84-2017

Following an overwhelming 429-129 ratification vote on Aug. 23, the new Information Technology and Accounting Services Centers (IT/AS) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the United States Postal Service was signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and USPS Vice President of Labor Relations Douglas Tulino.


09/12/2017 03:15 AM
Salmon Mail Haul Drivers Ratify Contract
Web News Article #: 85-2017

Recently, APWU members employed by Salmon Companies voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. Salmon Companies is the largest ground transportation supplier to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Truck drivers for the private-sector company are part of the Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX; Shreveport, LA; Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN. The new CBA was ratified by over 75% of voting members.


09/02/2017 08:45 AM
Celebrate Labor’s Day!
Web News Article #: 83-2017

As we relax and enjoy Labor Day it is worth remembering the true meaning of the holiday – celebrating the labor movement and the contribution workers have made to society.


09/01/2017 07:45 AM
2018 Contract Negotiations - Preparations Underway

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations.


09/01/2017 07:30 AM
Article 3, Membership

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

Membership in the APWU determines who can vote, run for office, and attend meetings to discuss and decide the business of the union. There are four primary categories of membership in the APWU: postal employees, full, part-time, Members-at-Large (MALs) and Postal Support Employee (PSE); cash pay members, full-time local/state officers and retired full-dues paying members; Retiree Department members and Associate (Health Plan) Members.


09/01/2017 07:15 AM
Are Blue Boxes a Thing of the Past?

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The familiar blue collection boxes are vanishing from our streets. A recent USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report charges that the Postal Service is not taking into account community need and service when removing the signature mail boxes. In the Eastern Area alone, the Postal Service did not follow proper procedure for 75 percent of the removed collection boxes between Oct. 1, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016 (322 out of 432).