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APWU Secretary-Treasurer Awarded Peace Prize | APWU

Web News Article #: 19-2017 Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell with former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney with the delegation from the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. On February 14, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell was awarded the 2016 World Peace Prize, “Roving Ambassador for Peace,” presented by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC), headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Secretary-Treasurer Powell was honored alongside

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OIG – USPIS What Do They Do Anyway?

Have you ever wondered what the Office of Inspector General does?  What about the United States Postal Inspection Service what do they do?  See below for a list of functions assigned to the Office of Inspector General and the US Postal Inspection Service. A phone number has been provided for your reference should a need for these services arise. Designation

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Significant COLA Increase

Web News Article #: 18-2017 02/15/2017 – Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). The increase is the result of an

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Washington Post Gets It Wrong | A Grand Alliance

Response to Washington Post Editorial Board’s “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” February 13, 2017. The Post has set up a false dilemma for its readers: that we must curtail postal services (including Saturday delivery) and eliminate jobs to save the USPS from certain deterioration and failure. They base this on claims that the Postal Service “can’t pay their bills”

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Bay-Valley District Employees on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

APWU Guide to FMLA.pdf   (click to download or view) Bay-Valley District does not process requests for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Employees are advised to contact HRSSC at the toll-free number provided below regarding FMLA, and have their EIN and approved or pending approval FMLA Case Number available.  The contact information for HRSSC is:   HRSSC – FMLA Pacific 877-477-3273,

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Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

Postal workers and customers across the country have a message for the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!  Please join us! Whether you are postal employee, a small business owner, an individual customer, or someone who simply wants the U.S. Postal Service to survive and thrive, please get involved! The Postal Service has made devastating

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Safe Jobs | APWU

In 2014, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work. At least 10 suffered fatalities. Here’s the simple truth: If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen. Please join this important effort. A safe workplace must be the right of every worker! Safe Jobs | APWU

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USPS Exempt from Federal Hiring Freeze

Web News Article #: 11-2017 02/01/2017 – The U.S. Offices of Personnel Management (OPM) and Management & Budget (OMB) published a joint memorandum on Tuesday, January 31 providing guidance regarding the Federal Employee hiring freeze on January 23, 2017. The hiring freeze does not include the U.S. Postal Service. Attachments PDF (2.41 MB) Source: USPS Exempt from Federal Hiring Freeze |

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The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward Web News Article #: 14-2017 02/07/2017 – On Feb. 7, a hearing was held before the full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). The legislation, introduced on Jan. 31, is sponsored by the Oversight Committee’s Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as

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OSHA Standards

PART 1904 – Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses The regulations in this part implement sections 8(c)(1), (2), 8(g)(2), and 24 (a) and (e) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. These sections provide for recordkeeping and reporting by employers covered under the act as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of the act, for developing information regarding

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New Employee, New Union Member

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) Missed opportunities to strengthen the APWU are happening every day. Each orientation for new hires, new career employees and PSE enrollment into Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), is a chance for organizers and local union leaders to reach out to possible new members. Each of

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Hundreds of SPSS Clerk Craft Jobs Preserved

Web News Article #: 250-2016 12/09/2016 – The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the

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Understanding Your Rights

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) Many employees accept unwarranted discipline, simply because they are unaware of their rights. Sometimes out of fear of losing their job, or being harassed by their supervisor, employees let things go and hope for the best. But things often get worse – and before they realize what’s

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Installation of Officers

On Sunday January 22, 2017 Installation of officers were sworn in by Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez. Pictured from left to right, OMAR GONZALEZ-(Western Region Coordinator), ROBBIN C BUCCAT-(Treasurer), DANTE VIDENA-(Vice President), ED PERALTA-(President), BIRBAL BOLA-(Maintenance Craft Dir), MATT THOMAS-(Clerk Craft Dir), RON VIDAMO-(Secretary). Other elected Officers who could not attend are MILAN BALEJKA-(Legislative Dir), and SALVADOR ZAPIEN-(MVS Craft Dir)

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The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!

APWU NSB 01-2017 (845.75 KB) 01/05/2017 – 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. The boycott against Staples is over! “I salute and commend every member and supporter who made this victory possible,” said APWU

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APWU Goals for the Upcoming Year

President Dimondstein’s installation speech Web News Article #: 03-2017   01/09/2017 President Dimondstein spoke about the recent victories and future challenges for the American Postal Workers Union during his address at the installation of officers on Nov. 5, 2016. Click here to watch a highlight video about the successes of the last three years and the goals for the upcoming term. Source:

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Raffle Winner Jan 22, 2017

  Daryl Brown from the San Jose P&DC maintenance craft is the lucky raffle drawing winner of $50 Come join us on the next Membership Meeting, you could be the next lucky winner. Remember you must be present to win.

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Iowa Post Office Issued $44,000 Fine for OSHA Violations | APWU

Workers Exposed to Electrical, Chemical Hazards Web News Article #: 161-201608/04/2016 – On July 29, a post office located in Osceola, IA, was issued a fine of $44,000 for four serious and one repeated safety violations. The fines follow a complaint made in February alleging safety concerns at the facility. According to the investigation, the Postal Service: Exposed workers to

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Des Moines Postal Facility Issued $119,000 Fine for OSHA Violations

Web News Article #: 118-2016 06/07/2016 – The University Station post office and sorting facility in Des Moines, IA was issued fine of $119,000 for two repeated and two serious OSHA citations on June 2. OSHA launched the investigation following a complaint in December that alleged various safety concerns.  Violations include: Workers are exposed to slip, trip and fall hazards because

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Ask Me About A Grand Alliance!

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) Courtney Jenkins and Sherry McKnight (Baltimore Local), Nora Taggart and Kevin Walsh (New York Local). President Mark Dimondstein reported to delegates in his State of the Union speech at the union’s National Convention in August that A Grand Alliance “is now a reality and consists

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Introducing: The First-Ever National Young Members’ Committee!

Convention News Service Bulletin 03-2016 (1.7 MB) 08/25/2016 – It’s a sign of the times: An energized, fighting spirit has gripped the APWU. To build on the momentum and secure a vibrant future for the union, convention delegates overwhelmingly approved a resolution to create a National Young Members’ Committee. The resolution, which was submitted by the Baltimore Area Local, calls

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