San Jose Area Local 73

Support Postal Employees Impacted by Irma

09/15/2017 – Just as recovery has barely begun from Hurricane Harvey, 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. APWU members can offset the devastation by donating to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). There are several ways to securely donate: By designating #10268 during the Combined Federal Campaign

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Solidarity and Support to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

08/29/2017 – Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially our fellow APWU members. Texans are reeling after getting slammed by the Category 4 hurricane, resulting in intense flooding over the weekend. The storm has left at least 14 dead and hundreds, if not thousands homeless, as more than 30,000 seek refuge in its wake. Louisianans are also now bracing themselves for Harvey’s heavy rain on the

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2017 Peak Season Exception Period MOU Reached

08/25/2017 – The APWU and the USPS recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), RE: Peak Season Exception Periods – 2017 Date Changes, modifying the Peak Season (Holiday Season) Exception period for 2017 to “ensure adequate coverage” and “accommodate customer service.” Peak Season Dates The start of the Peak Season Exception Period will be from Nov. 11, 2017 (Pay Period 24), and will go through Jan. 5, 2018 (Pay Period 1). Holiday Clerk Assistants All

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THE CLERK CRAFT IS UNDER ATTACK! By: Chuck Locke, NBA

The Postal Service has launched an attack on the Clerk Craft and they are out for blood! The Postal Service wants to eliminate over 16,000 clerk jobs nationwide and more than 2000 clerk jobs in our area. Their plan is to revert and abolish as many jobs as they can, as fast as they can despite the specific circumstances in the section or facility. It’s up to us to fight back this vicious attack on

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Join the APWU in a Day of Action on July 18th to Fight the White House’s Budget Proposal

Speak Up to Protect Your Job and Your Retirement! 07/13/2017 – The House Budget Committee is currently weighing a budget handed to them from the White house, which includes deep cuts to your pay and benefits. The final federal budget bill is slated to be released from committee to the full House next week. Get ready to make some noise. APWU is leading the charge against these cuts as part of the Federal-Postal Coalition in

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Maintenance Defines Custodial Staffing in POStPlan Clusters

07/06/2017 – On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]). Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft “Subcontracting

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APWU and Mail Handlers Union Send a United Message to PMG Brennan Denouncing “Wholesale and Massive Job Cuts”

06/22/2017 – On June 21, the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan chastising her administration’s “wholesale and massive job cuts.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian explained, “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 postal unions

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APWU Wins Another National Level Arbitration Award

Arbitrator Goldberg found USPS violated ‘POStPlan’ MOU   06/07/2017 – The APWU scores another victory today, defending postal employees in the union’s bargaining unit. Arbitrator Goldberg issued an award in a national-level case over what remedy was due for the Postal Service’s failure to staff ‘POStPlan’ offices following an original award on September 5, 2014 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated afterward. The APWU and the Postal Service agreed that after December 22, 2014,

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Postal Reform Scored by Congressional Budget Office

Reports a Positive Financial Impact of H.R. 756 on Federal Budget 06/02/2017 – Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its report on Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). It is standard practice for the CBO to “score” pending legislation introduced into Congress in order to report its impact on the federal budget. They estimate that H.R. 756 would result in a savings of $6.2 billion over the next ten years. These savings

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USPS Private Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Beam Bros. Trucking caught stealing from and endangering employees 06/02/2017 – On March 16, 2017, Beam Bros. Trucking, Inc., a private trucking company, was indicted on multiple counts of fraud and abuse in their capacity as a Highway Contract Route (HCR) operator for the USPS. The APWU Motor Vehicle Service Division has fought for years to return this type of work in-house to Postal Vehicle Service employees from such HCR subcontractors, citing fraud and abuse

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White House 2018 Budget Proposal Targets Postal Workers and Postal Services

05/26/2017 – This week the White House released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as they do every fiscal year. There are a number of disturbing provisions which will directly affect postal workers and postal services for the American people. The White House’s budget proposes $46 billion in “savings” to the Postal Service by a reduction in the methods of delivery. This could include cutting the number of delivery days and a further

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Maintenance Craft Agreement with USPS Resolving Line H Dispute

Maintenance Craft Agreement with USPS Resolving Line H Dispute 05/19/2017 – The Postal Service and the Maintenance Division of the APWU signed an agreement resolving a national level dispute regarding custodial hours on line H of Form 4852 (case number Q15T-4Q-C 17274095). The issue in the case is “the determination of compliance with item 6 of the July 9, 2014 TL-5 MOU.” The Postal Service filed this dispute to challenge the results in the field,

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PSEs Getting a Pay Raise

Starting May 13, Postal Support Employess (PSEs) will get a pay raise of 20 cents an hour. The increase will be reflected in the June 2 paychecks. Click here for updated payscales. PSEs are not eligible for COLA increases, including the most recent increase of 16 cents per hour all career employees received in March, but they have five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract Source: PSEs Getting a Pay Raise | APWU

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APWU Members Take it to the Streets

Protest Barre, VT Post Office Management Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England – including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius – for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28. Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Jill Charboneau joined the picket with other Vermont State Labor Council leaders. Local representatives of the National Association

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Join a May Day Event!

04/28/2017 – May Day, the annual holiday recognizing the international working class, will be celebrated around the world on May 1. This year hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, and shows of solidarity. Coast to coast, workers and allies will join together and fight for respect, dignity, equal rights, and opportunity for working people of all backgrounds – whether they be immigrants, coal and steel workers, services employees or day laborers.

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Final Payment of 1.6.b Global Settlement Remedy Agreement in Checks this Week

03/09/2017 – The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to over 13,000 active employees and retirees this week. The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014.  The terms of the settlement include a monetary remedy of $56 million to be distributed to eligible individuals. The bulk of the payment was distributed in the

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Honoring Women’s History

The National Executive Board Adopt Proclamation to Honor the Women of the APWU Web News Article #: 23-2017 03/01/2017 On Feb 27, 2017, The APWU National Executive Board adopted a proclaimation to honor the women of the APWU throughout March, in celebration of Women’s History Month. The proclamation read: Whereas, the great contributions of American women in shaping our nation are observed in March, during Women’s History Month;      Whereas, March 8th is International Working Women’s

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Working Together to Reduce the Arbitration Backlog

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell Presently, there is an arbitration backlog and the reason is simple. The grievances appealed to arbitration are usually caused by management, resulting in the issues and problems being grieved by the union. With this system, management generally does not care if arbitration cases are heard and unless there is specific language to require the arbitration cases are heard, as per the negotiated time limits, there will continue to be a backlog. Unfortunately,

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Lawsuit Against Arbitration Award Dismissed

By MVS Craft Directors  The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association’s lawsuit against the Postal Service over the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) arbitration award regarding Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) was denied by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In an effort to prevent the USPS “from taking any action to implement the portion of the Aug. 18, 2016 APWU-USPS arbitration case No. Q06C-4Q-C 11182451 (Das), in which the arbitrator ordered the Postal

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USPS Testing New Machine to Automate Craft Work

By Maintenance Craft Directors  The new year certainly started with a bang! while we are, of course, very proud of the efforts of the Maintenance members involved, all the members of all American Postal Workers Union (APWU) bargaining units are deserving of praise and congratulations for a hard won success on the Staples issue. Everyone, regardless of craft, came together to press for what was right. Whether you actively walked a picket line, talked with family,

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Promises, Promises By: Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez

I’m not referring to New Year’s resolutions many of us already broke. I refer to what promises to be an interesting year. Like millions of Americans, I, too, was devastated by last November’s election results. However the election is over and we are into the first 100 days of radical changes in government and our lives. January 19 was the Obama Administration’s last day. I will not go into a litany of his accomplishments or

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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 former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney at the award ceremony at the AFL-CIO Headquarter building in

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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 increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated March

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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 cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever

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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 | APWU

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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 well as Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch

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Fighting Consolidation

The APWU is fighting efforts by USPS management to dismantle the nation’s mail processing network, which would severely degrade service to the people. The USPS announced plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 2015 and 2016 – in addition to 140 mail processing plants that were closed or consolidated in 2012. The closure of mail processing facilities is tied to a second reduction in service standards, which the USPS implemented on Jan.

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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 you can make a big impact by simply taking advantage of the language in the

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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 President Mark Dimondstein. “I never doubted that if we stayed the course, stuck together and

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