San Jose Area Local 73

Postal Regulatory Rate System Review Underway

APWU Weighs In, Calling for an End to CPI Price Cap The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) submitted comments before the March 20 deadline to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for their ongoing “10 Year Rate System Review,” required by Congress in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The Commission is reviewing the effects of the current rate system, capped by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to see how it impacts the Postal

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Motor Vehicle Service PSE Salary Exception Agreement Reached

03/23/2017 – On March 10, the Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Postal Service that remedies the situation where Motor Vehicle Service Postal Support Employees (PSE) who had been granted a salary exception were converted to career status within the same craft but to a lower level and received a starting salary rate in accordance with the June 6, 2014 MOU “Re: Resolution of Postal Support Employee (PSE) Salary Exception Issues,”  and

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Postal Reform Act of 2017 Moves Forward

On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate. Recognizing the need to set the Postal Service on sound financial footing, the APWU supported H.R. 756 advancing through committee. The favorable vote to move the bill

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NPC Members Take it to Capitol Hill

The National President Conference of APWU State and Local presidents, gathered in Washington DC for one of its periodic meetings. This time for their conference the State and Local Presidents and other APWU officers, members and their families descended on Capitol Hill, meeting with elected officials to discuss the Postal Reform Act of 2017 and other issues of importance to postal workers. “We need to let them know that the post office must remain viable,

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Raffle Drawing Winner March 12, 2017

Ariel Armat form the San Jose P&DC is the lucky raffle drawing winner of $50.00 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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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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How Reforms Could Turn U.S. Postal Service Into Threat for UPS and FedEx

The chronically beleaguered U.S. Postal Service may be headed for a refresh, courtesy of major reforms proposed in Congress. But UPS and FedEx might not like the reformed agency that will ultimately emerge from the process. A Morgan Stanley report this month suggests that a streamlined, flexible USPS could pose a threat to the two private logistics behemoths, particularly in e-commerce delivery services. “This is clearly a time of fast-moving, secular developments in the logistics/last mile parcel delivery space, but all

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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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The Stop Staples Fight: Unity and Activism – Key to Victory!

By President Mark Dimondstein After a dynamic three-year campaign, we have won the Stop Staples fight! Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores would be shut down by the end of February 2017. The boycott against Staples is now over. The Staples struggle and victory shows what we can accomplish when we stand up and fight back. Within weeks after I assumed office in November 2013, my administration

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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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