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 electrical hazards by using a power strip improperly and creating a potential fire hazard. Allowed

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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 a jagged, metal conduit extended vertically into carriers’ walking path. A mechanical fire door located

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USPS halts Staples deal after union protest, judge’s order

SAN JOSE — The U.S. Postal Service has terminated an agreement that allowed Staples employees to operate post office desks inside the retailer’s stores, union and postal officials said Thursday. “The program is over,” Augustine Ruiz, a Bay Area spokesman for the USPS, confirmed Thursday. Ruiz didn’t know how many Staples stores in the Bay Area provide postal services. More than 500 Staples retail outlets around the country have been offering postal services. “A National Labor

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Staffing, Assignments, Hiring

2016 has been a busy, roller coaster of a year. We hope you all enjoyed the wild ride along with us. We opened the year with the Interest Arbitration for a new contract, made progress through the arbitrator’s decision, and scrambled to disseminate information about it. Soon after, we participated in the union’s National Convention, followed by the election of APWU officers. Thank you for the vote of confidence you have given us by returning us

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A Grand Alliance To Save Our Public Service

The United States Postal Service is a wonderful national treasure, enshrined in the Constitution and supported by the American people. Without any taxpayer funding, the USPS serves 150 million households and businesses each day, providing affordable, universal mail service to all – including rich and poor, rural and urban, without regard to age, nationality, race or gender.The U.S. Postal Service belongs to “We, the People.” But the USPS and postal jobs are threatened by narrow

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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 of more than 140 organizations, including 80 national labor, faith-based, community, environmental and civil rights

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APWU Protests at Bay Area Staples Stores

Published on Feb 10, 2014 More than 200 APWU members and supporters protested to stop the privatization of postal retail operations at Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose, CA on Jan. 28, 2014. Postal Service employees are challenging a deal between the company and the U.S. Postal Service that staffs “postal” counters in Staples stores with non-postal employees — a deal that threatens good-paying union jobs and jeopardizes public post offices. [4:00]

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APWU, USPS Resolve Dispute over Forced Bids in Motor Vehicle Craft

Web News Article #: 193-2015 10/08/2015 – The APWU and USPS have signed an agreement that prohibits management from initiating the posting of annual bids in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft pursuant to any audit review, Assistant Director Javier E. Piñeres has announced. The dispute that led to the Sept. 30 Memorandum of Understanding Re: Zero Base Initiative arose last year, when reports from the field indicated that local managers were forcing the posting of

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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 for a committee comprised of one young member and one alternate from each of the

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