Labor News

Web News Article #: 77-2018APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM).  A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions.
In his award on August 6, 2018, the arbitrator upheld the APWU’s challenge to the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to the leave program that put the burden of managing LWOP requests on employees, rather than supervisors. The award protects employees’ right to request LWOP to volunteer through their union to participate in important political activities, like the upcoming November elections.  

Web News Article #: 75-2018 On July 30, 2018, the Postal Service notified the APWU that there will be a special enrollment period for PSEs to enroll in the USPS Health Benefits Plan.  The enrollment period will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 4, 2018.  Coverage will become effective on October 13, 2018.
PSEs are eligible for enrollment in the APWU CDO plan after completing their first 360-day appointment.  PSEs may enroll in the APWU CDO plan within 60 days of being appointed to a second term as a PSE or during regular Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) open season held in November and December of each year after meeting eligibility requirements.

Web News Article #: 75-2018Danville Local Members Showing They Are
#APWUnited! 
As our struggle for a good contract continues, let’s show management our union strength by rocking APWU gear.  Wear APWU T-shirts, Hats, Buttons, Wristbands, etc. every Thursday to show management that we are #APWUnited!
Click here to download a Gear Day flyer and spread the word.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 
JetBlue Workers Vote for Union Future
New member of TWU: Jet Blue
InFlight Crewmembers.
Workers are standing up for a better deal at JetBlue. It’s one of the few companies in the airline industry that has operated in the past as a non-union carrier.
The future will be different. In April, flight attendants at the New York-based airline overwhelmingly voted for representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In May, the Air Line Pilots Association announced a tentative agreement on a first contract with the airline.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 
PORTLAND, CINCINNATI LOCALS RALLY AGAINST CUTBACKS IN JOBS AND SERVICE
Teresa Oller, steward from Portland OR Area Local, 
helps lead a rally against jobs and service cuts. 
In June, as the APWU bargaining team prepared for contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service, union members in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio rallied with supporters to protest job and service cuts that have led to long lines and delays in mail service.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 
When APWU member Denisha Dean decided to step up and run for president of the Long Beach Area APWU Local, there were those who believed was too black, too young and too busy as a single mother to compete for such an important position. “The idea of ‘I can’t’,” Dean recalls “made me hit the pavement even harder.”
Instead of considering age, race, parental status or other irrelevant factors, APWU members in Long Beach saw a dynamic leader standing up for a strong union. Dean was elected president with 13 percent more votes than her nearest competitor.

Web News Article #: 73-2018In the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the US Postal Service, the parties established a “Workforce Benefits, Employment Opportunities, Training and Education Fund.”  The purpose of the fund was to provide for the Postal Service’s share of health insurance benefits to PSEs and to provide additional resources for new PSE benefits.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
Postal services across the world provide tried and tested and successful models for postal banking, or the provision of financial services via the post. New research by Holly Feldman Wiencek, Research Assistant at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), shows differing models for postal banking across the world and the factors that drive their success.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 
Speaking out for better, expanded postal services at
A Grand Alliance field hearing in Baltimore, MD, March 2016.
What if, instead of reducing hours, closing post offices, slowing delivery standards, and cutting staff, the nation’s largest retail network offered a wide array of services to our communities? What if the nation’s most trusted federal agency delivered ballots for national, state, and local elections? What if the U.S. Postal Service used its vast infrastructure to support a green economy?

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 
Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.
“Did you know unions are what brought races and genders together more than any other type of organization, including government? We’re all brothers and sisters in the union. And we don’t have to be forced into this unity. In the common struggle for a better life, a decent income and respectable retirement, the divisions fade away.” — Loren Adams, Arkansas Postal Workers Union Editor, The Arkansas Postal Worker