Labor News

Web News Article #: 119-2017On Nov. 22, the MVS Division settled a longstanding grievance, QOOV-4Q-C 05171465, regarding Driver Safety Instructor (DSI) positions. In the dispute, the Union’s grievance sought to upgrade the DSI one level higher than the Tractor Trailer Operator (TTO).

Web News Article #: 120-2017An APWU advocate was notified two days before a Mail Handler hearing on a dispute regarding scanning duties. The advocate did not have the proper time to prepare for the case as an intervener, as such they requested a continuance and the request was denied.
The case and the issue was then referred to Step 4 for an interpretive review. On August 15, the parties met at the headquarters level to discuss the dispute.
On Dec. 4, the issue was resolved with the acknowledgement that the intervening party has all rights including the request for a continuance.

Web News Article #: 118-2017Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the new leave year begins and ends as indicated below:
Begins: PP 02-2018, Jan 6, 2018 
Ends: PP 01-2019, Jan 4, 2019
Click here for the 2018 Pay & Holiday Calendar.

Web News Article #: 117-2017The PRC just issued their long-awaited proposal to change how much the Postal Service can raise postage rates of market dominant products. (Market dominant products include first class letters and cards, periodicals, and Standard/Market Mail; but do not include most package products which are “competitive” products.)

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Web News Article #: 116-2017The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business... This certification is an overreaction by the Postal Service to the July 14, 2017 report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC).  The Report of Hatch Act Investigation: Facilitating Labor Union’s Political Activity Through Use of “Union Official” Leave Without Pay stated that “The postal unions and individual employees and members are permitted, and should be encouraged, to maintain PACs, endorse candidates, and enlist union members to support their electoral agendas on their own time.”  

Web News Article #: 115-2017
The Senate is set to vote on a disastrous tax bill this week, after their House counterparts passed a tax reform bill earlier this month. Much like the House plan, this bill would punish working families and reward the wealthy elites with tax breaks.

Web News Article #: 114-2017The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein and Des Moines Area APWU Local 44 President Mike Bates that originally appeared in Des Moines' Register on Nov. 9.
The United States Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas.”
Incredibly, the USPS provides universal service six days a week to 156 million addresses and extensive Sunday package delivery. Postal services are provided no matter who we are or where we live – at reasonable rates – without the use of any taxpayer dollars.

Web News Article #: 113-2017

The U.S. House approved a plan to provide tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations on Thursday by a vote of 227-205. If H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, becomes law, the deficit will explode by more than $1.4 trillion and automatic spending cuts will kick in. For starters, there will be a $25 billion cut from Medicare, and more from Medicaid. In addition, eliminating the medical expense deduction will make it harder for families with high medical expenses, many of whom are seniors, to make ends meet.