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By Don Cheney
April 26, 2015 A National Labor Relations Board decision issued April 16, 2015, in United States Postal Service (10-CA-134589, et al.) out of Alabama is similar to one last year from Roswell, Georgia (10-CA-120885). The NLRB must be getting tired of USPS scofflaws. It includes the same language as before: “Supervisors or managers who fail to reasonably supply relevant information to the Union will have this fact mentioned in the ‘corrective action’ column of the semi-annual audit report provided to the district manager and district manager of human resources. A repeated violation could lead to discipline of said supervisor or manager.” The National Labor Relations Act does not require a request for information (RFI) from a steward to be in writing. A RFI may be submitted orally or in writing, as in these NLRB cases. Supervisors that require a RFI in writing for routine requests, like work schedules and clock rings, before providing it are using an unlawful delaying tactic. Medical information is an exception, due to HIPPA. If the manager or supervisor believes that they need additional time, the manager or supervisor is supposed to inform the Union in writing, request additional time and explain the need for the additional time. Click here to read more.
12 Union Meeting & Dates to Know for 2016
Pat Davis Scholarship
The requirements for one of the two $750.00 scholarships are listed below. Completed applications must be received no later than the second Sunday in June of the year applied for. You may pick up, call and request an application with rules and regulations be sent to you, &/or download it from our website. REMEMBER ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN THE SECOND SUNDAY IN JUNE FOR CONSIDERATION. Completed applications can be mailed to “The Scholarship Committee, Dallas Area Local, APWU, 2010 Postal Way, Dallas, TX 75212. You can also walk in your application within the time limit specified. Read more
The US Mail is not for sale
Postal Clerk's union president Yared Wonde said that he was very pleased with their action at the Staples store at I-30 and Cockrell Hill Road on April 24. The letter carriers came out strong, as did the AFL-CIO, Transport Workers, Jobs with Justice, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, and others. Both Spanish TV stations and the Dallas Morning News covered it.
USPS SLASHES MAIL SERVICE STANDARDS
On January 5, 2015 the United States Postal Service took the unwarranted step to degrade mail service standards, virtually eliminating overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals nationwide. This action, Phase Two of the USPS Network Rationalization Plan, further delays America's mail, enables the closure of up to 82 mail processing plants, and threatens up to 15,000 jobs. While the USPS recently postponed further closures until 2016, the drastic slowdown in mail processing and delivery continues unabated. Read More
FOR CLERK CRAFT EMPLOYEES IN THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES;
NORTH TEXAS P&DC,
DALLAS BID CLUSTER,
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017
2010 Postal Way Dallas TX 75212
“Robbing workers to pay the rich, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse.”
White House Budget Proposals
Slash Postal Workers’ Pay and Benefits
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Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Applications Due
Every year, the Texas AFL-CIO offers $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors from union families. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. Students whose parent or legal guardian is a member of a union that is affiliated with the Central Labor Council and the Texas AFL-CIO are eligible. (On occasion, the union member is the student.) Applications are available from the Dallas Central Labor Council or online.
October 27, 2015
Dear APWU Local Officer:
Numerous inquiries have been and are being received concerning the increase in the APWU Health Plan premiums for 2016.
Please consider this the Health Plan’s response to 2016 Health Plan premium increases.
Premium increases for the Consumer Driven Option range between $1.13 for Self Only and $4.09 for Self and Family per pay period. These increases seem reasonable and the premiums remain extremely competitive.
Three primary factors attributed to the 2016 premium increase for the High Option.
While there may be other plans that have lower premiums, we believe the APWU Health Plan provides more value than many of these plans. Take for instance the Health Plan’s Diabetes Management Program where members can receive treatment for their diabetes, including office visits, labs and generic medications and supplies at no cost to the member. We also offer a Hypertension Management Program where members can receive treatment for hypertension, including office visits, labs and generic prescription drugs at no cost. These are only a few of the programs we believe provide a financial incentive to remain with the APWU Health Plan. In order to make an informed decision, you should not select your health insurance based on premium alone. You should review the premium, deductibles, coinsurance, catastrophic limits and Disease Management Programs.
Yours in Union Solidarity,
William J. Kaczor, Jr.
2015 - Dallas, Tx. Area Local Pat Davis Scholarship Recipients
Recipient of the Pat Davis Scholarship Award 2015
Jerik Justin Wong, is the son of King Y Wong a distribution clerk at the NTX facility.
Jerik is planning to attend Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Jerik's GPA was 4.675 and he ranked 124 out of 868 students at Flower Mound High School. Biological sciences are Jerik's favorite and strongest subjects, which is why it is no surprise he is considering majoring in biology and biomedical engineering.
Recipient of the Pat Davis Scholarship Award 2015
Tyler J Wu is the son of Mike H. Wu, who is also employed at the Dallas NTX facility. Tyler is planning to attend the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Tyler's GPA was 4.346 and he ranked 33 out of 1,319 students at Piano Senior High School. Tyler's first love is science and he pushed himself with multiple AP classes (he took a senior level double-blocked AP Chemistry class as a junior while taking AP Calculus BC). Tyler is also a winner of the Hallbeck Scholarship offered through the National APWU.
NTX CAT team getting members involved, making sure they were signed up for the conference call and signing up non-members.