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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
Local Re-Run Election Information FOR CLERK CRAFT DIRECTOR
A total of 2014 ballots was mailed to the clerk craft members.
There was a total of 28 duplicate ballots requested.
19 address updates.
4 were for reason-Marked Incorrectly.
3 were for reason-Did not receive.
2 were for reason-New Address.
There were 549 total ballots cast.
There were 544 counted.
There were 5 void.
There was (0) Unresolved Challenged Ballots.
(296) were for Marvin Bolds.
(248) were for Glenn Cook.
We are asking all Locals in the State of Texas to participate in our Human Relations Project at the State Convention on June 9, 2017. To make this a successful event we need all of our Members here in the Dallas Area Local to participate. We are asking you to fill a quart size zip lock bag with as many of the following items as it will hold. If you work in one of the large facilities, turn in your donations to the Union Office to one of the Stewards or drop them off at the Union Office. If you need someone to pick them up call Jenifer Fulbright at 214 725-9441 or Angela Ellington at 214 529-4899 and we will work with you to retrieve those. These bags will be donated to a Local Church to be distributed by their Homeless Ministry.
These are the items we need you to put in your bags:
Toothbrush, tooth paste, mini deodorant, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, chap stick, socks, fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, tuna/chicken salad, plastic spoon, any small non-perishable food items, and bottle water.
We need all bags in house by Monday, June 5, 2017
New CBA 2015-2018 Power Point Presentation Click Here
New 2015-2018 CBA Benefits at a glance
Clerk Craft Click Here
Maintenance Craft Click Here
Motor Vehicle Craft Click Here
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.
2015 TPWU Convention Highlights
Speakers at the convention were Becky Moeller-Texas AFL-CIO State President, she spoke on several issues we face specifically the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the affects it will have on jobs in the U.S..
John Patrick on Senate Bill 1968 relating to the organization of public employees, This is an insert from the bill:
Sec. 617.006. PROHIBITION ON COLLECTION OF LABOR ORGANIZATION DUES. Except as provided by Sections 403.0165 and 659.1031, Government Code, and Sections 141.008 and 155.001, Local Government Code, the state or a political subdivision of the state may not deduct or withhold, or contract to deduct or withhold, from an employee's salary or wages payment of dues or membership fees to a labor organization or other similar entity, including a trade union, labor union, employees' association, or professional organization.
SECTION 8. Section 101.201(a), Labor Code, is amended to read as follows: (a) A person may not establish, call, participate in, or aid picketing at or near the premises of an employer with whom a labor dispute does not exist, regardless of whether the premises are temporarily or permanently occupied by the employees of another employer with whom a labor dispute does exist. read more
BPat Lewis-National Auxiliary Secretary, Idowu Balogun-APWU Assistant Director (A) Maintenance Division,Tony McKinnon (featured speaking below)-Industrial Relations Director, reported on everything from the Contract, Excessing, AUGER, Arbitration, to where we stand on Contract negotiations you name it he updated the body of the TPWU on it. Good job as usual Tony, Thanks.