"Monthly Membership Meeting"
Members rallied together under this year’s theme
“Ready to Go”
On Tuesday afternoon, the highest governing body of the American Postal Workers Union hit the streets to protest against the possible sale of the U.S. Postal Service.
“This White House, the Heritage Foundation, and their billionaire backers, the Wall Street investors, they want their greedy hands on the public till and the public good, but they’ve started something that they’re not going to be able to stop,” said President Dimondstein. “They think this is their time…We’re going to show them this is truly our time.”
American Postal Workers Union AFL-CI0 and Union all across America, Canada, Europe and the rest of the world are fighting today, now, and tomorrow, for a better tomorrow. Labor is a age old fight, we can’t give up, as our future, the future of our children, and their children depend on what we as working class stand up for today.
The fundamental right to all should be a fair days pay for a fair days work, and that pay should enable every working class to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle. The Greedy hands of businesses, Wall Street, and the government, through the people we have elected, are out only for themselves. They are lining their pockets with dollars while the workers of America are scrapping their pockets for pennies. We as a Union are not going to stand by and watch that happen without a fight!
A Labor Union or trades union, is workers who have come together to achieve a vast number of goals; such as improving safety standards, better wages, benefits (such as vacation, health care, and retirement), and working conditions through the bargaining power of the majority the collective members. The unions, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members and negotiates labor contracts with employers. The most common purpose of these unions is "maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment. This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, work place safety and policies.
Texas is under an Open Shop Union. An open shop does not require union membership in employing or keeping workers. Where a union is active, workers who do not contribute to a union may include those who approve of the union contract (free riders) and those who do not. In the United States, state level right-to-work laws mandate the open shop in some states, that is, all discrimination based on union membership is forbidden. This affects the bargaining power, function and services of the union.
The upcoming celebration of Labor Day is a good time to remember the role labor unions have played in raising living standards and improving the quality of life for working people in the United States. While most people recognize that unions have been beneficial for their members, there is little known about the role of labor unions in winning the 40-hour workweek.
In the 1800s, many Americans worked seventy hours or more per week and the length of the workweek became an important political issue. In the United States, a few limited eight-hour-day laws were on the books shortly after the Civil War. One, in Illinois, was passed in 1867, followed in 1868 by a law covering certain classes of federal workers. So a reduction in the work week became a leading issue for the labor movement and the struggle to win the 40-hour work week is the thread that ties together the history of American Labor.
40-Hour Workweek Timeline
1866 – The country’s first union federation, The National Labor Union, urged Congress to pass a law mandating the eight-hour workday.
May 1, 1867 – The Illinois Legislature passed a law mandating an eight-hour workday. Many employers refused to cooperate, and a massive strike erupted in Chicago.
May 1, 1886 – The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (later the AFL) called for a national strike. Nearly one million American workers stopped work that day. The purpose of the “May Day Strike” was to bring pressure on employers and state governments to create an eight-hour workday.
May 4, 1886 – The “Haymarket Affair” took place at a labor demonstration at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb as police acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; dozens of others were wounded.
May 19, 1869 – President Ulysses S. Grant issued a proclamation that guaranteed a stable wage and an eight-hour workday for government workers only. “Whereas the act of Congress approved June 25, 1868, constituted, on and after that date, eight hours a day’s work for all laborers, workmen, and mechanics employed by or on behalf of the Government of the United States.”
1898 – The United Mine Workers won an eight-hour work day.
1906 – The eight-hour day was widely instituted throughout the printing industry.
1910 – Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Utah, reduced the legal workweek limit for women from 54 to 48 hours.
1914 – Ford Motor Company instituted eight-hour shifts and raised wages. However, many Ford workers still worked six days a week.
1916 – Congress passed the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an eight-hour workday for interstate railroad workers, with additional pay for overtime work.
June 25, 1938 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act that creates the right to a minimum wage, and time-and-a-half overtime pay when people work over forty hours a week. It also prohibited most employment of minors in “oppressive child labor.”
1940 – Congress amends the Fair Labor Standards Act, reducing the federal workweek limit to 40 hours. The realization of the 40-hour workweek that has become standard across many American industries was hard fought. It took deadly accidents and employees banding together to make it happen. Let’s not take these gains for granted. We must forever remain vigilant in our fight for respect, justice and safe working conditions.
Sources: Entrepreneur, NBC news, Economic History Association, PBS, and Wikipedia
Dallas Area Local Contract Kickoff Cookout/Cookin
"Members of American Postal Workers Union got fired up for opening of collective bargaining with a raucous rally on evening before negotiations began, promising intense member engagement across country.It wasn’t just a packed room of APWU leaders and supporters who participated. In fact, rally was streamed live online to thousands on both APWU website and on YouTube, and many members viewed it at “watch parties” organized for event.
APWU Sec. Treas. Liz Powell introduced a series of fiery speakers – from Tefere Gebre, Exec. VP of AFL-CIO, to Elise Bryant, President of Coalition of Labor Union Women, who led delegation in songs and chants. Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) vowed to fight postal service privatization" YO!
NOTICE TO INJURED EMPLOYEES
EEOC Decision is Final:
National Reassessment Program (NRP) Discriminated Against Injured Workers
The time is now for all current and former permanent-rehabilitation and limited-duty postal employees who were subjected to the USPS National Reassessment Process (NRP) between May 5, 2006 and July 1, 2011 to file a timely claim with the Postal Service to seek monetary damages and other relief.
POWER POINT PRESENTATION
ATTORNEY JERMAINE WATSON
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
HOW TO STATE A CLAIM
COME JOIN US
FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 @ 11:00 A.M.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 @ 11:00 A.M.
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DALLAS, TX 75212
CAUTION: The APWU makes no representation about the accuracy or quality of the information being provided by the law firm. The claim form provided by the law firm commits claimants to being represented by these attorneys. Claimants should carefully review the terms of the retainer agreement, including how their chosen representative is paid. Claimants are not required to use a lawyer to make a claim. The APWU cannot endorse the use of any law firm to submit their claims and cannot give legal advice on making claims to the Postal Service or whether to retain legal assistance for any part of the claim process.
Lawmakers call for federal probe of postal time card fraud
By: Eric Rasmussen , Erin Smith
Updated: Jan 24, 2018
U.S. representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch say nearly 100 post office managers are suspected of cheating employees out of overtime pay, according to a letter dated Nov. 30 they sent to the USPS Inspector General.
It’s unclear why Boston managers would doctor postal workers’ time cards, but a similar scandal surfaced in 2016 at USPS facilities in Richmond, Virginia.
In the Richmond case, postal managers got bonuses in exchange for keeping overtime costs down, according to a pending federal lawsuit.
Now Capuano and Lynch are calling for a federal investigation of time card fraud in Boston.
25 Investigates obtained letters from Capuano and Lynch – sounding the alarm to the USPS Inspector General as early as August.
Postal employees “were surprised to find several minutes of unpaid leave on their time sheets for times they were actually working, or would have had no reason to punch out,” Capuano and Lynch wrote in a letter dated Aug. 15.
The two congressmen followed up with another letter to the USPS Inspector General on Nov. 30, citing “a sense of urgency” to investigate the matter.
The letter also cited that postal union leaders had identified more than 7,000 cases of “time manipulations” in less than three years, resulting in nearly 4,000 missing work hours with 97 managers and supervisors suspected of cheating the system.
In statements to Boston 25 News, both Capuano and Lynch said the USPS Inspector General’s Office told them it had launched an investigation earlier this month.
But 25 investigates discovered the inspector general has yet to open an official investigation.
A spokeswoman for the postal inspector general's office said its auditors are still researching the complaint in a “fact-finding process” and it will be weeks before the agency decides whether to launch its own investigation or open the books at Boston area post offices.
“Based on the new information that we received from Representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch, we are actively considering work to look into the possibility of a broader or systemic issue around unauthorized timecard manipulation,” said a spokeswoman for the USPS Inspector General. “We will know in the next few weeks what that body of work will entail.”
The spokeswoman could not say why the decision to open an investigation or audit would take months.
Statement from U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D- Boston)
“After learning about troubling reports of manipulated time cards at USPS locations in Massachusetts, Congressman Capuano and I called on the Office of the Postal Inspector General to investigate these allegations. I have been informed that, as a result of our request, a full investigation involving multiple locations is in progress. Once that investigation is complete, any person suspected of illegal activities will be prosecuted by executive branch authorities. In the meantime, my office will continue to provide any useful information to the appropriate investigators to ensure a thorough and timely investigation into this matter.”
Statement from U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville)
“I was troubled when postal employees brought their concerns about manipulated time cards to my attention and I have been working with Congressman Lynch to address this matter. We have been told by the Office of the Postal Inspector General that an investigation has begun, which we expect will be thorough and deliberate. We will closely monitor this investigation to be sure that the issues raised by the employees are resolved with appropriate action.”
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CALL 844-402-1001 to tell your Member of Congress How You Really Feel About the House Budget
Say NO to Moving the Postal Service “On Budget” The Postal Service currently operates “off budget” and relies solely on the sale of postage and other postal services for funding. Moving the Postal Service “on budget” would severely hinder Postal operations and is an obvious attempt to move the Postal Service closer to privatization. Moving the Postal Service “on budget” could:
• Put caps on Postal Service spending—By dictating how the Postal Service can spend its money, the government can prevent them from using their funds to provide improved services and invest in infrastructure. • Subject the Postal Service to Federal shutdowns Oppose Cuts to Pay and Retirement Benefits The House 2018 Federal Budget calls for:
• Increasing employee pension contributions into the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). This could result in a pay-cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee. • Ending the Social Security supplement currently covering the gap in FERS benefits for those who retire before they are eligible for social security benefits.
• Eliminating pensions for new hires. There is also a concern that Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) on FERS retirement benefits will be eliminated and COLAs on current civil service retirees will be reduced, as previously proposed by the White House.
TO ALL, USPS HAS CANCELED ALL LETTERS DATED JULY 12, 2017 ISSUED TO THE 185 EMPLOYEES FROM THESE FACILITIES:
8. WILLS POINT
9. DALLAS NDC
10. NORTH TEXAS P&DC
APWU FROM THE NATIONAL TO LOCAL LEVEL FOUGHT TO STOP THIS MADNESS.
DON'T THINK FOR A SECOND THAT MANAGEMENT WILL NOT TRY AGAIN.
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AT HQ LEVEL, THEIR MAIN AGENDA IS REDUCING THE CLERK CRAFT STAFFING BASED ON FAKE PROGRAMS CALLED "DASHBOARD COMPLEMENT AND JOB BID MANAGEMENT".
THE LOCAL UNION HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO FILE GRIEVANCES ON THE EXCESSING FOR THE NEED OF THE SECTIONS, ABOLISHING JOBS AND REPOSTING.
To ALL CLERK CRAFT EMPLOYEES
June 14, 2017
Brothers and Sisters,
The long-expected USPS Excessing outside the Installation, Reversion and excessing for the need of the sections has begun in bits and pieces nationwide, with Nine (11) Installations in our local now being identified as impacted office. Management intended to Excess outside the Installation 180 Full Time Clerk Craft Employees from these offices by September 16, 2017.
These are the offices so far Identified as Impacted; Addison, Dallas, Frisco, Garland, Irving, Lancaster, Terrell, Dallas NDC, NTX P&DC, Willis Point, Carrollton.
Postal Service is being arbitrary and capricious in the manner they are reverting/abolishing duty assignment in an effort to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement rather than posting the positions for Career employees first and convert the PSE to Career and placed them into the residual vacancies.
This is the game USPS Official at the HQ level have been playing every 3-4 years, the only difference is the name, this time, management using these Two application so called Workforce Dashboard application and Bid management, even though they don’t admitted that they are using this application for excessing, reversion purposes, they are using the same generic wording they have used in past such as “the decrease workload reduction in staffing resulting in changes in operation”
In order to excess employees outside the Installation Management must follow the CBA.
The question is, are these Installations over staffed?
Every one of you knows that there are not enough clerks in those Nine (9) facilities, as a result of that management officials are harassing employees, denying annual leave, management officials are working bargaining unit work and employees are forced to work on DBCS alone.
Understaff limit the ability to serve the customers and grow the business. Reducing staff makes existing employees responsible for more work, and increased workload adds stress to complete work and meet performance expectations. Increased stress lowers morale and employee job satisfaction, takes a toll on an employee’s mental and physical health and can increase time needed off work.
Some of you are experiencing uncertainty of your job and a large number of our members will be impacted as a result of excessing including PSE’s whom work hours will be reduced. Upper management officials are not concerned about their employees, their goal is to reduce work hours at the expense of Bargaining Unit Employees.
The following contractual language regarding excessing can be found in the CBA.
• Meetings with the union at the area/regional level are required no less than 90 days (six months if possible) in advance of any anticipated reassignments from an installation under Article 12. In such case, the union will be advised of the following:
1. The anticipated impact, by craft.
2. The installations with available residual vacancies for the employees to be reassigned.
3. When a new installation is involved, the new installation’s anticipated complement by tour and craft.
The above information must be updated periodically and provided to the union at the area/regional level.
Field managers and/or supervisors should not discuss with bargaining unit employees proposed excessing outside the craft or installation until the area/regional parties have held their discussions. This should prevent employees from receiving erroneous information from management or the union, and control the appropriate flow of information.
We will keep you informed as we meet and discuss with management officials at the area level.
We will use all available resources at our disposal in addition to filing grievances, we will inform the public through Informational picketing at various stations, social media and all Media outlets i.e., print and broadcast, Contact State and Federal officials to stop these blatant violation of the CBA, I can assure you, we will prevail on these grievances. The buck does not stop here. The Arbitrators have the final say so.
In closing, we as postal workers and union members need to work together to fight injustices. We need to stop bashing each other and the union that is working for us. We need to redirect our displeasure and criticism towards the people who are truly trying to destroy us.
Yours In Union Solidarity!
“Robbing workers to pay the rich, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse.”
White House Budget Proposals
Slash Postal Workers’ Pay and Benefits
What can you do?
Human Relations Project
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
The Staples boycott is over!
Postal management informed the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of next month, concluding our three-year struggle.
I salute and commend you along with every other member and supporter who made this victory possible. I never doubted that if we stayed the course, stuck together and kept the activist pressure on, we would win this fight.
This is a victory for all the people of this country who have the right to good quality, secure, and public postal services. It also helps stop the transfer of good living-wage union jobs to low-wage jobs and thwarts postal privatization efforts.
I also applaud the many local and state organizations that joined in the fight; allies who honored the Staples boycott; our retiree and auxiliary chapters who stepped up with enthusiasm; APWU National officers and staff who stayed the course; and especially the many Stop Staples activists, active and retired, career and non-career, who worked day-in and day-out to see this struggle through and were the heart and soul of the campaign.
A job well-done!
Mark Dimondstein, APWU President
"While the U.S. Postal Service is obviously not a product of the New Deal, that same conservative agenda is behind the attack on the Postal Service we're witnessing today.
Cutting the workforce, closing post offices and plants, and moving toward privatization through outsourcing and divestiture of assets--these are all part of an effort to shape the postal system in ways that serve the interests of an elite business class rather than the good of the country as a whole.
The free-market ideology and greed for profits that drove efforts to undo the New Deal are basically what's driving the 'postal reform' movement today."
Source: Historian Kim Phillips-Fein In her book ~ Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal
APWU Family day and Mortgage Burning event was a success, those that came out to the celebration had a good time, thanks to the Members, Officers and Vendors for making the celebration a success.
Click here to see pictures of the event.
Fired Up and Ready to Go!
Day of Action Kicks Off
APWU President Mark Dimondstein at the National Day of Action event in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Post Office in Washington, DC “Are you fired up? Are you ready to go?”
That’s the question APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell asked dozens of supporters who kicked off the May 14 National Day of Action in front of the post office on 14th and L Streets in Washington, DC – just one week before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. Read full Article
Dallas Area Local members standing up and fighting back 05/14/2015
Contract negotiations are set to begin on Feb.19, 2015, and APWU members across the country are busy preparing. At the national level, officers have been studying data, weighing input from union members, plotting strategy, and honing contract proposals.
But to win a good contract, we will need support from union members across the country, as well as from the people we serve. Here’s what you can do:
Feb. 19, 2015: On the opening day of negotiations, wear stickers and union T-shirts, caps and other gear as a show of solidarity. Stickers have been mailed to local and state presidents for distribution.
Today and every day: Join your local or state Contract Action Team (CAT) to help share information with union members throughout negotiations and spread the word about upcoming activities. If there’s no CAT in your area, help your local president form one!
Every APWU member can and should get involved. Take the message to your family, friends and neighbors.
Mark Dimondstein, APWU President
Follow-Up Statement to APWU Members from President Mark Dimondstein
Re: New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach
New revelations about the security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems are raising additional concerns about this very troubling incident. The APWU remains fully committed to protecting the rights of our members and demanding information from the USPS about what management knew and when they knew it.
Unfortunately, it appears the breach was worse than originally thought. Apparently, information regarding OWCP records that were shared with the Department of Labor exposed medical records, bank account and routing information for tens of thousands of employees and retirees. The Postal Service plans to issue follow-up letters to those impacted by the latest findings shortly.
Because the Postal Service has refused to bargain in good faith and continues to take unilateral action in response to the data breach, the APWU is pursuing the unfair labor practice we filed on Nov. 10 with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the National Rural Letter Carriers (NRLCA) have also filed charges.
The APWU is committed to protecting the rights of our members and will do whatever is necessary to make sure our members are protected and made whole for any damages suffered as a result of the security breach – now and in the future.
We are working with our sister unions to ensure that postal employees and retirees receive the information you need and that every effort is made to protect you.
I will continue to be personally involved and will keep you posted as more information is obtained.
Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service!
Today, the American Postal Workers Union and more than 60 national organizations have come together in A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service!
OUR MISSION A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal 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 monied interests aimed at undermining postal services and dismantling this great public institution.
Even some postal executives have been complicit in the drive toward the destruction of the Postal Service and ultimate privatization: They have slowed mail service, closed community based Post Offices and mail processing facilities, slashed hours of operations, tried ceaselessly to end six-day service as well as door to door delivery, and eliminated hundreds of thousands of living wage jobs.
Good postal jobs are vital to strong, healthy communities, and have provided equal opportunities and the foundation for financial stability for workers from all walks of life, including racial and ethnic minorities, women and veterans. Postal services are essential to commerce and bind together families, friends and loved ones. In the day of e-commerce, a public postal service is as relevant as ever.
Yet those corporate forces who want to privatize public services allege that curtailing postal services and eliminating jobs are necessary due to diminishing mail volume and “burdensome” union wages and benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, a Congressionally-manufactured USPS “crisis” imposed an unfair crushing financial mandate on the Postal Service that no other government agency or private company is forced to bear. (The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 compels the USPS to pay approximately $5.5 billion per year to fund future retiree healthcare costs 75 years in advance.) Without this unreasonable burden, the USPS would have enjoyed an operating surplus of $600 million in 2013 and over $1.4 Billion in 2014.
The people of this country deserve great public postal services. We advocate expanded services, such as non-profit postal banking and other financial services. We call on the Postmaster General and Postal Board of Governors to strengthen and champion the institution.
The public good must not be sacrificed for the sake of private investment and profit. A strong public Postal Service is our democratic right. Join us in the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now – and for many generations to come.