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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
Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes
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Members of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. L-R: Yared Wonde, Dallas Area Local; Tiffany Foster, New York Metro Area Postal Union; Daleo Freeman, Cleveland Area Local; Robert Johnson, Greater Connecticut Area Local; Fred Wolfmeyer, St. Louis Gateway District Area Local; Scott Hoffman, Boston Metro Area Local; Doris Orr-Richardson, Florida Postal Workers Union; Arrion Brown, Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Area Local; Roscoe Woods, 480-481 Area Local; Ashley Cargill, Oklahoma Postal Workers Union; Sandra Munoz, Broward County Area Local (FL); Arthur “A.J.” Jones, Eastern Montgomery County PA Area Local. Not pictured are Aulby Gillett, San Angelo Local (TX), and Timothy Maynard, San Fernando Valley Area Local (CA)
Members of the APWU’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee held their first meeting in Washington, DC, on April 24. The committee advises the union’s National Negotiations Committee on bargaining demands and must approve any tentative agreement reached before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. During deliberations the committee heard presentations from APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, and Craft Directors Clint Burelson, Steven Raymer, Michael Foster, and Steve Brooks about preparations for the 2018 contract negotiations. Throughout the meeting, the committee engaged in discussions about the path moving forward.
The 14-member committee selected Scott Hoffman, president of the Boston Metro Area Local, to serve as chair. Arthur “A.J.” Jones, president of the Eastern Montgomery County PA Area Local, will act as co-chair, and Doris Orr-Richardson, president of the Florida Postal Workers Union, will serve as secretary.
“The National officers each gave their take on their aspect [of contract negotiations],” Hoffman said. “There was some good back-and-forth, it wasn’t a one-sided presentation. We had questions for the negotiators on process, procedure and some of the specific concepts.”
The committee’s next meeting will coincide with their return to Washington, DC for the Opening Day of negotiations on June 26.
APWU WEB NEWS ARTICLE 31-2018 03/22/2018
Contract Action Team Liaisons Appointed
They are Fired Up and Ready to Go Assist Local CATs!
Front (L-R): Janalee Banks, Wanda Harris, Ahlona Miranda, Angela Ellington
Back (L-R): James Donohoe, Arrion Brown, Jennifer Lemke, Larry Guarnero
To assist local and state organizations with developing strong grassroots organizing and activism in support of the APWU’s upcoming contract negotiation fight, President Mark Dimondstein appointed the following Contract Action Team (CAT) Liaisons... Read more
President Dimondstein: "Let's Deliver Mail, not Myths"
05/11/2018 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein busts myths and sets the record straight on the Postal Service, "a national treasure belonging to all the people of the United States."
Click here to read the entire column as it appears in the Boston Globe.
Power to the Workers – New Bill to Strengthen Unions
05/10/2018 - On Wednesday, May 9, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Workplace Democracy Act, with Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) introducing the companion bill in the House of Representatives.
Wishing the 2018 Pat Davis Scholarship Award winner good luck and good fortune.
From left to Right: Beena Mathew (NDC), mother of Serena Mathew, Charles McKinney (Irving P.O), father of Deanna McKinney, award presented by:Yared Wonde (Back), Joann Wiliams, Tanya Daniel, and Charles Tillman.
From Left to Right Blanca Woodard (Mother),
Selena Woodard (scholarship recipient),
Tan Daniel (Sec/Trea) and Yared Wonde (President Dallas Area Local)
Clerk Craft and USPS Agree on $36 Million Remedy Settlement for Violations Regarding Sales Retention Teams
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On Jan. 12, the Clerk Craft and the USPS agreed on a $36 million remedy settlement for the Postal Service’s violations regarding the Sales Retention Team (SRT) Pilot Program. The money will be distributed among Clerk Craft employees to be identified by the National APWU. The Postal Service is required to cooperate and provide information necessary for the union to identify employees eligible for payment.
Eligible employees are those in the Clerk Craft bargaining unit who were on the rolls in the installations (bid clusters), attached to the Sales Retention Team (SRT) sites, in the following locations:
Arbitrator Goldberg ordered the Postal Service to cease and desist these violations of the CBA found in this case, assign SRT work to Clerk Craft employees, and post SRT work assignments for bid without delay. The Postal Service posted Customer Retention Agent duty assignments for bid by eligible Clerk Craft employees at all Customer Retention Program sites and awarded positions in March and April of 2017.
The arbitrator remanded to the parties and ordered that they “seek agreement on an appropriate financial remedy for the violations of the [Collective Bargaining] Agreement here found to have occurred.”
This January 12 monetary settlement was finally reached as the parties prepared to present disputes over remedy to the arbitrator in a hearing scheduled for Jan. 16.
This monetary settlement reaffirms that the work performed at the Sales Retention Team sites, now called Customer Retention Program sites, is Clerk Craft work.
“This is another step forward in protecting our work that will ultimately benefit everyone in the APWU,” said President Mark Dimondstein.
“The monetary remedy shows the value of collective persistence and perseverance in the face of USPS unethical behavior,” said Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson. “Thanks go to Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, who served as case officer and negotiated the monetary settlement, Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Pallas-Barber for her assistance throughout the case, and Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman for expediting the scheduling of the case.”
“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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New 2015-2018 CBA Benefits at a glance
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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.
NTX CAT team getting members involved, making sure they were signed up for the conference call and signing up non-members.