Will the new Postmaster General be the last?
by Nora Taggart
On his first day on the job, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy addressed postal
workers in a video posted on Liteblue. In the four-minute video DeJoy praises the
hard work of postal workers, especially during the pandemic. He also vowed to
work with the unions, management and lawmakers to place the agency “on a
trajectory for success.”
But don’t let DeJoy’s video fool you. Most likely he is emulating the Secretary of
Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie’s tactics of saying one thing while doing the
opposite. Wilkie, another one of Trump’s lackeys, also put out a nice short video
praising the VA and its workers before waging a full-blown attack against them
and their unions. The VA Secretary and his advisors from Concerned Veterans for
America, a Koch-funded “free-market” organization, have been effectively
privatizing the Veterans Health Administration, something most veterans oppose.
Will the real DeJoy please stand up
While most of the media focused on the new Postmaster General’s close ties to
President Trump and the millions of dollars he contributed to the President and
the Republican Party, very little was said about DeJoy’s record as the CEO of
several companies and how he treated his workers.
DeJoy was CEO of New Breed Logistics from 1983 until his company was acquired by XPO Logistics for $615 million dollars. He was then named CEO of XPO’s supply chain for a year before serving on XPO Logistics' Board of Directors until 2018.
Both New Breed and XPO have a long record of violating worker’s rights around
the world. This includes sexual harassment, discrimination, wage theft, safety
violations and wrongful terminations. The work conditions were so horrific that
the NY Times did an investigative report about them in 2018, revealing how
several women miscarried after being subjected to strenuous work conditions.
The revelation sparked a Congressional investigation.
XPO Logistics is vehemently anti-union and hires multiple anti-union
consultants to perform union-busting work. They have called the police on the
Teamsters. Numerous lawsuits have been issued against XPO resulting in the
company having to pay tens of millions of dollars for violating workers' rights.
Yet none of the XPO workers in the U.S. have a collective bargaining agreement.
Follow the money
It is no secret that Louis DeJoy is a mega donor and fundraiser to Trump and the
Republican Party. Last February, DeJoy and is wife, Aldona Wos, shelled out
$580,600 to have dinner with the President at the estate of billionaire Nelson
Peltz. This was Trump’s most expensive fundraiser so far. That same month
President Trump nominated Aldona Wos as U.S. ambassador to Canada.
The DeJoy-Wos, like most US billionaires, are extremely conservative on
economic issues and use their money and power to influence policy that
benefits them. DeJoy is a board member of Fund for American Studies which
promotes the limited government and free-market ideology. He has also
contributed to American Crossroads, a super-PAC headed by Karl Roves that
spends millions of dollars attacking public-sector labor unions.
It is important to note that Robert M. Duncan, who was appointed to the USPS
Board of Governors in 2018, is a founding director of American Crossroads.
There is only one reason why DeJoy, a wealthy, anti-government, pro free-
market, ultra-conservative Trump crony with a long anti-union record is now the
head of the America’s Public Postal Service and that is to implement the White
House agenda of privatizing the agency.
While in Washington DC for APWU Presidents Conference, (Yared Wonde, Carlton Williams, Charles Tillman ) stop by Congressman Marc Veasey's office to thank himfor Co-Sponsring H. Res. 54 and asking Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson to also Co-Sponsering the bill.
This Bill Expressing the sense that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards.
The Postal Service has taken the unprecedented step to degrade mail service standards to eliminate overnight mail delivery throughout the country. In response, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. representatives are supporting H.Res. 54, which calls for USPS to restore the service standards and stop slowing down the mail.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
AND THE AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION, AFL-CIO
Re: Exception for MOU Re: Transfers – COVID-19 Related Absences
The MOU Re: Transfers, Section D, states in part, “Managers will give full consideration to the work, attendance, and safety records of all employees who are considered for reassignment.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties agree that beginning February 29, 2020 COVID-19 related absences will not be considered when reviewing the attendance record of employees requesting reassignment under the subject MOU.
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Doug A. Tulino-Vice President, Labor Relations United States Postal Service
Mark Dimondstein-President American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
Date: __4/22/2020___ Date: ___4/22/20__
Memorandum of Understanding
Between the United States Postal Service
and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
July 17, 2020
RE: Extension of MOU RE: Temporary Step-3 and Arbitration Appeals
The parties agree that the Memorandum of Understanding, Re: Temporary Extension on Step 3 and Arbitration Appeals, dated April 14, 2020 that was extended to July 17, 2020, is extended through September 25, 2020. The original text of that MOU is:
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the parties agree that time limits for appealing grievances to Step 3 of the grievance-arbitration procedures, and appeals to arbitration, will be extended for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the National Agreement. This additional 30-day period is effective on April 20, 2020, the expiration date of the original extension.
The parties at the local level are encouraged to discuss the potential need for time limit extensions
for appeals to Step 1 and Step 2, based on local business conditions and either party’s ability to
timely process grievances.
The parties will revisit immediately prior to September 25, 2020 to determine if extension would be
Click here for Extension (PDF)
Rickey R. Dean-Manager, Contract Administration (APWU) United States Postal Service
Vance Zimmerman- Director Industrial Relations American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
Rank and File Committe Rallying at APWU Convention Pittsburgh, PA 2018
Save America's Postal Service
Know Your Rights
THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
The PSE work force will be comprised of non career, bargaining unit employees, which is the only category of non-career employees established to work within APWU bargaining units.
Article 8 Section 4.G state in part “When an opportunity exists for overtime for qualified and available full-time employees, doing similar work in the work location where the employees regularly work, prior to utilizing a PSE in excess of eight (8) work hours in a service day, such qualified and available full-time employees on the appropriate Overtime Desired List will be selected to perform such work in order of their seniority on a rotating basis.
(See Memo, on page 279 of The CBA as well).
The New Language has change on overtime assignment in accordance with Article 8.4.G.
Q. Can PSE be required to work overtime prior to using FTRs on Overtime Desire List?
Q. May management utilize a PSE when a PTF employee has been non-scheduled?
ANSWER: Article 7.1.B.2 Requires, “During the course of a service week, the Employer will make every effort to insure that qualified and available part-time flexible employees are utilized at the straight-time rate prior to assigning such work to PSEs.”
• Effective 6 months from the date of the 2010 National agreement, full‐time career clerk craft and motor vehicle craft employees who are not on the Overtime Desired List and are in an installation with employees working in NTFT duty assignments in the same Functional area, will not be required to work overtime except in an emergency. In the Motor Vehicle craft, employees may also be required to work overtime in the event of unforeseeable circumstances (e.g., PVS drivers stuck in traffic, weather conditions).
Why Masks Work, How they Help Protect You
USPS FACE COVERING POLICY
The Postal Service has a new resource to help ensure compliance with its face covering policy in states and cities across the nation.
USPS requires all employees to wear face coverings when there is a state or local face covering order or directive in place or when an employee — including those who do not deal directly with the public — cannot achieve or maintain social distancing in the workplace. CLICK HERE
President, Dallas TX Area Local (APWU-AFL-CIO)
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