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    Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 78-2018

    In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.

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    APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using Leave Without Pay to Campaign

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 77-2018

    APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM).  A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions.

    In his award on August 6, 2018, the arbitrator upheld the APWU’s challenge to the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to the leave program that put the burden of managing LWOP requests on employees, rather than supervisors. The award protects employees’ right to request LWOP to volunteer through their union to participate in important political activities, like the upcoming November elections.  

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    PSEs for the USPS Health Benefits Plan

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 75-2018

    On July 30, 2018, the Postal Service notified the APWU that there will be a special enrollment period for PSEs to enroll in the USPS Health Benefits Plan.  The enrollment period will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 4, 2018.  Coverage will become effective on October 13, 2018.

    PSEs are eligible for enrollment in the APWU CDO plan after completing their first 360-day appointment.  PSEs may enroll in the APWU CDO plan within 60 days of being appointed to a second term as a PSE or during regular Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) open season held in November and December of each year after meeting eligibility requirements.

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    It’s Time to Gear Up!

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 76-2018

     

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    Danville Local Members Showing They Are
    #APWUnited! 

     

    As our struggle for a good contract continues, let’s show management our union strength by rocking APWU gear.  Wear APWU T-shirts, Hats, Buttons, Wristbands, etc. every Thursday to show management that we are #APWUnited!

    Click here to download a Gear Day flyer and spread the word.

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    Labor News

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    JetBlue Workers Vote for Union Future

     

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    New member of TWU: Jet Blue
    InFlight Crewmembers.

     

    Workers are standing up for a better deal at JetBlue. It’s one of the few companies in the airline industry that has operated in the past as a non-union carrier.

    The future will be different. In April, flight attendants at the New York-based airline overwhelmingly voted for representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In May, the Air Line Pilots Association announced a tentative agreement on a first contract with the airline.

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    Members in Action

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    PORTLAND, CINCINNATI LOCALS RALLY AGAINST CUTBACKS IN JOBS AND SERVICE

     

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    Teresa Oller, steward from Portland OR Area Local, 
    helps lead a rally against jobs and service cuts. 

     

    In June, as the APWU bargaining team prepared for contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service, union members in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio rallied with supporters to protest job and service cuts that have led to long lines and delays in mail service.

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    We're Fighting for Everyone

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    By Apwu133,

    Denish%20Dean%203crop.jpg(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    When APWU member Denisha Dean decided to step up and run for president of the Long Beach Area APWU Local, there were those who believed was too black, too young and too busy as a single mother to compete for such an important position. “The idea of ‘I can’t’,” Dean recalls “made me hit the pavement even harder.”

    Instead of considering age, race, parental status or other irrelevant factors, APWU members in Long Beach saw a dynamic leader standing up for a strong union. Dean was elected president with 13 percent more votes than her nearest competitor.

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    New Benefits Secured for Postal Support Employees (PSEs)

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 74-2018

    In the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the US Postal Service, the parties established a “Workforce Benefits, Employment Opportunities, Training and Education Fund.”  The purpose of the fund was to provide for the Postal Service’s share of health insurance benefits to PSEs and to provide additional resources for new PSE benefits.

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