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APWU 133

    Importance of Contract Action Teams

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Clerk Craft Directors 

    Contract negotiations will begin in June, and the membership has democratically decided on resolutions to improve the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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    Attend a Pre-Convention Workshop

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 33-2018

    The Research & Education Department will sponsor the APWU’s 16th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their local and state organizations. Twenty-eight workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 17... All APWU members are welcome and encouraged to sign-up online by the early registration deadline of Friday, Aug. 3. This deadline is firm for participants with special needs: If you need a sign interpreter, for example, you must register by Aug. 3. Other participants may try to sign up for workshops after they arrive in Pittsburgh; however, late registrants will have a limited choice of workshops and will not receive certificates. 

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    New Postal Reform Legislation Introduced in the Senate

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    Web News Article #: 32-2018

    On March 22, The Postal Service Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2629) was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The APWU recognizes the efforts of the four bi-partisan Senators who worked to craft and co-sponsor the proposed legislation - Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). “The APWU appreciates their efforts to achieve postal legislative reform that is fair to the APWU members, postal workers in general, the public Postal Service and postal customers,” said Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard.

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    Contract Action Team Liaisons Appointed

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 31-2018
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    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...

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    Arbitration Advocacy Training Kicks Off

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 30-2018

    The APWU Arbitration Advocacy Training program will be Sunday, June 3 - Sunday, June 10. It is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the techniques needed to effectively prepare a case for arbitration. Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel, Hilton Hotel & Meeting Center, 100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202, on Sunday, June 3 because classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning. A graduation dinner will be held on Saturday evening. No classes will be held on Sunday, June 10. The curriculum includes: Introduction to Arbitration; Preparing the Case; Identifying and Framing Issues; Threshold Issues; Exhibits and Stipulations; Opening and Closing Statements; Rules of Evidence; Objections, and Direct and Cross Examinations.

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    Stay Alert and Vigilant

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    Web News Article #: 29-2018

    The APWU condemns the vicious and criminal bombings in Austin, TX aimed at injuring and killing innocent human beings... We urge our members to be on high alert and vigilant to protect worker and public safety.

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    USPS Safety Ambassador Program

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    Web News Article #: 28-2018

    The APWU was informed on October 26, 2017 of the Postal Service’s intent to roll out a new program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The Postal Service intends to replace the safety captain program, and any other local safety programs, with this “standardized” and nationally controlled program. The American Postal Workers Union does not support, agree with, or endorse this program.

    Using their latest catch phrase—employee engagement—the Postal Service claims that this program “will focus on employee engagement, training, communication, hazard identification/abatement, and accident reduction.” Having a safe workplace is every worker’s right and you must fight for that right! However, the Safety Ambassador Program appears to be nothing more than an end-around our currently negotiated joint union-management safety procedures.

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    2018 POWER Central Region Educational Conference Announced

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 27-2018

    The 2018 POWER Central Region Educational Conference has been officially announced! 

    The conference commences promptly at 8:30 AM on Friday, May 18, 2018. It will conclude Saturday, May 19, 2018, no later than 6 PM. It will be held at the Hotel Lumière at the Arch, 999 North Second Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102.

    Click here for the conference call flyer and registration form.

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