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  2. As we get ready for another round of PSE conversions, the Health Plan is here to help. We want to educate the new career employees on the APWU Health Plan benefits. As you know, we have two great plans that offer strong benefits for the APWU members and their families. Please note, the new career employees will only have 60 calendar days to select their health plan. The new career employees that were on the USPS plan as a PSE will be automatically disenrolled. The PSE’s currently on the Consumer Driven Option can remain on this plan to keep those benefits. No further action will be needed. In order to pay the negotiated APWU Career rate for the Consumer Driven Option the employee must be enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans for one full year as a career employee. The time spent on the Consumer Driven Option as a PSE doesn’t count toward the one year in FEHB. The APWU Health Plan will conduct Virtual Health Fairs, exclusively for this conversion. The Member Education department will brief employees on the benefit highlights for both the High Option and Consumer Driven Option plans. Most importantly, there will be a Q&A period to ask the Health Plan staff questions concerning benefits. Below is the schedule for the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs. Please circulate this information to the PSE’s that are being converted. Click the link to register and attend. Once registered, you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. On the day before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions. If you have questions, please contact our Director's office at (410) 242-1503 or by email at director@apwuhp.com. Download the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs flyer here. Our New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs Dates July 19 - 1pm-3pm EST Register Now August 4 - 3pm-5pm EST Register Now August 13 - 12pm-2pm EST Register Now August 23 - 3pm-5pm EST Register Now September 9 - 2:30pm-4:30pm EST Register Now September 17 - 10am-12pm EST Register Now You can also visit www.apwuhp.com/events to register for a health fair.
  3. On June 22, 2021, APWU entered into negotiations with USPS management on a new collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expires September 20, 2021. Below are President Dimondstein's opening remarks, which set out APWU members' priorities for our new contract. The American Postal Workers Union welcomes this opportunity to represent approximately 200,000 postal workers in these important negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between our union and the United States Postal Service. For generations Postal workers were denied our right to negotiate over wages, benefits and conditions of employment. Instead, workers were compelled to engage in “collective begging” and our livelihoods were subject to the whims of politicians and political parties. That changed 51 years ago, when postal workers won true collective bargaining rights as a result of the Great Postal Strike of 1970. Since that heroic strike postal workers’ lives have vastly improved. And representatives of our union sit across the bargaining table from management as equals – not because we have important titles – but because we have a union sustained and supported by our members. These negotiations take place in the shadow of the last seventeen months of the COVID Pandemic. And there should be full recognition on management’s part that postal workers have courageously stepped up to the challenge as front-line essential workers. Under severe stress we carried out our invaluable mission to the people with great pride and dedication – at a time when the people needed us the most. Once again, and underscored by the pandemic, postal workers have earned a good union and improved contract. We have clear goals for these negotiations. As postal workers pour our lifeblood into the institution and its mission, we should be justly compensated for our hard work and enjoy an ever-improving standard of living. We should be provided a safe workplace, free from hostile work environments and sexual harassment, and after concluding our careers, enjoy a secure and dignified retirement. Our members deserve good annual pay increases, stronger safety rights, an end to the unfair and divisive two-tier career pay scales, limits on subcontracting, more full-time career work, better work hour guarantees and rights for PTFs, a quicker and clear path to career status for PSEs, and shorter workweeks with no loss of pay. We strive to protect hard won gains and job security provisions secured over generations and for dignity and respect on the job. We will be putting forth proposals to address these and many other concerns. We also approach these negotiations as an opportunity to promote our vision for a vibrant public postal service and expanded postal services for the people of the country. Our members and our union are passionate about the crucial mission of the public Postal Service, as outlined in the 1970 Postal Reorganization Act: “To provide postal services to bind the Nation together,” to “provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas,” and to “render postal services to all communities.” Today, this mission is in jeopardy, threatened by a congressionally-manufactured financial crisis, by those on Wall Street who would like to get their hands on the Postal Service’s $70 billion plus in annual revenue, and by ideologues who oppose the very concept of the public good. And while we have welcomed opportunities of cooperation with Postmaster General DeJoy as we strive for positive legislative postal reform, to expand postal services and address short staffing, it must be said that there are far too many management practices, many inherited, which have led to severely degraded services, delayed mail, driving away of customers and revenue, subcontracting, and partial privatization. There can be no denying that the recent service performance, and the proposed service goals developed by management and the Board of Governors, are woefully inadequate for the needs of the country. We will put forth proposals for improving and expanding services from restoring delivery standards, expanding the network and hours of service, proper staffing and providing an array of financial and other services. We are keenly aware that the Postal Service is facing serious challenges. Changes to the mail mix - letters are down while packages are up - create both hardships and hope. The bi-partisan 2006 Postal Accountability Enhancement Act (PAEA) continues to plague the Postal Service. With its absurd pre-funding mandate, its artificial postage rate cap, and the inability, thus far, to recoup overpayments to retirement funds, combined with the loss of the 2013 exigency rate increase at the hands of the PRC, the PAEA has seriously undermined our institution supported and beloved by the people of the country. And so, the solutions to these problems should fall to Congress, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and USPS management, not come at the expense of the workers. APWU represented postal workers voluntarily agreed to over $4 billion of deep wage and benefit concessions in the 2010-2015 contract resulting in continuing significant cost reductions for the Postal Service. As we look to the future there are competing visions for the Postal Service. One professes that, in the day of the internet, the Postal Service is a relic of the past. I imagine there were similar doomsday naysayers when advances in technology created the telegraph and telephone and changed the communication habits of millions. Those who want to destroy us, often funded by the likes of UPS, use these changes to advocate for the breaking up and privatizing of the Postal Service, as did the previous White House administration. Postal workers’ vision is for a robust and vibrant postal service for generations to come. Those in postal management who believe in the public Postal Service, and I know many of you do, should not be afraid of creative thinking and bold action as we discuss various ways to enhance and expand postal services rather than play into the hands of those who would like to destroy us on the altar of private profit. Entering these negotiations, I am reminded of a former PMG who shamefully advocated that young workers don’t deserve traditional defined-benefit retirement plans, job security and stable employment and called on Congress to use the Postal Service as “an incubator” for destroying decent jobs. These harmful views found their way into the December 2018 Postal Task Force recommendations. We vehemently oppose this “race to the bottom” for we believe that the Postal Service should indeed be an incubator, but as it has been for decades, an incubator of good, living-wage union jobs for workers from all walks of life, with equal pay for equal work for women and minorities and solid job opportunities for veterans. One more observation on the broader importance of these negotiations. While postal and millions of other frontline workers struggled with the stress and danger of the pandemic, when millions suddenly lost jobs and healthcare, when poverty increased at the greatest rate in the last 50 years, the wealthiest 15 U.S. individuals increased their wealth by 40%. Collective bargaining and the Postal Service’s Congressional mandate to be a model employer can contribute to resolving this shocking and growing income inequality in our country where workers continue to are fall behind while the 1% gallops ahead. The key to the Postal Service’s bright future is the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of postal workers – from those who sell postage and accept packages, to those who sort medicine and catalogues, to those who transport the mail and repair the vehicles, to those who maintain the equipment and facilities, to those who deliver the mail. These negotiations are an opportunity for management to reward our dedication and hard work. The APWU will approach these negotiations with a passion for the workers we represent and the public we serve. We will forthrightly share our proposals and be honest in our dealings. We will work hard to achieve a negotiated collective bargaining agreement. We enter these negotiations as part of a movement of friends and allies to protect and enhance a vital and wonderful national treasure that has the overwhelming trust of the people and remains a cornerstone in every community. As we meet here on opening day, thousands of APWU members around the country are taking up the call “Our Union, Our Contract, Our Future” as we struggle to advance the well-being of current and future postal workers, our families and communities. The APWU is ready to get to work!
  4. On June 21st, the American Postal Workers Union and postal management signed a major new agreement to address longstanding understaffing issues in mail processing functions at the Postal Service. Under the terms of the new agreement the “Function” 1 mail processing staffing will be increased with 3,741 new career positions. The agreement also establishes the additional conversion of at least 3,641 PSEs to career. In total the agreement will result in the 7,400 PSE conversions. These conversions will take place no later than August 14, 2021 and will be applied to 245 installations throughout the country as determined by management. As part of this agreement, and in an effort to improve service provided to the public during the holidays, the APWU has agreed to extend by two pay periods (four weeks) the 2021 “Holiday Peak Season” in Function 1. “This agreement is another milestone in our priorities of securing career positions for postal workers and providing top-class service to the public,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We’ve been relentless in urging management to address staffing issues. This agreement is another big step in the right direction and will undoubtedly better the lives of thousands of PSEs and help us better serve the people of the country.” This new agreement is the third in a series that increased total clerk craft career staffing by approximately 10,000 jobs and created the conversion of 14,000 PSEs to career. The Union remains committed to addressing similar ongoing staffing issues in Function 4 (retail) and will continue to press management to address the problems of understaffing.
  5. President Dimondstein was joined by Secretary-Treasurer Powell for June's Livestream. They covered the upcoming kick off of our contract campaign, the new bipartisan postal reform legislation, and more on the 10 year plan and our fight to stop the delays. They took questions from members on organizing non-members in the USPS, EFEL leave, proposals for retiree health care under the Postal Service Reform Act and the threat to small post offices.
  6. PSEs to See Pay Raise On Saturday, May 22, 2021, Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will receive a pay increase of 20 cents per hour. The additional pay will be reflected in pay checks dated June 11, 2021. The new hourly rates for PSEs can be found here. This is will be the fifth and final pay increase PSEs will receive under the 2018-2021 National Agreement. The five pay increases the PSEs receive included three general increases of 2.3%, 2.1%, 2.0%, and two additional increases of 20 cents each (PSEs do not receive COLA). Overall, a Level 6 PSE received a total of $2.07 per hour during the current contract. Any future pay increases will be based on the next contract. Contract negotiations are set to begin on June 22, 2021.
  7. Contract negotiations open in less than one month. Our next APWU Live with President Dimondstein is coming up on June 1 and we hope to see you there. Sign up here to get a reminder and to ask your question. There is a lot happening for postal workers right now and we have a packed livestream this month. This is your chance to get updates on postal workers’ campaign to restore speedy mail service and stop management’s attempt to permanently delay the mail. We will discuss management’s plans for plant closures and consolidations. And we’ll address the new bipartisan legislation that will finally get rid of the unfair prefunding mandate that has drained USPS finances. We will also let you know how you can get involved in our fight for a fair contract. Because our strength at the bargaining table comes from our members standing together and mobilizing, to get a Good Contract Now, we need you to make it happen. Together with answers for your questions, the June 1 live is a key opportunity for you find out what is going on and to get involved. Sign up for the July 1 APWU Live here. In union solidarity, The American Postal Workers Union 1300 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 | www.apwu.org
  8. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Introduces Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act May 12, 2021 On May 11th, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act. The new bill is scheduled to be marked up on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. The bipartisan bill is an important step on the road to saving our public Postal Service. The bill will place USPS on the path toward financial stability by taking the critical step of repealing the unfair prefunding mandate, adding much-needed transparency to the Postal Service, and enacting prospective Medicare integration. The prefunding mandate requires USPS to fully prefund retirement health benefits for future postal workers who have not even been born yet. This burden—which no other organization is forced to bear—is responsible for 84 percent of the Postal Service’s net losses since 2007. “I applaud Chairwoman Maloney and Ranking Member Comer for their leadership and for coming together on a bipartisan basis to help to preserve America’s Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Their efforts reflect the broad support across the country – regardless of party affiliation – for the essential and dependable public postal services the people rely upon. We look forward to continuing to work with the committee to build support for this bill and ensure that USPS is better able to serve the American public.”
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  10. Constitution and By Laws of the Charleston WV Area Local #133 Old Language: Article IV Remuneration Section 1. The following officers and full-time stewards shall be paid the following token salary on a monthly basis based on current wage level and step. Any officer/steward who is eligible for more than one salary shall receive only the higher salary. Officers and full-time stewards who have retired shall be paid their salary at the level and step at which they retired plus any contractual raises. President ........................................................... 18 hours pay per month. Vice-President................................................... 10 hours pay per month. Treasurer.............................................................18 hours pay per month. Secretary................................................................6 hours pay per month. Editor.....................................................................4 hours pay per month. Clerk Craft Director.............................................18 hours pay per month. Maintenance Craft Director ............................... 10 hours pay per month. Motor Vehicle Craft Director.................................6 hours pay per month. Full-time Stewards ............................................... 6 hours pay per month. New Language: Article IV Remuneration Section 1. The following officers and full-time stewards shall be paid the following token salary on a monthly basis based on current wage level and step. Any officer/steward who is eligible for more than one salary shall receive only the higher salary. Officers and full-time stewards who have retired shall be paid their salary at the level and step at which they retired plus any contractual raises. President ............................................................. 20 hours pay per month. Vice-President...................................................... 12 hours pay per month. Treasurer................................................................18 hours pay per month. Secretary..................................................................6 hours pay per month. Editor.......................................................................4 hours pay per month. Clerk Craft Director...............................................18 hours pay per month. Maintenance Craft Director ................................ 12 hours pay per month. Assistant Clerk Craft Director……………………8 hours of pay per month. Assistant Maintenance Craft Director.……….…8 hours of pay per month. Motor Vehicle Craft Director..................................6 hours pay per month. Full-time Stewards ................................................ 6 hours pay per month. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied Constitution and By Laws of the Charleston WV Area Local #133 Old Language: Article XI Duties of Officers SECTION 7. Assistant Clerk Craft Directors- Assistant Craft Directors shall assist their craft director in the performance of his/her duties and will automatically assume the office of Craft Director should the office become vacant. Assistant Clerk Craft Director (A) shall be elected only from the Charleston P&DC, Customer Service, and any associate office within the area local. Shall assist the clerk craft director in the performance of his/her duties. Shall act as a liaison to the P&DC, customer service and associate offices. Will automatically assume the office of clerk craft director should the office become vacant. New Language: Article XI Duties of Officers SECTION 7. Assistant Craft Directors- Assistant Craft Director shall assist their craft director in the performance of his/her duties and will automatically assume the office of Craft Director should the office become vacant. Assistant Clerk Craft Director shall be elected only from the Charleston P&DC, Customer Service, and any associate office within the area local. Shall assist the clerk craft director in the performance of his/her duties. Shall act as a liaison to the P&DC, customer service and associate offices. Will automatically assume the office of clerk craft director should the office become vacant. Assistant Clerk Craft Director will be at least an alternate steward in their particular craft. Assistant Maintenance Craft Director shall be elected only from the Charleston P&DC and the Charleston Station and Branches. Shall assist the Maintenance craft director in the performance of his/her duties. Shall act as a liaison to the P&DC, and the Charleston Station and Branches. Will automatically assume the office of Maintenance craft director should the office become vacant. Assistant Maintenance Craft Director will be at least an alternate steward in their particular craft. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied
  11. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for April 17, 2021 @ 8:00 AM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133, Voting on attached Constitutional By-Laws changes at the April 17, 2021 Regular Monthly Meeting @ 8:00 AM. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $250.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes March 20, 2021 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 20, 2021. Allegiance to Flag Mark Strickland led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present President – Craig Brown Vice President – Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary – Eustacia Wriston Motor Vehicle Craft Dir.- Melissa Monday Assistant Clerk Craft Dir. - Amy Haga Human Relations Dir.- Alexis Pratt Maint. Craft Director- Danny Clark Assistant Maint. Craft Director- Daniel Gravley There were 12 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for February 2021. Motion to accept the minutes for February 2021 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Danny Clark. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for February 2021. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for February 2021 as read was made by Tyler Williams. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Letter Elizabeth “Liz” Powell Secretary- Treasurer Winfield, WV requested to merge with Charleston WV Area Local. Final processing occurred on February 16, 2021. Letter from APWU Health Plan Department 2021 Seminar scheduled from October 16th – 20th at the MGM Grand in Detroit Michigan. Letter from APWU National Presidents’ Conference NPC Legislative Virtual Zoom Meeting March 29-March 31, 2021. New Members Shawn Counts Bobby Bailes Matthew Vance Seth Nichols Sieanna Jones Drop Outs Emmie Green Special Committees None Standing Committees Voting on Constitution By-Law changes at the April 2021 monthly meeting. Unfinished Business None New Business Doug Butler made a motion to send 6 delegates to the state convention at full expense from April 29th – May 1st paying lost time. Craig Brown, Doug Butler, Eustacia Wriston, Danny Clark, Daniel Gravley, and Alexis Pratt. Seconded by Jeremy Clem. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send up to 7 delegates to the state convention April 29th – 30th at full expense minus lost time. Amy Haga, Chris Smith, Mark Strickland, Melissa Monday, Tiffany Copley, and Joey Christian. Seconded by Daniel Gravley. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to spend up to $2,000.00 toward the cost to repair the roof at the union hall. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay the Maintenance Craft Director 8 hours of lost time for zoom meeting that was on March 10, 2021 for maintenance HQ updates. Seconded by Daniel Gravley. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary 8 hours of lost time for the Fiduciary Responsibility Training on April 7th,2021. Seconded by Danny Clark. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send Craig Brown, Kayla Cuppy, and another of Craig Brown’s choosing to Healthcare Conference in October. Seconded by Tyler Williams. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send the President and Vice President to the virtual zoom meeting conference on March 29th–31st, 2021 paying lost time. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Amy Haga made a motion to pay for up to 16 hours of lost time for all clerk stewards to have a class concerning local procedures on the consistency of the interpretation of the language and a few other issues. Seconded by Tyler Williams. Motion Passed Open Forum Amy Haga made a motion to go back to new business. Seconded by Doug Butler. Motion Passed New Business Justin Turner made a motion to have pictures and titles online or on the board so that members especially newer members can recognize our officials. Read by Amy Haga Seconded by None. Motion Dies Open Forum None. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Daniel Gravley. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Jeremy Clem. The $250.00 bonus number was 423, Alena Tomblin, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on April 17, 2021, at 8:00 AM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133
  12. Dear HPR's, The conversion of 5,500 PSE’s began as of March 13. Becoming career employees will be a life changing and exciting time for the PSE’s and the Health Plan is here to help. We want to educate the new career employees on the APWU Health Plan benefits. As you know, we have two great plans that offer strong benefits for the APWU members and their families. Please note, the new career employees will only have 60 calendar days to select their health plan. The new career employees that were on the USPS plan as a PSE will be automatically disenrolled. The PSE’s currently on the Consumer Driven Option can remain on this plan to keep those benefits. No further action will be needed. In order to pay the negotiated APWU Career rate for the Consumer Driven Option the employee must be enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans for one full year as a career employee. The time spent on the Consumer Driven Option as a PSE doesn’t count toward the one year in FEHB. As the coronavirus continues to impact families nationwide, the Health Plan will continue to be sensitive to the COVID-19 risks related to work, travel, and social distancing. We want to allow the new career employees an opportunity to meet with APWU Health Plan staff virtually. The APWU Health Plan will conduct Virtual Health Fairs, exclusively for this conversion. The Member Education department will brief employees on the benefit highlights for both the High Option and Consumer Driven Option plans. Most importantly, there will be a Q&A period to ask the Health Plan staff questions concerning benefits. Below is the schedule for the Virtual Health Fairs. Please circulate this information to the PSE’s that are being converted. Click the link to register and attend. Once registered, you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. On the day before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions. If you have questions, please contact our Director's office at (410) 242-1503 or by email at director@apwuhp.com. Our Virtual Health Fairs Dates April 14 - 2pm-4pm EST Register Now April 30 - 11am-1pm EST Register Now May 7 - 1pm-3pm EST Register Now You can also visit www.apwuhp.com/events to register for a health fair.
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  14. Old Language: Article XI Duties of Officers SECTION 4. Secretary-The secretary shall keep a correct and impartial record, of the proceedings of this area local and carry on such correspondence as the affairs of the area local dictate. The secretary shall record each meeting on the cassette recorder provided and will use said tapes to assist in preparing the minutes of each meeting. Tapes of each meeting shall be retained for a period of 120 days after said meeting. No communications carried on by the area local may be regarded as official unless a signed copy of the dispatched communication and reply are given to the secretary for filing. All original copies of incoming correspondence and copies of outgoing correspondence and original copy of minutes shall be maintained at the union office. The secretary shall make a report of the preceding meeting at each meeting of the area local. A draft of each meeting will be posted on bulletin boards fourteen (14) days after meeting. A typewritten copy of the minutes shall be given to the president and treasurer within fourteen (14) days after the meeting. The copy of the minutes will include a copy of the sign-in sheet as well as a copy of correspondence that will require further action by the president or treasurer. New Language: Article XI Duties of Officers SECTION 4. Secretary-The secretary shall keep a correct and impartial record, of the proceedings of this area local and carry on such correspondence as the affairs of the area local dictate. The secretary shall record each meeting on the digital recorder provided and will use said files to assist in preparing the minutes of each meeting. Files of each meeting shall be retained for a period of 120 days after said meeting. No communications carried on by the area local may be regarded as official unless a signed copy of the dispatched communication and reply are given to the secretary for filing. All original copies of incoming correspondence and copies of outgoing correspondence and original copy of minutes shall be maintained at the union office. The secretary shall make a report of the preceding meeting at each meeting of the area local. A draft of each meeting will be posted on bulletin boards fourteen (14) days after meeting. A typewritten copy of the minutes shall be given to the president and treasurer within fourteen (14) days after the meeting. The copy of the minutes will include a copy of the sign-in sheet as well as a copy of correspondence that will require further action by the president or treasurer. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied Old Language: Article XI Duties of Officers SECTION 13. Human Relations Director They shall represent the area local in civic and community service programs, shall be authorized at the expense of the area local to send expressions of sympathy to a member who suffers a death in their immediate family. Such expressions shall be a bible and a choice of flowers or donations of equal amount to a charity of the family's choice, shall coordinate all annual activities as authorized by the President. New Language: Article XI Duties of Officers SECTION 13. Human Relations Director They shall represent the area local in civic and community service programs, shall be authorized at the expense of the area local to send expressions of sympathy to a member who suffers a death in their immediate family. Such expressions shall be a choice of flowers or donations of equal amount to a charity of the family's choice, shall coordinate all annual activities as authorized by the President. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied Old Language: Article XII Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training SECTON 1-National Conventions: Members of the Executive Board shall have first call. A maximum of five (5) delegates shall attend the National Convention at full expense if authorized by the membership. The Area Local President shall be an automatic delegate representative. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. A maximum of four (4) delegates shall attend the National Conventions at full expense, minus lost time, if authorized by the membership. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Additional delegates shall attend the National Conventions at their own expense, except registration fees, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the total amount authorized by the National Constitution and By - Laws, then an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. New Language: Article XII Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training SECTON 1. National Conventions: Members of the Executive Board shall have first call. A maximum of six (6) delegates shall attend the National Convention at full expense if authorized by the membership. The Area Local President shall be an automatic delegate representative. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. A maximum of four (4) delegates shall attend the National Conventions at full expense, minus lost time, if authorized by the membership. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Additional delegates shall attend the National Conventions at their own expense, except registration fees, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the total amount authorized by the National Constitution and By - Laws, then an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied Old Language: Article XII Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training SECTION 2. State Convention: No preference on first call. The Area Local President shall be an automatic delegate representative. A maximum of six (6) delegates shall be authorized to attend the State Convention at full expense, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized, an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. A maximum of seven (7) delegates shall be authorized to attend the State Convention at full expense minus lost time, if authorized by the membership Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized, an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Additional delegates shall attend the State Conventions at their own expense, except registration fees, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the total amount authorized by the State Constitution and Bylaws, then an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. New Language: Article XII Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training SECTION 2. State Convention: No preference on first call. The Area Local President shall be an automatic delegate representative. A maximum of seven (7) delegates shall be authorized to attend the State Convention at full expense, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized, an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. A maximum of seven (7) delegates shall be authorized to attend the State Convention at full expense minus lost time, if authorized by the membership Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized, an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Additional delegates shall attend the State Conventions at their own expense, except registration fees, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the total amount authorized by the State Constitution and Bylaws, then an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied Old Language: Article XVI Expenditures SECTION 2.J. A drawing for all members in good standing will be made at the regular monthly union meeting, at which time a cash prize starting at $100.00 will be given away. If the member is not present during the drawing at the regular monthly union meeting, then the prize will be increased by $25.00 until it is won, up to a maximum of $250.00. It will stay at $250.00 until it is given away, then it will begin at $100.00. New Language: Article XVI Expenditures SECTION 2.J. A drawing for all members in good standing will be made at the regular monthly union meeting, at which time a cash prize starting at $100.00 will be given away. If the member is not present during the drawing at the regular monthly union meeting, then the prize will be increased by $25.00 until it is won, up to a maximum of $500.00. It will stay at $500.00 until it is given away, then it will begin at $100.00. Constitution and By Law Committee X Accepted __ Denied
  15. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for March 20, 2021 @ 7:00 PM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133, Voting on attached Constitutional By-Laws changes at the March 20, 2021 Regular Monthly Meeting @ 7:00 PM. We will also be taking nominations for Delegates to the State Convention for April 29, 2021- April 30, 2021 which will be held by Zoom conferencing. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $250.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes February 20, 2021 Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 8:00 AM, Saturday, February 20, 2021. Allegiance to Flag Chris Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present President – Craig Brown Vice President – Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary – Eustacia Wriston Clerk Craft Director – Tim Thompson Assistant Clerk Craft Dir. - Amy Haga Motor Vehicle Craft Dir.- Melissa Monday There were 9 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for January 2021. Motion to accept the minutes for January as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Tim Thompson. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for January 2021. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for January 2021 as read was made by Tim Thompson. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Letter from Karen Wolver, Auxiliary to APWU Human Relations Project has been Fisher House 2018-2021. Asking all locals for donations to help support Fisher House. For more information about Fisher House program go to: www.apwuauxiliary.org . To ensure recognition at the National Convention, please have donations sent in no later than July 15th. Letter from WVPWU President Sinikka Melvin WVPWU Executive board has opted to go online for the state convention. Training will be Thursday April 29th in the morning. Normal business start time will now start in the afternoon of the 29th and go into Friday April 30th. Legislative director Glenn Wilson sadly made the decision to resign. Chris Black was unanimously voted by the executive board to fill the legislative director position. There will be a portion of the convention dedicated to Gary Shorter so if you have any pictures you want to share please send them in. New Members Richard Thompson Dylan Turner Jimmy Petry Brandon Johnson Catherine Carry Erica Huffman Kimberly Algee Drop Outs None Special Committees None Standing Committees Constitution By-Law Committee: Amy Haga, Chris Smith, Eustacia Wriston, Craig Brown, Doug Butler, Melissa Monday, Tiffany Copley, Jeremy Clem, Danny Clark, and Tim Thompson. Meeting on February 24, 2021 at 5:30 PM Unfinished Business February 23, 2021 Zoom Workshop for Executive Office Training was canceled will substitute to the new date when announced. New Business Doug Butler made a motion to send the Vice President and Treasurer to the Secretary of Treasurers Fiduciary Training for February 10,2021 paying loss time for up to 8 hours. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send the President, Vice President, and Treasurer to the Department of Labor LM Training on February 24th from 1pm-4pm paying loss time for up to 8 hours. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to purchase QuickBooks Pro 2021 spending up to $1,000.00. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Tim Thompson made a motion to pay the Tour 1 stewards (Tim Thompson, Brenda Matheny, and Alexis Pratt) 8 more hours of lost time for the Basic Steward Training on February 11, 2021. Seconded by Doug Butler. Motion Passed Amy Haga made a motion to pay loss time for up to 16 hours for Clerk Craft Director and 1 person of their choosing to clean up the files in the office and shred documents. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to pay the shredding company to come in and shred the documents up to $1,000.00. Seconded by Tim Thompson. Motion Passed Open Forum Need a list of agenda items for a labor management meeting. Vote in March for delegates to go to the state zoom convention. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Tim Thompson. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Brenda Matheny. The $250.00 bonus number was 193, Freda Gail Hill, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on March 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133
  16. Covid Vaccines are now available to USPS employees. Please register to get your vaccine at the WV DHHR link below https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
  17. Union Contract Survey - Let Your Voice Be Heard! Tell us your bargaining priorities for the upcoming Contract Negotiations Fill out your survey
  18. Charleston Area Local #133 Important Announcement February 2, 2021 ATTENTION MEMBERS The following members have been appointed to the vacant positions following the 2021 Charleston WV Area Local #133 election: • Daniel Gravley- Assistant Maintenance Craft Director • Joey Christian- Safety Director • Kayla Cuppy- Editor
  19. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for February 20, 2021 @ 8:00 AM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133, Constitutional By-Laws at the March 20, 2021 Regular Monthly Meeting @ 7:00 PM. We will be taking nominations for Delegates to the State Convention for April 29, 2021- May 1, 2021 which will be held by Zoom conferencing. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $250.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  20. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes January 16, 2021 ATTENTIONS: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:00 PM, Saturday, January,16 2021. Allegiance to Flag Melissa Monday led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present Vice President – Craig Brown Secretary – Susan Swiney Clerk Craft Director – Tim Thompson Assistant Clerk Craft Dir. - Amy Haga Motor Vehicle Craft Dir.- Melissa Monday Editor – Chris Smith Assit. Safety Dir.- Doug Butler Organizer – Tiffany Copley There were 12 members present. Reading of Minutes Susan Swiney read the monthly minutes for November 2020. Motion to accept the minutes for November as corrected was made by Doug Butler. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Craig Brown read the Treasurer's Report for December 2020 and yearly report for January- December 2020. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for December 2020 and yearly report for January- December 2020 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Doug Butler Motion Passed Bills and Communications Craig Brown read the following bills and communications. Zoom Workshops: (Must be registered by Monday January 25,2021.) o Protecting Clerk Craft work in Small offices Tuesday February 2, 2021 from 1pm-5pm. o Basic Steward Training Thursday February 4, 2021 from 10am-3pm. o Representing PSEs in the clerk craft Tuesday February 9, 2021 1pm-5pm. o Basic Steward Training Thursday February 11, 2021 1pm-6pm. o Large Office issues Thursday February 18, 2021 1pm-5pm. o Executive Office Training Tuesday February 23, 2021 1pm-6pm. o Disability and Retirement Thursday February 25, 2021 1pm-5pm. New Members Travis Mobley Amanda Guthrie Brandon Guzman Laci Jarrell Lily Crist Daniel Hudson Mathew Drake William Stover Seth Allman Kasee Bennett Ethan Hamilton Angela Johnston Cara Elswick Jason Baldwin Catlyn McClung Drop Outs None Chris Smith made a motion to suspend order of business. Seconded by Doug Butler. Election Committee Bob Redman read the election results for 2021 as follows: APWU Local 133 Results President Craig Brown 115 Votes Daniel Gravley 62 Votes Vice President Kayla Cuppy 69 Votes Doug Butler 107 Votes Treasurer Chris Smith 128 Votes Paula Barker-Harless 45 Votes Trustees Donna Acord 31 Votes Dan Akers 49 Votes Rita Jackson 92 Votes Maintenance Craft Director Joey Christian 15 Votes Danny Clark 45 Votes VMF Craft Director Logan Scott 2 Votes Melissa Monday 2 Votes Motion to accept the election results for 2021 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Doug Butler. Motion Passed Special Committees Installation Dinner and swearing in officers to be determined. Standing Committees None Unfinished Business None New Business Chris Smith made a motion for the Clerk Craft Director and Maintenance Craft Director to send up to 3 Stewards each to the Zoom Training for the Basic stewards training on 11th from 1pm-6pm. Paying lost time for 8 hours. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer to the Executive Office Training on February 23rd from 1pm-6pm paying loss time for 8 hours. Seconded by Tim Thompson. Motion Passed Tim Thompson made a motion to discontinue paying Paula Barker-Harless' $60.00 a month for her bill. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Danny Clark made a motion to put a small printer in the small union office at the plant spending up to $300.00. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Open Forum Need another election for the VMF Craft Director position. Amy Haga made a motion to go back to New Business. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Cont. New Business Amy Haga made a motion to pay up to 40 hours of lost time Chris Smith, Craig Brown, and Doug Butler to go to United Bank, City National Bank, safety deposit box, credit union, get credit cards. Seconded by Susan Swiney. Motion Passed Tim Thompson made a motion to pay loss time for up to 8 hours for Clerk Craft Director, Maintenance Craft Director, and 1 person of their choosing to clean up the files in the office. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Cont. Open Forum Tiffany Copley having issues getting grievance numbers downtown discussed about possibly putting them on OneDrive. Chris Smith and Tim Thompson looking into the online grievance log as a possibility for the future. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Tim Thompson. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Susan Swiney. The $250.00 bonus number was 125, James Dorsey, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on March 20, 2021, at 8:00 AM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133
  21. President: Craig Brown 115 votes Daniel Gravley 62 votes 2 No votes Vice President: Doug Butler 107 votes Kayla Cuppy 69 votes 3 No votes Treasurer: Chris Smith 128 votes Paula Barker-Harless 45 votes 6 No votes Maintenance Craft Director: Danny Clark 45 votes Joey Christian 15 votes Motor Vehicle Craft Director: Melissa Monday 2 votes Logan Scott 2 votes Trustees: Rita Jackson 92 votes Dan Akers 49 votes Donna Acord 31 votes 7 No votes
  22. Postal Management and the American Postal Workers Union signed a major Memorandum of Understanding to help address the chronic understaffing at mail processing facilities throughout much of the country. Under the terms of the new agreement, over 5,500 new career positions will be created at 192 installations. The number of career positions will vary by installation based on management’s determination. 5,524 PSEs will be converted to career status as soon as possible, but no later than March 13, 2021. As a transition to the creation of the new career positions and PSE conversions, combined with the severe backlog of mail and packages, the APWU has agreed to extend the period where management can retain “peak season” PSEs above the PSE cap. “This is a major breakthrough and a great way to bring in the New Year, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The Union has consistently been raising staffing shortage problems. Postal management has finally gotten the message and we appreciate that this agreement will take pressure off the current “Function 1” workforce, better the lives of over 5,500 PSEs and enable postal workers to better serve postal customers.” Full Article
  23. Longtime APWU Retiree, Byron Denton, age 92, was a postal worker. As an old timer, he has experienced some tough times, but nothing compared to the hardships faced by today's postal workers. They have delivered through an unprecedented global pandemic and they deserve support. Show you will stand with postal workers and a public US Postal Service: sign the petition to #SaveThePostOffice www.apwu.org/petition
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