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  1. On December 8, 2017, Arbitrator Shyam Das found that the Postal Service was in violation of the parties’ Article 1.6.B Global Settlement Remedy Agreement (GSRA) in Level 18 offices when it created the Postmaster End of Day (PMEOD) button in the Retail System Software (RSS). The PMEOD button allowed postmasters to enter and exit RSS without completely closing out of the window. The button allowed postmasters to give false accounts of the amount of bargaining unit work they performed, which is limited to 15 hours each week in Level 18 offices. In his December 8, 2017 award, Arbitrator Das remanded the remedy to the parties; however, after three years, the Postal Service had failed to provide the Union with an acceptable analysis of the amount of back pay entitlement and the parties returned to the arbitrator for a decision on a proper remedy. After the initial hearing dates in August 2020 were postponed, the remedy hearings were held on December 3-4, 2020. Das issued his decision dated September 16, 2021, awarding $20.5 million to be distributed: “(1) to affected bargaining unit employees as determined by the union; or if that option is declined by the union, (2) to clerks who worked in offices where the PMEOD function was enabled based on the relative number of days they worked during the period that function was enabled” (Page 2 of his award). “I congratulate Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, the Clerk Craft Officers involved and APWU attorneys and staff for the job well done,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This is another step forward in the ongoing and important fight in defending the work of our members.” APWU Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks stated: “This is just one more step in the battle to return work rightfully belonging to the Clerk Craft. While the Postal Service continues to put up obstacles, your union will not be deterred. We will continue to fight. This award should bring about a little vindication for the clerks in Level 18 post offices.” Brooks continued, “The Clerk Division at the national level filed the dispute after the Postal Service unilaterally changed the RSS logon start time on the PS Form 1412, in an effort to reduce their financial liability. Rest assured, the battle is not over. Stay tuned. We will not stop until all the work that is rightfully ours is given to us. On behalf of the Clerk Division, which includes Assistant Directors Lynn Pallas-Barber and Sam Lisenbe, we would be remiss if we did not thank Memphis Region Clerk Division NBA Pamel Smith, who secured 1412 data during the Thanksgiving holiday for me to present as rebuttal evidence at the arbitration hearing and Michael Barrett of the Buffalo Area Local, who compiled the numerous excel spreadsheets in support of the data.” Clerk Craft officers will meet and discuss the two options offered by Arbitrator Das in his award regarding the remedy to determine the best possible manner in which to compensate those clerks affected by this violation.
  2. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 AM. We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Safety Director, and Editor to permanently fill the positions. We will also be voting on the merger with the Evans WV PO and its RMPOs. Both will be held at the October 16, 2021, monthly meeting at 8:00AM.
  3. Negotiations Update: APWU and USPS “Stop the Clock” to Continue Bargaining for a New Contract September 21, 2021 The collective bargaining agreement (union contract) between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. Our current contract was due to expire at midnight, September 20, 2021. Over the last two weeks, the APWU and postal management have engaged in frequent negotiating sessions at both the “main table,” the “craft tables,” and in other committees. There has been modest progress on a number of issues affecting all our crafts, including on job security. There has also been a narrowing of the differences on important items including the economic package. However, the union and management have been unable to secure a negotiated agreement by midnight September 20. The APWU National Negotiating Committee (NNC) had two choices: Either start the process of mediation heading to interest arbitration, or with mutual agreement with postal management, “stop the clock” (meaning the contract does not expire at midnight) and continue negotiations for a period of time. It is the unanimous decision of the National Negotiating Committee to “stop the clock” and continue bargaining. It is also the position of the NNC that we will reevaluate progress on a regular basis and invoke mediation if further negotiations are not productive. “The entire APWU negotiating team is working together and working hard to secure the new contract that our members have earned and deserve,” said APWU Chief Spokesperson Vance Zimmerman. “Continued negotiations for a short period of time are in the best interests of the members.” “The APWU is leaving no stone unturned. Based on progress thus far we have the possibility of reaching a negotiated union contract,” declared President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. “It is vital we all stay union strong and union proud in our collective quest for workplace justice.” The APWU will continue to keep the members updated, including regular messages on the negotiation “hotline” at 866-412-8061.
  4. ATTENTION MEMBERS Due to not having a Quorum for the September 11, 2021, Regular Monthly Meeting there will not be any minutes for the Month of September. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 AM. We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Safety Director, and Editor to permanently fill the positions. We will also be voting on the merger with the Evans WV PO and its RMPOs. Both will be held at the October 16, 2021, monthly meeting at 8:00AM. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $325.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  5. ATTENTION MEMBERS Of the Charleston Area Local #133 Important Announcement President Craig Brown has appointed Kayla Cuppy as Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Kelton Fields as Safety Director and Tim Thompson as Editor. We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Safety Director, and Editor to permanently fill the positions at the October 16, 2021, monthly meeting at 8:00AM.
  6. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for September 11, 2021 @ 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $325.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes August 21, 2021 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 8:00 PM, Saturday, August 21, 2021. Allegiance to Flag Danny Clark led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present President – Craig Brown Vice President – Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary – Eustacia Wriston Clerk Craft Dir. - Amy Haga Maint. Craft Director- Danny Clark Legislative Dir.- Bob Redman AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder There were 7 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston amended the monthly minutes for July 2021. Motion to accept the minutes for July 2021 as amended was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for July 2021. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for July 2021 as read was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Letter from Bob Redman for Legislative Director Letter from Timothy Thompson Letter about Legislative Virtual Conference Letter from Trustee Letter from Kayla Cuppy Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes August 21, 2021 New Members Angel Barker Christopher James II Samantha Oiler Kelsey Hively Terrell Spencer Peyton Bird James Hanna Trevor Martin Erica Johnson Martha Strickland Barbara Hassie Brandon Rucker Rebecca Weekley Teresa Elkins Joseph Paris Frank Zahurunick Andrew Hudnall Anthony Herrera Rachel Crawford Misty Monk Rachel Fischer-Bramble Joseph Neupert Thomas Priddy Damaria Davis Rachel Waters Ronnie Spurlock Aisha Claytor Freddie Adams Richard Carrington Mitchell Cline Jeremiah Glenn David Nelson Andrew Newhouse John Dunlap Andrea Terry Nathan Garretson Kathy Hurt Andrea Elswick Joshua Kerns Heather Mills Patrick Cincinnati Harley Holstein Joel McKinney Chad Vance Robert Smith Lindsey Nelson Ashley Herold Myra Dean Drop Outs None. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes August 21, 2021 Special Committees T-shirts- Tour 1- just have a couple left Tour 2- just about done Tour 3- Starting the list AO- going through the membership list Maintenance- about 30 people left Standing Committees None. Unfinished Business None. New Business Election for Legislative Director was won by Bob Redman. Danny Clark made a motion to accept the Trustee Report as read. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed. Doug Butler made a motion for the local to absorb the due increase for the September 2021 Cola increase for career employees and the due increase for the next PSE increase. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay 45.12 for lunch all members that helped with the shredding and audit July 22nd and 23rd. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to purchase Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection for each union computer at the cost of 69.99 per year per computer. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion for steward training class sending craft director and any stewards of the craft director’s choosing to be paid lost time. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to rejoin the WV-AFL-CIO. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to send Bob Redman to the Legislative Zoom Conference on 9/26/2021 paid lost time. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes August 21, 2021 Chris Smith made a motion to spend up to $50.00 for a new toilet seat for the union hall. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Open Forum New Members Duct work in building Thank you, Robert Ludwig, for coming to the meeting Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Josh Synder. The $300.00 bonus number was 199, Benjamin Heading, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on September 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 July1.pdf July2.pdf
  7. Beginning September 7, the National Negotiations Committee (NNC) will lock down with postal management for a week of intense contract negotiations as the September 20 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement approaches. Both the APWU officers and postal management will be in the same hotel, meeting daily at main table negotiations, craft tables, and other subcommittees where they will hash out the various proposals. All meetings will be conducted respecting all COVIDrelated safety protocols including mask-wearing and social distancing. The NNC has been meeting regularly with postal management, and has submitted over 90 proposals. These proposals include items to protect job security and work opportunities, work rules and working conditions, increase career opportunities and improve conditions of work. The APWU will submit additional proposals in the coming weeks including ones for “economic provisions” – wage increases, COLA, step increases, etc. Throughout this process, the NNC is keeping the APWU National Executive Board and the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee updated about the process and developments of negotiations. On August 24, the NNC hosted a second series of APWU Contract Town Hall events to update the members and answer questions. The Town Hall events and previous updates are available here. APWU Leadership will continue to keep the membership updated on the progress of negotiations.
  8. Please click on the link for the USPS Updated Mask Policy Mandatory Face Covering Policy Revised.pdf
  9. September 2 is ‘National Gear Day!' With our contract expiring Sept. 20, negotiations are in full swing! Let's kick off Labor Day weekend by showing your support for APWU – Our Union, Our Contract, Our Future. Wear your union gear on the work room floor on Thursday, September 2. APWU officers will lock down with management the next week. Let's send a powerful message! Make sure to take photos! Send us a selfie or group picture with your masked coworkers while wearing the sticker or other union gear and email high resolution photos at their “original” file size to ncc@apwu.org. Submissions will be entered into a raffle for more union gear!
  10. Union Members Mark Your Calendar - September 4, 2021 WV Power Park - 601 Morris Street, Charleston, WV 25301 Free for Union Members & There Famalies Gametime 7:05 pm Tickets to the Game (Limit 4) Picnic Before the Game (6:00 pm) Fireworks After the Game For Tickets contact Dena at the West Virginia AFL-CIO 304-344-3557 or dfields@wvaflcio.org UNION PROUD - UNION STRONG
  11. In July, the final month of the six-month adjustment period for the sixth COLA under the 2018 Agreement, the CPI-W Unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose from last month to 797.661; an increase over the January 2021 index point upon which employees received the last COLA. As a result of the rise in index level, the following COLA adjustment will be applied to each step of the basic annual salary for all employees covered under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement effective August 28, 2021 (pay period 19-2021, pay date September 17, 2021). The sixth COLA under the 2018 National Agreement will be $1,935.00: Monthly Tracking Amount Per Annum $1,935.00 Per Pay Period $74.40 Cents Per Hour $0.93 Under the 2018 National Agreement, employees accrued the following adjustments totaling $3,349.00: # Amount Effective Date Pay Period Pay Date 1 $0.00 March 2, 2019 06-2019 March 22, 2019 2 $624.00 August 31, 2019 19-2019 September 20, 2019 3 $166.00 February 29, 2020 06-2020 March 20, 2020 4 $208.00 August 29, 2020 19-2020 September 18, 2020 5 $416.00 February 27, 2021 06-2021 March 19, 2021 6 $1,935.00 August 28, 2021 19-2021 September 17, 2021
  12. With our current union contract expiring on September 20, 2021, the APWU and postal management have now been engaged in negotiations for more than five weeks. The APWU National Negotiating Committee consists of President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Secretary/Treasurer Liz Powell, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun, Motor Vehicle Services Director Michael Foster, and Support Services Craft Director Stephen Brooks. The Negotiations Committee is meeting weekly, at minimum, to plan, refine proposals and develop strategy. In addition, the Craft Directors met individually with Lead Negotiator President Dimondstein and Chief Spokesperson Director Zimmerman to coordinate efforts. Many other officers and staff are also working diligently with research and planning. Throughout the process, the Negotiations Committee has kept the National Executive Board and Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee apprised on the process and developments of negotiations. Proposals Exchanged Generally, at this stage of early negotiations we are focused on proposals addressing work rules, working conditions, and workforce structure. Later in the negotiations process, the economic provisions (wage increases, COLA, step increases, etc.) will be proposed and discussed. To date, the APWU has submitted 86 proposals and management has submitted six proposals for discussion and negotiation. The union proposals include 44 craft proposals covering the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services crafts and 42 general article proposals. These include numerous proposals to protect job security and work opportunities, increase career opportunities and improve conditions of work. The APWU will submit additional proposals over the coming month, including our wage and financial package. Main Table Meetings Since negotiations opened on June 22, 2021, there have been eight “Main Table” meetings between the APWU and postal management, where proposals are exchanged and assigned to various negotiators or to the craft tables for further discussion and development. Each APWU craft is conducting at least weekly meetings with their counterparts at the Postal Service. In addition, Director Zimmerman meets regularly with the Postal Service Chief Spokesperson on the general article proposals that are not currently assigned other negotiators or to the craft tables. Lead negotiator, President Mark Dimondstein, also meets regularly with the Deputy Postmaster General discussing the overall picture of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Lock Down Starts Sept. 7 The parties are currently planning to “lock down” in the same location for a week of negotiations beginning September 7, 2021. Each day will consist of intense main table negotiations, craft tables, and any other sub-committees where the parties agree to work on the various proposals. If an agreement is not reached by the September 20, 2021 expiration of the CBA, the parties will begin to move towards interest arbitration. An APWU team consisting of national officers, attorneys, and staff members is preparing for interest arbitration at the same time negotiations are ongoing. Furthermore, negotiations can continue beyond the expiration of the contract even while preparing for interest arbitration. It is always best for the parties to reach a voluntary agreement rather than have an arbitration panel impose new wages, hours, and working conditions. “The core committee and other craft officers are diligently working to negotiate a contract that recognizes the hard work and dedication the employees represented by the APWU show each day, shared Director Zimmerman. “We are working together to get you the good contract you deserve.” “On behalf of the members, I thank the negotiating team and everyone involved with the negotiations process for all their hard work and cooperation as we march together in the battle for a good new contract,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Our strength at the negotiating table derives from the activity and unity of the members, so keep sending the message from the workroom floor to postal headquarters – ‘Union Strong, All Day Long!’” Contract Negotiations
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