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  1. Bulk Mail and Mailing Requirements Clerk Qualification Position MOU Extended May 6, 2022 On May 6, 2022, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks and the Postal Service agreed to extend the MOU, Re: Bulk Mail and Mailing Requirement Clerk Position Qualification. The extension will continue through November 4, 2022. The parties had originally agreed to the MOU on April 3, 2020 in order to provide a virtual learning and OJT program for Bulk Mail Techs and Mailing Requirement Clerks (MRCs) “at the location where the Bulk Mail Tech or MRC position is located”. The MOU further states, “The parties at the National Level will review the in-person training program offered at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED), including the material content and schedule”. Both parties will not only be able to review the training program but will also compare the training with the actual duties performed in these jobs to ensure Bulk Mail Techs and MRCs are receiving the appropriate training commensurate with their position descriptions. The MOU also states, “This agreement is without prejudice to the positions of the parties on any issue and shall not be cited in any dispute resolution proceedings, except for the purpose of enforcing its terms”. Clerk Craft Director Brooks stated, “I want to thank Assistant Directors Lynn Pallas-Barber and Sam Lisenbe for their hard work on these important issues”. The extension of the MOU is linked with this article for easier access. 2022 Bulk Mail Tech and Mailing Requirement Clerk Position Qualification
  2. Telework MOU Extended Until June 17, 2022 May 6, 2022 On May 6, 2022, APWU Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks agreed to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Telework for Clerk Craft Employees at Customer Care Centers, Customer Retention Teams, and the Mailing Shipping Solution Center (MSSC, i.e., Mailing Requirements Clerks) until June 17, 2022. However, the Postal Service would not agree to extend Consumer Affairs employees (Claims & Inquiry Clerks and Complaints & Inquiry Clerks) for inclusion in this MOU. Their duties while working from home could not be tracked accurately by the USPS. Therefore, employees in these two categories will return to their duty stations, effective May 7, 2022. During this approximate month and a half extension, the APWU and Postal Service will discuss and attempt to finalize a Telework Program Pilot Agreement for employees at Customer Care Centers, Customer Retention Teams, and Mailing Requirements Clerks. The MOU states, “Once the Telework Program Pilot Agreement is finalized, or no later than June 17, 2022, this MOU will expire, unless the parties at the national level agree to extend. If agreement on a teleworking pilot cannot be reached, the parties will work together on a transition plan to return the employees to their official duty stations as soon as reasonably possible”. “It is the Clerk Division’s intention, long term, to protect our work from contracting out while also protecting the rights and benefits of all employees,” Director Brooks explained, “while taking into consideration many employees’ desire to voluntarily work from home”. The extension of the MOU is linked with this article for easier access. Telework MOU
  3. ATTENTION MEMBERS Of the Charleston Area Local #133 Important Announcements We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director to permanently fill the positions which will take place at the June 18, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 7:00 PM.
  4. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on May 21, 2022 @ 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 $450.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  5. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes April 16, 2022 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:02 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2022. Allegiance to Flag Mellissa Monday led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present President- Craig Brown Vice President – Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith (Zoom) AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder Motor Vehicle Craft Dir. – Melissa Monday There were 7 members present 1 of which was via zoom. Reading of Minutes Craig Brown read the monthly minutes for March 2022. Motion to accept the minutes for March 2022 as read was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Josh Snyder. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Craig Brown read the Treasurer's Report for March 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for March 2022 as read was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Chase Dawson. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. APWU Health Plan Conference- San Diego CA Letter from Liz Powell- Automatic Dues Increase Letter about 2022 PLUSS- Summer School Letter from Liz Powell- Confirming APWU Merger with Kenna/Liberty Letter from Mark Dimondstein- 35 and Under Union Activists New Members James Asbury Jeromy Shafer Drop Outs None. Special Committees None. Standing Committees None. Unfinished Business None. New Business Doug Butler made a motion to pay lost time for the Maintenance Zoom Meeting on March 30th, 2022. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes April 16, 2022 Doug Butler made a motion to pay members lost time for the Clerk Zoom Meeting on March 30th,2022. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send/pay Daniel Gravley to be a delegate for the Maintenance Class at the State Convention 2022 minus lost time. Seconded by Josh Snyder. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send Tiffany Copley to attend the Organizing Zoom meeting on April 23, 2022, paid lost time. Seconded by Josh Snyder Motion Passed. Doug Butler made a motion to absorb dues increase for career and PSE for the February 26, 2022, increase. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed President Craig Brown passed gavel to Vice President Doug Butler. Craig Brown made a motion to send the Health Plan Director, Organizing Director, and the President to the Healthcare Plan Convention in San Diego, CA Oct.22-25, 2022 at full expense. Seconded by Chris Smith Motion Passed Vice President Doug Butler passed gavel back to President Craig Brown. Doug Butler made a motion to send 4 stewards any craft to Summer School June 5-10, 2022, at full expense. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Open Forum More talk about Summer School. Melissa Monday only one for advance class paid for by state. Need to pay/register for 1st year students. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Josh Snyder. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Robert Ludwig. The $425.00 bonus number was 147, Joseph Easter, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on May 21, 2022, at 8:00 AM. Respectfully Submitted, file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 March 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf March 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf
  6. Implementation of CBA Moves Ahead April 28, 2022 The implementation of the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement is moving forward. With ratification of the agreement on February 28, the provisions of the agreement went into effect. The membership of the union has already seen the effect of some of those provisions. For example, work or pay guarantees the for Part-time Flexible (PTF) employees to include the four (4) hour daily work or pay guarantee and the 24-hour per pay period work or pay guarantee are in effect. The guaranteed one day off per week for PTFs is also in effect along with many other provisions of the agreement. As previously announced, the pay provisions of the agreement are being programmed and will begin to be paid in pay period 13 which starts on June 4, 2022 and show on the paychecks received on June 24, 2022. This would include the 1.3% due to career employees from November 2021, the 2.3% due to Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from November 2021, the $1310 per annum COLA due to career employees on February 26, 2022, extra pay for PTFs due to the Juneteenth holiday, and the additional 50 cents per hour for PSEs. Beginning pay period 14, starting on June 18, 2022, the slotting of the additional steps and elimination of steps for Grade 8 employees will begin as well. Of course, once that is all in place the Postal Service will be able to provide the date of the retro-active pay that will be owed the employees. It is important to note that the retroactive pay will take time to calculate and will be paid later in the year. One significant provision of the agreement goes into effect on April 23, 2022. PSEs who have reached 24 months of relative standing within their installation (Level 4 RMPOs excluded) will be converted to career employees. They will be converted to a PTF in Level 20 and below offices or to Full-time Flexible (FTF) in Level 21 and above offices. This is a significant step forward for the non-career workforce. Guaranteed Conversion! The Postal Service has provided approximately 1,200 names of PSEs who will be converted on April 23, 2022. During negotiations, it was estimated that the conversions under this provision would be closer to 2000, however, through the other conversion mechanisms of the Clerk Craft Residual MOU, conversion agreed to through national MOUs, and through the hard work of dedicated representatives in the grievance process, many of the PSEs estimated to be converted were converted prior to April 23, 2022. This proves that the contract is working well to get conversions prior to the 24-month provision that is a stop-gap to ensure PSEs are converted. The APWU believes more than the 1,200 conversions should be taking place and we have provided a list of names to the Postal Service that have been identified in the data we have that should be converted. We are seeking clarification on those names and making sure that no one who should be converted is missed. Data review and conversations with the Postal Service are continuing to take place to make sure everyone due to be converted is converted. The 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement took a big step forward for the wages, hours, and working conditions for hundreds of thousands APWU members. It is a contract that can be built upon in the future and a contract that protect rights and benefits fought for over decades of collective bargaining.
  7. Statement by APWU President Mark Dimondstein on the Amazon Workers Union Victory in Staten Island and the Ongoing union election in Alabama April 11, 2022 The Union victory today of Amazon workers in the Staten Island, NY warehouse is exciting and great news. In addition, the too-close-to-call election results at the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon warehouse is also encouraging news The 8,000 workers at the Amazon Warehouse in Staten Island NY voted “union yes” by joining a new independent union, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). In an outstanding example of independent self-organization, workers prevailed against a massive, multi-millionaire dollar anti-union campaign of coercion, threats and intimidation. The Amazon workers, led by Christian Smalls, who was fired for leading a walk out over lack of COVID safety protocols two years ago, were not to be denied. They drew important lessons from the pandemic – workers must organize to have dignity, respect and safe working conditions. They were undoubtedly encouraged by the wave of new worker militancy around the country as well as growing public support for unions. And they were rightfully fed up with a company raking in billions in profits while refusing to share the wealth created by the workers’ labor. The APWU welcomes this news - the first union beachhead in the battle for workers’ rights against a massive, anti-union company and their greedy billionaire executives. It is a powerful first step which will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to the one million U.S. Amazon workers who need a union to win better wages, benefits, workplace safety and a true voice at work. The organized labor movement should unite and build a multi-union crusade to help organize Amazon workers throughout the country. We should help propel the movement forward, whether Amazon workers choose to join an established union such as the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in Alabama, or others, or if they organize new independent initiatives such as the ALU in Staten Island. We salute the determination of the Amazon workers in Staten Island and Bessemer, AL in standing up to their bosses. Unionization at Amazon holds a special significance for postal workers who work in the same mail/package/delivery industry. When one group of workers rises, we all rise. The APWU stands ready to assist the newly organized workers in Staten Island in any way we can in the coming and challenging battle to win a good first union contract and stands ready to work with all Amazon workers and all unions in building Amazon workers’ power at Amazon.
  8. Results of Tentative Agreement Incentive Announced April 8, 2022 APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced the winners of the union’s tentative agreement ratification participation contest. The challenge, intended to encourage participation in the ratification process, offered rewards to locals that were most successful in mobilizing APWU members to vote. The contest provided that the top three locals in several categories would be rewarded, with the categories based on the size of the local. The program stipulated that any local that achieved 100 percent participation would be rewarded, and to be eligible, locals must have reached voting levels of at least 50 percent. In the category of 1-49 members, four (4) active locals had 100% percent participation, and each will be awarded $200. They are: LOCAL Percent Voting Liberal Local 100% Worthington Local 100% West Bend Local 100% Twin Cities Area Local 100% In the 500–999-member category, there was only one (1) local eligible for the $2,000 award: Trenton Metropolitan Area Local 51.1% Unfortunately, no other category qualifies for an incentive award. Results can be found at this link in the Member’s Only section, and were provided by the American Arbitration Association, which conducted the balloting under the supervision of the Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee.
  9. PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNS POSTAL REFORM INTO LAW Prefunding Mandate Scrapped, Landmark Bill Provides Billions in Relief to USPS April 6, 2022 On Wednesday, April 6, President Joe Biden signed the Postal Service Reform Act into law at a White House ceremony. President Mark Dimondstein and Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard were invited to witness the signing ceremony and represent the APWU. “This is a historic achievement for our union,” said President Dimondstein. “Congratulations to every postal worker who has organized for over a decade to ensure this long-needed postal reform legislation became law. The Postal Service Reform Act marks a tremendous victory for our union, for all postal workers, our families, and for the people of the country who depend on robust, reliable and sustainable universal postal services.” The Postal Service Reform Act (PSRA) contains many key elements that have long been a priority for the APWU. First is the elimination of the congressional mandate that USPS prefund future retiree health benefits. This mandate required the Postal Service to set billions of dollars aside each year to prefund retiree health benefits 75 years into the future. The prefunding mandate alone is responsible for 84% of USPS’s losses since 2007. Lifting of the mandate is expected to save the USPS roughly $27 billion over the next 10 years and immediately eliminates $53 billion of past due prepayments on the USPS books. Three important service-related features are included in the new law. The PSRA increases transparency of USPS management, allowing the public, Congress and regulators better insight into USPS service issues. It also mandates that USPS continue to provide a six-day-per-week, integrated delivery network – packages and letter mail moving together – long into the future. Finally, the PSRA allows USPS to enter into agreements with State, local and tribal governments to provide a whole range of new products and services. Another major element of the bill is in the integration of future postal retirees into the Medicare system. While USPS and postal employees have contributed to Medicare for decades, roughly a quarter of retirees do not fully enroll in Medicare. Starting in 2025, all postal retirees will have Medicare as their primary payer and a postal-only FEHBP plan as a secondary payer. These changes are expected to save postal retirees money by eliminating out-of-pocket medical expenses and by mitigating future premium increases, while saving USPS $22 billion over the next ten years. The PSRA passed both chambers of Congress earlier this year after more than a decade of debate and consensus-building among the postal unions, congressional leaders, mailers and postal management. It garnered broad, bipartisan support, passing the House in February by a vote of 342-92 and passing the Senate in March with a vote of 79-19. “APWU applauds every member of Congress who has worked alongside our union to achieve this critical legislation,” said Legislative and Political Director Beard. “We especially recognize the leadership of Chairwoman Maloney and Ranking Member Comer in the House and Chairman Peters and Ranking Member Portman in the Senate for their steadfast, bipartisan resolve in crafting this bill. Postal workers fought hard for this bill and Congress heard our voices loud and clear.” “The path to winning this legislation was long and hard-fought,” said Dimondstein. “We should all take heart in this tremendous victory and remember that together, our union is a force to be reckoned with. Now, the struggle continues to defend the public Postal Service, to protect good jobs, and to win improved and expanded postal services and justice for all workers.”
  10. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on April 16, 2022 @ 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 $425.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  11. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes March 19, 2022 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Doug Butler called meeting to order at 8:00 AM, Saturday, March 19, 2022. Allegiance to Flag Chase Dawson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present Vice President – Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary – Eustacia Wriston Clerk Craft Dir.- Amy Haga AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder Motor Vehicle Craft Dir. – Melissa Monday Organizing Dir.- Tiffany Copley Chief Trustee- Rita Jackson There were 10 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for February 2022. Motion to accept the minutes for February 2022 as corrected was made by Amy Haga. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for February 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for February 2022 as read was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Rita Jackson. Motion Passed Vice President Doug Butler passed gavel to Treasurer Chris Smith. Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Treasurer’s 4th Quarter Audit Report Letter from APW-ABA about the APW-ABA Scholarship Program Honoring Thomas Hartos, Michael Tosches, & Eugene Johnson Deadline May 15,2022 National Presidents Conference Plymouth, Mass. June 10-13, 2022 Letter from Mellissa Monday, Craig Brown, Josh Snyder, Doug Butler, Amy Haga, and Tiffany Copley to be delegates for the APWU National Convention. Letter from APWU Auxiliary asking for support in their Human Relations Project, Fisher House New Members Richard Hatten Drop Outs None Treasurer Chris Smith passed gavel back to Vice President Doug Butler. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes March 19, 2022 Special Committees Hosting APWU State Convention at the Charleston Marriott on April 28-30,2022. Need to get the sizes turned in at least by the end of March because there is a 3-week turnaround. Standing Committees None. Unfinished Business None. Vice President Doug Butler passed gavel to Treasurer Chris Smith. New Business Doug Butler made a motion to send the president and someone of his choosing to the president conference June 10-13, 2022. Seconded by Rita Jackson Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send up to 6 delegates to the national convention August 13-18, 2022, at full expense. Seconded by Rita Jackson Motion Passed National Delegates: Craig Brown, Amy Haga, Doug Butler, Tiffany Copley, Chris Smith, and Josh Snyder. Doug Butler made a motion to send up to 4 delegates to the national convention August 13-18, 2022, at full expense minus lost time. Seconded by Tiffany Copley. Motion Passed National Delegates: Eustacia Wriston and Melissa Monday Tiffany Copley made a motion to purchase a small shredder for the MPO spending up to $1,500. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed. Tiffany Copley made a motion to purchase a small filing cabinet for the MPO spending up to $300. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Treasurer Chris Smith passed gavel back to Vice President Doug Butler. Chris Smith made a motion to buy out the Xerox contract for our copier at the plant for $866 and a new maintenance contract. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to pay for hotel rooms for any local delegates attending the state convention. Seconded by Tiffany Copley Motion Passed Elections- National Convention Delegates- Craig Brown, Amy Haga, Doug Butler, Tiffany Copley, Chris Smith, and Josh Snyder. Vote Results: Amy Haga -10 votes Doug Butler- 9 votes, Tiffany Copley- 9 votes, Chris Smith- 6 votes, Eustacia Wriston- 6 votes, Josh Snyder- 6 votes, and Melissa Monday- 2 votes Tie Breaker: Chris Smith- 8 votes, Josh Snyder- 6 votes, and Eustacia Wriston- 5 votes. Chris Smith made a motion to send Amy Haga to the state convention as a delegate minus lost time. Seconded by Josh Snyder Motion Passed Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes March 19, 2022 Open Forum 4-hour guarantee for PTFs in small office is now 4 consecutive hours New stewards need to be aware of the purge of LOWs COLA and back pay sometime in June 2022 Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Tiffany Copley. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Chase Dawson. The $400.00 bonus number was 221, Marvin Howard, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on April 16, 2022, at 7:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 February 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf February 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf
  12. What...did you not vote on the CBA? Omar M. Gonzalez March 24, 2022 By now the fate of the contract is decided. You either exercised the power of your membership or let it go to waste. If you voted, thanks, because for over 180 years postal workers had very little, if any, say in their employment. The Post Office Department was all powerful. Now the PO’s power is subject not just to the law (such as it is), but also to the contract. Our years of struggle to get and pursue collective bargaining is rich with lessons learned. Modest start & struggles President Kennedy’s 1962 Executive Order gave us limited negotiation rights over promotions, transfers, RIFs and some working conditions. A government- imposed union election in 1962 determined postal unions recognition. It took another eight years and a nationwide wildcat strike to produce real negotiations. The 1971 contract was negotiated (by 7 unions no less) before the law establishing USPS was signed. Nixon’s promised pay increase was blocked by his wage freeze. But the AFL-CIO’s helped force that first pay increase and APWU was born! Real Bargaining, more struggles Postmaster General DeJoy is not the first corporate boss we’ve negotiated with. In 1975 PMG Benjamin Franklin (kid you not) Bailar and the Unions, negotiating together, settled for a 12% pay increase with the strike fresh on everyone’s mind. The 1978 negotiations were bitter! Management called us overpaid and underworked. Facing debt and volume de- creases, wage cuts were demanded. Negotiations stalled. no contract-no Work was the call of the day. The PMG’s threats to fire all strikers didn’t stop Bulk Centers in New Jersey & California from walking out. A deal was struck for a 2% pay increase and capped COLA. The Rank & File Committee rejected the pact which was sent out for a vote anyway. The National Convention and 94,400 members voted to reject the CBA. The PMG refused to reopen negotiations ending with an arbitrated 9% pay increase but weakened lay-off protections. The struggles continued In 1981, the PMG, trying to force a government election to recognize only one union, refused to negotiate. A media blitz threatened another postal strike. A deal was reached only to have the bosses re-write what had been agreed to. Eventually we went from a $1,850 pay boost to a $300 annual increase, and some “cash” payments. Even so the CBA was ratified. In 1984, the Board of Governors openly meddled in negotiations calling us overpaid. Talks stalled with bosses unilaterally imposing a 23% lower entry wage resulting in court and congressional action. The battle over postal economics resulted in an arbitrated 2.7% pay increase and lower starting pay with longer step increase periods. Three PMGs came and went but in 1987 PMG Tish promised to negotiate an agreement resulting in a 2% pay increase, followed by $300 and $200 increases. We’ve negotiated through wars, oil embargos, wage controls, the PATCO strike and other seemingly insurmountable hysteria. We have had contract extensions, more arbitrations, and rejected CBAs. Space doesn’t permit more history. My point is to express how much goes into getting a contract that makes your career and living standards worthwhile. Now through a worldwide pestilence altering our lives, economy, education and prices, a negotiated contract was produced and your precious right to vote on your destiny was preserved. More Power in Your hands Exercising your Union vote wields real power. As bromidic as it sounds, YOU ARE THE UNION! Two upcoming critical events, the national convention and the national Union elections, will let you flex your union power again. Your vote determines Convention delegates who set union policy. Your vote elects officers that administer that policy and representation. Again, destiny is in your hands. Coordinators Stone, Beasley, Foster, Jones and I urge you – DON’T WASTE YOUR POWER!
  13. President's Column: Team APWU - Bringing home the Gold! Mark Dimondstein March 23, 2022 Wow! Just months into 2022 and great news on two fronts: First: Our Collective Bargaining Agreement covering the wages, benefits, and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers has been overwhelmingly ratified with a 94% “Yes” vote by those who cast ballots. The success of this round of bargaining reflects the power of unity and solidarity, beginning with you the member, the very foundation of our union. Second: The Postal Service Reform Act passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The vote in the House was a strong bi-partisan vote of 342-92! It passed the Senate with 79 votes, enough bi-partisan support to overcome the undemocratic 60 vote filibuster rules. You, along with many friends and allies, made thousands of calls to your Senators urging support and bringing this vital legislation over the finish line! Congratulations to one and all on these outstanding accomplishments! Of course, many more challenges and opportunities lie ahead. These include: Implementation of the new union contract: Dates must be determined for when the new pay scales will be reflected in your paychecks, the dates of the retroactive pay raise from November 20, 2021, and the March COLA; and other timing issues related to PSE conversions and PTF transfer opportunities. Health & safety: The COVID pandemic is ongoing and still lethal. We have negotiated with management the continuation of the COVID safety memoranda and liberal leave policy until April 8th. It is also a major goal to force management to address the harassment and hos- tile work environment inflicted on far too many postal workers. The struggle for the safest possible workplace will aggressively continue. Expanded services: Our future largely depends on ex- panded Postal Services. The COVID test kits packaged and sent through the mail are a good example. It is likely that the paycheck cashing “pilot” will soon be expanded. The APWU will be working to make this pilot a success. Postal reform will open up new opportunities to provide local and state government services. Organizing the Unorganized: About 20% of the work- force represented by the APWU are non-members – far too many. With the solid new contract, it a great time to organize. In the Spring, the APWU will launch a nation- wide organizing campaign. The key to success will be members signing up non-members. Furthermore, the APWU is expanding our organizing efforts in the private sector mail industry, whether Amazon, fulfillment cen- ters, transportation or pre-sort houses. National convention: The 2022 National Convention is scheduled for mid-August. The convention, as the highest authority of the union, acts on many resolutions and sets the overall direction for the union. Every member cannot be one of the 2,000 expected delegates, but everyone can have a voice by promoting local and state resolutions to be considered by the convention. National officer elections: In September the national officer election will be conducted. Unlike most unions, we elect with a “one-person, one vote” mail ballot. This union democracy is part of what makes us union strong! Legislation & Mid-term elections: More legislative issues on the horizon include improving service standards and securing funding for an electric postal fleet and charging stations. The November elections provide opportunity for political involvement in relation to electing pro-union, pro-postal candidates but also for organizing on issues that affect workers such as living wages, health care for all, a clean environment and voting rights. Voting rights/Vote-By-Mail: The “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen has become the basis for a rash of voter suppression laws largely aimed at limiting mail ballots, which are a proven, secure way for tens of millions of people to vote. No matter our individual political views, we should be unified in defending and expanding voting rights. Let’s take the same spirit of unity and solidarity that led to the achievement of our new contract and Postal Reform into the battles of 2022 and beyond!
  14. Implementation Dates for Pay Increases in New Contract Confirmed March 17, 2022 On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, the Postal Service confirmed to the APWU important dates for implementation of the pay provisions of the 2021-2024 National Agreement. There were significant changes to the pay and leave provisions for this national agreement. Below you will see “effective” and “scheduled implementation” dates for the various pay provisions of the agreement. The effective date is the date the pay changes will be paid from. The “scheduled implementation” date is the date the Postal Service has informed the APWU that the payrate will actual begin being paid. We have also included the pay check date the pay changes are scheduled to show up in pay checks/direct deposits. 1.3% General Increases for all employees o Effective: November 20, 2021 o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022 1.0% Additional for Postal Support Employees (PSEs) o Effective: November 20, 2021 o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022 $1310 Cost of Living Allowance (Career Employees) o Effective: February 26, 2022 o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022 PSEs’ Additional 50 cents per hour o Effective: April 9, 2022 o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022 New pay rates for Grade 11 Employees o Effective: September 21, 2021 o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022 Changes to the Grade 8 steps and slotting into new steps o Effective: June 18, 2022 o Scheduled Implementation: June 18, 2022 (Pay Period 14-2022) o Pay Check Date July 8, 2022 Additional Pay for PTFs due to the Juneteenth Holiday o Effective: January 1, 2022 o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022 Employees will receive retroactive payments for the difference in pay for the period between the “effective” date and the “scheduled implementation” date. The date of the retroactive payments has not been finalized and cannot be finalized until the programming is complete. Once programming is completed, we will meet with the Postal Service and get a definitive date for the retroactive payments. Once the definitive date is known, it will then be released Significant programming of the payroll systems is needed to implement these pay changes. Upon ratification of the agreement, our Union Family members who work in the Information Technology/Accounting Services units began working on the changes. We want to recognize and thank the IT/AS employees for their hard work on these important provisions and doing all they can to get the programming changes completed so that all those affected receive the pay rates required by the National Agreement. As a reminder, other provisions that do not have specific effective dates listed (e.g., the “repromotion rule”) went into effect on February 28, 2022, per Article 43 of the 2021-2024 National Agreement.
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