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  1. Second COLA Increase Announced August 10, 2022 In accordance with the 2021-2024 Collective Bar­gaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a $1.18 per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective August 27, 2022. The increase is the result of a rise in the Consum­er Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated September 16, 2022 (Pay Period 19-2022). The value of the COLA for full-time employees in each step and grade will increase by $2,455.00 annually, and the hourly rates for part-time employ­ees will be adjusted accordingly. The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases. This is the second cost-of-living increase under the 2021 contract. The first, effective in February, amounted to $0.63 per hour or $1,310 annually. The COLAs received so far during the 2021-2024 National Agreement total $3,765.00 this year. In light of the fact that Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, they have received several additional increases beyond the general wage increases for all employees in the APWU bargaining unit under the 2021 contract. Rising inflation underscores just how important the continuation of our negotiated Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is in our outstanding new union contract. The COLA is our best protection against inflation. Postal Workers are some of the few U.S. workers who receive COLA increases. Even in the postal world, we are the only postal union that has maintained full COLA in our union contract. “At times of high inflation, our union-won COLA is invaluable to ourselves and our families,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It pays to be union! It’s always a struggle to keep these COLA provisions and every postal worker should be proud we fought hard and prevailed to keep full COLA in our latest contract.” Go to apwu.org/pay-information to view pay scales.
  2. Statement of APWU President Mark Dimondstein in Response to Recent Remarks by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Future Postal Staffing August 8, 2022 In a recent presentation before the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy outlined his views of the future direction of the United States Postal Service. One remark from the Postmaster General during a discussion following his prepared speech created headlines that deeply concern postal workers and the American Postal Workers Union. The PMG said that, through attrition and retirements, the USPS “may need to get 50,000 people out of the organization” in the next 10 years to “break even.” Let me be perfectly clear with our members: Prior to the PMG’s remarks, postal management had never discussed any such proposals or plans on the future size of the postal workforce or of the APWU bargaining unit. In fact, over the last two years the APWU and postal management have reached a number of settlements that increased much-needed staffing in Function 1 mail processing, creating 10,000 new clerk craft jobs. We are currently pressing management to agree to increase staffing in Function 4 Retail. We also reached a number of agreements, including in the recently ratified contract, resulting in tens of thousands of PSEs being converted to career positions. These are welcome developments and a testament to the powerful campaigns our union has led to demand management invest in the staffing and retention policies necessary to ensure we provide the quality service the public deserves. I’ve spoken with the PMG since his remarks and made clear to him our position: without postal workers, there is no USPS. We make it work and we’re committed to fulfilling our mission of providing essential service to the country. The best way to get the Postal Service back to break even is to focus on improving service quality, expanding and enhancing service, and growing the Postal Service’s role in a fast-changing economy – including growing with long-needed staffing. If it’s management’s intent to weaken our union, attack our pay and conditions or eliminate family-sustaining union postal jobs, the PMG will get a strong fight from the APWU. But let’s also be clear about one thing – we don’t bargain with newspaper headlines. When PMG DeJoy was hired, we made clear that our union would judge the PMG based on his actions. When he degraded service in the summer of 2020, we opposed his actions and led the fight back which forced management to abandon the worst of those policy changes. When PMG DeJoy introduced management’s 10-year “Delivering For America” plan, I called it “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” There were elements of the plan we supported, like efforts to grow the USPS’s market share in the booming e-commerce business, advocating for six-day delivery and for a better path to career jobs for our non-career members. And we vowed to use every resource of our union to fight elements of the plan we opposed, like cuts to service standards and retail hours of operation. We will oppose future job reductions that affect the lives of the postal workers we represent, good living wage union jobs for future generations and diminishes the good service the people deserve. Rest assured that any such management actions will be met with unbridled opposition of the APWU – the same kind of fightback, allied with the labor movement and the people of our country, that won the “Stop Staples” campaign, defeated the privatization plans of the White House in 2018 and compelled the USPS to do right in relation to vote by mail during the 2020 election.
  3. After Pressure, Management Sets Retroactive Pay Date! August 5, 2022 Last week we announced the APWU was preparing collective actions in response to the unacceptable delay in retroactive payments won in the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Today, after concerted struggles with postal management, management has finally provided the union with firm dates the payments will be received by postal workers in APWU-represented crafts. The retroactive payments will be processed on October 11, 2022. They will appear as a pay adjustment on paychecks received October 28, 2022. “Those in management responsible for overseeing these payroll changes had so little respect for postal workers that they apparently thought a May 2023 date for the retroactive payments would somehow be acceptable. This was outrageous,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal workers earned this pay, we deserve it, and we’re not in the business of giving management interest-free loans on the back of our labor. While we’re still unsatisfied with the delay, we sent a message and have gotten firm dates months in advance of management’s plan.” “This delay in retroactive payments was unacceptable to everyone in our union,” said APWU Director of Industrial Relations Charlie Cash. “While we’re glad to have dates to look forward to, we will still file a national-level grievance seeking an appropriate remedy for all affected postal employees.” The CBA included the following pay adjustments: Effective November 20, 2021: General wage increases of 1.3 percent Effective Nov. 20, 2021: Additional 1 percent pay raise for PSEs (who do not receive COLA) Effective September 25, 2021: New pay scale for Grade 11 Effective Feb 26, 2022: Sixty-three cents/hour COLA, for career employees Effective April 9, 2022: Fifty cents/hour increase for the PSEs effective Each of the above adjustments were programmed and included in our wages on June 4, 2022, with the exception of the 50 cents/hour due to the PSEs. That management error was corrected and included in pay from July 30, 2022. The retroactive payments due to workers consists of the above adjustments on hours worked from June 4, 2022 going back to their respective effective dates, and between April 9 and July 30 for the PSE fifty-cent increase. We will keep members updated on the grievance process regarding this unacceptable delay.
  4. Date: July 29, 2022 at 3:41:00 PM EDT Subject: PSEs extra 50 cents per hour As you are all aware, the Postal Service had failed to program the additional 50 cents per hour for the PSEs. The Postal Service had informed me that they had found the problem and that the extra 50 cents would start being paid on July 30, 2022 (pay period 17-2022). I confirmed with the Postal Service that the additional 50 cents an hour will indeed start being paid to PSEs starting tomorrow July 30, 2022 and show in paychecks dated 8-19-2022. Feel free to share with the field. Thank you and remember—stay safe, wear your mask! Charlie Cash Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
  5. The Battle for Retroactive Pay is On! July 29, 2022 This is an important update on our retroactive pay from the 2021-24 contract and a call to action on securing your hard-earned pay at the earliest possible date. The terms of the new 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union were ratified by the APWU members on February 28, 2022. The new contract included a number of important changes to our wages and pay structure. The payroll changes are a two-fold process. First Stage: All the new wage and pay changes need to be programmed, calculated. These included, but were not limited to, the: November 20, 2021 wage increases of 1.3 percent Sixty-three cents/hour COLA, effective Feb 26, 2022 Additional 1 percent pay raise for PSEs (who do not receive COLA) effective Nov. 20, 2021 Fifty cents/hour increase for the PSEs effective April 9 2022 New pay scale for Grade 11 effective September 25, 2021 Second Stage: Calculate the retroactive pay back due to eligible employees and properly distribute to the employees. The large-scale payroll system changes must be made and placed into effect before the retroactive payments can be properly calculated and distributed. The above payroll changes were made effective June 4, 2022 with the exception of the extra fifty cents/hour due the PSEs. That management error has now been corrected. The implementation of these changes was approximately 90 days after the new contract was ratified. This is in line with the time it has taken in the past following effective dates of new Collective Bargaining Agreements. What is not acceptable is that management has not yet produced a firm date on when the retroactive pay will be distributed in our pay checks. “We have made it crystal clear to management that this is money that has been earned by and belongs to the workers,” shared APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We will not accept any management excuses and delays.” “With no firm and reasonable date provided by management, every APWU member, from the national President to the newest hire, is prepared to secure what is owed to the workers,” said Industrial Relations Director Charlie Cash. “We have been in almost daily contact with management and, if this issue is not quickly resolved, the APWU is prepared to file all necessary grievances, demand interest, cash advances, explore legal remedies and invoke collective actions.” Be assured that the lack of a firm date for when you will receive your retroactive pay lies squarely on the managers and executives of the US Postal Service. It is the APWU’s position that the programming and payment of retroactive pay should be the number one programming priority -- And it must be all hands on deck until completed! The APWU will continue to update everyone on the next steps we are taking and if a date for the retroactive pay has been established.
  6. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on August 20, 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 $500.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  7. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes July 16, 2022 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 8:00 AM, Saturday, July 16, 2022. Allegiance to Flag Robert Ludwig 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 Legislative Dir.- Bob Redman Motor Vehicle Craft Dir. – Melissa Monday Asst. Clerk Craft Dir.- Chase Dawson There were 9 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for June 2022. Motion to accept the minutes for June 2022 as read was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for June 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for June 2022 as read was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Chase Dawson. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Letter from Liz Powell- APWU will compensate 50% of LWOP paid to Eustacia Wriston Letter from National Pres. In Fort Myers, Florida September 17,18, and 19, 2022. Letter from AFL-CIO 18th Annual Convention of the WV Alliance for Retired Americans Letter from Liz Powell 26th Biennial National Convention has decided to cancel the Parade of States New Members Gage Rugger Derek Lopez Crystal Francisco Judy Foster Drop Outs None Special Committees Picnic with the NALC August 28th, 2022, 8:00AM -7:00PM Bowles Boyz Catering (12:00PM) Pool passes for $1 Standing Committees None. Unfinished Business None. New Business Doug Butler made a motion to send Daniel Gravley to Arbitration Advocacy Training at full expense August 28th- September 4th, 2022. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed. Doug Butler made a motion to send $500.00 to pay registration fee for Daniel Gravley to attend Arbitration Advocacy Training. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay LMOU negotiation team lost time for attending the ground rules meeting July 6, 2022. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay lost time to members who attended steward class at the union hall on July 13, 2022. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay for lunch for the members who attended the steward class on July 13, 2022. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send the President and someone of his choosing to the Presidents Conference in Fort Myers, FL September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2022. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to change the September 2022 meeting from the 17th to the 24th of September. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Open Forum None. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Bob Redman. The $475.00 bonus number was 272, Megan Lucas, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on August 20, 2022, at 7:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 June 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf June 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf
  8. COLA and You Mark Dimondstein July 20, 2022 (This article first appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Soaring inflation is hurting working people worldwide with rising prices on basic necessities including gasoline, food, transportation and housing. Inflation is largely being driven by an economy concentrated in the hands of a few powerful and greedy corporate monopolies that have the power to raise prices, with little fear of competition. In 2021 consumer prices rose 6.7 percent yet corporate profits rose 25 percent - a record high. In the first quarter of 2022, the five major oil companies tripled their profits to $35 billion. Monopoly power and price gouging may be good for corporate profits and Wall Street, but they are disastrous for workers. Clearly, over the long run we have to replace corporate domination and power with more workers’ power. Rising inflation underscores just how important the continuation of our negotiated Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is in our outstanding new union contract. COLA is our best protection against inflation. We are some of the few U.S. workers who receive COLA increases. Even in the postal world, we are the only union that has maintained full COLA in our union contract. We should never take our union won gains for granted. Management puts COLA on the chopping block during every round of negotiations and we have to fight to preserve those hard-won provisions. Let’s examine the “COLA Difference:” (The APWU has negotiated a number of union contracts/collective bargaining agreements. The figures below apply to the main agreement covering 200,000 postal workers.) As inflation started to dramatically rise in 2021, the union-negotiated COLA increases for that year amounted to $1.14/hour or $2,371 annually for fulltime career employees. The first COLA (March 2022) under the newly negotiated and ratified union contract was sixty-three cents/hour or $1,310 annually. The second COLA, due this August, currently stands at a whopping eighty-seven cents/hour or $1,809 annually. With two months left until the second COLA is set, (while the final allowance may fluctuate), we believe it could top $1.00/hour. At this point in time, the first two COLAs in the new contract amount to $3,120 annually. The 2021 and 2022 COLAs combined will exceed $5,500 annually. COLA becomes part of our regular wages and thus carries over year-after-year. In addition to COLA, the annual wage increases due each November under the new union contract amount to an average of $800/year for career employees. Those not yet at the top step of the pay scale continue to receive step increases of approximately $1,000 every thirty-six weeks, in addition to COLA. If prices decrease, with fuel for example, we still keep our COLA increases. Those gains are locked in and become part of our base salary going forward. While PSEs do not receive COLA, upon conversion they are slotted into the proper pay scale that includes all these COLA increases. Over the years of contract negotiations, it has not been uncommon to lose COLA increases, either through an arbitration award or voluntarily absorbing an increase(s). For example, the 1994 interest arbitration award eliminated two COLA increases. In 2010, the APWU voluntarily gave up two COLAs. Once we skip COLA increases, they are gone forever. Just think what would have happened if we went to interest arbitration and lost the first two COLAs of the new CBA! Postal workers would have lost over $3,000 a year or approximately $100,000 over a typical postal career. I am proud that as your lead negotiator in the last three contract negotiations of 2015, 2018 and 2021, we maintained all our COLA increases. And you should be union proud as well -- every member is the strong foundation on which we build our union rights and build a better future for all postal workers and our families – including COLA!
  9. Thomas Johnson BORN: 10/22/1955 DIED: July 10, 2022 LOCATION: Hurricane, WV Thomas Johnson Thomas Dudley Johnson, Sr., 66, of Hurricane, passed away on July 10, 2022. A service to Honor the Life of Thomas will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, July 22, 2022 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Interment will follow in Donell C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, WV. Arrangements are in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home.
  10. 2022 National Officer Election Candidates' Online Statements Posted July 11, 2022 Statements by candidates for national union office are posted on the APWU website in accordance with Article 11.3.c.2 of the APWU Constitution. To view the statements click here and follow the log-in instructions for the Members Only section.
  11. ATTENTION MEMBERS Members may now attend the regular monthly meetings via ZOOM or other web conference in accordance with the new APWU Local Constitution and By-Laws. Please see the guidelines in Article 4, Section 8 below: SECTION 8. Members can attend meetings via web conference when its available and requested ahead of time before each meeting. Members must request to the President, Vice President or Treasurer and supply an email address. To attend members cannot be on the USPS clock, cannot be on USPS property, cannot use a USPS email and must have video on. Members attending via web conference will not be eligible for any drawing. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on July 16, 2022 @ 8:00 AM. Please contact: meeting@apwu133.com If you are interested in attending via ZOOM
  12. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on July 16, 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 $475.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  13. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes June 18, 2022 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:00 PM, Saturday, June 18, 2022. Allegiance to Flag Tiffany Copley led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present President – Craig Brown Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary – Eustacia Wriston Motor Vehicle Craft Dir. – Melissa Monday Organizing Dir.- Tiffany Copley Chief There were 12 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for April 2022. Motion to accept the minutes for April 2022 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Tiffany Copley. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for April 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for April 2022 as read was made by Robert Ludwig. Seconded by Tiffany Copley. Motion Passed Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for May 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for May 2022 as read was made by Chase Dawson. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Craig Brown read the following bills and communications. Email from Liz Powell- Approved 35 & under program for National Convention Letter from Pres. Dimondstein “Building Union Power” National Organizing Campaign May 1st- July 1st 2022 Trustee Report for 2nd Quarter 2022 were accurate and in exemplary condition. Letter from Liz Powell approving Evans PO merger. Letter from Susan G. Komen Foundation asking for donation Letter from AFL-CIO about Triple Golf Tournament Aug 5th, 2022, at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado, WV. Letter from AFL-CIO Conservation Dinner Aug 13th, 2022, at Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston, WV. Letter from Liz Powell 3 scholarships for APWU Health Plan seminar in Oct 22-25,2022. Letter from Wayne Maurer stating that the local is entitled to 5 delegates to attend the Accident Benefit Association Convention. New Members None Drop Outs None Special Committees None. Standing Committees 1. Article 3 Membership Section 6 - Passed 12-0 2. Article 4 Meetings Section 7 - Passed 12-0 3. Article 4 Remuneration Section 1 - Passed 12-0 4. Article 4 Remuneration Section 8 - Passed 12-0 5. Article 6 Officers Section 1 - Passed 12-0 6. Article 7 Executive Board Section 2 - Passed 12-0 7. Article 7 Executive Board Section 1 - Passed 12-0 8. Article 8 Duties of Officers Section 15 – Passed 12-0 9. Article 12 Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training Section 1 – Passed 9-3 10. Article 14 Revenue Section 4 – Passed – 12-0 11. Article 16 Expenditures Section 6 – Passed – 12-0 Unfinished Business None. New Business Elections- Assit. Clerk Craft Director was won by Chase Dawson. Vote Results: Chase Dawson-8 votes and Steve Bishop- 2 votes Tiffany Copley made a motion to spend up to $5000 for the Bi-Annual picnic. Seconded by Chris Smith Motion Passed. Tiffany Copley made a motion to send the elected members attending the National Convention to the Pre-Convention workshops on August 12th at full expense. Seconded by Chris Smith Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to spend $5150.66 for State Convention expenses. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to spend up to $1500 for equipment and subscriptions for web conferencing. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to accept the trustees report. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Open Forum Chris Smith gave a report on the Presidents conference Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Tiffany Copley. The $450.00 bonus number was 188, Amanda Gutherie, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on July 16, 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 April 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf April 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf May 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf May 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf
  14. ATTENTION MEMBERS For the APWU Biennial Picnic this year, we will be sharing the festivities with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). The details are as follows: Place: Coonskin Park – Columbia Shelter Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022 Time: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Bowles Boyz BBQ will be catering the food Pool passes will be available ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME PLEASE SIGN-UP BY CALLING: 304-746-0114 OR BY EMAILING: treasurer@apwu133.com
  15. Candidates Nominated for APWU Election of National Officers June 17, 2022 Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth "Liz" Powell has announced that the following union members have been certified as candidates for election to national office by referendum balloting, as mandated by the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. Each candidate in this unofficial listing has secured the necessary petitions required for nomination. The official list will be announced after the drawing for ballot positions is held on June 27. Incumbent officers are listed first and identified by (I) after their names. Where more than one non-incumbent has been certified, they are listed in alphabetical order. A list of uncontested national offices appears at the bottom. Any candidate who wishes to withdraw from the ballot or whose name or local is misspelled or identified improperly, must notify APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell immediately. Corrections and notifications must be received by her office in writing by 4 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Download a printable copy of APWU News Service Bulletin with the list of nominations, here. GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS President Mark Dimondstein (I), Greater Greensboro SCF Area Local (NC) John L. Marcotte, Gaylord Local (MI) Legislative/Political Director Judy Beard (I), Detroit District Area Local (MI) Thomas Benson, Lake Geauga Area Local (OH) Human Relations Director Daleo Freeman (I), William H. Burrus, Cleveland Area Local, #72 (OH) Doris Simmons, Atlanta Metro Area Local (GA) REGIONAL COORDINATORS Southern Region Yared Wonde, Dallas Area Local (TX) Sam Wood, Southwest Florida Area Local (FL) CLERK DIVISION National Business Agents, Central Region, Cincinnati Region, (A) Michael D. Schmid (I), Columbus Area Local (OH) Mark E. Graham, Springfield Local (OH) National Business Agents, Central Region, Minneapolis Region, (B) Christopher Mark Hendrickson, St. Cloud Area Local (MN) Gregory Becker, Milwaukee Area Local (WI) National Business Agents, Northeast Region, New England Region, (A) Scott Adams, Portland Area Local (ME) Bill Mazurowski, Hartford Local (CT) Thomas S. Smith, Bangor Area Local (ME) National Business Agents, Southern Region, Atlanta Region, (C) Keenan D. Anthony, Sr., Marietta Local (GA) William G. Flanagan, Jr., Atlanta Metro Area Local (GA) Sandra Munoz Hernandez, Broward County Area Local (FL) National Business Agents, Southern Region, Dallas Region, (C) Diann Scurlark (I), Houston Area Local (TX) Alejandro “Alex” Aleman, San Antonio Alamo Area Local (TX) Ben Martinez, Fort Worth Area Local (TX) National Business Agents, Western Region, San Francisco Region, (A) Sonia E. Canchola (I), California Area Local (CA) Charquita Rainey, Greater Los Angeles Area Local (CA) National Business Agents, Western Region, San Francisco Region, (B) Shirley J. Taylor (I), East Bay Area Local (CA) Mike Hetticher, Eureka Local (CA) National Business Agents, Western Region, San Francisco Region, (C) Eric A. Van Dyke (I), Greater Los Angeles Area Local (CA) Fabiola Dominguez, California Area Local (CA) Terry L. Hood, San Diego Area Local (CA) MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE DIVISON National Business Agents, Central Region Dave Cook, St. Paul Area Local (MN) Mark Krueger, Milwaukee Area Local (WI) National Business Agents, Eastern Region Garrett C. Langley (I), Lancaster Area Local (PA) Raymond J. Scanlon, Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local (MD) Brian R. McLaurin, Nation’s Capital Southern MD Area Local (MD) National Business Agents, Northeast Region Michael Cinelli, Greater Hicksville Mid-Island Area Local (NY) Stephen D. Mohan, Greater Hicksville Mid-Island Area Local (NY) Rick White, Boston Metro Area Local (MA) SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION Director Arrion Brown, Nation’s Capital Southern MD Area Local (MD) Robin “Robbie” Robertson, St. Louis Gateway District Area Local (MO) Aaron T. Young, Twin Cities PDC Local (MN) RETIREES DEPARTMENT Director Nancy E. Olumekor (I), Nation’s Capital Southern MD Area Local (MD) Robert L. Jeffrey, Jr., Oakland Local (CA) Retiree National Convention Delegates Southern Region Patricia A. McGriff (I), Northeast Florida Retiree Chapter (FL) Kim H. Guy, Greater Smokey Mountain Area Local (TN) UNCONTESTED NATIONAL OFFICERS General and Administrative Officers Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy (I), Mid-Hudson New York Area Local (NY) Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell (I), Western Nassau New York Area Local (NY) Industrial Relations Director Charles “Charlie” Cash (I), Buffalo Local (NY) Organization Director Anna Smith (I), Portland Oregon Area Local (OR) Research and Education Director Joyce B. Robinson (I), Richmond Area Local (VA) Health Plan Director Sarah Jane Rodriguez (I), Phoenix Metro Area Local (AZ) Regional Coordinators Central Region Sharyn M. Stone (I), Indianapolis Area Local (IN) Eastern Region AJ Jones (I), Eastern Montgomery County PA Area Local (PA) Northeast Region Tiffany Foster (I), New York Metro Area Postal Union (NY) Western Region Omar M. Gonzalez (I), Greater Los Angeles Area Local (CA) Clerk Division Director Lamont A. Brooks (I), The Northern Virginia Area Local (VA) Assistant Director (A) Sam Lisenbe (I), Fort Worth Area Local (TX) Assistant Director, (B) Lynn Pallas-Barber (I), 498-499 Area Local (MI) National Business Agents, Central Region Chicago Region, (A) Linda Turney (I), Schaumburg Local (IL) Chicago Region, (B) Devendra Rathore “D” (I), Fox Valley Local (IL) Chicago Region, (C) James Stevenson (I), Detroit District Area Local (MI) Cincinnati Region, (B) Michael W. Funk, Jr. (I), Greater Cincinnati Ohio Area Local (OH) Minneapolis Region, (A) Todd M. Elkerton (I), Saint Paul Area Local (MN) St. Louis Region, (A) Robert D. Kessler (I), Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local (MO) St. Louis Region, (B) Daniel F. Skemp (I), Rapid Area Local (IA) Wichita Region, (A) Ashley D. Cargill (I), Norman Local (OK) National Business Agents, Eastern Region Philadelphia Region, (A) Robert Romanowski (I), New Jersey Shore Area Local (NJ) Philadelphia Region, (B) John Louis Jackson, Jr. (I), Philadelphia BMC Local (PA) Philadelphia Region, (C) Vincent A. Tarducci (I), Philadelphia BMC Local (PA) Washington DC Region, (A) Rachel A. Walthall (I), Baltimore Francis "Stu" Filbey Area Local (MD) Washington DC Region, (B) Pamela R. Richardson (I), Lynchburg Area Local (VA) National Business Agents, Northeast Region New England Region, (B) Scott M. Hoffman, Boston Metro Area Local (MA) New England Region, (C) Thomas “Tom” O'Brien (I), South Shore Area Local (MA) New York Region, (A) Peter “Pete” Coradi (I), Brooklyn Local (NY) New York Region, (B) Elizabeth “Liz” Swigert (I), Queens Area Local (NY) New York Region, (C) Bernard “Bernie” C. Timmerman (I), Central New York Area Local (NY) National Business Agents, Southern Region Atlanta Region, (A) James “Jim” DeMauro (I), Tampa Area Local (FL) Atlanta Region, (B) Doris Orr-Richardson, Northeast Florida Area Local (FL) Dallas Region, (A) Jack Crawford (I), Houston Area Local (TX) Dallas Region, (B) Charles Tillman (I), Dallas Area Local (TX) Memphis Region, (A) Joe H. Jolley, Jr. (I), Nashville Area Local (TN) Memphis Region, (B) Pamela Smith (I), Birmingham Area Local (AL) National Business Agents, Western Region Denver Region, (A) Lamont Green, Phoenix Metro Area Local (AZ) Denver Region, (B) Joseph M. Zamenick, Phoenix Metro Area Local (AZ) Northwest Region, (A) Brian Dunsmore (I), Portland Oregon Area Local (OR) Northwest Region, (B) Brian Dunn (I), Portland Oregon Area Local (OR) San Francisco Region, (D) Chuck Locke (I), Sacramento Area Local (CA) Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun (I), Greater Los Angeles Area Local (CA) Assistant Director, (A) Terry B. Martinez (I), Dallas Area Local (TX) Assistant Director, (B) Jason Treier (I), Lancaster Area Local (PA) National Business Agents, Maintenance Division Central Region, (A) Craig Fisher (I), Tri-County Ohio Area Local (OH) Central Region, (B) Jeffrey Scott Beaton (I), Greater Kansas City Area Local (MO) Central Region, (C) Curtis Walker (I), Flint Michigan Area Local (MI) Eastern Region Kenneth Lester (I), Philadelphia PA Local (PA) Northeast Region Dave Sarnacki (I), Springfield Mass Area Local (MA) Southern Region, (A) John Gearhard (I), Jacksonville BMC Local (FL) Southern Region, (B) Carlos Paz (I), Dallas Area Local (TX) Western Region, (A) Hector Baez (I), San Diego Area Local (CA) Western Region, (B) Louis M. Kingsley (I), California Area Local (CA) Motor Vehicle Service Division Director Michael O. Foster (I), Detroit District Area Local (MI) Assistant Director Kenneth (Ken) Prinz (I), Philadelphia PA Area Local (PA) National Business Agents, Motor Vehicle Service Division Southern Region, Southeast Sub-Region Bruce E. Amey (I), Atlanta Metro Area Local (GA) Southern Region, Southwest Sub-Region Dyrike Shaw (I), Dallas Area Local (TX) Western Region Jerome A. Pittman (I), San Francisco Local (CA) All-Craft National Business Agents Alaskan Area James M. Patarini (I), Midnight Sun Area Local (AK) Caribbean Area Samuel A. Hernandez Algarin, Puerto Rico Area Local (PR) Pacific Area Rufina J. Pagaduan (I), Honolulu Local (HI) Support Services Division Support Services Division, National Business Agent Orlando L. Anderson, St. Louis Gateway District Area Local (MO) Retiree National Convention Delegates Central Region Paul Browning (I), Traverse City Area Local (MI) Eastern Region Cynthia Nesmith, Philadelphia Area Local Retiree Chapter (PA) Northeast Region Leona Draper (I), New York Metro Area Postal Union (NY) Western Region Patricia Ann Williams (I), Greater Los Angeles Area Local 64 Retiree Chapter (CA)
  16. Don't Let the Postal Service check Your "Pulse!" Starting June 14 through July 15 2022, the USPS is pushing its annual Postal Pulse Survey. The APWU leadership urges you to not let the Postal Service take your Pulse! Management surveys have been used as a weapon against the APWU during contract negotiations while not producing any real positive change for employees at the Postal Service. Through notification from the Postal Service, APWU has learned the 2022 version of the survey removes the comment section and also asks the employee to recommend the Postal Service as an employer and rate its products/services. Nowhere in this survey is there a disclaimer that it is voluntary. Regardless of pressure from supervisors or managers, letter correspondence, excessive emails, or other tactics, employees are not required to participate in this survey. APWU urges you to not participate. The USPS Postal Pulse Survey of 2021 showed us nothing that we didn’t already know. Management continues to ignore your most pressing concerns: worker morale, lack of positive recognition, health and safety concerns, and lack of career growth. Our right to collectively bargain, fight for better wages and safer workplaces begins postal workers standing together in their union. Stay united, and don’t be fooled by management’s tricks created to divide us. Over years of struggle, we’ve won a negotiated grievance process, a labor-management cooperation process and national negotiations to address workplace issues. These are the proper channels for management to seek input from postal workers, not a management survey put together without any input from the APWU or the other postal unions. Don’t let them take your “Pulse!”
  17. Constitution and By Laws Changes 1. Old Language Article 3 Membership SECTION 6. No person eligible under the above provisions shall be denied membership because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, handicap, political affiliation, age, or religion. SECTION 7. Members are free to terminate their membership by submitting a written notice in accordance with the dues withholding Authorization (Form 1187) and /or cancellation of dues (Form 1188). SECTION 8. Any member whose dues are not checked off because they are not receiving pay or who has not otherwise paid dues for a period of three consecutive months shall have their membership and all its privileges maintained by the area local for that period. The individual will be notified, via Certified Mail, giving him/her a specific date by which to bring their dues current. If that date is not met, the member can then be dropped from the rolls. A further continuance of the individual's membership by the area local will be considered by the members present at the next regular meeting effected only by a two-third majority vote. SECTION 9. A member who resigns from the union by reason of changing crafts only shall be refunded any dues checked off after his/her resignation on a prorated basis from the date of written request from the member. The local unions liability will be a maximum of 90 days. New Language Article 3 Membership SECTION 6. The good standing status of a member: (a) On the dues check-off (DCO) procedure shall not be affected by reason of the fact that his / her paycheck for the payroll period in his / her deductions are made is insufficient to permit such dues deductions, by reason of illness, injury, pregnancy leave, lay-off, or disciplinary suspension. (b) On the cash payee procedure must not be more than three (3) month in arrears for dues and / or assessments. Any member who becomes more than three (3) months in arrears, will be notified by certified letter, signed by the Secretary. Any member who is not paid up to date within thirty (30) days after receiving the certified letter will be dropped from the rolls, except cash payee members who are in a non-pay status. (c) A cash pay member who was dropped from this local for non-payment of dues and/or assessments, to be reinstated, must pay three (3) months dues in advance. SECTION 7 - Only members in good standing shall have the right to voice and/ or vote at meetings or elections, and only members in good standing will have the right to hold office or serve as a delegate for any occasion. SECTION 8. No person eligible under the above provisions shall be denied membership because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, handicap, political affiliation, age, or religion. SECTION 9. Members are free to terminate their membership by submitting a written notice in accordance with the dues withholding Authorization (Form 1187) and /or cancellation of dues (Form 1188). 2. Old Language Article 4 Meetings SECTION 7. Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances shall not be permitted at any regular, committee, Executive Board or special meeting of the Charleston WV Area Local. New Language Article 4 Meetings SECTION 7. Illegal substances shall not be permitted at any regular, committee, Executive Board or special meeting of the Charleston WV Area Local. 3. Old Language Article 4 Remuneration file:///C:/Users/treas/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpgfile:///C:/Users/treas/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpgSection 1. The following officers and fulltime 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 New Language Article 4 Remuneration file:///C:/Users/treas/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpgfile:///C:/Users/treas/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpgSection 1. The following officers and fulltime 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 Area Local Coordinator……….............................6 hours pay per month Motor Vehicle Craft Director……….....................6 hours pay per month Full-time Stewards………….……….....................6 hours pay per month 4. Old Language Article 4 Meetings None New Language Article 4 Meetings SECTION 8. Members can attend meetings via web conference when its available and requested ahead of time before each meeting. Members must request to the President, Vice President or Treasurer and supply an email address. To attend members cannot be on the usps clock, cannot be on usps property, cannot use a usps email and must have video on. Members attending via web conference will not be eligible for any drawing. 5. Old Language Article 6 Officers SECTION 1. The officers of this area local shall be: A. President and automatic delegate to State and National Conventions B. Vice-President C. Treasurer D. Secretary E. Legislative Director F. Clerk Craft Director G. Maintenance Craft Director H. Vehicle Maintenance Craft Director I. Assistant Clerk Craft Director J. Assistant Maintenance Craft Director K. Three Trustees L. Editor M. Area Local Coordinator N. Safety Director O. Organizational Director P. Human Relations Director New Language Article 6 Officers SECTION 1. The officers of this area local shall be: A. President B. Vice-President C. Treasurer D. Secretary E. Legislative Director F. Clerk Craft Director G. Maintenance Craft Director H. Vehicle Maintenance Craft Director I. Assistant Clerk Craft Director J. Assistant Maintenance Craft Director K. Three Trustees L. Editor M. Area Local Coordinator N. Safety Director O. Organizational Director P. Human Relations Director Q. Health Plan Coordinator 1. Old language Article 7 Executive Board A. President and Chairman of the Executive Board B. Vice -President C. Treasurer D. Secretary E. Legislative Director F. Clerk Craft Director G. Maintenance Craft Director H. Vehicle Maintenance Craft Director I. Assistant Clerk Craft Director J. Assistant Maintenance Craft Director K. Editor L. Are Local Coordinator M. Safety Director N. Human Relations Director O. Organizational Director 2. New Language Add P. Health Plan Coordinator 6. Old Language Article 7 Executive Board SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall meet at least once each quarter and shall meet by the following: Upon notification by the Local President, or written request by three members of the Executive Board. The Secretary shall notify each board member five (5) days prior to the meeting in writing. Also, a notice will be posted on all APWU bulletin boards notifying the membership and requesting input. New Language Article 7 Executive Board SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall meet semiannually, first meeting will be scheduled January 1st through June 1st. Second meeting between June 2nd through November 30th and shall meet by the following: Upon notification by the Local President, or written request by three members of the Executive Board. The Secretary shall notify each board member five (5) days prior to the meeting. 7. Old Language Article 11 Duties of Officers SECTION 15 Duties of any elected official or steward. The officer or steward will complete a Property Assignment Form in whole for any union property received and agree to be responsible for items and return them to the President or his/her designee when leaving the position or when requested to do so. If property is lost or stolen, agree to immediately notify President or his/her designee. Also understand that failure to return these items or reports the lost or theft of assigned property could result in legal and administrative proceedings in addition to financial liabilities. Any and all files will be returned in accordance above except for filling out Property Form to any Executive Board Member. New Language Article 11 Duties of Officers SECTION 15 Duties of any elected official or steward. The officer or steward will be responsible for any union property received and agree to return them to the President or his/her designee when leaving the position or when requested to do so. If property is lost or stolen, agree to immediately notify President or his/her designee. Also understand that failure to return these items or reports the lost or theft of assigned property could result in legal and administrative proceedings in addition to financial liabilities. Any and all files will be returned in accordance above to any Executive Board Member. 8. Old Language Article 11 Duties of Officers None New Language Article 11 Duties of Officers SECTION 16. Health Plan Coordinator - Coordinates all Open Season, enrollments, questions and Health Plan issues. Attends all Annual Health Plan Seminars. 9. Old Language Article 12 Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training Section 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. New Language Article 12 Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training Section 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. An Executive board member to be eligible as a delegate to National Convention must have attended at least six (6) meetings in the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the General Membership meeting at which the nominations are made. The only acceptable excuse for not attending a General Membership meeting shall be if a member is on valid Union business or official out-of-town postal training with the prior approval of the President. Members not on the Executive Board may attend the National Convention if the opportunity exists to send additional delegates beyond the Executive Board these additional delegates are not required to meet the established attendance requirements for Executive Board members. The additional delegates will be compensated consistent with this Constitution. 10. Old Language Article 14 Revenue SECTION 4. Members not receiving full employment in the Postal Service shall have a dues refund coming to them after completion of one(l) year of service. At the end of that year, the member shall submit their W-2 form of the preceding year no later than March 1st of the following year. No refund will be given if member resigns. The refund will be as follows: $0.00-$5,000 43% refund $5,000.01-$8,000 30% refund $8,000.01-$11,000 20% refund $11,000.01-$15,000 10% refund $15,000.01-up no refund SECTION 5. Any member who is terminated within their probationary period shall be reimbursed their dues upon submitting their last pay stub to the president. The pay stub must be submitted within sixty (60) calendar days of termination. New Language Article 14 Revenue None. Sections listed above are to be removed 11. Old Language Article 16 Expenditures SECTION 6. Any elected or appointed representative of the Charleston, WV Area Local who uses lost time (LWOP) that is reimbursed by the local will submit a PS Form 3971 with the voucher. When the reimbursed LWOP is sufficient to lose annual and sick leave, the local will pay the representative the hours lost. The treasurer will keep a record of the reimbursed lost time in order to pay those representatives. Reimbursements for lost leave will be paid in January of the new leave year. New Language Article 16 Expenditures SECTION 6. Any elected or appointed representative of the Charleston, WV Area Local who uses lost time (LWOP) that is reimbursed by the local will submit a PS Form 3971 with the voucher. When the reimbursed LWOP is sufficient to lose annual and sick leave, the local will pay the representative the hours lost. The treasurer will keep a record of the reimbursed lost time in order to pay those representatives. Reimbursements for lost leave will be paid at the end of the fiscal year. Constitution and By Law Changes 1. Old language
  18. ATTENTION MEMBERS Due to not having a Quorum for the May 21, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting there will not be any minutes for the Month of May. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on June 18, 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 $450.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ATTENTION MEMBERS Of the Charleston Area Local #133 Important Announcement President Craig Brown has appointed Steve Bishop as Assistant Clerk Craft Director. We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director to permanently fill the position and Voting on attached Constitutional By-Laws changes which will take place at the June 18, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 7:00 PM.
  19. IT-AS Tentative Agreement Announcement May 24, 2022 The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement for the Information Technology/Accounting Services (IT/AS) collective bargaining agreement, announced Support Services Director, and lead negotiator, Steve Brooks. The agreement will be a 36- month agreement which will end May 2025. It has been a while since this group has achieved a full-term contract so we will not have to turn around quickly and negotiate again. “The parties negotiated diligently over the past couple of months and worked well together to make changes to several areas of the CBA which will open opportunities for our members. The changes agreed to will provide our members the opportunity to advance their careers in higher level positions.” stated Director Brooks. The parties came to an agreement on the work rules on Thursday May 19, 2022, but economic issues were still being discussed. Discussions on the economic issues intensified but were verbally finalized late in the evening. “The economic discussions bogged down, and it did not look like we were going to get this done by May 20th. The negotiations got a little heated, but we knew that the proposals we put across were necessary to preserve and grow our bargaining unit.” Director Brooks said. He went on to say, “We knew that the offers we made were fair, reasonable, and actually would benefit the Postal Service as much as our membership.” This agreement would not have been reached without the efforts of Industrial Relations Director, Charlie Cash. As a result of his patience, and tenacity we achieved much of what we had desired. The senior staff of the Industrial Relations Department also provided invaluable advice, support, and input throughout the negotiations process—especially in the final hours of discussions. The new terms will be put together into contract format and sent to the membership for review and a ratification vote. Closer to the time the ratification packets are sent out, Virtual Town Hall meetings will be scheduled where members can participate, hear the details of the agreement, and ask questions. Here is a summary of the terms. There will be changes to the Functional Areas. Although the various work sections will remain as they are currently under both the IT and Accounting units the employees that perform those duties will not have to physically be in the Center that those duties are assigned. In other words, you can bid on a promotional opportunity in another facility and not have to physically move as a condition of accepting the position. The same will be true for lateral reassignments. Implementation of this new process will require changes to Article 30 Local implementation, 37 Seniority, 38 Postings, 39 Transfers, and 40 Reassignments. TACS duties will now be assigned to the bargaining unit on the IT side instead of management performing those duties. Career Development/reimbursement will remain in place with the dollar limitations increasing to $5000 on the IT side and $3000 on the Accounting side. We will retain our 10/4 work schedule opportunities. With Telework being possibly the most important item to IT/AS employees, there will be a pilot hybrid telework provision: Employees will be able to telework 3 days per week for employees on an 8/5 schedule, and 2 days per week for employees on a 10/4 work schedule. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was reached to allow employees to continue teleworking under the COVID-19 Telework agreements during the ratification process. There will be 3 General increases over this contract period. 1.3% January 2023 1.3% January 2024 1% January 2025. There is a caveat that if the main APWU receives a GI higher than 1% our unit will receive the 1% plus the additional over 1%. Retain the “full” COLA with a March 2022 index base. The APWU is the only union still to receive “full” COLA. This is especially important during these times of high inflation. Our Health Benefits percentage will remain as is. The Postal Service will be required to post/fill 50 additional Programmer positions. There will be 5 additional Level 18 IT Service Desk positions. As the ratification process moves forward, dates and times of the Virtual Town Hall Meetings will be posted on the website for members to register and attend. At these meetings members will be able hear further details of the terms of the tentative agreement and ask questions. tentative agreement
  20. APWU & USPS Reach Verbal Tentative Agreement on IT/AS May 20, 2022 The APWU and the Postal Service verbally reached a tenative agremeent for the IT/AS bargaining unit on May 20, 2022. Further details of the tentative agreement will be released on Monday, May 23, 2022. With the agreement having been reached, the COVID-19 telework arrangements currently in place will continue while the tentative agreement goes through the APWU ratification process.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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