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  1. “Today, members of the public and the media were able to witness what Postal Service workers across America face every day. A lack of respect for its employees, and now YOU, the public! Local union officials have persistently reached out to the Postal Service in efforts to obtain information they were to release on January 23, 2024, to no avail. Numerous grievances have been filed throughout this MPFR process due to the Postal Services inability to abide by their handbooks and manuals that govern such movement. We will continue to work with our elected officials, the AFL-CIO and affiliate unions in the state to fight the Postal Service plans on moving your mail to Pittsburgh to be processed. The public survey is still available to take, and we encourage everyone to do so.” Tim Holstein Vice President APWU Local 133 Charleston, WV
  2. The rally scheduled for Monday the 29th will be cancelled. Rescheduling once the new public meeting is announced.
  3. Stand-Up Talk January 26, 2024 Mail Processing Facility Review Postponement of Public Meeting to be held re: Charleston WV P&DC On January 12, 2024, we announced that a Public Input Meeting for the Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR) of Charleston P&DC was scheduled for January 30, 2024, to share the initial results of the study and to allow members of the local community to provide their feedback and perspectives on the Initial Findings of the MPFR. We are postponing the posting of our initial findings as further time is needed to finalize any specific improvements, we may undertake at the Charleston P&DC. This will result in the rescheduling of the Public Input Meeting within the next several weeks. Once the Public Input Meeting has been rescheduled, a subsequent announcement will be made. Comments on the proposal from employees and the public will be considered before any decision is made. Comments may continue to be submitted at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpfr-charleston-wv. Thank you for your attention. We will keep you updated as we move through the facility review process and additional initiatives to modernize our postal network.   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 408 PUBLIC MEETING POSTPONEMENT 1/26/24 Q: Why are you postponing this public meeting? We are postponing the posting of our initial findings as further time is needed to finalize any specific improvements, we may undertake at Charleston WV P&DC. This will result in the rescheduling of the Public Input Meeting. Q: When will the public meeting be rescheduled? The Public Input Meeting will be rescheduled within the next several weeks. Once the Public Input Meeting has been rescheduled, a subsequent announcement of date, time and location will be made. Q: What additional information are you including in your review process? We are finalizing proposed investments and improvements for the specific site. Q: Are you postponing this meeting due to negative feedback/pressure from the local community? No. We are postponing the posting of our initial findings as further time is needed to finalize any specific improvements, we may undertake at Charleston WV P&DC. Public feedback is considered throughout the review process. Q: You’ve held public meetings and issued initial findings in a number of local communities. Will you be revisiting those findings as well based on the new criteria you are evaluating here? This announcement is relevant only to this site. Q: How do you pick the times and locations for these public meetings? We look for publicly accessible locations within the local community. Q: If people can’t attend the public meeting, how can they submit their feedback? Members of the local community may continue to submit comments at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpfr-charleston-wv.
  4. APWU 133 members, As you are aware, the public meeting is set for January 30 at 2:30PM in Charleston WV re: the Processing and Distribution facility. The time of 2:30 in the afternoon was picked on purpose to limit the publics opposition to the proposed changes here, since most are at their respective place of employment. Other facilities have been successful in moving the time, in opposition of the one presented by the Postal Service with the help of their elected officials and the public. We have reached out to Senator's Manchin and Capito, Congresswoman Carol Miller, Gov Justice, Charleston Mayor Goodwin, South Charleston Mayor Mullins and the Kanawha Co Commision requesting they support our opposition of the time and request it to be changed. We have reached out to the Charleston Civic Center to ensure that the same meeting place the Postal Service has reserved for 2:30 is available at 6:00 that evening, and it is. Changing this time will allow resident's the opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter, thus giving the Postal Service adequate information to make the appropriate decision, as they have stated since day one. Please email: sean.p.hargadon@usps.gov and request that the meeting time be changed to allow the public the opportunity to attend. With our members, the public and our elected officials, we can change the future of this facility. Thank you, Tim Holstein Vice President APWU Local 133 Charleston, WV
  5. "APWU Local 133 was notified today of the current MPFR Public Meeting time and place, as well as the Postal Services plans for the future of the facility. The union does not agree with the Postal Services initial plan to reduce the P&DC to an LPC and we encourage all members to attend this public meeting. The fight is not over! We will continue to update you with information as soon as we get it." Mail Processing Facility Review Notice of Public Input Meeting Charleston P&DC in South Charleston WV to Pittsburgh P&DC in Pittsburgh, PA, and Pennwood Place P&DC in Warrendale, PA January 12, 2024 As part of a $40 billion investment strategy to upgrade and improve the Postal processing, transportation, and delivery networks, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it is conducting an evaluation of current operations and potential future uses of its Charleston Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) facility in South Charleston, WV. The USPS ten-year Delivering for America (DFA) plan includes initiatives to improve organizational and operational processes and actively make the Postal Service an efficient, high-performing, world class logistics and delivery provider. Improvements to Postal operations will enhance the level of service provided to the public; drive innovation and enable a broader array of postal products and services; enhance organizational competitiveness; improve efficiency and lower the cost to operate; and provide better workplaces and careers for Postal Service employees. This specific facility review will inform the best allocation of resources and strategies to improve customer service and to achieve significant cost savings through operational precision and efficiency. Business mail entry, Post Office, station, and branch retail services are not expected to change, and delivery services will be unaffected throughout this review. The evaluation is a first step in the Postal Service review and investment process in this facility and will not result in this facility’s closure or career employee layoffs. Public input will be considered as part of the review. A public meeting will be held to share the initial results of the study and to allow members of the local community to provide their additional feedback and perspectives on the Initial Findings of the MPFR. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2:30 PM at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, 200 Civic Center Dr, Charleston WV 25301. A summary of the MPFR will be posted on about.usps.com at least one week prior to the public input meeting. Members of the local community may submit comments at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpfrcharleston-wv. Below are some preliminary highlights from the study: Business Case The Postal Service is investing heavily in operations as it moves to modernize in nation’s postal network, improve customer service and achieve the organization’s goal of 95% on-time delivery across all mail products. The initial results of the facility review support the business case for keeping the Charleston WV P&DC open and modernizing the facility as a Local Processing Center (LPC) with simplified processes and standardized layouts. The Charleston WV LPC will be a critical node to the unified movement of mail and packages across the regional processing and transportation ecosystem. The facility will offer expanded and streamlined package processing capabilities in the local market and new workplace amenities for USPS employees. Additionally, the business case supports transferring some mail processing operations to the Pittsburgh P&DC and Pennwood Place P&DC. Future of Facility The Charleston P&DC will remain open and will be modernized. It will be repositioned as a Local Processing Center for destinating mail processing. It is expected that this facility will be a critical node to the unified movement of mail and packages across the regional processing and transportation ecosystem. Local Customers § Retail and other services currently available at the Charleston P&DC will not change. § Business mail acceptance will remain the same. § A local postmark will continue to be available at retail post offices. § Delivery times of mail to residence and businesses should not change throughout this review. Commercial Mailers § Mailers who presort mail will continue to receive appropriate postage discounts. § Mailers who drop ship to Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) can expect no changes if the MPFR is approved. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpfr-charleston-wv to submit written comments. All written comments must be received by February 14, 2024.
  6. https://wvmetronews.com/2023/12/05/postal-workers-union-still-believes-its-fighting-to-keep-jobs-at-charleston-processing-facility/
  7. https://www.facebook.com/100066665841581/posts/689900756575446/?mibextid=WC7FNe
  8. https://www.facebook.com/100066665841581/posts/689900563242132/?mibextid=WC7FNe
  9. Contact your legislators to oppose the proposed changes at the USPS Charleston P&DC The Honorable Jim Justice, Governor Office of the Governor State Capitol State Building One 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, WV 25305 (304) 558-2000 https://appengine.egov.com/apps/wv/governor/contactus The Honorable Joe Manchin, Senator 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ste. 629 Charleston, WV 25302 (304) 342-5855 (202) 202-224-3954 https://www.manchin.senate.gov/contact-joe/email-joe The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito, Senator 500 Virginia Street East, Suite 950 Charleston, WV 25301 (304) 347-5372 (202) 224-6472 https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-my-office The Honorable Carol Miller, Congresswoman 33 Tennessee Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 (681) 945-6556 (202) 225-3452 https://millerforms.house.gov/contact/ Amy Shuler Goodwin, Mayor Charleston 501 Virginia Street East Charleston, WV 25301 (304) 348-8174 mayorsoffice@cityofcharleston.org Frank Mullens, Mayor South Charleston 401 D Street South Charleston, WV 25303 (304) 744-5301 scmayor@cityofsouthcharleston.com
  10. Help Save Jobs!! Help our APWU 133 brothers and sisters who work for the U.S. Postal Service in West Virginia! Follow this link to oppose the proposed changes at the USPS Charleston P&DC mail processing facility, which could cost our area hundreds of jobs. This survey is only for a limited time!! We will provide updates ASAP.
  11. The following email was sent to the WV AFL-CIO President Joshua Sword by state and local Legislative Director Bob Redman. President Sword later responded that the AFL-CIO are with us 100% Good Evening, President Sword, On Wednesday, November 22, the day before Thanksgiving, employees of the Charleston WV, USPS Processing and Distribution Center were given a stand-up talk by their supervisors. Management indicated that two facilities in the Pennsylvania area may be processing mail, otherwise dedicated to Charleston. This will affect over 500 union AFL-CIO members, and more than likely delay the delivery of mail. Currently, a study is being conducted by the USPS in conjunction with Postmaster General Louis Dejoy’s Delivering for America ten-year plan. The plan is to eliminate Processing and Distribution Centers and merge into Regional Sorting Processing Centers, with Pittsburgh as one of the new centers. The Charleston facility will be downgraded to a Logistics and Distribution Center (LDC). LDCs provide mail processing and distribution to local Post Offices as well as other smaller distribution facilities and are equipped with fixed mechanization for mail processing. However, many mail processing machines will be removed, including several already taken out of the Charleston P&DC in the past six months. United States Senator Gary Peters, D-Mich., who chairs the Senate committee with oversight of the Postal Service, said in a statement he was "concerned that several of the initiatives in this plan will harm service for folks across the country who rely on the Postal Service for prescription drugs, financial documents, running their small businesses, and more." "Cuts to service standards for first-class mail, limiting hours at local post offices, and making it more difficult for people to access postal products would adversely impact USPS customers across the nation, including in rural and underserved communities." Peters added. The P&DC started processing mail from its Charleston location in September 1993. Charleston started assumed mail from Huntington, Beckley, Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Lewisburg, and Princeton, West Virginia in addition to Ashland and Pikeville Kentucky within the past decade after their closures. This potential job loss will not only affect union employees and their families, but also generate a possible economic decline in the local economy. Brother Sword, we need your help. Please stand in solidarity with the members of APWU Local 133 and pledge your support. I will keep you updated with our fight as well as any local events to combat this. Bob Redman Legislative Director APWU 133 Charleston WV
  12. View Facility Review Questions/Answers FAQs Documents Study Name Status Supporting Documentation Augusta, GA Decision to Proceed Final MPFR (Redacted) PDF Public Comment Summary RTF Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 7/12/23 RTF Bismarck, ND Public Input Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 11/8/23 RTF Buffalo, NY Notice of Intent Notice of Intent 11/22/23 RTF Cheyenne, WY Public Input Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 11/8/23 RTF Charleston, WV Notice of Intent Notice of Intent 11/22/23 RTF Chattanooga, TN Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/25/23 RTF Columbia, MO Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/18/23 RTF Dakota Central, SD Public Input Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 11/8/23 RTF Eastern Maine, ME Notice of Intent Notice of Intent 11/22/23 RTF El Paso, TX Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/25/23 RTF Eugene, OR Decision to Proceed Final MPFR (Redacted) PDF Public Comment Summary RTF Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 7/12/23 RTF Fort Myers, FL Notice of Intent Notice of Intent 11/22/23 RTF Fort Wayne, IN Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/25/23 RTF Grand Forks, ND Public Input Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 11/8/23 RTF Greenville, SC In Review Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 9/27/23 RTF Knoxville, TN Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/25/23 RTF Lehigh Valley, PA Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/18/23 RTF Lubbock, TX Notice of Intent Notice of Intent 11/22/23 RTF Macon, GA Decision to Proceed Final MPFR (Redacted) PDF Public Comment Summary RTF Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 7/12/23 RTF Medford, OR Decision to Proceed Final MPFR (Redacted) PDF Public Comment Summary RTF Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 7/12/23 RTF Minneapolis, MN In Review Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 9/27/23 RTF NW Arkansas, AR Public Input Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 11/8/23 RTF Provo, UT In Review Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 9/27/23 RTF South Suburban, IL In Review Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 9/27/23 RTF Tacoma, WA Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/25/23 RTF Tallahassee, FL Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/18/23 RTF Trenton, NJ In Review Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 9/27/23 RTF Wenatchee, WA Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/25/23 RTF Wilmington, DE Public Input Initial Findings RTF Notice of Public Meeting RTF Notice of Intent 10/18/23 RTF U.S. Postal Service links
  13. The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5995) was reintroduced on October 19 by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Don Bacon (R-NE-02), Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), and David Valadao (R-CA-22). The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (FRFA) would allow eligible employees who converted from temporary to career positions to “buy back” time towards their retirement. Prior to 1989, postal workers who began as non-career employees were able to make additional contributions to their retirement benefits to make up for time lost when they were not eligible for these benefits. This allowed eligible employees to retire on time and with full benefits. This also created parity between temporary and career employees, ensuring they had equal access to retirement benefits. Unfortunately, this authority expired and was never reinstituted. “The APWU is in strong support of the Federal Retirement Fairness Act and applauds the bipartisan leadership on this critical issue,” said Mark Dimondstein, President, APWU. “This legislation would allow more than 100,000 postal workers who converted from temporary to career positions to retire on time with their full benefits. Regardless of an employee’s initial hiring status, all postal and federal employees should have access to the benefits they have earned for their dedicated work.” LINK HERE TO THE STATUS OF THE BILL H.R.5995 - 118th Congress (2023-2024): Federal Retirement Fairness Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
  14. Members, please take a moment to share and fill out the survey below pertaining to the proposed changes at the USPS Charleston P&DC mail processing facility. These proposed changes will negatively affect the state of West Virginia. Send the link to as many family members and friends as you can, so that the public's voice may be heard as well. This survey is only for a limited time, so don't delay. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpfr-charleston-wv
  15. RELEASE Notice of Intent - Charleston WV_2023-11-22.docx Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR) Notice of Intent to Conduct Mail Processing Facility Review Charleston P&DC in South Charleston WV to Pittsburgh P&DC in Pittsburgh PA and Pennwood Place P&DC in Warrendale PA 11/22/2023 As part of its 10-year strategic Delivering for America plan to modernize the nation’s aging postal network, the U.S. Postal Service is conducting a Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR) of its processing operations at the Charleston Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) in South Charleston WV. The MPFR will assess how this facility can best support the Postal Service’s service and operational goals and provide a platform to launch new products and competitive services for mailing and shipping customers in the future. The Postal Service will also evaluate if efficiency could be increased by transferring some mail processing operations currently performed at the Charleston P&DC to the Pittsburgh P&DC and the Pennwood Place P&DC.    The MPFR process is expected to have minimal impact to customer service. Business mail entry, Post Office, station and branch retail services, and delivery services are expected to remain unchanged in most cases. Public input will be considered as part of the review process. Members of the local community may submit comments at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpfr-charleston-wv. If the facility review supports the business case for change to the facility’s processing operations, Postal Service representatives will hold a public meeting to allow members of the local community to provide additional feedback. NOTICE OF INTENT - Charleston WV_2023-11-22.docx
  16. In accordance with Article 8, Sections 4 and 5 of the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. The "Penalty Overtime Exclusion" period for calendar year 2023 will begin Pay Period 26-2023, Week 1 (December 2, 2023) and end Pay Period 01-2024, Week 2 (December 29, 2023). Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period December 2 - 29, 2023
  17. NEW 2024 NETWORK! Choose between two smart medical plans that feature a nationwide UnitedHealthcare network of 1.7+ million providers; 7,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities; and no referrals are needed. Premiums for Tribal employees are shown under the monthly premium rate column. The amount shown is the maximum you will pay. Your Tribal employer may choose to contribute a higher portion of your premium. Please contact your Tribal Benefits Officer for exact rates. High Option With low copays and low deductibles, the High Option is a premier plan in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. 100% Coverage for in-network services Preventative care and screenings Lab tests (covered blood work performed at LabCorps and Quest Diagnostics) Maternity care and support Breast cancer screenings Tobacco cessation program Accidental injury outpatient services within 72 hours Generic oral diabetes medications Visits to a registered dietician/nutritionist No primary care provider (PCP) requirement Freedom to use network and out-of-network providers Consumer Driven Option The Consumer Driven Option is a proactive alternative to conventional healthcare that can save you money. 100% Coverage for in-network services Your own Personal Care Account (PCA) helps pay for medical expenses Preventative care and screenings Maternity care and support Breast cancer screenings Tobacco cessation program No primary care provider (PCP) requirement Freedom to use network and out-of-network providers HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS One Pass Gym Discount Maven United Hearing One Pass Select is a fitness and well-being subscription-based network that provides access to over 16,000 gyms and studios Maven provides free, 24/7 virtual support for pregnancy, postpartum and returning to work after parental leave. United Hearing members can access over 2,000 name-brand models and styles of hearing aids at significant savings through UnitedHealthcare Hearing. 2024 HIGH OPTION PREMIUM RATES Low copays: $10 for 24/7 virtual visits; $25 for office visits, including specialists; $30 for urgent care; $10 for retail non-specialty tier 1 drugs. Self Only enrollment code 471 Bi-weekly $124.52 Monthly $269.79 Self Plus One enrollment code 473 Bi-weekly $244.95 Monthly $530.73 Self & Family enrollment code 472 Bi-weekly $304.05 Monthly $658.77 2024 CONSUMER DRIVEN OPTION - PREMIUM RATES Your own Personal Care Account (PCA) helps pay for medical expenses. In January, the Health Plan funds a PCA members can use for covered medical services. Members are covered 100% until the PCA is exhausted. The Plan funds the PCA at $1,200 for Self Only and $2,400 for Self Plus One and Self & Family. Self Only enrollment code 474 Bi-weekly $76.78 Monthly $166.36 Self Plus One enrollment code 476 Bi-weekly $166.88 Monthly $361.58 Self & Family enrollment code 475 Bi-weekly $182.05 Monthly $394.45 APWU SPECIAL RATES BI-WEEKLY Special rates (charged bi-weekly) apply to APWU Career Bargaining Unit Employees for the Consumer Driven Option. Self Only enrollment code 474 APWU career less than 1 year in FEHB $76.78 PSE $76.78 APWU career more then 1 year in FEHB $15.36 Self Plus One enrollment code 476 APWU career less than 1 year in FEHB $166.88 PSE $166.88 APWU career more then 1 year in FEHB $33.38 Self & Family enrollment code 475 APWU career less than 1 year in FEHB $182.05 PSE $182.05 APWU career more then 1 year in FEHB $36.41 OPEN SEASON HOTLINE: 1-(800) PIC-APWU or 1-(800) 742-2798 (hotline opens November 13) email: virtualopenseason@apwuhp.com (response within 48 hours) for more information, visit: www.apwuhp.com Disclaimer: This is a summary of benefits and features offered by the APWU Health Plan. All benefits are subject to the definitions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Plan's Brochure (RI 71-004).
  18. Paula Barker-Harless Gary Shorter Glenn Wilson Susan Swiney Drew Myers Rita Jackson Art Underwood
  19. The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5995) was reintroduced on October 19 by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Don Bacon (R-NE-02), Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), and David Valadao (R-CA-22). The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (FRFA) would allow eligible employees who converted from temporary to career positions to “buy back” time towards their retirement. Prior to 1989, postal workers who began as non-career employees were able to make additional contributions to their retirement benefits to make up for time lost when they were not eligible for these benefits. This allowed eligible employees to retire on time and with full benefits. This also created parity between temporary and career employees, ensuring they had equal access to retirement benefits. Unfortunately, this authority expired and was never reinstituted. “The APWU is in strong support of the Federal Retirement Fairness Act and applauds the bipartisan leadership on this critical issue,” said Mark Dimondstein, President, APWU. “This legislation would allow more than 100,000 postal workers who converted from temporary to career positions to retire on time with their full benefits. Regardless of an employee’s initial hiring status, all postal and federal employees should have access to the benefits they have earned for their dedicated work.”
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