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  1. ATTENTION MEMBERS Due to not having a Quorum for the January 15, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting there will not be any minutes for the Month of January. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on February 19, 2022 @ 7:00 PM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133 Constitution, we will be voting for delegates for the State Convention at the February 19, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 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 $375.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ATTENTION MEMBERS Of the Charleston Area Local #133 Important Announcements President Craig Brown has appointed Dan Akers as Assistant Clerk Craft Director and Tom Accord as Trustee. We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director and Trustee to permanently fill the positions which will take place at the February 19, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 7:00 PM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133 Constitution, we will be voting for delegates for the National Convention at the March 19, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 8:00AM.
  2. Biden Administration Taps USPS and Postal Workers for Distribution of COVID Test Kits January 13, 2022 The Biden Administration has announced a program to mail at-home COVID test kits to every household that requests them. These kits could be mailed to as many as 160 million addresses. APWU members will be critical to the success of the program. “The APWU is excited and fully supports this plan,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It is in the interests of the health and wellbeing of the general population as this dangerous pandemic continues. It underscores the invaluable role of the public Postal Service in the lives of the people. It shines a light on the importance of maintaining universal service to every address and person. It opens up the opportunity for similar expanded ‘fulfillment’ work in the future.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman and Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks jointly worked with the Postal Service to secure a Memorandum of Understanding that defines the project as “new work” and ensures that the “fulfillment” work associated with packaging and labeling the packages for this temporary project is determined as clerk work. At the same time, the MOU gives the USPS the flexibility to keep holiday temporary workers on the rolls so as to increase the workforce capacity to make this project a success. The fulfillment work will be performed at 43 existing postal facilities throughout the country. “APWU-represented clerk craft bargaining unit employees boldly accept the ‘new work’ opportunity to fulfill the distribution of the COVID test kits authorized by the Biden Administration’s call to action,” said Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks. “This is just another example of clerks, as part of the Postal Service institution, rising to the challenge of connecting the public during these difficult times while still carrying out our mission of processing the mail.” “This is an amazing opportunity to once again show the American people that we are here to serve them and how important the Postal Service is to this country. This proves we are ready and able to offer expanded services” stated Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman. The APWU is ready to do our part. It will be up to the Biden Administration to ensure that the necessary number of test kits are quickly manufactured and that the ordering process for these kits is easily accessible for the people. APWU-USPS MOU: Re. COVID-19 Test Kit Fulfillment Pilot
  3. How to File an OWCP Claim When Diagnosed with COVID-19 January 10, 2022 Currently, there is a spike of COVID-19 diagnosis throughout the United States. Postal Employees are not exempt from contracting COVID-19. Following national trends, there is also a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases at the Postal Service. Not knowing how COVID-19 can affect any one person whether it is a mild illness, a severe case, a case of “long” COVID-19, what the long-term effects might be, or sadly even death, it is vital that those who contract the virus understand that it is their right to apply for worker’s compensation benefits to protect themselves and their families. If you are a postal employee, no matter if you are a career employee or non-career employee, you are entitled to file a claim with the Office of Workers Compensation Programs. The one caveat is that you must have worked at the Post Office at some point during the 21-days prior to your COVID-19 diagnosis, and are required to complete an approved form of COVID-19 testing to prove you are sick. Employees that have claims approved are entitled to have their medical costs and lost wages paid. Approved Claimants are also entitled to request that any annual sick or annual leave used be “bought back” and redeposited to their leave balances. Also, should a postal employee pass away due to COVID- 19, their survivors are entitled to benefits under the compensation programs if there is an approved claim. As previously reported, under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law on March 11, 2021: Section 4016 of the law provides that a federal employee who is diagnosed with COVID-19 and carried out duties that required contact with patients, members of the public, or co-workers, or included a risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus during a covered period of exposure prior to the diagnosis, is deemed to have an injury that is proximately caused by employment. In simple terms, this means that if you are diagnosed with (have a positive test) and you file an OWCP claim, it will be more than likely approved. You are not required to prove you contracted the disease at work. In order to receive benefits, those diagnosed must submit a claim. Do not expect management to do this for you and do not expect them to inform you that you have the right to file a claim. When you file a claim for COVID-19 you are entitled to request continuation of pay (COP). This is pay at your regular rate of pay paid to you by the postal service during your COVID-19 illness absence. You are entitled to COP if you file your claim within 30-days of your diagnosis. If you are filing more than 30-days after your diagnosis, you are not entitled to COP. Please note, that for the first three days, the law requires a “waiting period” that you must use sick, annual, or leave without pay (LWOP) before COP kicks in. However, if your absence lasts longer than 14-days, the first three days will be converted to COP. Any non-scheduled days also count towards the three day “waiting” period. COP can be paid for up to 45 calendar days after which any additional missed time will be paid as worker’s compensation payments by OWCP. In order to file a claim, it is recommended that you do so through e-COMP. You must register at https://www.ecomp.dol.gov Doing so ensures that OWCP receives your claim form, receives the necessary laboratory reports because you upload the documents. They system automatically forwards documents to your supervisors to complete and tracks whether or not the Postal Service has done their part. Using e-COMP gives you tracking and you can hold management accountable because you can see what they have and have not done. It should be noted that you can register on e-COMP at any time — whether you have an injury or not. In fact, it is a good idea to register and establish an account in case you need to use it anytime during your career for any at-work injury. It is also one thing less to worry about if you are diagnosed with COVID-19. The instructions below are not all inclusive and do not guarantee claim approval. To file a claim and to receive COP: Notify your supervisor that you are sick with COVID-19 Get an an approved form of COVID-19 testing to prove you are sick. The best form of testing for proof of illness is a laboratory PCR test. A positive Antibody or Antigen COVID-19 test result, together with contemporaneous medical evidence and documentation from a medical professional, may also be accepted. If no positive laboratory test is available, a COVID-19 diagnosis from a physician together with rationalized medical opinion supporting the diagnosis and an explanation as to why a positive test result is not available may also be accepted. AT HOME & RAPID TESTS ALONE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO SERVE AS PROOF OF ILLNESS - they require an accompanying statement from a doctor. Submit a PS-Form 3971 and check COP as the reason Register on e-COMP if you have not done so: https://www.ecomp.dol.gov Once registered on e-COMP, login to your account Click on new claim on top right of page On next screen, make sure "Federal Employee" is selected Make sure to select Postal Service as the agency Click “File Claim” Click “next” Select the COVID-19 Claim and enter information requested in the online form Once requested information is entered, upload a copy of the positive laboratory COVID-19 results or other relevant medical documentation After uploading, make sure you select “continuation of pay” It is recommended you save a copy of your claim or at least write down the ECN number for your claim Here are some links to references for OWCP claims due to COVID-19: Register for e-COMP Video Tutorial on Registering for e-COMP Video Tutorial on Filing COVID-19 Claim through e-COMP Additional Resources: Now It Is Easier to File FECA COVID Claims | American Postal Workers Union Claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | U.S. Department of Labor FECA Bulletins (2020-2024) | U.S. Department of Labor (these are the instructions claims examiners must follow) You have the right under the law to file an OWCP claim for COVID-19! Do not let management discourage you from filing a claim. Do not let them tell you that you have to prove your sickness was contracted at work as this is not a requirement of the law. It is in your best interest to file for the benefits. You protect yourself and your families by doing so. If you follow the steps and have a laboratory test confirmed case of COVID-19, you will likely be approved. However, the APWU cannot guarantee claim approval.
  4. Latest COVID MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy Extensions until February 11, 2022 December 21, 2021 Today, President Dimondstein signed extensions on the COVID MOUs through February 11, 2022. The liberal leave policy has also been extended (see letter below). The latest documents can be found below. https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/mou_-_extension_of_memoranda_of_understanding_apwu_12.21.21.pdf https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/liberal_changes_of_schedules_and_leave_12.21.21.pdf https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/liberal_changes_of_schedules_and_leave_3-23-2020_1.pdf
  5. How Much is an APWU Salary Projected to Increase through September 20, 2024? Based on salary in effect on August 28, 2021 and using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Congressional Budget office that is compiled and analyzed by an independent economist hired by the APWU. Under the 2021-2024 agreement the average salary increase including general increases and COLAs will be 11.9% across all Grades and Steps All Grades and Steps will receive three 1.3% general wage increases. This 1.3% will be 1.3% of the wage for the Grade and Step pay in effect on September 20, 2021 (i.e., the August 28, 2021 pay scale). The pay scale the 1.3% will be calculated on will be included in the tentative agreement booklet included in the ratification packet. On Average, Salaries will Increase in Each Grade as Shown Below • Grade 3 Salaries will increase by $6,257 or 13.0% • Grade 4 Salaries will increase by $6,302 or 12.7% • Grade 5 Salaries will increase by $6,464 or 12.0% • Grade 6 Salaries will increase by $6,539 or 11.7% • Grade 7 Salaries will increase by $6,620 or 11.5% • Grade 8 Salaries will increase by $7,635 or 13.2% o Bottom 6 steps eliminated; new top step added • Grade 9 Salaries will increase by $6,956 or 10.4% • Grade 10 Salaries will increase by $7,124 or 10.0% • Grade 11 Salaries will increase by $8,924 or 12.3% o New salaries established by increasing base wage prior to any increases occurring The APWU pay package will also continue to protect against inflation. Should inflation continue on a track that is higher than the current projected track, COLA increases will be larger than what has been currently projected. There are 174 different Grades and Step combinations in the APWU. It is not feasible to list them all here.
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    What the Wage Changes Mean in the New Collective Bargaining Agreement This is an example using an employee who is in Grade 6 Step H on September 20, 2021 Three 1.3% General Increases Total of $2307 or $1.10 per hour at the conclusion of the agreement Projected COLA as of December 10, 2021 Total of $3786 or $1.82 per hour at the conclusion of the agreement Four Step Increases During the Life of the Agreement Total of Approximately $4000 or $1.92 per hour at the conclusion of the agreement In total, a Grade 6 Step H will have over $10000 added to their salary at the conclusion of the agreement That is a 17.1% increase over the 3-year contract!
  7. Summary of the 2021-2024 Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement December 11, 2021 The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) announced APWU President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. The following is a summary of that tentative agreement. The APWU is preparing the complete Tentative Agreement to be sent to members with their ratification ballot. Detailed information on the ratification vote will be announced in the near future. To learn more about the Tentative Agreement, sign up to attend a virtual town hall webinar at apwu.org/townhall --- Contract Time Period Three-year contract: September 21, 2021 through September 20, 2024 General Annual Wage Increases and Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) 1.3% November 20, 2021 (Will be Retroactive) 1.3% November 19, 2022 1.3% November 18, 2023 Six (6) Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) for career employees (March and September of each year) with no change to the current formula based on the July 2021 CPI-W. (After the fourth month of the six-month measuring period, the COLA increase is at $0.39 per hour and will be based on the January 2022 CPI-W Index) PSEs receive the general wage increases and an additional 1% increase each year in lieu of COLA (i.e. 2.3% each November) $0.50/hour additional increase for PSEs effective the first pay period of the second full month after the Agreement is ratified Job Security No Lay-off protections for career employees with six years of service remain in full-force and effect. Any current career employee on the rolls as of September 20, 2021, with less than six years of service will be included in the no lay-off protections for the life of the National Agreement, providing an additional 72,000 career employees protection from lay-offs. 50-mile limit on excessing of employees The current moratorium on subcontracting of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work will continue in its present form during life of the Agreement Holiday Pay Juneteenth added to the holidays for career employees for a total of 11 paid holidays per year PTF pay rate will be increased to reflect a total of 11 holidays each year, increase will be effective on January 1, 2022 Health Insurance No change to the Postal Service contribution to premiums for those participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. 95% Postal Service contribution to premiums of the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) PSEs converted to career will receive credit for time they were enrolled in a FEHBP plan towards the 1-year qualifying period for the 95% Postal Service contribution to CDHP premiums Enhanced Level 8 & 11 Pay Scales Grade 8 Pay Scale: Bottom Steps FF-AA eliminated with Step A becoming the first Step. New top Step P added Employees currently in Grade 8 will move into new steps while retaining all credit toward next step Steps FF-BB moved to Step A Step AA moved to Step B Steps B-O moved up one Step Grade 11 Pay Scale increased by an average of 2.3% prior to any general increases or COLAs Part-Time Flexible (PTF) Work Rules Schedule guarantee of 24-hour per pay period, increased from 2 hours a pay period Guaranteed at least four hours of work or pay when scheduled Forty (40) hours of annual leave will be advanced at the start of each leave year for immediate use Guaranteed a minimum of one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during the peak season exception period with notice Wednesday the week prior Within 90-days of ratification a One-time Voluntary Transfer Opportunity to residual full time regular vacancies in larger offices within a district. Automatic Conversion of PSEs in Level 20 offices and above PSEs will be converted to career status upon reaching 24-months of relative standing Clerk PSEs assigned to offices Grade 21 or higher will be converted to Full-Time Flexible with such assignments made in accordance with the Clerk Craft provisions of Art. 37.4 Clerk PSEs assigned to Grade 20 offices will be converted to Part-Time Flexible MVS PSEs assigned in any size office will be converted to Part-Time Flexible PSEs converted under this provision start at a new Step GG in Grades 5-7 and Step A in Grade 8. Automatic Conversion does not apply to PSEs assigned to Grade-4 RMPOs Conversions will still occur prior to the 24-months The “Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU” and Article 37.5.D remains in full force and effect MVS Craft Conversions will be made in accordance with Article 39.2.A.11 Conversion occurring earlier to 24-months start at Step FF for Grades 5-7 and Step-A for Grade 8 Other PSE Provisions Forty (40) hours of advanced annual leave upon completion of an initial 360-day PSE appointment in Level 20 offices and above. PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs receive an additional one (1) hour of paid annual leave per pay period upon completion of two (2) 360-day appointments PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs upon completion of two 360-day appointments will receive 40 hours of advance leave. PSEs will be offered one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during peak season with notice the Wednesday the week prior. PSE Staffing The 12 PSEs per District assigned to Level 4 RMPOs will no longer count against the 20% District cap 10 PSEs in the 46 Package Support Annexes (PSAs) will not count against the District cap (for a total maximum of 460 PSEs) and will be allowed to work in any facility in the installation the PSA is attached to A four (4) weeks “ramp-up” period prior to the start of accounting period 3, the 20% PSE District cap will be temporarily increased by 1% per week equating to no more than a 4% increase. New protections for the OTDL during “ramp-up” whereby prior to utilizing a PSE more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a service week, qualified and available employees on the appropriate OTDL will be utilized. No requirement to use an OTDL employee on the second non-scheduled at the penalty rate prior to using a PSE in excess of 40 hours. Uniform/Work Clothes Program Allowances 2.5% increase to the uniform/work clothes allowances in 2022, 2023, and 2024 Delivery/Sales Service Distribution Associate (DSSDA) will receive Type 1 uniform allowance New “Rollover” program where unused funds can carry over to a successor allowance year Additional Work Rule Improvements Remote Encoding Center staffing ratio changed to 62% Full-time Regular and 38% PSE and all career duty assignments are Full-time Regular. 90-day waiting period to use annual leave eliminated for new career employees with 90-days continuous service prior to their conversion. Updated the Deaf and Hard of Hearing MOU Work Environment Improvement Task Force Work Place Free of Harassment Enhanced and Expanded Services Environmental/Sustainability issues, EAP, and Child and Elder care, included in the jurisdiction of the National Labor Management Committee District Safety Committees made permanent Right of Union Officials to Enter Postal Installations Regional Safety and Health Representative Training Opportunities Repromotion MOU Article 8 Task Force to address excessive overtime, particularly in relation to non-list employees Election Mail Task Force MOU Full per diem for employees traveling to NCED Additional Clerk Craft Provisions Window training starts within 10-days after posting of the senior bidder Updated NTFT duty assignments language Pilot program to test new pecking order for the assignment of PTF Hub Clerks Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU updated Additional Motor Vehicle Service Craft Provisions PTFs identified for conversion to FTR converted within 28-days APWU will have opportunity to submit recommendations on new vehicles prior to specifications being sent to contractors and before manufacturing and completion of new vehicles National committee established to address training initiative and opportunities HCR limitation on Subcontracting MOU remains in full force and effect. Additional Maintenance Craft Provisions No additional custodial staffing packages will change from MS-47 TL-3 to TL-5 for life of the contract Change the calculation method of PS Form 4852 for Juneteenth Holiday Annual cap on the number of times an employee can be involuntarily assigned to off-site training courses Career employee may request to be tested for maintenance craft positions and if rated eligible may request placement on the appropriate in-service register. Updates to the posting of relief assignments in the craft Agreement to consolidate and upgrade multiple legacy jobs. Employees traveling to NCED for training receive full per diem for length of stay Additional Support Services Craft Provisions In Material Distribution Centers Maintenance Mechanic General Grade 7 eliminated and Building Equipment Mechanic Grade 9 added. Penalty Overtime provisions applied to Operating Service employees
  8. 2022 Leave Calendar and Leave Chart Available December 10, 2021 The 2022 APWU Leave Calendar and Leave Chart are now available on the APWU website under Frequently Requested Resources. The Leave Calendar is a great resource identifying pay periods, pay days, and holidays. The Leave Chart can be used to track current balances of advanced annual, earned annual and sick leave, as well as what leave has been used. The files are in PDF for easy downloading and printing. Leave ChartPay ChartLeave Calendar
  9. BREAKING: APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement December 10, 2021 Share this article The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, announced APWU President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. The Tentative Agreement was reached on December 9th and, in accordance with the APWU Constitution, was presented by the National Negotiating Committee to the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee. On December 10th, the Rank & File Committee unanimously approved the Tentative Agreement for a ratification vote of the members. “This is great news! We have reached an agreement that protects the rights and interests of our members,” Mark Dimondstein said. “The tentative National Agreement contains annual wage increases, protection of full COLAs and no-layoff protections, new opportunities for career work, gains for part time flexibles and a host of other improvements.” The Tentative Agreement has the unanimous approval of the National Negotiating Committee and the support of the National Executive Board. “I salute the entire bargaining committee for their outstanding and collective work. I was proud to serve on the National Negotiating Committee along with Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, who served as chief spokesperson for the union, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun, Motor Vehicle Director Michael Foster and Support Services Director Steve Brooks. The entire Negotiating Committee appreciates the due diligence and hard work exhibited by the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee.” Many headquarters officers, national business agents, and staff were also involved in the long process of planning and preparation of negotiations. APWU members across the country waged a strong campaign united in the demand for a good contract that rewards postal workers for their dedication and hard work. “We look forward to the membership having an opportunity to vote on this tentative agreement that we believe offers improvements in the wages, hours and working conditions in all APWU crafts,” Director Vance Zimmerman said. A detailed summary of the Tentative Agreement will be published on the APWU website Saturday December 11th. Furthermore, the APWU National Negotiating Committee will hold a webinar “town hall” with the members December 16th at 2:00pm. 6pm and 9pm EST. Register at apwu.org/townhall. In the coming weeks more information will be shared on the ratification process. REGISTER FOR THE DEC 16 CONTRACT TOWN HALL ZOOM Click on the links below to register for your preferred contract zoom town hall time slot. Thursday, December 16th at 2:00 PM EST Thursday, December 16th at 6:00 PM EST Thursday, December 16th 9:00 PM EST
  10. Important Announcement President Craig Brown has appointed Dan Akers as Assistant Clerk Craft Director. We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director and Trustee to permanently fill the positions which will take place at the January 15, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 8:00 AM.
  11. The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for January 15, 2022 @ 8:00 AM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133 Constitution, we will be voting for delegates for the State Convention at the February 19, 2022, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 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 $375.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  12. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes November 20, 2021 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:00 PM, Saturday, November 20, 2021. Allegiance to Flag Josh Snyder 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 AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder Motor Vehicle Craft Dir. – Melissa Monday There were 9 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for October 2021. Motion to accept the minutes for October 2021 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for October 2021. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for October 2021 as read was made by Josh Snyder. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. 3rd Quarter Audit Report Letter from WV AFL-CIO Vacancy for VP taking nominations Letter from Tully Rinckey PLLC Letter from WV AFL-CIO 30th Annual Constitutional Convention Feb. 2-3, 2022 New Members William Howard Virginia Spencer Qualon Burnside Anthony Siders Katherine Mullins Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes November 20, 2021 Drop Outs Summer Waid Wesley Wriston II Special Committees T-shirts- Almost finished them passing out. Standing Committees None. Unfinished Business None. New Business Doug Butler made a motion to pay 1,374.50 to building corp. for electrical repairs. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed. Doug Butler made a motion to pay Chris Smith 56 hours of lost time for assisting in building repairs. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay two additional people to go through files at the union hall on November 23,2021. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send two delegates to the 30th Constitutional Convention February 2-3, 2022, at full expense. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to send the President and Vice President or designee to the President Conference March 3-7, 2022, at full expense. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to spend up to $1,000.00 to purchase new locks for the union hall. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to merge with Kenna, WV post office. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes November 20, 2021 Chris Smith made a motion to accept the Audit Committee report as read. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to pay Eustacia Wriston for national zoom meeting October 26, 2021. Seconded by Mellissa Monday. Motion Passed Open Forum Deems Desirable Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Chris Smith. The $350.00 bonus number was 59, Rebecca Brown, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on January 15, 2022, at 8:00 AM. Respectfully Submitted, file:///C:/Users/APWU133/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 October 2021 Treasurers Report.pdf October 2021 Treasurers Report 2.pdf
  13. Today, President Joe Biden announced two new nominees to the Postal Service Board of Governors to replace outgoing governors. The President nominated Dan Tangherlini, who served as Administrator of the General Services Administration in the Obama Administration and has worked in various roles in the District of Columbia government. He also nominated Derek Kan, who worked in the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Transportation. Their appointments are to fill the spots on the Board being vacated by Governors Ron Bloom and John Barger. Bloom’s term expired last year; he was finishing a holdover year which ends on December 8. Barger’s term expires the same day, but he will stay on the Board until a replacement is confirmed by the Senate. The APWU looks forward to meeting with the nominees, sharing our views on matters affecting postal workers and learning where they stand on the future of the public United States Postal Service.
  14. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for November 20, 2021 @ 7:00 PM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133 Constitution, there will be a vote to merge with the Kenna, WV Post Office and its associate offices which will take place at the November 20,2021 Regular Monthly Meeting @ 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 $350.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  15. The Postal Service reported out its Fiscal Year 2021 financial and operational results at the public meeting of the Board of Governors on November 10, 2021. Despite an increase of revenue of $3.9 billion, the Postal Service posted a net loss of $4.9 billion for 2021. While the losses continue to create headlines, two things have been made abundantly clear from the latest results. First is that the public continues to rely on the universal network of the Postal Service to meet their needs to conduct business, send correspondence, vote and shop. The pandemic has underscored the vital role of postal workers in our communities and we continue to step up for the public. Second is the urgent need for Congress and the Biden Administration to address longstanding issues effecting the Postal Service’s balance sheet. Passing the bi-partisan supported Postal Service Reform Act (as currently written), combined with Administrative action correcting faulty pension accounting, would eliminate nearly all of the Postal Service’s losses. Together, these would alleviate the tremendous pressure placed on service, on postal workers and on the public and move the Postal Service closer to financial health. Postal workers continue to take great pride in the essential service we provide to the public each and every day. We’ve done our part to secure the Postal Service’s central role in the life of the country. Now, lawmakers and the Administration must act to ensure the long-term viability of our great national treasure.
  16. In September, President Biden issued a directive to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. Today, OSHA released the highly anticipated ETS. This ETS does apply to the Postal Service. In 1998, when the Postal Employees Safety Enhancement Act was passed, the Postal Service became subject to Public Law Number 91-596; which in turn made the Postal Service and its employees subject to all Safety Standards—whether temporary or permanent—implemented and enforced by OSHA. At this time the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, (APWU) is reviewing the ETS to determine how to proceed as the ETS is applied by the Postal Service. After our review and determination of the next steps to take, more information will be released. The APWU encourages all postal employees to practice the things that have been shown to slow the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, and staying home from work when sick. The APWU also encourages all postal employees who are able to get vaccinated do so with one of the vaccines currently authorized for use today. https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/osha_and_the_postal_service.pdf https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/ets_covid-19_vaccination_and_testing.pdf
  17. The Union t-shirts and hoodies are in and have been sorted. They will be brought to the Plant and Stations/Branches by Tour due to limited space in the Union offices. They will be distributed to the members ASAP.
  18. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for November 20, 2021 @ 7:00 PM. According to the Charleston, West Virginia Area Local #133 Constitution, there will be a vote to merge with the Kenna, WV Post Office and its associate offices which will take place at the November 20,2021 Regular Monthly Meeting @ 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 $350.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
  19. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes October 16, 2021 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 8:00 AM, Saturday, October 16, 2021. Allegiance to Flag Josh Snyder 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 Asst. Clerk Craft Dir.- Kayla Cuppy Assit. Maint. Craft Director- Daniel Gravley AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder There were 15 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for August 2021. Motion to accept the minutes for August 2021 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Daniel Gravely. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for August 2021. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for August 2021 as read was made by Josh Snyder. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for September 2021. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for September 2021 as read was made by Daniel Gravely. Seconded by Kayla Cuppy. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Letter from WV-AFL-CIO Letter from Timothy Thompson-Editor Letter about APWU POWER’s National Convention postponed Letter from Kelton Fields- Safety Dir. Letter from Kayla Cuppy- Assit. Craft Director Letter about basic steward zoom Oct. 27th & 28th Letter about Glasglow merger Letter from Tyler Williams- Safety Dir. Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes October 16, 2021 New Members Shawn Reynolds Deborah Thomas Kellie Morehead Keith Ball Kristin Means Ashley Herold Joseph Paris Teresa Elkins Rebecca Weekley Brandon Rucker Christopher James II Samantha Oiler Kelsey Hively Tarrell Spencer Peyton Bird James Hanna Trevor Bolyard Erica Johnson Martha Strickland Brittany Nelson Angel Barker Drop Outs Patricia Gordon Special Committees T-shirts- Coming in around 10/20/2021. Standing Committees None. Unfinished Business None. New Business Elections- Assit. Clerk Craft Director was won by Kayla Cuppy. Editor was won by Timothy Thompson. Safety Director was won Kelton Fields. Vote Results: Tyler Williams-7 votes and Kelton Fields-8 votes Chris Smith made a motion to merge with Evans, WV post office. Seconded by Daniel Gravely. Motion Passed Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes October 16, 2021 Doug Butler made a motion to pay lost time to members attending the research and education department zoom training October 27-28. Seconded by Amy Haga. Motion Passed. Doug Butler made a motion to buy lunch for all members attending steward class October 5, 2021. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion for additional $3,500.00 to cover cost of t-shirts and hoodies. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to spend $4,500.00 for new HVAC. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to spend up to $150.00 to buy vacuum. Seconded by Chris Smith. Motion Passed Doug Butler made a motion to pay 8 hours lost time to up to 4 people to pick up and sort shirts and hoodies. Seconded by Kayla Cuppy. Motion Passed Open Forum Supervisor issues need resolved Not signing ODLs Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Daniel Gravely. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Amanda Gutherie. The $325.00 bonus number was 25, Wes Ashby, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on November 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, file:///C:/Users/APWU133/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 Click the Links Below for Treasurers Report October 2021 Treasurers Report 2.pdf October 2021 Treasurers Report.pdf
  20. On October 1, 2021, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks signed another extension with the Postal Service of the original April 3, 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Re: Bulk Mail Tech and Mailing Requirements Clerk (MRC) Position Qualification. This MOU was agreed to by the parties in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure that employees pending qualification for Bulk Mail Technician or Mailing Requirements Clerk duty assignments would be provided a realistic opportunity to pass the required training. This additional extension is through December 31, 2021, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties. RESOURCES https://apwu.org/contracts/april-3-2020-mou-bmt-and-mrc-qual-mou-re-bulk-mail-tech-and-mailing-requirement-clerk?_ga=2.53560175.632252601.1634020030-2133977413.1629048474 https://apwu.org/contracts/bmt-and-mrc-position-qualification-extension-until123121-oct-1-20201?_ga=2.53560175.632252601.1634020030-2133977413.1629048474
  21. In Memory of Rosie Lee Webb Obituary for Rosie Lee Webb Rosie Bree Webb, age 94, of Smithers, WV, gained her heavenly wings on October 9, 2021. She was born in Montgomery, WV on May 2, 1927 to the late Tony and Mary Scalise Bree. She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Billy Wriston, and Marshall Webb; sisters, Tresa Workman, and Lena Bell; brothers, Salvatore “Sammy” Bria, and Dominick “Mickey” Bria. Surviving are her children; Carol Wriston Johnson and her husband Forrest “Buddy” of Bristol, VA., John Marshall Webb of Charlton Heights, and Todd William Webb of Smithers; sister, Mary Ann Johnson of Charleston; sister-in-laws; Mildred Wriston of Falls View, JoNancy Bria of Daytona Beach, FL., and Carol Jean Santoro of Wilmington, NC, grandchildren; Brian Johnson and his wife Tara, Tayla Barnes, Kaitlyn Borris and husband Arron, Daniel “DJ” Fragale and Ashley Milgram and her husband Joel Parsons, great-grandchildren; Hunter, Hailey, Isabella, Julien, Alexander, and Myiah, great-great-grandchildren; Okey, and Anthony Giavonni, and many loving nieces and nephews. Her children would like to express their gratitude and special thanks to all the staff at Montgomery Rehab & Nursing for the wonderful care they provided for her. Rosie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a wonderful mother-in-law and most importantly, a good Christian woman. She was extremely kind, generous, thoughtful, and caring to everyone. She loved her family very much and always looked forward to being with them and taking lots of pictures. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11AM at Saint Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer with Father Dominick Boak as celebrant. Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4PM, and 6-8PM at Saint Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer. Entombment will follow the service on Friday at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow. O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at www.odellfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387
  22. President Dimondstein signed extensions on the COVID MOUs late last night (September 30), through December 31, 2021. The liberal leave policy has also been extended (see letter below). https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/mou_-_extension_of_memoranda_of_understanding_apwu_12.31.21_signed.pdf https://d1ocufyfjsc14h.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/liberal_leave_policy_extension_9-30-2021.pdf
  23. The United States Postal Service is implementing changes starting Friday October 1 that will slow down mail delivery for tens of millions of people and affect billions of pieces of mail. That date marks the first day of the new service standards for First Class Mail and Periodicals which USPS management is implementing as part of their 10-year plan. The changes lengthen the delivery target from the previous two and three-day standard to as many as five days for many pieces of mail, depending on distance of travel. This is a step backward for the Postal Service and for millions across the country who rely on speedy mail service. The union remains convinced that the service standard changes will only drive away mail volume and much-needed postal revenue. The APWU opposes these service standard changes and will continue our fight to ensure the people receive the fast and reliable service that they’ve come to expect and that they deserve. Earlier this year, the APWU led an effort with organizations across A Grand Alliance to Save our Public Postal Service in opposing the service standard changes when they were under review by the Postal Regulatory Commission. Collectively the union and allies organized over 130,000 comments from the public which were submitted to the PRC and the Postal Service. While the PRC was critical of USPS’ proposals, postal management ultimately decided to pursue the service standard changes nonetheless. APWU has long campaigned not only in defense of the existing standards, but for a restoration of speedier service standards which were in place before July 1, 2012. At that time, overnight First Class Mail within cities and towns was still in place, along with the two and three-day standard coast-to-coast. “The people deserve the prompt, reliable and efficient mail service promised under the law,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal workers are proud to serve our communities every single day. We believe management’s response to months of poor performance should be to improve service and regain the public’s trust, instead of this focus on moving the goalposts and slowing service standards. We’ll stay united with the public until the service standards and postal performance reflect the needs of the public for quality and fast service.”
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