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    Is the Postal Service Sick?

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

    By Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez

    33,400+ employees are absent daily claims management, triggering their Attendance Control Employee Availability (AC/EA) crackdown while they impose so-called “Dynamic Scheduling.”

    Leave rules in CBA Article 10 and the Employee & Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Chapter 510 have existed for 40 years. ACEA can’t change those rules. ELM 665.11 requires you to be regular in attendance. However, ELM 511.1 requires management to administer leave on an equitable basis for all employees considering a) the needs of the service b) the welfare of the individual employee.

    Too often management imposes discipline using select rules and dictates, such as, three (3) absences in 90 days requires discipline. This dictate violates the contract. “It is the supervisor’s review of the attendance record in light of all relevant evidence, NOT any set number of absences that determines whether corrective action is warranted.” [Article 10.1; 10.2 JCIM].

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    Numerous Negotiations Continue

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks 

    I hope everyone had a good time at the 24th Annual National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. I think it was a very good convention. As usual, the delegates came prepared to demonstrate why they felt their resolutions had merit, and articulated their arguments appropriately. Our conventions and the process of passing resolutions is a true illustration of how the democratic process should work. As is probably true for most of the delegates to the National Convention, you hit the ground running when returning home.

    The same can be said for your national officers. The convention took place smack dab in the middle of contract negotiations. With the contract expiring on Sept. 20, 2018, we went into a lock-down period with the Postal Service from Sept. 14-20, where the parties met around-the-clock in attempts to come to an agreement. In the end, we did come closer together on many issues, but were unable to complete the agreement. Because the parties were making headway and still talking, they agreed to extend the negotiation period by 30 days. 

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    Tune in to Hear What the APWU is Doing to Fight the Sale of the Post Office

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    By Apwu133,
    News Service Bulletin #: NSB 09-2018

     

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    Richmond, VA

     

    Our fight to stop postal privatization will continue well after the election! We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Service and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call updating the membership on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign. President Mark Dimondstein and Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard will discuss:

    • The current status of the White House’s plan to sell the Postal Service to private corporations (privatize the Postal Service).
    • The status of House Resolution 993 and Senate Resolution 633, and what to expect from Congress in the lame duck session.
    • Building public support after the successful National Day of Action on Oct. 8.
    • How members can get involved in upcoming campaign actions.

     

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    Las Vegas, NV

     

    Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about what is being done to protect your job and how you can help! Click here to sign up.

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    Maintaining a Financially Sound Local

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

    One of the overwhelming responsibilities of all officers, shop stewards and representatives of the union is to ensure it holds its money and property solely for the benefit of the union and its members. When union officials express an interest in leadership positions, they inherit the responsibilities entrusted to them, which includes maintaining a financially sound local...Make sure you mark your calendar for any of the 2019 national training seminars the Secretary-Treasurer's department will be scheduling. In addition to the scheduled training opportunities, local unions can also schedule training webinars. Please contact Annette August-Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer, at 202-842-4215 or via email to aaugust@apwu.org.

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    Pledge Your Time in 2019!

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Vice President  Debby Szeredy

    Going forward there are more battles ahead: the fight against privatizing the Postal Service, against consolidations and closures of plants and post offices, and the fight to expand services like postal banking and community services that help take care of our neighbors across this country.

    Our battles need mobilized members from all our locals to participate in building alliances with congressional members and local politicians, as well as community organizations and our sister unions. We must mobilize. 

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