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APWU 133

    Important Announcements

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    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.


    ATTENTION MEMBERS

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    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


    April 2022 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    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,

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    Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133

    March 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf March 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf


    Implementation of CBA Moves Ahead

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    Implementation of CBA Moves Ahead

     

    April 28, 2022

    The implementation of the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement is moving forward. With ratification of the agreement on February 28, the provisions of the agreement went into effect. The membership of the union has already seen the effect of some of those provisions. For example, work or pay guarantees the for Part-time Flexible (PTF) employees to include the four (4) hour daily work or pay guarantee and the 24-hour per pay period work or pay guarantee are in effect. The guaranteed one day off per week for PTFs is also in effect along with many other provisions of the agreement. 

    As previously announced, the pay provisions of the agreement are being programmed and will begin to be paid in pay period 13 which starts on June 4, 2022 and show on the paychecks received on June 24, 2022. This would include the 1.3% due to career employees from November 2021, the 2.3% due to Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from November 2021, the $1310 per annum COLA due to career employees on February 26, 2022, extra pay for PTFs due to the Juneteenth holiday, and the additional 50 cents per hour for PSEs. Beginning pay period 14, starting on June 18, 2022, the slotting of the additional steps and elimination of steps for Grade 8 employees will begin as well. Of course, once that is all in place the Postal Service will be able to provide the date of the retro-active pay that will be owed the employees. It is important to note that the retroactive pay will take time to calculate and will be paid later in the year.  

    One significant provision of the agreement goes into effect on April 23, 2022. PSEs who have reached 24 months of relative standing within their installation (Level 4 RMPOs excluded) will be converted to career employees. They will be converted to a PTF in Level 20 and below offices or to Full-time Flexible (FTF) in Level 21 and above offices. This is a significant step forward for the non-career workforce. Guaranteed Conversion!  

    The Postal Service has provided approximately 1,200 names of PSEs who will be converted on April 23, 2022. During negotiations, it was estimated that the conversions under this provision would be closer to 2000, however, through the other conversion mechanisms of the Clerk Craft Residual MOU, conversion agreed to through national MOUs, and through the hard work of dedicated representatives in the grievance process, many of the PSEs estimated to be converted were converted prior to April 23, 2022. This proves that the contract is working well to get conversions prior to the 24-month provision that is a stop-gap to ensure PSEs are converted.  

    The APWU believes more than the 1,200 conversions should be taking place and we have provided a list of names to the Postal Service that have been identified in the data we have that should be converted. We are seeking clarification on those names and making sure that no one who should be converted is missed. Data review and conversations with the Postal Service are continuing to take place to make sure everyone due to be converted is converted.  

    The 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement took a big step forward for the wages, hours, and working conditions for hundreds of thousands APWU members. It is a contract that can be built upon in the future and a contract that protect rights and benefits fought for over decades of collective bargaining. 


    Statement by APWU President Mark Dimondstein on the Amazon Workers Union Victory in Staten Island and the Ongoing union election in Alabama

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    Statement by APWU President Mark Dimondstein on the Amazon Workers Union Victory in Staten Island and the Ongoing union election in Alabama

     

    April 11, 2022

    The Union victory today of Amazon workers in the Staten Island, NY warehouse is exciting and great news. In addition, the too-close-to-call election results at the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon warehouse is also encouraging news 

    The 8,000 workers at the Amazon Warehouse in Staten Island NY voted “union yes” by joining a new independent union, the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). 

    In an outstanding example of independent self-organization, workers prevailed against a massive, multi-millionaire dollar anti-union campaign of coercion, threats and intimidation.  

    The Amazon workers, led by Christian Smalls, who was fired for leading a walk out over lack of COVID safety protocols two years ago, were not to be denied. They drew important lessons from the pandemic – workers must organize to have dignity, respect and safe working conditions.  They were undoubtedly encouraged by the wave of new worker militancy around the country as well as growing public support for unions. And they were rightfully fed up with a company raking in billions in profits while refusing to share the wealth created by the workers’ labor.  

    The APWU welcomes this news - the first union beachhead in the battle for workers’ rights against a massive, anti-union company and their greedy billionaire executives. It is a powerful first step which will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to the one million U.S. Amazon workers who need a union to win better wages, benefits, workplace safety and a true voice at work.   

    The organized labor movement should unite and build a multi-union crusade to help organize Amazon workers throughout the country. We should help propel the movement forward, whether Amazon workers choose to join an established union such as the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in Alabama, or others, or if they organize new independent initiatives such as the ALU in Staten Island.  

    We salute the determination of the Amazon workers in Staten Island and Bessemer, AL in standing up to their bosses.  

    Unionization at Amazon holds a special significance for postal workers who work in the same mail/package/delivery industry.  When one group of workers rises, we all rise. 

    The APWU stands ready to assist the newly organized workers in Staten Island in any way we can in the coming and challenging battle to win a good first union contract and stands ready to work with all Amazon workers and all unions in building Amazon workers’ power at Amazon.


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