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APWU 133

    ATTENTION MEMBERS

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    ATTENTION MEMBERS

     

     

     

     

     

    The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on March 19, 2022 @ 8:00 AM.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave.

    Charleston, WV 25302

     

     

    There will be a $25.00 door prize.

    The bonus drawing is $400.00.

     

     

     

    ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND


    February 2022 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    Charleston Area Local #133

    Regular Monthly Minutes

    February 19, 2022

     

    ATTENTION:

    PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD

    Opening of Meeting

     

    Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:00 PM, Saturday, February 19, 2022.

     

    Allegiance to Flag

     

    Tiffany Copley led the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Officers Present

     

    President – Craig Brown Vice President – Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary Eustacia Wriston AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder Motor Vehicle Craft Dir. – Melissa Monday Legislative Dir.- Bob Redman Organizing Dir.- Tiffany Copley

     

    There were 11 members present.

     

    Reading of Minutes

     

    Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for November 2021.

    Motion to accept the minutes for November 2021 as read was made by Melissa Monday.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Treasurer's Report

     

    Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for November 2021.

    Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for November 2021 as read was made by Rita Jackson.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for December 2021.

    Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for December 2021 as read was made by Tiffany Copley.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for January 2022.

    Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for January 2022 as read was made by Bob Redman.

    Seconded by Josh Snyder.

    Motion Passed

     

    Bills and Communications

     

    Doug Butler read the following bills and communications.

     

    Letter from Women’s Committee of the APWU

    Letter from APWU POWER’s 20th Biennial National Convention by Zoom March 25-26, 2022

    Letter from Pres. Dimondstein Office encouraging non-member PSEs to vote

    Letter from Kayla Cuppy resigning as Assistant Clerk Craft Dir. And stepping down as Steward

    Letter from Dan Akers resigning as trustee

    Letter from Tom Accord wish to be considered for trustee position

    Letter from Dan Akers wish to be considered for Assistant Clerk Craft Dir. position

    Letter from Bob Redman, Tiffany Copley, and Alexis Pratt to be delegates for the APWU State Convention

     

     

     

    Charleston Area Local #133

    Regular Monthly Minutes

    February 19, 2022

    New Members

    NONE

     

     

    Drop Outs

    None

     

    Special Committees

     

    Hosting APWU State Convention at the Charleston Marriott on April 28-30,2022. Committee: Craig Brown, Chris Smith, Doug Butler, and Tiffany Copley.

     

    Standing Committees

    None.

     

    Unfinished Business

    None.

     

    New Business

     

    Elections-

    Assit. Clerk Craft Director was won by Dan Akers. Vote Results: Dan Akers-6 votes and Chase Dawson- 2 votes

    Trustee was won by Tom Accord. Unopposed.

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to send 7 delegates to the state convention paid loss time.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

    State Delegates: Bob Redman, Tiffany Copley, Mellissa Monday, Alexis Pratt, Eustacia Wriston, Doug Butler, and Craig Brown.

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to send up to 7 delegates to the state convention minus loss time.

    Seconded by Chris Smith

    Motion Passed

    State Delegates: Josh Snyder

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to send Chris Smith to the state convention as a delegate.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to pay Chris Smith lost time for 1-5-22 for the locksmith.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed.

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to spend up $1,000.00 for shredding of files.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to spend up to $15,000.00 for all expenses for hosting the state convention in April.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to spend up to $2,000.00 to purchase new shredder for the union office at the plant.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to spend up to $5,000.00 to purchase additional t-shirt and hoodies for new members.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

     

     

    Charleston Area Local #133

    Regular Monthly Minutes

    February 19, 2022

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to donate or dispose of filing cabinet in the union hall.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to pay the President, Vice President, and Treasurer loss time for the Secretary Treasurer Training March 2nd and 23rd, 2022 via zoom.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

     

    Chris Smith made a motion to pay trustees lost time to attend the national zoom training Feb. 23rd, 2022.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Chris Smith made a motion to pay 3 volunteers lost time to work the registration desk at the state convention April 28th,29th, and 30th.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed

     

    President Craig Brown passed gavel to Vice President Doug Butler.

     

    Craig Brown made a motion to send the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Organizing Director to be paid lost time for April 27th to get the hospitality room set up for the state convention.

    Seconded by Bob Redman

    Motion Passed


    Vice President Doug Butler passed gavel back to President Craig Brown.

     

    Open Forum

    Lights out at union hall

    Grievance numbers on OneDrive

     

    Doug Butler made a motion to go back to new business.

    Seconded by Chris Smith

    Motion Passed

     

    New Business

    Doug Butler made a motion to have a steward training class on March 8,2022 paying loss time for up to 10 people.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    Open Forum

    News reporter visiting VMF

    Labor Management Meeting for Downtown

     

    Adjournment

    Motion to adjourn was made by Chris Smith.

    Seconded by Bob Redman.

    Motion Passed

     

    The $25.00 door prize winner Mellissa Monday.

    The $375.00 bonus number was 443, Alena Tomblin, who was not present.

     

    The next Union Meeting will be held on March 19, 2022, at 8:00 AM.

     

    Respectfully Submitted,

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    Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133

     

    November 2021 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdfNovemver 2021 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdfDecember 2021 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdfDecember 2021 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdfJanuary 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdfJanuary 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf


    The New Union Contract is Ratified!

    Apwu133
    By Apwu133,

    The New Union Contract is Ratified!

    94% of Voters Say YES!

    February 28, 2022

    The main Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract) between the APWU and the USPS has been overwhelmingly ratified by the members. The contract was signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on February 28, 2022.  

    Ninety-Four percent (94%) of the members who voted, voted “Yes!” in favor of ratification. The vote tally was 36,632 votes for ratification and 2,290 against. 

    “I am ecstatic that the membership recognized the solid gains that this Agreement provides to the 165,000 APWU members from all crafts,” President and lead negotiator Mark Dimondstein stated. “Every member should be very proud of this huge accomplishment. Our power at the bargaining table begins with each of you, the foundation of our union.”   

    Director of Industrial Relations and chief spokesperson, Vance Zimmerman said, “I am proud of this Agreement and am happy that the membership recognized the hard work of the National Negotiating Committee, the other officers who helped with the negotiations, and the diligent work of our support staff to make this contract a reality.” He continued, “Now the work of implementation begins in earnest.” 

    In addition to the lead negotiator and chief spokesperson, the NCC consisted of Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Motor Vehicle Director Mike Foster, Maintenance Director Idowu Balogun, Support Services Director Steve Brooks, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy and Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell. 

    The tentative contract agreement was reached on December 9, 2021 with unanimous approval of the National Negotiating Committee. It was then unanimously approved by the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee to be sent to the members for a ratification vote. The vote ratification process was  coordinated by APWU Secretary-Treasurer Powell and administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA.)  A sub-committee of the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee consisting of Peggy Whitney, Sandra Munoz, Scott Hoffman, Nicole Burnett and Stacy Brown was on site monitoring the entire vote count, which took place from February 23 – February 28.  

    Now that we have a new contract, one of the first items to be dealt with are the pay raises due to employees. These include the first general wage increase of 1.3% for career employees (2.3% for PSEs), effective November 21, 2021; the $1,310 per year COLA increase due to career employees, effective February 26, 2022; and the additional 50 cents per hour increase for PSEs effective on April 9, 2022.  

    APWU-represented bargaining unit employees in the IT/AS sector will soon begin programming the payroll system that is required to make these pay changes. Once programming is completed, retroactive payments will be made to the affected employees, with the dates of these payments to be announced. Please check apwu.org for updated information on retroactive payments 

    Additionally, the parties are in the process of finalizing a print version of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as updating the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual.   

    “I congratulate the members on this agreement which will provide wage increases, COLAs, job security, improved PTF rights and even more career opportunities for the non-career workforce,” Director Zimmerman said.  

    President Dimondstein concluded by saying, “We should never forget that our Collective Bargaining rights were won through the courage of our forefathers and foremothers in the historic 1970 wildcat strike. The lives of literally millions of postal workers and our families have been changed for the better over the last fifty years.”  


    Arbitrator Sharnoff Award on APWU-NPMHU Jurisdictional Disputes over AFCS and AFCS 200

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    By Apwu133,

    Arbitrator Sharnoff Award on APWU-NPMHU Jurisdictional Disputes over AFCS and AFCS 200

     

    February 25, 2022

    On January 31, 2021, Arbitrator Sharnoff issued a lengthy award on the APWU-NPMHU jurisdictional disputes over the AFCS and AFCS 200. The APWU successfully prevailed in protecting Clerk Work when Arbitrator Sharnoff affirmed that Clerks should be assigned to work the Operator position on the AFCS 200.   
     
    As part of the historic 2018 APWU-USPS-NPMHU RI-399 update agreement, the unions and the Postal Service agreed to arbitrate the unions’ cross-disputes on the AFCS and the AFCS 200.  The APWU defended the Postal Service’s assignment of the AFCS 200 Operator position to clerks, an assignment the APWU felt was properly assigned to the APWU.  The Arbitrator agreed with the APWU keeping the Operator position on the AFCS 200 assigned to Clerks. 
     
    Arbitrator Sharnoff confirmed that there is a high bar for overturning the Postal Service’s jurisdictional determinations – based on the information available to the Postal Service at the time it makes its decision, the Postal Service’s decision cannot be arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, based on improper considerations, or otherwise constitute “an abuse of the USPS’s discretion to make such determinations under the RI-399 Guidelines.”  The NPMHU failed to get over this bar with its claims that the Operator position on the significantly redesigned AFCS 200 should be assigned to Mail Handlers.  Given the changes to the Operator position and the distribution functions of the AFCS 200, Arbitrator Sharnoff confirmed that the Postal Service’s jurisdictional grant to Clerks was proper.   
     
    Arbitrator Sharnoff’s Award means that Clerks must be assigned to the Operator position on the AFCS 200.  Any pending RI-399 disputes at the local level should be settled in accordance with this Award. Contact Lynn Pallas-Barber with any questions that may arise in implementing Arbitrator Sharnoff’s Award at the local level.  
     
    This was the second of four jurisdictional arbitrations presented to Arbitrator Sharnoff under the updated RI-399 process for protecting Clerk Craft work.  In the first two cases, the APWU has successfully in defended Clerks continuing to work on the SPSS and the AFCS 200. Many thanks to the efforts of the APWU’s RI-399 national representatives Lynn Pallas-Barber, Assistant Clerk Craft Director, and National RI-399 Representative Ron Suslak, (President Queens Area Local); their guidance along with the expertise and involvement of APWU locals and employees, supported the APWU in once again keeping mail distribution work with Clerks.  

    Clerk Division Director Lamont Brooks said, “This is another victory in fight to ensure that Clerk Craft employees are performing all the work that rightfully belongs to them. The battle is not over as we still await two other awards, but rest assured the Clerk Division officers will continue doing all we can to keep our work and add new or additional work to the Clerk Craft—the struggle continues.”
     


    Tentative Contract Agreement Ratification Ballot Count Extended to 2/28

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    By Apwu133,

    Tentative Contract Agreement Ratification Ballot Count Extended to 2/28

     

    Elizabeth Powell

    February 20, 2022

     

    In response to reports received of mail delivery delays in multiple cities and the fact Monday is a holiday, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) will begin the ballot count under the supervision of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Sub-Committee, on Wednesday, February 23rd, 9:00am ET and conclude on Monday, February 28th , 5:00pm ET.

    All ballot(s) received during this time period will be counted. 

    Hopefully this gives everyone the opportunity to receive, complete and return their ballot(s).


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