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    Welcome to our 2021 APWU Health Plan Virtual Open Season Health Fairs! November 8 - December 13

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    Health Benefit Officers, 
    Welcome to our 2021 APWU Health Plan Virtual Open Season Health Fairs!
    We wanted to give your employees an opportunity to meet with APWU Health Plan staff virtually and learn about our benefits. Postal, Federal, and Retirees who are eligible for the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program can access and attend our virtual health fairs safely online.

    During Open Season, every Tuesday and Thursday, from 12-2pm EST a Health Plan staff employee will be online to answer questions and discuss plan features. Please forward this email to your employees so that they can participate. Click on the register now to confirm your attendance.

    Once registered you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. The day before the virtual health fair date you selected, you will receive an email reminder with the dial-in information and instructions.

    Register Now! for any of our Virtual Health Fairs.

    Tuesday, November 9 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 16 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 23 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 30 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, December 7 - 12pm-2pm EST


    Thursday, November 11 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, November 18 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, December 2 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, December 9 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Das Issues Remedy Award on PM End of Day Button Case

    By Apwu133,

    On December 8, 2017, Arbitrator Shyam Das found that the Postal Service was in violation of the parties’ Article 1.6.B Global Settlement Remedy Agreement (GSRA) in Level 18 offices when it created the Postmaster End of Day (PMEOD) button in the Retail System Software (RSS). The PMEOD button allowed postmasters to enter and exit RSS without completely closing out of the window. The button allowed postmasters to give false accounts of the amount of bargaining unit work they performed, which is limited to 15 hours each week in Level 18 offices.

    In his December 8, 2017 award, Arbitrator Das remanded the remedy to the parties; however, after three years, the Postal Service had failed to provide the Union with an acceptable analysis of the amount of back pay entitlement and the parties returned to the arbitrator for a decision on a proper remedy. After the initial hearing dates in August 2020 were postponed, the remedy hearings were held on December 3-4, 2020. Das issued his decision dated September 16, 2021, awarding $20.5 million to be distributed: “(1) to affected bargaining unit employees as determined by the union; or if that option is declined by the union, (2) to clerks who worked in offices where the PMEOD function was enabled based on the relative number of days they worked during the period that function was enabled” (Page 2 of his award).

    “I congratulate Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, the Clerk Craft Officers involved and APWU attorneys and staff for the job well done,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This is another step forward in the ongoing and important fight in defending the work of our members.”

    APWU Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks stated: “This is just one more step in the battle to return work rightfully belonging to the Clerk Craft. While the Postal Service continues to put up obstacles, your union will not be deterred. We will continue to fight. This award should bring about a little vindication for the clerks in Level 18 post offices.”

    Brooks continued, “The Clerk Division at the national level filed the dispute after the Postal Service unilaterally changed the RSS logon start time on the PS Form 1412, in an effort to reduce their financial liability. Rest assured, the battle is not over. Stay tuned. We will not stop until all the work that is rightfully ours is given to us. On behalf of the Clerk Division, which includes Assistant Directors Lynn Pallas-Barber and Sam Lisenbe, we would be remiss if we did not thank Memphis Region Clerk Division NBA Pamel Smith, who secured 1412 data during the Thanksgiving holiday for me to present as rebuttal evidence at the arbitration hearing and Michael Barrett of the Buffalo Area Local, who compiled the numerous excel spreadsheets in support of the data.” 

    Clerk Craft officers will meet and discuss the two options offered by Arbitrator Das in his award regarding the remedy to determine the best possible manner in which to compensate those clerks affected by this violation.  

    Negotiations Update

    By Apwu133,

    Negotiations Update: APWU and USPS “Stop the Clock” to Continue Bargaining for a New Contract


    September 21, 2021



    The collective bargaining agreement (union contract) between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. Our current contract was due to expire at midnight, September 20, 2021.

    Over the last two weeks, the APWU and postal management have engaged in frequent negotiating sessions at both the “main table,” the “craft tables,” and in other committees. There has been modest progress on a number of issues affecting all our crafts, including on job security. There has also been a narrowing of the differences on important items including the economic package. 

    However, the union and management have been unable to secure a negotiated agreement by midnight September 20.

    The APWU National Negotiating Committee (NNC) had two choices: Either start the process of mediation heading to interest arbitration, or with mutual agreement with postal management, “stop the clock” (meaning the contract does not expire at midnight) and continue negotiations for a period of time.

    It is the unanimous decision of the National Negotiating Committee to “stop the clock” and continue bargaining. It is also the position of the NNC that we will reevaluate progress on a regular basis and invoke mediation if further negotiations are not productive.

    “The entire APWU negotiating team is working together and working hard to secure the new contract that our members have earned and deserve,” said APWU Chief Spokesperson Vance Zimmerman. “Continued negotiations for a short period of time are in the best interests of the members.”

    “The APWU is leaving no stone unturned. Based on progress thus far we have the possibility of reaching a negotiated union contract,” declared President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. “It is vital we all stay union strong and union proud in our collective quest for workplace justice.”

    The APWU will continue to keep the members updated, including regular messages on the negotiation “hotline” at 866-412-8061.

    Attention Members

    By Apwu133,



    Due to not having a Quorum for the September 11, 2021, Regular Monthly Meeting there will not be any minutes for the Month of September.


    The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 AM.


    We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Safety Director, and Editor to permanently fill the positions. We will also be voting on the merger with the Evans WV PO and its RMPOs. Both will be held at the October 16, 2021, monthly meeting at 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 $325.00.



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