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    FIRST COLA INCREASE TO BE $1,310.00 - IF YOU VOTE YES ON CONTRACT RATIFICATION!

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    FIRST COLA INCREASE TO BE $1,310.00

    IF YOU VOTE YES ON CONTRACT RATIFICATION!

    February 10, 2022

    On February 10, 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for the month of January 2022. January was the final month of the six-month measuring period used for determining the cost of living allowance (COLA) for those covered by the National Agreement. 

    Every full-time career employee in every step and grade will receive an annual increase of $1,310 or 63 cents per hour. In percentage terms, the median percentage increase across all steps and levels for career employees will be 2.3%. The hourly rate for career part-time flexible employees will be adjusted up accordingly. The new rates based on this COLA will be effective on February 26, 2022, the start of Pay Period 6-2022. The $1,310 will be the third highest COLA increase received in APWU’s history. 

    However, this COLA will only go into effect if the 2021-2024 National Agreement is ratified. This would be first of six COLAs career employees will receive under a ratified 2021-2024 National Agreement. COLAs are in addition to the general increases that employees will receive in November of 2021, 2022, and 2023. 

    Due to the timing of the ratification process, the exact date the increase will begin to show in pay checks has not been determined. If the contract is ratified, the COLA will be paid retroactively to February 26, 2022. In addition, the results of the ratification vote will affect the November 21, 2021, general increase as this increase would be paid retroactive to November 21, 2021. 

    “Today’s inflation numbers show how important maintaining full COLA for every career employee was in the 2021-2024 negotiations.” President Mark Dimondstein said. “A ‘yes’ vote for ratification will ensure our members receive this COLA and the other wage increases negotiated as part of the new agreement” he continued. 

    Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman added, “Not only does a ‘yes’ vote preserve your COLA and wage increases, but it also allows the other negotiated portions of the CBA to go into effect including the new work hour guarantees for PTFs, advanced leave provisions, and guaranteed PSE conversions. I encourage all eligible members to vote on ratification and to vote ‘yes’ today!”

    All union members eligible to vote have been sent a ballot and non-members have also been sent a ballot. Non-members can have their vote counted if they return the enclosed PS-Form 1187 with their ballot. The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is handling the balloting and counting process and have reported that completed ballots are flowing in from the membership. Ballots must be received by 9:00 am on February 23, 2022 by the AAA. If you have not received your ballot packet or need a replacement, please contact the AAA by calling 1-800-529- 5218 or 1-800-273-0726 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET, Monday through Friday.
     


      Breaking News: Postal Service Reform Act Passes the House of Representatives - on to the Senate!

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      Breaking News: Postal Service Reform Act Passes the House of Representatives - on to the Senate!

       

      February 8, 2022

       

      On February 8, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 3076) passed with overwhelming support in the House of Representatives by a vote of 342-92. “After 15 years of fighting for much-needed and long-overdue reforms, we are one step away from securing a critical victory for postal workers, the Postal Service and the public who rely on us,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.  “The strong bi-partisan support for this legislation is a testament to the unrivaled service postal workers provide to people and communities across this country, no matter who we are or where we live."

      The Postal Reform bill will place the United States Postal Service on the path toward financial stability by repealing the onerous and financially debilitating pre-funding mandate, ensuring six-day delivery, adding much-needed transparency to postal operations, and maximizing participation in Medicare — a program which the Postal Service and its employees have contributed over $34 billion toward — by enacting prospective Medicare integration. Postal Reform is fair to active and retired postal workers and is a crucial development in the fight to preserve and strengthen our Postal Service. Click here for APWU’s Q&A on Postal Reform to learn more.

      “The American Postal Workers Union extends our appreciation to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, and Ranking Member James Comer—all of whom made forward movement on this bill a reality,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard.

      APWU’s Legislative and Political Department is proud of the work carried out by APWU members, the other postal unions, community organizations, and our allies for the efforts leading up to House passage of this bill. “Thanks to our collective efforts, we are closer than ever to securing the most pivotal piece of postal legislation in generations,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

      The bill now moves to the Senate where the “Postal Reform Act (PRSA)” has already received bi-partisan support. It’s taken years of effort to get this far. Now we need to raise our collective voices to make sure the Senate moves quickly to pass the PSRA and send it to President Biden’s desk. The APWU is urging all postal workers and our allies to call our senators and urge them to vote ‘yes’ on Postal Reform to strengthen the public Postal Service.

      CALL YOUR SENATOR’S OFFICE AT 844-402-1001 AND URGE THEM TO PASS THE POSTAL SERVICE REFORM ACT.


      2021-2024 Tentative Agreement Available to Download from Website

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      2021-2024 Tentative Agreement Available to Download from Website

       

      February 7, 2022

       

      All ballots/ratification packets have been mailed to eligible voters. Non-members of the union have also been mailed a ratification packet and a ballot that includes a PS-Form 1187 to join the union. Any non-member who returns a ballot and a completed PS-Form 1187 will have their ballot counted. 

      The 2021-2024 Tentative Agreement that was included in the ratification packet can now be viewed and downloaded here: 2021-2024 Tentative Agreement--Ratification Packet Version | American Postal Workers Union (apwu.org).

      Upon ratification, a final print version will be jointly agreed to, reviewed, and proofread with the Postal Service. Once this process is completed official copies will be printed and an electronic version will be made available for download on the website. 


      Safety Ambassador Settlement

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      Safety Ambassador Settlement

       

      February 3, 2022

      On January 28, 2022, the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO reached a settlement agreement with the Postal Service on the Safety Ambassador Program. The case was scheduled to be heard in national arbitration on February 3rd and 4th. However, with the settlement, the hearings were cancelled.

      On October 26, 2017, the APWU was informed that the old Safety Captain Program would be standardized into a nationally controlled program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The APWU demanded to meet with the Postal Service over the new program and objected to it. The new program was created unilaterally by the Postal Service in violation of Article 19 and the Union’s Article 1 rights to be the exclusive representative of the bargaining units represented by the APWU.

      Specifically, objections were raised regarding how the ambassadors were to be appointed, that “verbal” safety reports be made instead of the PS Form 1767 process, how the program would usurp the contractual Joint Labor Management Safety and Health Committees, and how the ambassadors would be responsible for observing co-workers and reporting their actions to management. In March of 2018, a national dispute was initiated on the program after our meetings with the Postal Service failed to produce any meaningful results. An article on this dispute was posted at the time the dispute was initiated. 

      As full and complete settlement of the dispute, the Postal Service agreed to permanently suspend and withdraw the Safety Ambassador Program. This includes any guidelines, manuals, or training that the Postal Service attempted to introduce with the program. 

      Thanks to the hard work of the National Officers (Lynn Pallas-Barber, Terry Martinez, and Jason Trier) assigned to Article 14, Industrial Relations Department staff, and our attorneys, the APWU was able to successfully fend off the Safety Ambassador Program.  

      A copy of the settlement can be found here: Safety Ambassador Settlement.


      ATTENTION MEMBERS

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      ATTENTION MEMBERS

      Ballots are in the mail! Vote on our Tentative Agreement. The Negotiating Committee urges you to vote "yes!"

      More at https://apwu.org/ratification 


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