apwulogo213Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $686 per year beginning with paychecks dated Sept. 26, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The raise is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

The 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement provides for COLAs based on increases in the January and July CPI in 2012 through 2014, and January 2015. (The contract expires in May 2015.)
So far, employees have received cost-of-living adjustments totaling $1,830. The final COLA, based on the January 2015 CPI, will be effective in March 2015.

Career employees will also receive a 1 percent increase in their annual salaries effective Nov. 15, which will be reflected in paychecks dated Dec. 5.  Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive COLAs, but will receive a raise of 2.5 percent effective Nov. 15, 2014.

Pay scales are available at www.apwu.org.

New Pay Scales (Effective Sep. 6, 2014):

Full-Time Regular Annual Basic Rates

Full-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates

Full-Time and Part-Time Regular Night Differential Rates

Part-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates

Part-Time Flexible Hourly Basic Rates

Part-Time Flexible Night Differential Rates

Postal Support Employee (PSE) Hourly and Night Differential Rates

- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/issues/pay#sthash.eHVWe7qf.dpuf

pctest21An overview of the new 24-hour mail processing plan.

Key Principles
There IS an overnight delivery standard for commercial mail
 There IS NOT an overnight delivery standard for Single Piece First Class Mail (SPFCM)
 There is an overnight delivery performance for both commercial mail and single piece first class mail
 Anticipate that 66% of current overnight delivery performance will remain under Phase 2 Network Rationalization

Letter/Flats Processing – Outgoing
 All collection mail must be worked day of entry
 Service Standards for 2D and 3D have not changed
 Realignment of surface network to secure arrival of 2 day committed mail to destinating office by 8:00am
 Revaluation of STC network
Evaluate Fedex Contract impact
 Continuous processing of FIM mail Continue reading ‘USPS Network Rationalization 24-Hour Mail Processing Plan’ »

Help wanted

helpwanted14The Postal Service is recruiting more people to serve in city carrier assistant (CCA) positions, non-career jobs that offer a stepping stone toward permanent employment with USPS.

CCAs fill in for regular carriers on their routes and perform other mail delivery and collection tasks. Since the position was created in 2013, more than 9,000 CCAs have been converted to career status.

In a new recruitment video, CCAs discuss the job and why they enjoy it, even when it’s challenging. “It looks like an easy job, it really does,” says Alexandria, VA, CCA Juan Butler. “But when you’re out there, you find out it’s not as easy as you think it is.”

CCAs deliver and collect mail on foot or by vehicle, dealing with the same challenges that regular carriers face. Niagara Falls, NY, CCA Alexandra Dell said the job isn’t for the faint of heart. “If you’re a lazy person, I would not suggest this job,” she said.

If you know someone who may be interested in a CCA job, encourage them to visit the USPS Careers site.
Continue reading ‘USPS recruiting more city carrier assistants’ »

eeoc logoWASHINGTON – As part of its continuing efforts to improve the federal sector complaint process, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a new report, Preserving Access to the Legal System: Common Errors by Federal Agencies in Dismissing Complaints of Discrimination on Procedural Grounds.

In the equal employment opportunity (EEO) process for federal employees and applicants for federal employment, federal agencies initially process complaints of employment discrimination. In doing so, agencies may dismiss complaints without investigation on a variety of procedural grounds described in federal sector regulations (29 C.F.R. Part 1614). Continue reading ‘USPS one of top agencies with high reversal rates for dismissed EEOC discrimination complaints’ »

napusThe New Jersey Chapter got the 110th National Convention off to a rousing start Monday morning, Sept. 15, in Atlantic City; nearly 900 members were registered. President Tony Leonardi welcomed everyone to the convention. He talked about this year—a year of change in response to changes in the Postal Service. “We have had to change with it!” he declared.

When he assumed office this past January, Leonardi said he wanted to keep the promise made to make sure everyone affected by POStPlan had an opportunity to stay in the Postal Service. He and League President Mark Strong have had continual discussions with the Postal Service; they have achieved some concessions. Continue reading ‘NAPUS Works to Adjust to a Changing Postal Environment’ »

neuroscience researchThe Office of the (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service is requesting information via Federal Business Opportunities on suggested methodologies for conducting neuroscience research to understand the human response to and effectiveness of physical communications.

Specifically, the USPS OIG seeks to identify possible Suppliers that could propose and conduct neuroscience research based on the following objectives:

• To understand the human response to physical and digital media; specifically how the brain responds to marketing stimuli and the associated downstream behaviors.

• To assess the role direct mail can most effectively play in different phases in the relationship with a consumer or elements of the buying process.

Companies are concerned with increasing the effectiveness of their marketing activities. No one channel can do all things to build a relationship with a customer, and the task of understanding how they work together is exceedingly complex. Many postal customers, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), may not be able to track the success of a specific channel and do not know the most effective mix of physical and digital communications to best convey their message. Continue reading ‘USPS OIG seek suppliers for conducting neuroscience research’ »

United-States-District-CourtlogoOn September 11, Anthony Davis, former president of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 314 was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on one count of embezzling $40,659 in Labor Union funds. He had been indicted in April following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards(OLMS). Prosecutors had alleged that Davis, 51, a resident of O’Fallon, Ill., submitted fake invoices to the union and pocketed the reimbursements. Though maintaining his innocence, a jury, after a five-day trial, convicted him. Sentencing is set for December 8, 2014.

Here is the case as presented by the U.S. Attorney’s office

From 2009 through June 2013, defendant Anthony Davis was the president of National Postal Mail Handlers Local 314 located in Hazelwood, Missouri. Mail Handlers 314 is a division of the Laborers’ International Union of North America AFL-CIO and is covered by the (LMRDA). Local 314 represents mail handlers employed by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in four locations: Saint Louis, Missouri Processing and Distribution Center, Saint Louis, Missouri Metro Annex, Saint Louis, Missouri Bulk Mail Center, and Columbia, Missouri Processing and Distribution Center. During his presidency, defendant was responsible for the operations of Local 314, and had signature authority over its checks. Continue reading ‘St. Louis Mail Handlers Local President found guilty of embezzling over $40,000’ »

apwulogo21309/15/2014 – With contract negotiations set to begin early next year, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 13th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

The Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee provides input to the union’s National Negotiating Team, which has full authority to negotiate the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. The committee must approve any tentative agreement before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. Continue reading ‘APWU: Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed’ »

newmexdel(Santa Fe, New Mexico) It was the kind of day at Santa Fe’s upscale Zocalo condominiums that gives new meaning to the term “going postal.”

A debit card landed in the wrong mailbox, misplaced by a postal carrier.

How did mail delivery get this bad?

He (Mike Flores, operations manager of Postal Service in this region) says the Postal Service has a first-rate carrier working the complex. His name is Buzz Nichols, and residents think highly of him. One called him a problem solver, skilled in fixing messes left by other carriers.

But when he’s off or sick, mail is routinely misfiled, Zocalo residents say.

Flores acknowledges delivery failings because of reliance on backup carriers, not just at the complex, but everywhere.

The problem, he said, is that the Postal Service has to hire non-career carriers to help fill gaps in staffing. Mail is delivered six days a week, but most carriers don’t work every day, he said.

Carriers hired to help cover shifts make $13 to $15 an hour, but they’re not going to take the job if it’s only one or two days a week, Flores said.

So the inexperienced carriers may help cover four or five different routes in a week. This may slow employee turnover because they get more hours and more pay.

Residents say non-career postal carriers deliver more panic than mail

USPS has notified  APWU and NPMHU of its intent to involuntarily reassign Clerks and Mail Handlers in the Pacific Area covering California and Hawaii.

This is to advise you of the intent of the ____________District to utilize the provisions of Article 12.6.C.5 of the National Agreement to involuntarily reassign __________ full-time mail handlers and full-time clerks from the craft and/or installation at the _________ bid installation. Continue reading ‘Updated: USPS notified APWU and Mail Handlers of its plan for involuntary reassignments in January 2015’ »