APWU: A reminder of dangers Postal Employees face working at USPS

A Growing Workplace Danger By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman  11/15/17 In 2001, Anthrax-laden letters were sent through the mail sickening 22 Americans, including nine postal workers. Five died, including two APWU brothers – Joseph P. Curseen Jr. and Thomas L. Morris – at the Brentwood Mail Processing Center in Washington, D.C., that would later […]

2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

10/13/2017 APWU: 2018 Social Security COLA to Health Care Executive Order 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary. […]

APWU: 2017 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

10/13/2017 – Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December. This year, the December period begins December 2, 2017 (Pay Period 25-17- Week 2) and ends December 29, 2017 (Pay Period 01-18 – […]

Vegas shooting: APWU officers and members in Las Vegas for conferences and training

Engine trouble becomes blessing for postal clerk After checking into their room at Bally’s Las Vegas, the Anderson couple was strolling up Las Vegas Boulevard toward Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, drawn by the strains of live country music. “We were actually walking that way,” Jeremy Threet said via phone Monday to The Herald Bulletin. […]

APWU: Postal Vehicle Service Scanning Duty Settlement Reached

9/28/2017 – On August 31, the APWU Motor Vehicle Service Craft Division and the USPS came to a settlement for case numbers Q10V-4Q-C 16466169/HQTV20160275, Q10V-4Q-C 15300453/HQTV20150846 and Q10V-4Q-C 16466163/A19V20160276. The issue concerns the deployment of scanners to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers, as part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program. The issue initially arose in […]

APWU: USPS moving ahead with misguided plans to gut workforce by targeting over 12,000 jobs

Update on the Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs 07/27/2017 – Following strong resistance from the APWU – and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) – USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations. However, this may only be a […]

Another postal reform effort fades away

It’s hardly a surprise to many in Washington’s postal community, but the lawmaker who crafted the House’s bipartisan postal legislation says his bill appears dead. That is what departed House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told The Hill newspaper shortly before his resignation from Congress became effective June 30. “You can continue to get frustrated and whine […]

APWU, Mail Handlers Union Send United Message to PMG Brennan Denouncing “Wholesale and Massive Job Cuts”

06/22/2017 – On June 21, the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan chastising her administration’s “wholesale and massive job cuts.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian explained, “The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to […]

Former South Carolina APWU official gets 1 day in prison for embezzling union funds

On March 22, 2017, in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Sharon Holmes, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 807 (located in Columbia, S.C.), was sentenced to one day of imprisonment and 18 months of supervised release.    Holmes was also ordered pay restitution in the amount […]