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 […]

APWU: Arbitrator Rules that Initial Installation of a New Mail Processing System is Not Maintenance Craft Work

11/09/2017 – Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued an award on November 7, 2017 stating: The work of installing the APPS systems was not bargaining unit work. Hence, the Postal Service did not violate Article 32.1.A or Article 32.1.B in allowing Lockheed to perform that work, rather than assigning it to Maintenance Craft employees. In rejecting the Union’s […]

APWU: Pay Increase Coming Nov. 25

11/02/2017 – The third general wage increase under the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be effective Nov. 25, 2017. This wage increase will be reflected in the paycheck workers will receive on Dec.15, 2017.   Career employees will receive a pay raise of 1.3 percent. Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will receive a pay increase of […]

No Pay or Benefit Cuts for Postal Employees in Federal Budget

10/27/2017 – On Thursday, Oct. 26, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Senate’s budget resolution. With both chambers in agreement, there is now a budget which lays out limits for 2018 federal government spending. Tens of thousands of postal and federal workers called on their lawmakers over the last few months to reject […]

Veterans’ Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

10/19/2017 – Each year, Veterans’ Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday. There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. […]

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. […]

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 […]

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Charlotte NC postal worker tosses package to front door

9/12/2017 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Action 9 obtained a video of a postal worker in the university area throwing a customer’s package to the front door. The customer said he’s gotten mail damaged, late, or not at all, and the latest incident was an example. He didn’t want to go on camera, but neighbors did. After […]