APWU: WARNING! USPS Voluntary Early Retirement has Potential Side Effects

01/11/2018 – The Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) recently announced for eligible Clerk Craft employees by the Postal Service has generated many questions from the members of the APWU. The Postal Service published a list of 93 questions and answers shared with our members in an earlier Web article. Many are asking, “Should I accept early-out […]

NPMHU: USPS Voluntary Early Out Retirement comes without monetary incentive

The Postal Service unilaterally announced earlier today that it is offering Voluntary Early Retirement (VERA) to eligible mail handlers throughout the United States.  This VERA comes without any monetary incentive payments to retire, and simply makes early retirement available to eligible employees. More detailed information will be widely circulated to all eligible mail handlers, directly […]

APWU: USPS provided no advanced notice or negotiations on Voluntary Early Out Retirement

USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA) 01/04/2018 – Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees. This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied […]

APWU Clashes with USPS on New 3971 Language

12/01/2017 – The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business.  This new section states: LWOP – Union Official (Required Certification) By signing this form, I certify this request is not for […]

APWU President: USPS job cuts expected in Albuquerque

11/24/17 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Everyone knows how busy the post office gets around the holidays. However, KRQE News 13 has learned there’s something going on behind closed doors at the U.S. Postal Service that may make things a little worse. “I have encountered long lines at a lot of post offices actually across Albuquerque,” […]

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 […]