contract Arbitration Update

by Admin on March 14, 2016

Three more days of hearings in the arbitration for a new contract wrapped up on March 10.
In testimony that lasted most of the day on March 8, union economist Kathryn Kobe reviewed a series of graphs and charts illustrating the current state of the workforce and supporting the union’s proposals for wages increases, retaining cost-of-living allowances (COLAs), and other monetary matters.

On March 9, Professor Jeffrey H. Keefe of Rutgers University offered supporting testimony, which compared postal jobs with similar jobs in the private sector.

Later that day, a union attorney dissected the problems caused by multi-tiered workforces. Jennifer Kelly of the United Auto Workers union outlined the detrimental effects multiple pay and benefit structures had on employee morale in the auto industry.

On March 10, nine Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Service Crafts offered emotional testimony, telling compelling stories about the devastating effect low wages have on every aspect of their lives.

“I salute the PSEs for their willingness to come forward and give honest and forthright testimony,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “They shared their real-life stories in an effort to improve conditions for themselves and all workers. I’m confident that their testimony will have a positive impact on the arbitration panel.

“The most important witnesses throughout the proceedings have been the workers themselves – the PSEs who spoke this week and the career employees who testified in the first round of hearings,” he said. Seventeen career employees testified in six separate panels about their working conditions on Feb. 18 and 19.

The union and management have agreed that the new contract should have a three-year term, which would run from May 21, 2015, when the last contract expired, through May 20, 2018.

Hearings will resume on April 5.

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Attention: APWU Holiday PSE’s

by Admin on January 9, 2016

At the time the Holiday PSEs were hired, management was in the process of changing their hiring procedure. One group of employees came from the old procedure, and the other from the new. The employees were given two hire on dates – 11-14-15 for employees who were under the old procedure and 11-15-15 for employees who had applied under the new procedure. When the seniority list was generated, Web Coins (the postal service system) adjusted all of the dates to 11-14-15 so the current list is not accurate.
The corrected seniority list will be posted as soon as it is available.
Pam Roy will be calling these employees in seniority order. The first six who are interested in becoming 360 day PSE’s will be returned to work.

Marci Roberts
President, APWU Local 888

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Update on Current Job Postings in Springfield Mo

January 9, 2016

I met with the Plant Manager today, here’s what we know at this point. There will not be any 10 am Automation positions. The T2 General Clerk position will be assisting the Plant Manager and Josh Curro with filing, typing, computer work. The position will require a confidentiality agreement. This job will be Admin by […]

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Contract Update

December 13, 2015

Our fight for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has moved to a new phase, APWU President Mark Dimondstein reports. “We are taking the preliminary steps necessary to proceed to arbitration,” he said. The first step is to select a three-member arbitration panel, which will be comprised of a union-appointed advocate, a management-appointed advocate and a […]

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A Major Milestone Reached PSE Conversions

December 13, 2015

The APWU reached a major milestone in November: More than 25,000 Postal Support Employees (PSEs) – including some from every craft – have been converted to career over the last two years. “This is a life-changing event for the workers who were converted and their families,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It means more stability […]

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Constitution and Bylaws of the Springfield Missouri Area Local American Postal Workers Union

April 5, 2015
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Election of Local APWU Officers

March 6, 2015

Nominations Union Meeting 426 S Scenic Springfield, MO April 12, 2015 Ballots to be mailed by Election Committee No later than April 19, 2015 Ballots must be received at designated P.O. Box By May 5, 2015 Elected Officials to be Installed Union Meeting 426 S Scenic Springfield, MO May 9, 2015 9:00 a.m.

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Weingarten Rights

March 6, 2015

Always request a steward when management is conducting an investigation of ANY type. The most important time to request a steward is when there is a: 1. Postal Inspector/OIG investigation 2. Pre-disciplinary meeting WEINGARTEN RIGHTS EMPLOYEE’S RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION The rights of unionized employees to have present a union representative during investigatory interviews were […]

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2015 Storm Suspends Mail Delivery

January 27, 2015

USPS suspends mail delivery, retail operations in several states due to Winter Storm Juno – The line of impact includes facilities from the New Jersey shore all the way to Maine’s Downeast region, and includes the cities of New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford and Portland.

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Contract Negotiations 2015

January 27, 2015

The APWU is gearing up for a major battle: The fight to win a good contract for our members, while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country. Negotiations are set to begin on Feb. 19, three months before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on May 20.

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