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While Congress is on Recess in August, Urge Reps:
APWU News Bulletin 04-2010, Aug. 9, 2010 | PDF
The union is asking APWU members to give their U.S. representatives an important “welcome home” message during Congress’ August recess: Support H.R. 5746, a bill to restore financial stability to the Postal Service.
“This crucial legislation is a vital step toward returning the USPS to solvency,” said APWU President William Burrus. The bill, introduced July 15 by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would alter the methodology for allocating the Postal Service’s share of pension costs for employees whose careers spanned the former Post Office Department and the USPS. Under current law, the costs are disproportionately split between the two, to the disadvantage of the Postal Service.
“Members of Congress will be at home in their districts during Congress’ August break,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid. “We urge union members to contact their U.S. representatives and ask them to co-sponsor this important legislation.”
The bill cleared its first hurdle July 21, when it was approved by the House postal oversight subcommittee. While the 8-1 vote in favor of the legislation was an important first step, it still has a long way to go: It must be approved by the full Oversight and Government Reform Committee before it can be voted on in the House.
Finances Can Be Fixed
The Postal Service’s financial difficulties have garnered headlines in recent months, but two recent reports concluded that — as the result of an improper funding formula — the agency overpaid the Civil Service Retirement System billions of dollars. A study by the USPS Office of Inspector General, conducted in January 2010, found the USPS overpaid $75 billion; a study commissioned by the Postal Regulatory Commission concluded in July that the USPS overpaid $50 billion to $55 billion.
H.R. 5746 directs the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to determine if there has been an overpayment and to transfer any surplus to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund. This transfer of funds would alleviate a major source of the Postal Service’s economic problems: The obligation to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, which was created by a provision of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, costs the USPS $5 billion annually. No other federal agency or private company bears this burden.
The pre-funding requirement, combined with the economic downturn, has prompted the Postal Service to propose severe cutbacks in service, such as closing stations and branches, consolidating installations, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
Easing Our Pain
“This bill could go a long way to alleviating the Postal Service’s financial difficulties,” Reid said. “It would relieve much of the pressure on the USPS — and on us. We urge union members to get active right away in support of this legislation.”
H.R. 5746 currently has 41 co-sponsors.
When contacting their U.S. Representatives, members should also continue to encourage them to support six-day mail delivery. The fight to retain Saturday service gained momentum on July 29 when two congressional panels voted to approve spending bills — one in the House and one in the Senate — that would require the USPS to continue to provide mail delivery six days per week.
However, before they could become law, the two bills must still be approved by the full House and Senate, and then the two versions would have to be reconciled to resolve any differences.
Contract Negotiations Begin
APWU News Bulletin 05-2010, Sept. 1, 2010 | PDF
Negotiations for a new national agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service began Sept. 1 in Washington, DC. The current contract expires Nov. 20, 2010. [Click here to watch a video of the opening session. (11:09)]
“Every contract negotiation brings special challenges, and this will be no different,” APWU President William Burrus said at the opening session. “Mail volume is depressed and revenue is down, but we have faced similar circumstances before.
“The history of the Postal Service is replete with forecasts of doom and gloom, but such dire predictions have not prevented us from exploring every opportunity to achieve agreement,” he said.
The union president said that warnings of the imminent demise of the Postal Service, and demands for “wholesale changes to the foundation we have built over our 40-year history” ignore the fact that each contractual provision has a history of give-and-take.” That is the essence of contract negotiation, he said.
The Postal Service is experiencing difficult times, Burrus noted, but APWU members also face challenges. “Each time I have an exchange with a young mother who balances the competing obligations of her work at the Postal Service and home, I am reminded of the unique needs of postal employees, who are responsible for maintaining the best and cheapest postal system in the world,” Burrus said.
“The Postal Service and APWU are responsible, through their designated negotiators, for determining the conditions of employment,” he noted.
“The road will be difficult and the outcome uncertain, but there are components of an agreement awaiting our discovery. I pledge the best efforts of the American Postal Workers Union to find a way,” he said.
Postmaster General John E. Potter said the parties have a joint interest in the viability of the Postal Service for the future, and promised to “work across the table to find an agreement that benefits both the USPS as an institution and postal employees.”
However, he cautioned that the Postal Service would put proposals on the table that would be “unpleasant.”
The next round of talks is set for Sept. 8. For updates, visit the union’s Web site, at www.apwu.org.
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AFLAC teamed up in August, 2004 and the benefits are being presented
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A representative from AFLAC made presentations at past union meetings. The National APWU and AFLAC teamed up in August, 2004 and the benefits are being presented across the country.
NEW OFFICERS ELECTED IN 2011
William "WW" Wright elected General President, Stevie "Ray" Vaughn elected Vice President, Martha Foote elected Secretary/Treasurer, Janine Yowell elected Recording Secretary, Loretta Madywell elected membership Insurance Coordinator, Charles Jemison elected Sergeant-At-Arms, Don Packwood, Linda Daniels and "Kush" were elected to Chief, First and Second Trustee (respectively). Debra Gilbert elected Clerk Craft Director, Vickie Crouse elected to Assistant Clerk Craft Director, John "Mike" Hale elected to Maintenance Craft Director, and Greg Jones elected to MVS Director. Additionally 14 delegates were elected to both National and State Dlegate positions.
AFL-CIO Adopts Resolution
APWU Web News Article 079-2010, Aug. 5, 2010
The AFL-CIO adopted a resolution written by the APWU in support of retaining six-day mail delivery at its Aug. 4 Executive Council meeting. The motion to adopt the resolution expresses the labor movement’s opposition to the USPS proposal to eliminate Saturday delivery.
APWU President William Burrus urged the Executive Council to endorse the resolution and to go on record as “supporting the preservation of six days of postal services per week.”
“Denying Americans six days of mail delivery will weaken their confidence in the [Postal Service’s] ability to meet their personal and business needs and lead to the ultimate demise of this important government service,” the resolution states.
The motion to Save Saturday Servicewas unanimously adopted by the council, which is comprised of leaders from the 56 labor unions governed by the AFL-CIO.
LOCAL CONTRACTS ONLINE
The local contracts or Local Memorandums of Understanding (LMOU's) are online for members ONLY in the Adobe *.pdf format. Members will need to use the proper USERNAME and PASSWORD assigned to them, and will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print them.
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