THE BULLETIN BOARD
First Quarter 2015[March 12th]
APWU Contract "Town Hall Call"
APWU members are invited to join APWU President Mark Dimondstein for a live "Contract Town Hall Call" on March 19. We will discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country.
To participate, you must register online by 6:00 PM (EDT), March 18.
To register, visit the registration page on the APWU website.
Stop Staples Rally
No cuts to service!
Please come out and attend the rally on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Butler Staples, located at 110 Moraine Point Plaza, Butler, PA 16001.
The rally will be from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, and if there is a chance for inclement weather, please call 412-321-4700 no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 20th to find out if the rally will go forward as planned. Dress appropriately!
Here are a few photos of a rally from 2014, when it was a lot warmer!
Do NOT Let Them Take Your 'Postal Pulse'
The APWU and USPS are facing off over management's latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey.
"The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse— and any other employee opinion survey— despite management notices that say otherwise," said President Mark Dimondstein.
Read the entire article on the APWU website.
2015 Scholarships Available to PMAPWU Members
Patrick McShane Memorial Scholarship
- Type: Academic Scholarship
- Current graduating high school senior or college undergraduate whose parent or legal guardian is a current active member in PMAPWU
- Deadline to apply is May 15, 2015.
- A drawing of four names will take place at the May 16th Membership Meeting for (4) $500 scholarships.
- Contact PMAPWU at 412-321-4700 for more information and an application. You can also download and print an application from our website.
Attention Station and Branch PSE Clerks!
We are investigating a complaint that managers are altering time records by manually inputting an out-to-lunch and in-from-lunch into the time keeping system causing the PSE not to be paid for the time that they actually worked.
The complaint was relayed with serious fear of retaliation and and retribution for reporting this matter.
You must not fear retaliation and retribution for reporting not being paid for time worked. However, the manager or supervisor that does such a thing should be scared as hell.
Not receiving pay for time worked not only violates our Agreements, it violates the law.
Even if you were originally told to take a lunch, but when the time came you worked through it-- whether instructed or permitted to-- whether you punched yourself out and they knew you kept working or they punched you out without your knowledge-- you still must be paid for all time worked.
If this happened to you and you can prove it, you must let us know.
That said, if you are instructed to take a lunch and you take it upon yourself not to, you are disobeying an order and subjecting yourself to discipline.
Postmasters Must Record their Bargaining Unit Work
FINALLY -- AND IN WRITING!
Please read the local's official announcement by clicking the link.
FLASHBACK TO JUNE 2013:
excerpted from APWU Web News Article 080-2013
Joined by 63 other members of the House, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459) on June 20, which would protect overnight mail delivery by preventing the USPS from weakening delivery standards. Moving from overnight to two or three day delivery standards will not only slow mail delivery, it will result in closure of mail processing centers and the loss of approximately 30,000 jobs, Rep. DeLauro said.
Among the original co-sponsors of the bill were 62 Democrats and 1 Republicans.
The lawmaker is also a co-sponsor of the Postal Service Protection Act of 2013 (S. 316 / H.R. 630), which would remove the retiree benefits pre-funding burden from the Postal Service and would return billions of dollars in overpayments the USPS made to federal retirement accounts to the Postal Service.
Please visit the full article on the APWU News Page where you can also see the entire list of current sponsors.
Only two PA representatives in Washington have signed on as sponsors. What happened to Western PA???
Rep. DeLauro to Introduce Protect Overnight Delivery Act
excerpted from APWU Web News Article 075-2013
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will introduce legislation to preserve overnight mail delivery and, in the process, protect mail processing facilities from closure, she told fellow lawmakers in a letter dated June 13. [PDF]
Rep. DeLauro invited House members to become original co-sponsors of the Protect Overnight Delivery Act, which she plans to introduce later this month. Forty-three representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors, she said.
"The elimination of overnight delivery standards and consolidating processing facilities will have a disastrous impact on local and national unemployment," Rep. DeLauro wrote. "The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close these facilities."
The legislation would protect mail processing plans from closure by preventing the Postal Service from moving to two- to three-day delivery standards. As a result, Rep. DeLauro wrote, the bill would stop the elimination of jobs at mail processing facilities.
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