THE BULLETIN BOARD
First Quarter 2015[February 1st]
2015 Scholarships Available to PMAPWU Members
The APWU E.C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship
- Type: Academic Scholarship
- Ten recipients up to $2,000.00 for four consecutive years of college in an undergraduate program.
- Provides significant financial assistance to one male and one female recipient from each of the five postal regions: Central, Eastern, Northeast, Southern, and Western.
- Applicants must be a senior attending high school or other corresponding secondary school. Applicants must be a child or grandchild, including stepchild or legally adopted child of an active member, Retiree's Department member, or deceased member of the American Postal Workers Union.
- Applications are to be received no later than March 16, 2015.
Please look at the APWU's Scholarship Programs brochure where the various scholarships are discussed, and additional information can be found.
John T. Boxler Scholarship
- Type: Academic Scholarship
- $1,000.00 for each of up to four consecutive years of college, providing a satisfactory academic record is maintained.
- Graduating high school seniors, all post secondary students, and affiliated Union members attending an accredited institution, are eligible.
- Deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.
- You can view all the details and download an application from the PPWU website.
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.
REMINDER: Upcoming February Membership Meeting Notes
This is the Meeting for Nominations in 2015 Local elections.
The Judge of Elections and the Board of Tellers will also be decided.
To be eligible for nomination to run for an office, you must:
- Be a member in good standing for one year
- Be LMRDA Section 504 Certifiable
- Be present at meeting of nominations to accept nomination or have previously submitted a letter to the recording secretary accepting nomination
- Not run for more than one office
- If applicable, withdraw any application for an EAS position with the responsibility of issuing or recommending discipline, or for applying or interpreting the National Agreement. Any such application must be withdrawn prior to acceptance of nomination to any office.
Stop Staples Rally
No cuts to service!
Please come out and attend the rally on February 8th, 2015 at the North Hills Staples, located at 110 4801 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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, February 6th 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!
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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