Contract Negotiation Update 10/21/18
National APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that contract negotiations have been extended for an additional 30 days.
Pay Period 21-2018 Payroll Fiasco Update 2
I have been informed that almost 90,000 employees from all crafts under the auspices of the APWU were affected by the USPS pay period 21-2018 pay check fiasco. The affected employees may request salary advances. Some policy restrictions on overtime pay advances are being waived for pay period 21 only, to accommodate affected employees. Alternatively, adjustments are being made so that missing overtime will be included on the November 2nd pay, and other minor adjustments will be on the November 16th pay. Each District will be responsible for processing the adjustments. [To see the announcements found in the PDF document, click here.]
Missing Overtime Pay
I have received the following information from USPS Management regarding many Oakland APWU employees missing overtime pay in their payroll checks for pay period 21:
The root cause is a programming change that was implemented last pay period for APWU non-career employees (PSE’s) to start being paid postal overtime versus FLSA overtime. (Postal overtime is triggered in excess of 8 hours per day; FLSA overtime is triggered in excess of 40 hours per week). The programming change fixed the non-career employees as designed but had an unintended consequence with the adverse impact on the career employees with overtime hours in their record. The Payroll Calculation Verification group noticed a drop in the number of payroll records processed, however, this was improperly attributed to hurricane-impacted facilities being asked to hold their timekeeping until day.
In order to preserve the integrity of the hundreds of thousands of employees whose payroll has already successfully processed, the best solution jointly determined by Accounting and IT is to have the 90,000 employees paid via salary advance at their local office. This solution has been in use for about 6 months now, though never used on a scale this size.
The Eagan Accounting Service Center is preparing detailed instructions and communications for the field and will ramp up on staffing the help desk in anticipation of the increase in call volume. Jack Meyer is informing the Area Controllers and Area Accounting Managers as well.
We are exploring all options to get these employees paid timely and have hourly calls tonight to determine the best solution and execute on it right away. We never want to be in a position where we are not paying our employees, but we especially do not want to be in this position during a contract negotiation. We do not yet have an assessment on how many employees are impacted.
Will send you an update as soon as I have one.
For a PDF version of this announcement, click here.
Issue #4, October 2018, San Francisco Clerk NBAs Newsletter. Sentinal
WHY IN THE HELL DO WE VOTE AGAINST OURSELVES?
FROM THE DESK OF: SHIRLEY TAYLOR
We are Union!
We do not lay down!
We stand up and organize!
Our government was founded on check and balances and in today’s society, it seems as if Labor has to be who supplies the will to perform this task.
We must build a multifarious coalition to save the social conscience of democracy.
What we seem to forget is that we all have passed this way before. For instance, all people considered “white” today, were not that long ago included in that category. A review of our history, finds the following nauseous information: “Irish need not apply”, “Italians need not apply”, “Polish need not apply”, “Jews need not apply”.
What I have never understood, is anyone who has ever been discriminated against because of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age or marital status would not jump in and fight to keep others from suffering the indignities they suffered. Why are we so happy and eager to have someone to look down on? Why do we determine our worth based upon someone else’s flawed opinion of us? I suppose that everyone wants to be loved, but if receiving said “love” requires that we forego our humanity, is it really worth anything.
We have to join the fight, because if we don’t, we are going down for the count. We have to call these people out when they cage our children, when they separate juveniles from their families, when they move children with no intent to reunite them with their families, and when they do these despicable actions against the least of us.
How do we navigate the daily drama? How do we swim through the emotional bullshit? We cannot be blind and unconcerned to what happens around us…. We are not an island unto ourselves. What we do in our daily lives has an effect on others.
WE HAVE TO VOTE!
[For the entire newsletter, click here]
PSEs NEW BENEFIT UPDATE
Sisters and Brothers,
The Postal Service recently notified us that the provisions of the Workforce Benefits Fund Settlement Agreement (Q10C-4Q-C15215794) pertaining to PSE overtime pay provisions were released and implemented in TACS on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. These provisions will be retroactive to Saturday, September 29, 2018 (PP 21 week 1 2018). PSE’s will now be eligible for FLSA Overtime (over 40 hours) Postal Overtime (after 8 hours), Penalty Overtime (after 10 hours in a day or 56 in a week) and PSE’s in 200 Work-Year Offices will be entitled to Guarantee Time of 4 hours.
Industrial Relations Director
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-4128
For a digital copy of this announcement, click here.
October 4, 2018 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice
The October 4, 2018 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.
Prize For Final Website Contest is $400.00
FINAL “WORD IN THE WEBSITE CONTEST”
October 2018 will be the final month of our website’s, “Word in the Website Contest”, due to low participation. The prize money has accumulated to $400.Contest rules are found on the website’s home page. Finalists who figure out the right word will be entered into a random drawing to determine the prize winner. We encourage APWU members to participate in this contest. Chances of winning the $400 prize money will be determined by the number of correct entries. One entry per APWU member. Good Luck!!!
For the announcement flyer, click here.
September 25, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice
The September 25, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice has been posted on the Bid Results page of this website.
APWU and USPS Agree to Extend Negotiations Deadline until October 20, 2018
National Negotiations Update
APWU and Postal Management Agree to Extend Negotiations Deadline until October 20, 2018
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 92-2018
09/21/2018 – APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service have agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for 30 days.
Our current union contract between American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expired Thursday, September 20, 2018.
For more, please click here to view the entire article.
Oakland Local Host Regional Attendance Control Training Seminar
Challenging the New USPS Attendance Control Program Training Seminar
The Oakland Local APWU #78 is hosting the Western Region full day of training on the new USPS Attendance Control Employee Availability Program and resulting discipline, Attendance Control Supervisors and Management Cadence.
The Region’s Presentation Includes:
- Mock investigative interview strategy
- Attendance discipline development
- Electronic attendance report reviews
- Attendance arbitration analysis
- Last Chance Agreement pitfalls, and much more
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
OAKLAND LOCAL APWU OFFICE
7901 OAKPORT STREET, SUITE 2300
APWU Representatives that plan to attend must RSVP by calling (510) 635-8497 no later than October 5, 2018.
Omar Gonzalez, Instructor, Western Regional Coordinator