25 October 2018
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ALERT: Safety Talk Suspicious Packages at Multiple High Profile Addresses

Suspicious Items – Exercise Caution

As you may have heard there have been suspicious packages (pictured above) with multiple stamps discovered at multiple high-profile addresses this week.

While these incidents are not common, employees should always exercise caution when coming across a suspicious item. It is important for us to review our procedures concerning suspicious mail, unknown powders, liquids or substances, and emergency situations involving smoke, fumes or vapors.

It is very important that you know how to recognize suspicious mail. Characteristics to pay special attention to include shape, look, address and packaging.

  • Shape – Is it lopsided or uneven? Is it rigid or bulky?
  • Look – Are there oily stains, discolorations, or crystals on the wrapper? Does it have a
    strange odor?
  • Address – Is there a return address? Are there restrictive markings? Are there
    misspelled words? Is it addressed to a title rather than to an individual? Is it an incorrect
    title? Is it poorly typed or written?
  • Packaging – Is it sealed with tape? Is there excessive tape? Is there excessive
    postage?

These are precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all Postal Service employees and customers.

  • If you open a mailbox and see a suspicious item inside, follow these steps:
  • Do not touch or move the item.
  • Don’t put anything else in the mailbox.
  • Leave the mailbox door open.
  • Evacuate the immediate area.
  • Isolate the area around the mailbox.

If you think the suspicious item is an immediate danger to life or safety (i.e. if you see smoke or hear sounds such as, hissing, etc.):

  • Move to a safe area and call 911.
  • Follow instructions from first responders.
  • Call your supervisor to report the incident.
  • Call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455. When prompted, state “emergency” to speak with a Postal Inspector.

If you believe the suspicious item is not an immediate danger to life or safety:

  • Move to a safe area and call your supervisor to report the incident.
  • Call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455. When prompted, state “emergency” to speak with a Postal Inspector.

Remember: Safety Depends on Me!

For a PDF version of this notice, click here.


21 October 2018
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Contract Negotiation Update 10/21/18

Dear Members:

National APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that contract negotiations have been extended for an additional 30 days.

Click here for more information.

Fredric Jacobs
President

 


19 October 2018
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Pay Period 21-2018 Payroll Fiasco Update 2

Dear Members:

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.]

Fredric Jacobs
President


17 October 2018
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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.

Fredric Jacobs
President

For a PDF version of this announcement, click here.


10 October 2018
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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]


10 October 2018
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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.

Vance Zimmerman
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.


5 October 2018
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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.

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26 September 2018
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Prize For Final Website Contest is $400.00

FINAL “WORD IN THE WEBSITE CONTEST”
OCTOBER 2018
$400 PRIZE

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!!!

Fredric Jacobs
President

Derrick Lee
Records Secretary

For the announcement flyer, click here.

 


25 September 2018
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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.

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23 September 2018
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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.