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
Tell a Friend: Join the Union
Tell a Friend: Join the Union
Susan Robison, Assistant Managing Editor, Oakland Postal Worker News Media
Most new clerk hires and PSEs have signed up with the APWU, yet there are still hold-outs among long-term Oakland employees. Here is why those people should reconsider.
While the Union must represent all craft employees in grievances and contract negotiations, only members may attend membership meetings and vote in Union elections for the candidates who are going to represent them. Members run the Union! Local 78 has an excellent record of communicating with members through the Local’s website, the news Briefs, and workshops on topics like retirement planning, injured employees’ rights, and current legislation that affects postal workers. Our website, www.oakapwu78.org, has recently been redesigned for greater ease of use.
There are monetary benefits to Union membership. The APWU health plan immediately comes to mind. Members are also eligible for the Union+ credit card, several forms of supplemental insurance such as pet insurance and dental coverage, and a mortgage lending program through Wells Fargo. A complete description of available discounts can be found on the national APWU website under “get benefits”. And let’s not forget the Word Find contest the Local just introduced, with a cash prize for members only.
On the subject of money, keep in mind that representation comes with expenses at both the local and national levels. Renting or buying office space and maintaining office space and maintaining office staff and representatives, contract negotiation, and taking cases to arbitration all cost money. Dues income pays for all that; if we fail to increase membership, our ability to cover those costs is restricted.
These days we are going up against not only management, but political forces who want to privatize the agency. Everyone’s job is on the line. Everyone should join the Union.
Possible Exposure to Asbestos Alert
DANGER – OFFICES CONTAINING ASBESTOS MAY CREATE DUST CANCER AND LUNG DISEASE HAZARDS WHEN DISTURBED AND OR CONTROL METHODS ARE IMPROPER
To: All Western Region Locals
Re: Regional Alert to Drilling & Possible Exposure to Asbestos
Information from the Employer indicates that work may be done at Postal Facilities that have Asbestos. Asbestos fibers are very toxic and are known to cause cancer and other diseases.
Work activities can involve removal, drilling into or otherwise disturbing roofing, insulations, elbows, tiles, wall board, etc. that contains Asbestos.
I AM ISSUING THIS ALERT SO THAT YOUR LOCAL CAN BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ANY SUCH WORK ACTIVITY.
Enclosed is a summary of OSHA Asbestos Standards. It is not exhaustive! Please reference OSHA Standards and Guidelines in particular OSHA 1926.1101. Please review the summary and be prepared to ensure local management complies with notice, exposure monitoring, regulating areas and all other protective measures.
Also please reference AS 556 USPS Asbestos Management Guide. If you have issues with local management over these matters or have any concerns please contact the Regional Safety Representatives or my office directly at 659-685-7402 or email me at email@example.com. Also please submit PS 1767s as appropriate.
Yours in solidarity,
[President, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO]
Hatch Act and LWOP Arbitration Award
For more information, please see the Legislation & Politics page.
September 7, 2018 Clerk Vacancy Notice
The September 7, 2018 Clerk Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.