Major Mailers Go Ballistic Over Rate Increase

Major Mailers Go Ballistic Over Rate Increase Attempt to Shift the Burden to Postal Employees Burrus Update 10-2010, July 9, 2010 The Postal Service has filed a request to increase postage rates effective Jan. 2, 2011, and is proposing to raise the price of first-class, single-piece letters from 44 cents to 46 cents. Increases for […]

USPS Management’s Grievance Strategy Defer and Delay

This has been an extremely busy year, as we respond to the postal policies and decisions triggered by the recent decline in mail volume. Despite a modest improvement in the economy, advertising mail has not yet rebounded. Coupled with the diversion to electronic messages, the recession has reduced mail volume to 1994 levels. The geniuses […]

Fight to Save Saturday Service Approaches Important Milestone

APWU Web News Article 050-2010, June 3, 2010 Postal employees and customers are approaching an important milestone in the fight to save Saturday service, as a House resolution supporting six-day mail delivery continues to gain momentum. Close to 200 U.S. Representatives have signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 173, which says “the U.S. Postal Service […]

APWU Urges Postal Commission To Save Saturday Service

APWU Web News Article 042-2010, May 11, 2010 Testifying at a Las Vegas field hearing, APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to reject the USPS proposal to end Saturday delivery. The plan will “hasten the call for elimination of the private express statutes and legal monopolies, which ensure quality postal […]

AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION OFFICER CHARGED

AMERICAN POSTAL WORKER’S UNION (APWU) OFFICER CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT OF UNION FUNDS AND WIRE FRAUD (HOUSTON) – The former Southern Region Coordinator of the American Postal Worker’s Union (APWU) has been charged with embezzlement of union funds and wire fraud, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. The two count indictment was returned on […]

Postal Service: OIG Workers Compensation Fraud Campaign

OIG Workers Compensation ‘Fraud’ Campaign Who’s scamming who? The USPS Office of Inspector General recently launched a “Workers’ Compensation Fraud Campaign.” In typical OIG fashion, one of its strategies involves demonizing injured workers by having an actor posing as a postal employee cheerfully brag about cheating the Workers’ Comp program. No one, of course, should […]

Clarification on Use of APWU FMLA Forms

(07/14/09) In response to a letter from the Postal Service stating that the APWU’s FMLA forms are not equivalent to the Department of Labor’s FMLA forms, the union has written the Postal Service clarifying our position on the use of the forms. Some managers have interpreted the USPS’s comments to mean that the APWU’s FMLA […]

APWU PUBLICIZES LIST OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES THAT REFUSE TO JOIN THE UNION

APWU PUBLICIZES LIST OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES THAT REFUSE TO JOIN THE UNION

APWU’s President Burrus states that in March he sent letters to non-APWU members requesting that they join the union. The mailing included a postage-paid return envelope along with an APWU membership application. Burrus noted that about 1000 postal employees chose to join the union, but many others chose to use the postage-paid envelope to express their […]

Arbitrator Grants Postal Nurses Raises, Job Security

APWU Nurses Contract Arbitrator Grants Postal Nurses Raises, Job Security APWU Web News Article #052-09, April 30, 2009 An arbitration panel finalized a five-year contract for postal nurses on April 28 — the first since the National Postal Professional Nurses merged with the APWU. The ruling [PDF]  came more than 20 months after the nurses’ […]