Officials Tour Flandro Drive USPS Processing Center in Pocatello, ID

October 20, 2015 On Tuesday, local government officials took a tour of the United States Post Office processing center that closed down in April. The mayors of Pocatello and Chubbuck along with representatives from Senator Crapo’s office, postal officials from Pocatello and Salt Lake City and the executive director of Old Town Pocatello toured the…

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Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee Update – Oct 12, 2015

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU:

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Update from All-Craft Conference on APWU-USPS Contract Negotiations

Here is a recap on what was discussed at the 2015 APWU All-Craft Conference concerning the APWU-USPS contract negotiations: The USPS proposals unacceptable to APWU are: Third tier of career employment. COLA lump sum payments instead of rolling into pay rate More employee contributions to healthcare premiums. There were lots of Tentative Agreements reached that…

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APWU: Article 19 Maintenance Staffing Arbitration Award

Attached please find the award of Arbitrator Jaffe on whether the Service violated Article 19 when they issued a new maintenance staffing MMO (112-10) for NDCs to replace MMO 022-04, aka BMC-Gold. The posting page included does not go into the Article 19 items in great detail as those are of primary interest mostly to…

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APWU: Don’t Post Health Records Online

Web News Article #: 196-2015 10/16/2015 – The APWU is discouraging union members from participating in a voluntary program established by the Postal Service that creates an online database of their health records, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. “Last year’s cyber attack on the Postal Service demonstrates the danger in posting sensitive personal information…

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USPS: National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Spotlight Importance of Information Security

We now live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet is a part of almost all elements of our daily lives. However, with this increased convenience and connectedness comes a responsibility to stay safe online. Our growing dependence on online communications is also a public concern. The challenges of cyber…

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December 2015 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

As referenced in Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC and USPS-APWU national agreements, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of four consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 26-15, Week 2 (December 5, 2015) and ends Pay Period 01-16, Week 1 (January…

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Trump Blue Collar Support highest since FDR in 1930s

By Dmitri Voltova – October 17, 2015 It may come as a surprise to many that Donald J Trump’s support from Blue Collar Americans (those involved in trades, manufacturing, industry, and labor) is the highest since any candidate since FDR in 1936 since Gallup began polling. Trump has consistently shown his appeal to the blue…

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