10/04/2018 – Before members of the House of Representatives left for the October recess, a majority of them signed on as cosponsors of H. Res. 993, which expresses the need to keep the United States Postal Service an independent establishment of the federal government and should not be subject to privatization. This resulted from the hard work of APWU members who reached out to their elected officials, encouraging them to support this important resolution. Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who originally introduced the language, commented, “It is more than clear that the delivery of essential government services should not be subject to privatization and is best performed by our experienced federal workforce.”
“The bipartisan support of the non-binding resolution demonstrates what we already knew to be true and is an important step forward in our ongoing campaign to defeat privatization,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The need to maintain the public post office with universal service to everyone in the country, regardless of income or zip-code, transcends party lines.”
For more information on H. Res. 993, please click here. In support of the Postal Service not being subject to privatization, the Senate has also introduced companion language with S. Res. 633, which currently has 41 cosponsors, and APWU is working hard to garner further support. Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard urges members to continue garnering support for both resolutions while members of Congress are back in their districts and states. To see a full listing of cosponsors of H. Res. 993, please click here. For a full listing of cosponsors for S. Res. 633, please click here. APWU encourages its members to check if their elected officials are in support of these resolutions. Please make appointments to meet with them to thank them for their efforts or urge them to cosponsor and promote the Postal Service as a valuable service to all American households.
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Posted on September 28, 2018 by postal
09/27/2018 – After decades of jurisdictional disputes, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) reached agreement with the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and the Postal Service on an updated RI-399 procedure for jurisdictional work assignments to Clerks and Mail Handlers.
In a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding, the APWU improved the R1-399 dispute resolution procedures, resolved the docket of disputes, and required accurate and updated inventories to protect existing and future Clerk work.
“I want to thank Ron Suslak, Queens Area Local President and the APWU’s representative on the NDRC, whose outstanding leadership and work on RI-399 over many years led to this agreement. I also want to thank Assistant Director (B) Clerk Division Lynn Pallas-Barber, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, and the APWU’s attorneys who spent months working with Brother Suslak to reach this important deal to protect Clerk work and fix a broken process,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We can now move forward with a faster and better procedure to settle disputes over Postal Service jurisdictional work assignments to the Mail Handlers.”
“The Update MOU is a historic step in the right direction on a momentous day. This is a long overdue fix of the broken process that will unite the parties in a more positive direction dealing with jurisdictional issues,” said Assistant Clerk Director Pallas-Barber.
A summary of the changes is here and the Update MOU are available here. Click here for a listing of the APWU National Dispute Resolution Committee. The parties will conduct joint training across the country, and the roll-out of the new procedures begins right away.
“While we are very pleased to have an improved process to address jurisdictional and crossing craft disputes, I look forward to the day when all of these jurisdictional disputes can be put behind us and all postal workers are united in one powerful union,” concluded President Dimondstein.
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