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April 23, 2014
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Labor Headlines

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Re: Maintenance Craft - PSE Conversion to Career

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AND THE AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION, AFL-CIO Re: Maintenance Craft - PSE Conversion to Career The parties agree to the following understandings and procedures on conversion of Maintenance Craft PSEs to career: In the Maintenance Craft, duty assignments will be filled in accordance with Articles 38.3, 38.4, 38.
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Stop Staples April 24, 2014

Preparations Underway for April 24 National Day of Action to ‘Stop Staples’ APWU Web News Article #052-14, March 21, 2014 APWU locals are gearing up for the National Day of Action to Stop Staples on Thursday, April 24, at locations across the country.
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Contract Postal Units

The expansion of private Contract Postal Units threatens USPS owned-and-operated post offices, stations and branches.  Many of the CPUs violate postal regulations, and are vulnerable to challenge.  A CPU Checklist provides a guide for evaluating whether the locals should demand the closure of the CPUs. For more information on challenging CPUs, click here.
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Bulk Mail Acceptance Duties

In the event you find it necessary to file a grievance seeking to upgrade a duty assignment because of bulk mail acceptance duties, you will need the following documentation to support your case: A statement from the incumbent demonstrating how they have met the criteria found in Section 233.3 of the ELM (Employee and Labor Relations Manual).
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USPS plans to eliminate 10,000 positions through attrition over the next year

The Postal Service plans to shrink its workforce by 10,000 positions in fiscal 2015, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. The reductions will be entirely through attrition — there will be no buy-outs or reductions in force— Donahoe said at a media roundtable at the annual National Postal Forum at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md.
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White House Budget Proposes Damaging Postal Service Cuts

Among the very worst ideas for “reforming” the United States Postal Service are proposals to end Saturday delivery and to shift from at-the-door delivery of mail to a scheme that would force Americans to go to collect letters and packages from central delivery spots.
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Lynn Pallas-Barber Appointed Assistant Clerk Craft Director

APWU Web News Article #048-14, March 10, 2014 Lynn Pallas-Barber The APWU Clerk Division Council approved the appointment of Lynn Pallas-Barber to the position of Assistant Clerk Craft Director “B” at a meeting on March 7.
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NALC: New Handheld Scanners on the way

By Brian Renfoe, NALC,  Director, City Delivery The Postal Service recently announced a contract with Honeywell International, Inc. to produce the next generation of handheld scanning device for letter carriers.
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Postal Unions Form Alliance

Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the presidents of the four postal unions have formed a historic alliance to fight back. “A congressionally-manufactured financial crisis drains the USPS of vital resources,” the union presidents write in a proclamation [PDF] signed over the last several days.
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USPS Withdraws Challenge, PSE Hours Count Toward Desirable Duty Assignments

Converted Unencumbered Regulars to be Assigned to Residual Vacancies The Postal Service has withdrawn a challenge to provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that require management to post newly created duty assignments using all available work hours — including hours worked by Postal Support Employees, Clerk Craft officers report.
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Southwestern Illinois Area Local 407 Holds Protest

Edward Eversman, vice president Southwestern Illinois Area Local 407 of the American Postal Workers Union,said the informational protest outside 112 E. Main St. is in response to the post office that opened inside Ben's last month.
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USPS Declares War On Custodial Staffing Again!

APWU Urges Locals To Get Ready for Battle (02/27/14) The USPS has declared war on custodial staffing — again — reports Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer. Management notified the APWU on Jan. 22 of an attempt to modify the MS-47 Handbook, which establishes guidelines for housekeeping and determines the number of custodians that will be assigned to facilities.
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NLRB: USPS Must Give APWU Staples Info

(03/03/14) In a complaint issued Feb. 25, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board found merit in APWU charges that the Postal Service has improperly refused to provide the union with information about its agreement with Staples. The pilot program has placed postal counters in 82 Staples stores — staffed with Staples employees rather than postal workers. A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge has been set for March 31.
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APWU Ramps Up ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign (02/03/14) The APWU is ramping up its campaign demanding that Staples and the USPS agree to place postal workers at postal units in Staples stores. Join the campaign at StopStaples.com or text POSTAL to 91990. APWU President Mark Dimondstein has sent an email message to union members and supporters urging them to sign on to the campaign and the union has been sharing our message on Facebook and Twitter
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