PSE Health Insurance Seminars

PSE’s if you have questions or would like to learn more about health insurance as a PSE, plan on attending one of the listed seminars being conducted on Saturday November 14th. Presentation and questions will be handled by Health Plan Representative Daniel Cortez.

Consumer Driven Option 2016

November 14, 2015

Times: 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 1500, 1700

APWU Union Hall, 2360 SE Morrison St. Portland OR, 97214


Mt Hood and Pacc to suffer further reposting of assignments

Local officers were notified by management of their intent to repost duty assignments in November for the Mt Hood and PACC facilities at meetings on October 1st and 2nd.

In January Mt. Hood along with most processing facilities throughout the nation reposted assignments to deal with the new processing plans associated with the delay in first class mail. The staffing models were mandated by USPS headquarters and were a cookie cutter plan that did not serve or otherwise take into account local conditions. Area, District, and Local management failed to do their jobs and instead of pushing back against these cookie cutter schemes blindly followed their directives, to the detriment of our customers. Our customers have been inflicted with delayed mail and we the employees have been shuttled around from one misguided staffing scheme to another. On October 1, 2015 Mt. Hood management unveiled their newest scheme. Without any evidence or concrete facts they once again expect the employees to rebid assignments and upset their daily work lives in the vain hope that management’s new plan will work. We the Union have had enough of empty promises and shoddy plans. We will pursue grievances that protest the reposting of assignments as arbitrary and capricious and will pursue those grievance until management proves otherwise by actually presenting a plan based on real numbers and real expectations.

The PACC situation is even more egregious. We sat down several months ago and heard from local management on how absolutely necessary it was to change a majority of assignments to non-traditional 4/10’s. We were assured that because two local managers had reviewed the operations and suggested the changes that these repostings would fix all the PACC’s problems. Despite all the assurances and promises to the contrary the plan is a failure. They will be reposting over 20 assignments back to traditional 5 day assignments. We will also be pursuing grievances on this issue because management failed to bring any concrete facts to the table. We are supposed to once again believe that this newest and greatest plan will fix everything and in the meantime the employees are expected to upend their personal lives to satisfy managements voracious appetite for some pipe dream of perfect mail flow and no overtime.

PACC reposting list

Above is the spreadsheet showing the jobs to be reposted at the PACC. Management at Mt. Hood was unable to even provide a complete listing of impacted employees or real schedules for review or comment. I would certainly approach your local manager if you have questions regarding your specific assignment and ask why it’s necessary that your particular assignment is targeted for reposting.

Portland District USPS treats Veteran with Dishonor

This is Braden Pelky, President of the Eugene Area Local APWU #679. I know it is late notice but we have a pressing issue that we hoped management was going to resolve. They have not done so, and it does not seem that they will. We are now moving forward with putting this issue in the limelight.

On July 9th management removed an active duty service member from the USPS. This employee was hired by the USPS 10 years ago and has been on active duty for around 8 years. Management is saying that he exceeded his USERRA rights by being in a leave without pay status for in excess of 5 years. This man is a patriot and is serving his country. It is no harm for the USPS to keep this man on the rolls. The only benefit we ask of him staying on the rolls, is when his service to his country is finished, he has a job waiting for him at the USPS. He has sacrificed his time that he could have been putting in at another career and he deserves to stay on the rolls so he can come back to his position.

We are asking to keep his branch and his name anonymous to keep his family protected from any possible harm. I don’t know if you want to pursue any of this but I thought I would put it out there. A group of us from the USPS and others from veteran groups and labor representatives will be having a protest on August 13th from 8am to 6pm, with emphasis around 430pm. Any help is appreciated. It will be at the plant on Gateway street in Springfield.

Thank you and in solidarity,
Braden Pelky
President, Eugene Area Local APWU #679

Helping Where We Can

Join us this year for our annual Golf for Charity event on September 13th. We are dedicating all charitable funds to the Labor Community’s Service Agency in Portland, Oregon. The mission statement of the Labor Community’s Service Agency is “Since 1974, Labor’s Community Service Agency, Inc., a partnership program of organized labor & United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, has reached out to support working families and their communities through a mix of health and human services, community events, advocacy, education, referral, grant programs, and collaborative efforts.”

Everyone can help out!

  • Form a team with your co-workers, family or friends. It’s just 75.00 dollars per team member, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and lunch.
  • Sponsor a hole for 75.00 dollars. You can ask your friends and family to chip in together or everyone can sponsor their own hole.
  • Donate prizes for the raffles, or volunteer on the day of the tournament to help with selling raffle tickets, set-up, etc.

You can sign up or sponsor a hole by filling out this form: Golf Sign-up

Clerks united in fighting the lies and unlawful tactics of the Gresham Postmaster

In a show of solidarity every clerk removed their names from the overtime desired lists. They are protesting the underhanded tactics of the Gresham Postmaster who seems intent on creating a workplace that pits employee against employee to shield himself and his management team from blame for their radical and uncalled for changes to duty assignments.

Despite saying that they would have no problem adhering to the rules they immediately violated our agreement and worked employees on overtime. Then two managers called 3 of the clerks into a captive audience meeting in an attempt to intimidate and harass the employees for their collective action.

We will stand strong against these unlawful tactics and are already gathering the necessary evidence to pursue an unfair labor practice claim and proceed to file with the National Labor Relations Board.

In Solidarity We Stand

Portland Oregon Area Local

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO