Raising the Grade – Donate to the Oregon Scholarship fund

Every year through the generous support of members and locals of the Oregon Postal Workers Union, college bound young adults are awarded scholarship assistance.

Help continue the tradition and purchase a raffle ticket. All proceeds to benefit the Oregon Postal Workers Union Scholarship fund. Every dollar is worth one entry into the raffle.

OPWU Scholarship raffle ticket

Adidas offers APWU members March discount

American Postal Workers Union Adidas Employee Store Pass Mar 2015

Here’s how it works:

You print out the shopping invitation for yourself and complete the bottom portion. You may share the shopping invitation with family and friends. Access to the store is unlimited during your allotted shopping duration; however, you must bring a copy of your shopping invitation each time.

You bring the completed shopping invitation with you to the Employee Store. A physical copy of the shopping invitation or smart phone email must be presented to gain entry into the store, no exceptions. You will be asked to present your completed shopping invitation to enter the store and at check-out.

This discount only applies at the adidas Employee Store located in the adidas Village at 5060 North Greeley Avenue.

To have access to the store, you simply need to bring a physical copy or smart phone email of the shopping invitation that has been sent to your organization. During the time period that your group has been invited to shop, you are not limited to the number of visits or the number of guests you may bring. If your group has questions about the shopping invitation, please have them contact the adidas Employee Store at 971-234-8536. (This info is on the shopping invite as well.)

*Some exclusions may apply

adidas Village Employee Store

5060 N. Greeley Ave.

Portland, OR 97217

Contract Negotiations Begin

Report by Omar Gonzalez, Western Regional Coordinator

Bosses to Union- “NEXT?”

At the start of contract negotiations covering more than 200,000 postal workers, postal bosses revealed they have little interest, if any, in bargaining over issues critical to Union negotiators.

When the Union’s Chief Negotiator submitted the union’s first proposal over “service standards and consolidations” the Postal henchman was quick to say management would listen but negotiations over this and other subjects are not mandatory. Management’s Spokesperson declared the Union’s proposal as being “permissive” a legal term indicating the issues could be discussed but not bargained over. Then in an indifferent tone the postal boss asked what’s “next?”

Other Top Priority Issues

The Union made it clear it wants to deal with consolidations, subcontracting, expansion of products like postal banking, and curtailment of approved Shipper programs.

The Union also asked management to declare a Moratorium on consolidations and service standard changes. The postal spokesperson responded- “I will tell you tomorrow”. He then failed to show up the following day for another round of talks. Management is still set to involuntarily reassign thousands of employees in April and July of this year throughout the country.

Management Slow To Respond

The Union had issued a demand for information and documentation in November 2014 on employee leave, employee debts, tort claims, retail Non Traditional assignments, hazardous internal reviews and other issues. In typical fashion , management had attempted to bill the union for the information then waived the alleged costs to produce the information. However, they had failed to produce the requested information three months later in time for the start of contract talks.

So Much Is At Stake

“Too many of our members take their benefits and contract rights for granted not realizing just how much is at stake,” declared Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez. “Lay Off Protections; bid assignments; cross craft work restrictions; 50 mile excessing radius limit, Cost of Living Adjustments, Sick & Annual Leave, holidays, seniority and even the very grievance procedure we are accustomed to are subject to agreement being reached on a new contract,” said the Regional Coordinator.

Battle Expected

Postal bosses signaled no real interest in negotiating over subcontracting retail services declaring they had stamps at stores for decades. Meanwhile, the Union is set to propose improvements over job placements, eReassign, seniority, excessing , non traditional assignments and other work floor matters while preparing for a show down in arbitration if no agreement is reached on a new CBA.

Scholarships applications online for the OPWU scholarship-Deadline approaching

OPWU scholarship application

Rules and Guidelines for Oregon Postal Workers Union

And Auxiliary Scholarship Program

  1. The student must be a child of an active or deceased member of a local or MAL (Member at Large) that is a member of the OPWU (Oregon Postal Workers Union)
  1. The student’s parent must have been a member of the OPWU in good standing for a total of at least One Year immediately preceding application or must have been a member for at least One Year immediately preceding death.
  1. The student must be a senior attending high school or other corresponding secondary school.
  1. The scholarship recipient must attend an accredited college, university or trade school of his or her choice. The student must make his or her own application to the college, university or trade school.
  1. The student’s application for the scholarship must be on an official application form. Completed application form must be sent to the OPWU and postmarked no later than the requested deadline. The 2015 Deadline is January 15, 2015.
  1. All questionnaires, secondary school reports and document must be postmarked in the year of graduation.
  1. The scholarship must be used towards pursuing an undergraduate degree or trade school certification.
  1. The OPWU will provide the following scholarship for 2015: 2 (two) – $1000 scholarships.
  1. The winner(s) will be judged on the basis of their secondary school reports, personal resume, commendations and recommendations.
  1. The Scholarship Selection Committee will make the decision as to awards. The decision of the selection committee will be final.
  1. The amount of the scholarship will be deposited with the college, university or trade school attended by the student. When the recipient notifies the OPWU he or she has registered, the award will be sent to the business office to be applied to the cost of tuition with the stipulation the any monies refunded to be sent to the OPWU Scholarship Fund.
  1. If the qualifying parent is in a supervisory capacity this will nullify the application of the graduating senior student regardless of local membership, be it a DCO (dues check off) case paying membership.
  1. Send completed application form and requests for additional forms to: Mike Parker, OPWU Auxiliary President, 6825 N. Fenwick, Portland, OR 97217.


General Membership Meeting–January 11th

The Portland Oregon Area Local next general membership meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.. We will also be conducting elections for delegates to the AFL-CIO Northwest Oregon Labor Council, all members in good standing are eligible to be nominated and elected.

The executive council will also be held January 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. The executive council is chaired by the Vice-President. Stewards are encouraged to attend the council meetings in addition to periodic training.

Installation of officers & Annual recognition event-January 3rd

The Portland Oregon Area Local is hosting our annual recognition luncheon this year at the Riverview Restaurant in Troutdale, Oregon on January 3rd.

We are happy to once again invite last years retirees to attend, along with the appointed stewards, officers, and auxiliary.

The newly elected officers will be sworn in for their new term of office and we will hear from our APWU national director of organization, Anna Smith among other speakers.

Meet and greet starts at 12:30 p.m and brunch is set to begin at 1:30.

29311 Southeast Stark Street Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 661-3663 http://www.yoshidariverview.com/