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

Help us send a message to President Obama – Fair Trade

5.7 Obama Event FINALStatement by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages

In response to the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority in the U.S. Senate today, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain issued the following statement:

“Workers across Oregon are standing up for higher wages but Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services. Oregon can’t afford another bad deal that lowers wages and outsources jobs. That’s why Congress must reject Fast Track and maintain its constitutional authority and leverage to improve the TPP and other trade deals.

Trade deals have wide-ranging impacts and shouldn’t be negotiated behind closed doors and then rubber-stamped.  The current Trans-Pacific Partnership deal under discussion would cover 40 percent of the world’s GDP.  In Oregon we have lost thousands of jobs to bad trade deals already. We can’t afford another bad trade deal.

A deal this big should be debated in a full and open manner like every other piece of legislation.  Working people are showing tremendous courage standing up to the low-wage, corporate agenda.  It’s time for the members of the Oregon congressional delegation to do the same.”