Upcoming Local Negotiations

After the new contract is announced, the local will have a window of opportunity to negotiate our Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU), historically 60 days following the new contract. This is a locally negotiated agreement that covers twenty-two (22) items specified by Article 30 of the CBA.  Here are the items as listed in our contract:

  1. Additional or longer wash-up periods.
  2. The establishment of a regular work week of five days with either fixed or rotating days off.
  3. Guidelines for the curtailment or termination of postal operations to conform to orders of local authorities or as local conditions warrant because of emergency conditions.
  4. Formulation of local leave program.
  5. The duration of the choice vacation period(s).
  6. The determination of the beginning day of an employee’s vacation period.
  7. Whether employees at their option may request two selections during the choice vacation period, in units of either 5 or 10 days.
  8. Whether jury duty and attendance at National or State Conventions shall be charged to the choice vacation period.
  9. Determination of the maximum number of employees who shall receive leave each week during the choice vacation period.
  10. The issuance of official notices to each employee of the vacation schedule approved for such employee.
  11. Determination of the date and means of notifying employees of the beginning of the new leave year.
  12. The procedures for submission of applications for annual leave during other than the choice vacation period.
  13. The method of selecting employees to work on a holiday.
  14. Whether “Overtime Desired” lists in Article 8 shall be by section and/or tour.
  15. The number of light duty assignments within each craft or occupational group to be reserved for temporary or permanent light duty assignment.
  16. The method to be used in reserving light duty assignments so that no regularly assigned member of the regular work force will be adversely affected.
  17. The identification of assignments that are to be considered light duty within each craft represented in the office.
  18. The identification of assignments comprising a section, when it is proposed to reassign within an installation employees excess to the needs of a section.
  19. The assignment of employee parking spaces.
  20. The determination as to whether annual leave to attend Union activities requested prior to determination of the choice vacation schedule is to be part of the total choice vacation plan.
  21. Those other items which are subject to local negotiations as provided in the craft provisions of this Agreement.
  22. Local implementation of this Agreement relating to seniority, reassignments and posting.

Our request is that each of you takes some time to look at the existing LMOU for your office.  Read through the twenty-two items, especially those that you feel are important.  We will be announcing meetings in the near future to speak with you, our Members, about any proposed changes you would like to see in the LMOU language for your office.   Bring any ideas that you have to the meeting and we can discuss them.  We hope to hold several meetings for offices where the Members work on different tours/shifts so that every Member has a chance for input.  Your right to have a voice in these meetings is one of the benefits of being a Member of the APWU and the Portland Area Local – exercise that right.

Please remember that if we want to change any item in the existing LMOU, we must negotiate with management.  There is no guarantee that we can reach agreement on new language, but that should not prevent us from presenting proposals for negotiation.  If you do not have a copy of your LMOU, they are available on this website.

Also, remember the old saying, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

Portland Installation Excessing Canceled

The Local received notice February 11, 2020 that the excessing event for Tour One Mail Processing Clerks in the Portland Installation has been canceled. The Local would like to thank the members for their support during this time.  More shall be revealed as information becomes available.

Portland Installation Not So Happy Holidays

The Local Union was informed on Friday, December 27, 2019 that the service plans to abolish all Tour 1 Mail Processing Clerk positions assigned to the automation letter section.   The service claims this will prevent an excessing outside the installation and/or craft.   The Local Union was told that more information will be provided by December 31, 2019.  This action will result in all the Portland Installation Tour 1 MPC jobs being re-posted.  The senior clerk who will have their job abolished is the most senior MPC in the Portland installation.  The Local Officers and Stewards are addressing this issue. Watch this site for more information.

Vote in the APWU Election of National Officers

Ballots for the American Postal Workers Union’s 2019 election of national officers will be mailed to all eligible APWU members Sept. 10-15. The ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, Oct. 7. To be eligible to vote, a member must be in “good standing” according to the official records of the national union on June 21 of the election year. Direct election of union officers has been a hallmark of the APWU’s democratic tradition.

Exercising the right to vote is a simple matter of marking the ballot – which will be mailed to your home – and returning the completed ballot in a postage-paid envelope. Please take part in the process by filling out and mailing in your ballot as soon as you receive it. And please encourage others at your worksite to exercise their rights as well.

No Ballot?

Members who have not received a ballot by Sept. 19 are asked to notify their local or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday, at 800-529-5218, to request a duplicate. Duplicate ballots also may be requested by visiting www.aaaelections.org/apwu. To receive a duplicate, members must provide their name, address, employee ID number and the last four digits of their Social Security number, along with the name of their local and their craft.

The Election Committee will take custody of the ballots on Monday, Oct. 7, and transport them to the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, 900 10th St. NW, Washington DC 20001, where they will be counted.

As soon as they become available, unofficial election results will be posted at www.apwu.org.

To be eligible for the get out the vote drawing members must vote in accordance with election rules.

APWU National Election Endorsements

At the July 2019 General Membership Meeting, the following candidates for APWU National Office were endorsed by the Portland, Oregon Area Local :

Elizabeth “Liz” Powell – Secretary-Treasurer

Omar Gonzalez – Western Regional Coordinator

Anna Smith – Organization Director

Susan “Sue” Carney – Human Relations Director

Louis Kingsley Jr–National Business Agent,Maintenance Division,Western Region 

Sarah Rodriguez –Health Plan Director

In addition, it should be noted the Executive Board of the Portland, Oregon Area Local endorsed               Vance Zimmerman for Industrial Relations Director.

All members are reminded that ballots will be in the mail next week and must be received at the return PO Box by the posted due date.  The Postmark does not count!

In addition to the ballot, members eligible to vote in this election will receive an election booklet, that includes written statements from the candidates.  Members are encouraged to review the statements and familiarize themselves with the candidates.

Lastly, all members are reminded to VOTE.  To encourage members to vote in this election, the Local has requested that the National Election Committee conduct a drawing on our behalf.  One winner shall be chosen from all Portland, OR Area Local members who cast ballots in this election.

The prize – $1000.00.  

LOCAL AUXILIARY NEEDS YOUR HELP!! 

 

This is an open letter to the members of the Portland Oregon Area Local APWU and their immediate families.  We ask for your assistance in the Auxiliary to the Portland Oregon American Postal Workers Union.

As noted in the last issue of The Poker, currently we are still without a local Auxiliary Treasurer as our latest one has moved out of state along with her APWU husband.  Thus far, no one has stepped forward to volunteer to do the job.  We cannot go on without a Treasurer.  It is not a difficult position and sometimes many months go by with no duties whatsoever.  After more than 90 years, we would hate to see the local Auxiliary have to fold. Want to volunteer but not yet a member?  Local Auxiliary dues are only $15 per year, $5 of that goes to national dues and $5 goes to the state Auxiliary.  Contact me for information on how to become an Auxiliary member.

Local Auxiliary activities depend on what the members choose (such as our Backpack Food projects, assisting with the credit union annual toy drive, showing up for rallies, etc.). We also do fun things:  Picnics, annual Christmas and birthday lunches, bingo parties, etc. Approximately once a month, we assist the Local by address labeling The Poker. It usually takes only about one hour or a little more (depending on how many show up).  Sometimes there are snacks. 

Our meetings are every other month (except in the summer) at 1:00 P.M. on the second Thursday of the month. Our next regular meeting is September 12 at 1:00 P.M. at the Local Union Office meeting hall, 2360 SE Morrison St (Belmont side). Meetings usually take about an hour, but it depends on members’ input and questions.  The months of our meetings are January, March, May, September and November each year. We will have to make a decision at the September meeting on the future of the local Auxiliary if there is no volunteer for the position of local Treasurer coming forth. 

My name is Mike Parker and I am the current Portland Area Local Auxiliary President and a retired local and state APWU officer.  For Mikes contact information contact the local office.