BRIDGE THE GAP! Save Our Postal Service!

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What: Rally/March and Rally to BRIDGE THE GAP to Save Our Postal Service

Who: Communities and Postal Workers United, dozens of people w/ balloons, music, chants, signs, speakers

When: 11am, Tuesday, June 16

Where: Rally – East Portland Post Office, 1020 SE 7th Ave

                March – Across the Hawthorne Bridge

                Rally – Waterfront Post Office, 101 SW Madison St.

How: Six-foot socially distanced, masked, 25-person limit

June 16 is the day of an American Postal Workers Union-sponsored action in DC

June 16 is the day after the new Postmaster General takes office.

June 16 is the day after the Senate takes up the next stimulus package (with the $25 Billion proposal from the House)

Communities and Postal Workers United is planning this action to coincide with the

APWU national action in DC (a car caravan, press conference and petition delivery) and

local actions across the country.

Save the Postal Service

Subject: Send a letter: Tell Congress: During This Pandemic, Support Our Public Postal Service

This is really important for postal workers.

Take a look and write a letter. Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-during-this-pandemic-support-our-public-postal-service?source=email&utm_source=share-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=covid-letters&

Thanks!

SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC POSTAL SERVICE

We have been fighting to save the Postal Service for years.  From Stop Staples to US MAIL NOT FOR SALE, we have been hard at work spreading the word to protect this vital service to the American People and to protect our livelihood

We are in dire straights – with predictions coming that the USPS could run out of money in as little as a few months.  If you have not already done so, please sign the letter to Congress.

In Oregon we are fortunate that many of our congressional representatives are steadfast supporters.  This letter gives those steadfast supporters solid backing.  

In addition, please share the message far and wide with your family, friends, and social media networks, and most importantly, get your co-workers on the workroom floor to do the same.

All members of Congress, including those that already love us, need to hear our urgent message.

Add your name. Email Congress now.   Here is a direct link:

THANK YOU!

Our local executive board would like to take the opportunity to thank every APWU member and all Postal Workers for the work you are doing during the COVID-19 crisis.  No matter what your craft, you are making a difference during these uncertain times. Clerk, Motor Vehicle Service, Maintenance, Carrier, Rural Carrier or Mail Handler, all are contributing to keep the citizens of the country informed and supplied with necessary medicines, pay checks and supplies that allow them to stay home.  There is no doubt many citizens of this country are contributing at different levels.  Doctors, nurses, emergency response workers, grocery clerks and others are showing great courage and unselfishness. While we hear of their efforts the employees of the USPS are often forgotten.  There is no doubt that you are contributing.   You are showing courage and unselfishness.

With more and more Postal Workers testing positive for COVID-19, you are continuing to step up.  Our brothers and sisters in the maintenance craft, and sometimes from other crafts, are cleaning our offices.  The importance of us working in a clean, sterile and safe workplace is more evident than ever.  This group is tasked with cleaning and disinfecting so we can work in safe environments.

Maintenance employees are keeping our machines running and our buildings operating.  Clerks are processing mail, MVS workers transport the mail and carriers are delivering so we can continue to serve our customers.  Our Sales and Service Associates are out front assisting our customers in a position that may be the most COVID-19 exposed job in the Postal Service.

What a different time we are living in today. Please take care of each other.  Consider exchanging phone numbers and committing to report any COVID-19 symptoms to each other and management.  If you have symptoms, don’t wait for management, USPS nurses or doctors.  Take care of yourself, your family and friends. Stay Home, Save Lives. We will continue to keep you informed.  Let us know if one of your coworkers is going above and beyond.

We are proud to call you our brothers and sisters.  We are honored to represent you.  We are humbled by your service.  Stay safe!

New Contract Announced!

From APWU.org

The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract!

Neutral Arbitrator and Interest Arbitration Panel Chair Stephen Goldberg issued his binding decision on the terms of the new union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service.

Our National headquarters will hold two APWU Town Halls on Tuesday, March 17 at either 8 AM or 4 PM Pacific time (11 AM and 7 PM EDT).  You are encouraged to register for the Town Hall at:

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/interest-arbitration-get-the-news-on-our-new-contract?source=lightbox&_ga=2.236863681.1322617752.1584049186-1722053378.1543953278

We realize there will be many questions about provisions of Arbitrator Goldberg’s decision.  Information will be released during the coming weeks about when we will receive our retroactive wage increases, Postal Support Employee (PSE) to career appointments, etc.

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 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.

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.

APWU National Election-Get Out the Vote

The Portland Oregon Area local is conducting a “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) campaign.  This year one voting  member will be drawn for a $1000  prize.  To be eligible you must be a member in good standing and you must cast a ballot in accordance with the National APWU constitution.

In accordance with the National APWU constitution, ballots will be mailed to the members by September 15, 2019 and must be return to the designated PO Box by 2:00 pm on  October 5, 2019.