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!
During the first weeks of March President Cogan was on annual leave. He traveled to Mexico just prior to the current health crisis really having a huge impact in the United States. The crisis continued to get worse. Then came the order to close our southern border, and citizens being told to return home or shelter in place. He cut his trip short and caught a flight home. There is no such thing as social distancing on a full airplane. Boarding, flying and deplaning were the same as it has always been.
Due to the possibility of exposure and based on advice from a health care professional and discussions with Vice President Bill Martin, we decided he should work from home for two weeks. He has have been and will be in constant contact with the local office. All the local officers and stewards have his email and phone number. He has, and is, in contact with several of the Portland District management team, requested return phone calls from others and have provided his personal contact information. When Vice President Martin is outside the office and none of the other stewards or officers are present, all calls will be forwarded to his personal cell phone.
Thank you for your patience, diligence and understanding during this global pandemic. Please continue to follow the guidelines for hand washing and other safety protocols to help stop the spread of this virus. Request to speak with your steward or call the Local office if you have any questions or concerns.
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:
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.
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:
- Additional or longer wash-up periods.
- The establishment of a regular work week of five days with either fixed or rotating days off.
- 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.
- Formulation of local leave program.
- The duration of the choice vacation period(s).
- The determination of the beginning day of an employee’s vacation period.
- Whether employees at their option may request two selections during the choice vacation period, in units of either 5 or 10 days.
- Whether jury duty and attendance at National or State Conventions shall be charged to the choice vacation period.
- Determination of the maximum number of employees who shall receive leave each week during the choice vacation period.
- The issuance of official notices to each employee of the vacation schedule approved for such employee.
- Determination of the date and means of notifying employees of the beginning of the new leave year.
- The procedures for submission of applications for annual leave during other than the choice vacation period.
- The method of selecting employees to work on a holiday.
- Whether “Overtime Desired” lists in Article 8 shall be by section and/or tour.
- The number of light duty assignments within each craft or occupational group to be reserved for temporary or permanent light duty assignment.
- 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.
- The identification of assignments that are to be considered light duty within each craft represented in the office.
- The identification of assignments comprising a section, when it is proposed to reassign within an installation employees excess to the needs of a section.
- The assignment of employee parking spaces.
- 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.
- Those other items which are subject to local negotiations as provided in the craft provisions of this Agreement.
- 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.”
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.
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.
The Officers and Stewards wish all our members and their families a wonderful and safe holiday season.