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.

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.

The Check Is In The Mail, Part II

All eligible Portland Installation clerk craft employees should have received a check for the SRT grievance.  If you were eligible, and have not received a check, contact the local office with your name and employee identification number and we will investigate.

We have had a few calls, mostly from retirees, thanking the Union for this unexpected money.  Our gratitude goes out to National Assistant Director A, Clerk Division, Lamont Brooks and Portland Local Clerk Craft Director Kevin Fraser for dealing with the grievances that resulted in this payment.