The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the #USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests. The firm, which has more than 1,400 attorneys in 25 offices, is considered […]

New USPS Corporate Call Center Jobs

All Corporate Call Center jobs will be turned over to the APWU bargaining unit by May 11, 2013, under the Clerk Craft Jobs MOU in the CBA (pages 375-376).  They will become part of the bid cluster for the nearest postal installation.  These formerly outsourced duty assignments will be filled with a mix of 70% career […]

Burrus Gives Up Title of APWU President Emeritus

With Regrets On this date, August 8, 2012, I delivered to Elizabeth Powell the plaque bestowed upon me by the delegates to the 2010 national convention granting the Emeritus title awarded upon my retirement accompanied by the following letter:  —————————————————————————————- Elizabeth Powell Secretary Treasurer American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO Dear Liz, I am returning the plaque awarded […]

Arbitrator Closes Record in Hearing Regarding Hours Postmasters May Work In Small Offices

APWU Web News Article 95-2012, Aug. 2, 2012 APWU President Cliff Guffey testifies at an arbitration hearing regarding the number of hours postmasters in small offices may work. Arbitrator Shyam Das has closed the record of an arbitration hearing regarding the number of hours postmasters in small offices may work. A Memorandum of Understanding in […]

House Passes Bill to Fire Tax-Delinquent Federal, Postal Workers

APWU Web News Article 95-2012, Aug. 2, 2012 The House of Representatives passed a bill on July 31 that could cost federal and postal workers their jobs if they are behind in paying their federal taxes. The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act (H.R. 828), introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and approved by the chamber […]

APWU Settles Lawsuit on Retirees’ Debts

APWU Web News Article 92-2012, July 31, 2012 The APWU and a retired union member have resolved a lawsuit against the Postal Service and an Accounting Services manager for violations of the Debt Collection Act, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris has announced. The suit charged that the USPS and the manager routinely violated the rights […]

Congress’ Failure Pushes USPS to Brink of Default

APWU News Bulletin 18-2012, July 26, 2012 The failure of House Republican leaders to take action to resolve the congressionally-manufactured USPS financial crisis has brought the Postal Service to the brink of default, APWU President Cliff Guffey is warning union members. A $5.5 billion payment is due to the U.S. Treasury on Aug. 1, but […]

APWU President Cliff Guffey Blasts House Leaders

APWU Web News Article 84-2012, July 18, 2012 APWU President Cliff Guffey is blasting House Republican leaders for their “utter failure to solve the nation’s problems.” Guffey made the remarks in response to recent signals that the chamber won’t act on postal reform legislation until after Congress’s August recess – and perhaps not until after […]