(This article was first reported on the National Website on July 26, 2018)
On July 16, a leading group of Congressional representatives took action to help combat a proposal to privatize the Postal Service. The proposal, put forward by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in their report Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, would “restructure the U.S. Postal Service” and “prepare it for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.”
APWU thanks the bipartisan group of representatives for introducing House Resolution 993 in response to this attack. The resolution calls on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and not be subject to privatization.
The resolution was introduced by Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and co-sponsored by Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL), Don Young (R-AK), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH).
“We will fight back against any attempt to privatize the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This is yet another attempt by corporate interests to pad their pockets and rob the public of affordable and universal mail delivery.”
To tell your member of Congress to oppose privatizating – selling – the USPS, and support House Resolution 993 by becoming a co-sponsor.
Members of Congress will be starting their summer recess in August. “We urge all APWU members to meet with your representative and express the urgency of them becoming a co-sponsor of this resolution and oppose the privatization of the Postal Service,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard.
(This article was first reported on the National Website on August 10, 2018)
In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.
The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases.
This is the seventh and final cost-of-living adjustment under the 2015-2018 contract:
- $0.00 The first COLA would have been effective Sept. 5, 2015
- $0.00 The second COLA would have been effective March 5, 2016.
- $21.00 The third COLA was effective Sept. 3, 2016.
- $333.00 The fourth COLA was effective March 18, 2017.
- $270.00 The fifth COLA increase effective Sept. 2, 2017.
- $520.00 The sixth COLA effective March 3, 2018.
- $645.00 The seventh COLA effective Sept. 1, 2018.
The COLAs received during the 2015-2018 CBA will total $1,789 per year.
Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, but had five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract. PSEs received a pay increase of 21 cents on May 26, 2018.
Updated pay scales are available.
Tomorrow is Thursday, and we’re still fighting for a new contract and economic justice. So don’t forget to wear your APWU gear to show that we are united as we work toward a contract that gives every member a fair shot and a voice on the job.
When we asked you last week to wear your gear and send us photos, you delivered! Here’s one of our favorite photos sent in last week from our brothers and sisters in Danville, Va
You can help show management that we’re standing together, and build support in the communities we serve, by taking a photo with your colleagues in your union gear and posting it on social media with the hashtag #APWUnited—and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share it from our official accounts!
We must send a clear signal to management that we are #APWUnited, and we’ll do it every Thursday by wearing our gear and posting our photos online to rally our communities behind us.
Join us tomorrow by wearing your APWU gear, and don’t forget to post your photos on your social media with the hashtag #APWUnited and send them to us at email@example.com.
The National Contract Campaign Committee
P.S., If you don’t have gear, ask your shop steward if there is a sticker or a button you can wear, or order some at apwustore.org, so you can join in!