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UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
LEAD CLERK SETTLEMENT

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LEAD CLERKS TO RECEIVE PAYMENT AND TRAINING AS

RESULT OF GRIEVANCE SETTLEMENT

PRESIDENT RON SUSLAK

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TO ANOUNCE

 

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON

THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE CLASS

SETTLEMENT WAS

RECEIVED TODAY 01/09/2022

THE TACS Duties and

Responsibilities/Lead Clerk

As a final and complete settlement of the subject grievance, and without prejudice to the position of the United States Postal Service or the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO in this or any other case, the following resolution has been entered into by the parties. In full resolution of the issues identified in the instant dispute, the undersigned agree to resolve the instant grievance for a one-time lump sum payment of $25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million dollars). The Postal Service will supply the Union with a list of employees who have held Lead Clerk Bids since February 4, 2016. The APWU will provide a listing of employee names, EINs, and amounts to be disbursed to each employee (less appropriate deductions). It is further agreed that $2,500,000.00 (two million five hundred thousand dollars) will be withheld from the initial disbursement. After January 1, 2022 the APWU will provide a listing of employee names, EINs, and amounts to be disbursed to each employee who will receive the remaining funds. The total combined amount of the two disbursements shall not exceed $25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million dollars). This agreement settles any other grievances in locations in the former Northeast Area on this issue which may be pending, held, or have been initiated/filed at any level of the grievance procedure as of the date of the signing of this agreement. The APWU agrees to a moratorium and will not initiate grievances or identify in any grievance any date as an infraction date on the issue of Lead Clerks performing TACS duties for a 45-day period beginning with the signing of this agreement. The parties reaffirm that the language in two national Step 4 settlements (Q10Q-4O-C 15194931 /HQTC20150814 and Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555) provides that Lead Clerks perform the duties associated with the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role in TACS. The Step 4 settlement of Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555 provides the language which assures Lead Clerk Clock Office Role duties are performed by Clerk Craft bargaining unit employees. “This will ensure that the TACS duties associated with the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role are performed by Clerk Craft bargaining unit employees.” (Bold Face added for Emphasis). These duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Enter, correct and delete leave (any type) into TACS, which has not been entered via eRMS. Page 2 of 3 2. Enter employee moves into TACS, 3. Enter missing time into TACS, 4. Correct clock ring errors, 5. Enter "no lunch" rings into TACS, 6. Enter guaranteed time, 7. Enter clock rings as per PS Form 1260 and PS Form 1261, 8. Enter disallowed time as per PS Form 1017-A and PS Form 1260 or PS Form 1261, 9. Enter overtime transactions (Scheduled or Unscheduled), 10. Duties associated with entering PS Form 3189, Change of Schedule, 11. Enter higher level, 12. Run TACS reports, 13. Maintain files of forms that support time and attendance entries. 14. Assist the supervisor in preparation and/or submission of a properly approved Form 2240 payroll adjustment. The parties agree the lead clerk(s) performs the TACS duties identified above for all bargaining unit employees within the facility. The following actions must be completed within 45 days of the signing of this settlement: Management and Local APWU Union Officials will meet to discuss the necessary actions which must be taken to successfully effectuate compliance with this settlement. 1. Pursuant to the Step 4 Agreement Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555, In facilities that qualify for more than one (1) Lead Clerk duty assignment, not all Lead Clerks must be assigned TACS duties, however, management must provide the required Lead Clerk Clock Office Role training to additional Lead Clerks in order to provide appropriate coverage for each tour (F1 Mail Processing), days off and leave. This will ensure that the TACS duties associated with the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role are performed by Clerk Craft bargaining unit employees. 2. Management will determine the number of Lead Clerks needed to perform the TACS duties in the Lead Clock Office Role in facilities where there are more than 1 Lead Clerk. 3. If there is a mail processing location where no clerks have been given the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role training and Lead Clerks are not performing any TACS duties: a. Identify all Lead Clerks in Facility by Seniority b. Assign TACS duties to Senior Clerk(s) or make mutual agreement with local union to an alternate Lead clerk(s) in lieu of the senior clerk to be assigned the TACS dutiespursuant to the Step 4 Q15C-4Q-C18000314/ Q15C-4Q-C18273555. 4. Management will also consult with the Local Unions to ensure compliance with all necessary LMOU provisions when changing or adding to an occupied duty assignment. Page 3 of 3 5. HR Local Services must take the necessary actions with HRSSC to officially add “Shall Perform TACS Duties – Must complete required TACS training” to the HCES Job Comments on the current Lead Clerk duty assignments that will be performing TACS duties. 6. Pursuant to the Step 4 Agreement Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555, the added job comments cited in the above paragraphs will continue to be included on future bid postings for those Lead Clerk duty assignments designated to perform TACS duties. 7. Learning Development & Diversity (L D & D) must run a training report of those Lead Clerks to identify who has not received the required TACS training. Those who have not been trained and have been designated to perform the duties, must complete the following courses in accordance with the CBA: a. Lead Clerk Overview Training b. Time and Attendance Collection System - Supervisor Training 8. If any employees identified above have received the above training, but they haven't performed any of the tasks associated with this training additional training and/or brush up training will be provided without delay. 9. Operations, HR Local Services and LD &D must make arrangements with the District TACS Coordinator to schedule all necessary training within the agreed upon 45 days. 

BACKROUND INFORMATION

Several years ago, our local filed grievances contending that Management failed to honor two National Step 4 settlements that required that all Lead Clerks receive TACS training and TACS access to perform necessary pay and leave adjustments.   The functions of performing pay and leave adjustments had been done by the clerk craft many years ago until management abolished the positions and gave the work to supervisors.  With the creation of Lead Clerks during the 2010 contract negotiations, that work was restored to the clerk craft in the Lead Clerk position description.  Unfortunately, management never provided the training nor adhered to the National settlements in 2016. 

As a result, many locals, including the Queens Area Local, filed grievances requesting that management provide the training and that Lead Clerks be made whole for the bargaining unit work those supervisors were doing while performing the TACS adjustments. Since many locals in the old Northeast Area filed the same grievances, one regional grievance was filed and arbitrated.  National Business Agent Pete Coradi successfully advocated the case for the APWU and the arbitration award was rendered in May of 2019.  Once again, management failed to provide the training and compensate Lead Clerks in the Northeast Area for the work that management had been performing.

Recently, NBA Pete Coradi was able to negotiate a settlement based on the 2019 Lead Clerk Arbitration Award.  The settlement provides for Lead Clerks to receive the necessary TACS training and begin to perform the TACS work when necessary.   In addition to the training, a lump sum of 25 million dollars was awarded to the APWU to compensate all Lead Mail Processing Clerks, Lead Sales and Service Clerks and Lead Customer Service Clerks in the Northeast area, approx. 3300 clerks.

CONTACT AN APWU UNION REPRESENTATIVE TO ENSURE YOU ARE ON THE PAYMENT LIST

The settlement provides pay entitlement for all clerk craft employees who held (“held” not working) a Lead Clerk duty assignment during the time frame of February 4, 2016 through September 3, 2021.  Payment is calculated at $7.43 a day for each day the Lead Clerk assignment was held, for a maximum of 2044 days for a maximum payment of $15,193.20, minus tax deductions. The payment is anticipated to be inputted by management for payment on the October 1, paycheck.  Those that are due in excess of $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) will receive their payment in two installments.  First one on October 1, 2021 in the amount of $9,995.00 and the second installment on the October 15, 2021 for the balance.

Any clerical member that believes they have held a Lead Clerk position during the above time frame, should see a Union Rep. in the JFK APWU office or contact the Queens Area Local office in Ozone Park to ensure that they are on the list for payment. 

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Currently, there is a spike of COVID-19 diagnosis throughout the United States. Postal Employees are not exempt from contracting COVID-19. Following national trends, there is also a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases at the Postal Service. Not knowing how COVID-19 can affect any one person whether it is a mild illness, a severe case, a case of “long” COVID-19, what the long-term effects might be, or sadly even death, it is vital that those who contract the virus understand that it is their right to apply for worker’s compensation benefits to protect themselves and their families. If you are a postal employee, no matter if you are a career employee or non-career employee, you are entitled to file a claim with the Office of Workers Compensation Programs. The one caveat is that you must have worked at the Post Office at some point during the 21-days prior to your COVID-19 diagnosis. Employees that have claims approved are entitled to have their medical costs and lost wages paid. Approved Claimants are also entitled to request that any annual sick or annual leave used be “bought back” and redeposited to their leave balances. Also, should a postal employee pass away due to COVID19, their survivors are entitled to benefits under the compensation programs if there is an approved claim.

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Summary of the 2021-2024 Tentative

Collective Bargaining Agreement December 11, 2021

The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have

reached a tentative three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

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USPS Issues Memo on Juneteenth

National Holiday November 29,

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PRESIDENT BIDEN ON NOMINATED TWO NEW INDIVIDUALS TO SIT ON THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE’S GOVERNING BOARD,

If confirmed, new nominees would give White House-backed members a majority on the postal governing board.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN ON FRIDAY
  • NOMINATED
  •  two NEW INDIVIDUALS
  • TO SIT ON THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE’S
  • GOVERNING BOARD, POTENTIALLY
  • GIVING THE ADMINISTRATION MUCH
  • GREATER INFLUENCE OVER THE
  • AGENCY. 

If confirmed, Dan Tangherlini and Derek Kan, Biden’s nominees, would ensure the president's picks make up the majority of the board’s nine Senate-confirmed members. They would replace Ron Bloom, the board’s current chairman, and John Barger, both of whom are allies of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Both Bloom and Barger’s terms are soon expiring and Biden opted not to reappoint them. 

Tangherlini is a former Obama administration official, having led the General Services Administration and served as a senior official at the Treasury Department. Kan previously served as an aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and later as a President Obama appointee to the Amtrak board and a President Trump appointee to Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget. 

Biden has nominated and the Senate confirmed three members of the postal board, who have voiced their significant concerns with DeJoy’s 10-year-plan that includes slowing down mail delivery while raising prices at unusually high rates. Many advocacy groups and congressional Democrats have called on Biden to remove DeJoy from his post, but that had not previously been possible as he maintained universal support among the Trump-appointed members of the board. Only USPS’ board of governors can remove a postmaster general. 

Dave Partenhemier, a USPS spokesman, thanked Bloom and Barger for their leadership and for contributing to the development of DeJoy's 10-year plan. He also welcomed the new nominees. 

“The Postal Service congratulates Derek Kan and Dan Tangherlini on their nominations by the president to serve as governors on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service," Partenheimer said. "We wish them well as they proceed through the U.S. Senate confirmation process."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday criticized DeJoy and praised the White House's nominees as "experienced public servants," but declined to suggest outright that they should remove the postmaster general. 

"It’s up to the board to make a determination about leadership, but we have continued concerns about the postmaster general’s leadership," Psaki said.

It remains unclear if the board would be willing to take such a drastic step, or how Tangherlini and Kan, in particular, will respond to DeJoy’s initiatives. Still, the move won immediate praise from some of DeJoy’s biggest detractors. 

“I am tickled pink that two DeJoy enablers have been replaced and thank President Biden for his leadership,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee panel with oversight of the Postal Service. “This action is a good thing for the Postal Service and, most importantly, a great thing for the American people.”

Porter McConnell, who leads the Save the Post Office Coalition and is Mitch McConnell’s daughter, also applauded Biden’s action. 

"President Biden has listened to the millions of people across the nation demanding a return to the quiet competence of the post office before Louis DeJoy and his friend Ron Bloom took a wrecking ball to it,” Porter McConnell said. “Ron Bloom has no place in the USPS's future, and we are glad to see his tenure in the past."

Biden opted to replace Barger, a Republican, with Kan, who has historically aligned with Republicans. Federal statute requires no more than five members of the board be of the same party, but Biden likely could have still replaced Barger with another Democrat as one of his previous nominees, Amber McReynolds, is a registered independent. If Tangherlini and Kan are both confirmed, the makeup of the board will remain four Democrats, four Republicans and one independent. 


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Regulator Blasts Postal Service

Regulator Blasts Postal Service for 'Unachievable" Package Slowdown Plan

USPS will also begin slowing down mail delivery this week.

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator criticized the mailing agency’s plan to slow down package delivery, calling it overly ambitious, non-specific and of little financial benefit. 

The package slowdown is part of a larger strategy by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to allow USPS to break even over the next decade. The Postal Service, which is also about to implement slower delivery for regular mail, has said its existing schedules are unrealistic and too costly to sustain. The Postal Regulatory Commission took issue with the new package delivery schedule, saying management’s goals “appear reasonable” but rest upon unfounded assumptions. 

PRC has no power to force the Postal Service to alter its desired course, especially in the realm of packages. As a general matter, USPS has the discretion to make business decisions on its offerings in the competitive space. Still, the mailing agency had to submit its plan to the commission for review, as it did for its mail slowdowns. USPS is seeking to lengthen service standards by one-to-two days for 31% of First-Class packages, while speeding them up by 1 day for 5%. 

Postal management failed to demonstrate it could implement its operational plan, provide consistent and reliable service or achieve its anticipated efficiencies, PRC said on Wednesday in its advisory opinion. The mailing agency's assumptions were oversimplified and failed to weigh the complexity of its business, the regulators said, making its model an inaccurate reflection of the “operating environment likely to exist after the proposal is implemented.” Management’s overly rosy outlook included projecting the implementation of changes prior to the peak holiday season, which PRC called “too ambitious.” It added management predicted outcomes that are “potentially inaccurate and unachievable.” Even postal management conceded it would likely not achieve its goal of delivering 95% of packages on time by the end of fiscal 2022. 

While PRC said the plan for package delivery would better enable USPS to meet its performance targets, it noted postal management failed to spell out any timetable to do so or assess the impact on customers. The Postal Service did not analyze the impact on recipients of pharmaceuticals, the commission said as an example. The regulator challenged even the proportion of mail that will be impacted, noting USPS relied on 2020 data skewed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The savings USPS expects from the changes are suspect, PRC added, and even if true would have little bearing on the agency’s overall finances. The commission made a similar finding for the Postal Service’s plan to slow down delivery for regular mail, which is set to go into effect Oct. 1. Postal management’s expected efficiencies rest significantly on shifting more package transportation to trucks rather than planes, calling it more reliable, but PRC said the agency provided insufficient data to support the claim and noted the change would not impact delays caused by failures within processing facilities. 

Overall, the commission cautioned in its opinion—which is advisory in nature and carries no enforcement mechanism—that USPS may run afoul of its statutory obligations in implementing the plan. It advised the Postal Service to set interim goals while trying to reach its ultimate target of delivering 95% of packages on time, create a “rigorous analytical methodology” rather than relying on “unproven assumptions,” monitor customer satisfaction and continue engaging stakeholders about the impact of the changes. 

“The Commission is concerned, however, that the reasonableness of the proposal rests upon the Postal Service being correct in its assessments about consumer preferences and its ability to achieve the modeled increases in reliability, cost savings, and efficiency,” the commission wrote. “Should the Postal Service prove wrong in its predictions in the above areas, the rational basis for the proposal may prove illusory.”

PRC similarly faulted USPS' assumptions for its mail slowdowns, saying the proposal was not fully thought out and its success was far from guaranteed. Those slowdowns are expected to impact about 40% of First-Class mail. Industry groups, postal unions, members of the public and some lawmakers have all pushed back against the mail and package slowdowns. Critics of DeJoy’s plan have said slowing delivery while raising prices would accelerate ongoing declines in mail volumes and lead to further losses for the mailing agency.

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SPECIAL ENROLLMENT FOR FLEX SPENDING

Feds get special enrollment for health care flexible spending

Federal employees can enroll, re-enroll or change their flexible spending account coverage during the month of June, as the Office of Personnel Management announced June 14 that it authorized a special enrollment period as part of provisions outlined in the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan.

FSAs allow enrollees to set aside pretax income for use with out-of-pocket medical costs or dependent costs.

Because the Consolidated Appropriations Act authorized unlimited carryover of FSA funds for 2020 and 2021, feds that didn’t re-enroll in an FSA plan for 2021 but had remaining money left in their accounts in 2020 may wish to use the special enrollment period to reopen their accounts and gain access to those carried over funds.

The new flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 plan years also allow enrollees with dependents who would have normally aged out of the program to continue to use those funds until the child is 14, rather than 13, and the government approved hand sanitizer and masks as FSA medical expenses.

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PO BLAMES STREET CRIME FOR DELAYS

Postal Service Blames ‘Street

Crime’ and Absenteeism for

Mail Delays

Lawmakers are looking to make it harder for the agency to slow delivery in the future, while auditor says fixing current problems will be a significant challenge.

Just weeks after the U.S. Postal Service implemented new standards to slow a significant portion of mail delivery, Democrats in Congress are on the verge of proposing legislation to create additional barriers for management before it can take similar actions in the future. 

Lawmakers blasted the reforms implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s panel on Government Operations that took place in Chicago on Friday, calling them harmful to the mailing agency and suggesting they were part of an intentional effort to undermine it. They similarly criticized USPS for ongoing failures to deliver mail on time, which has improved in recent months but remains below the agency’s targets. 

Eddie Morgan, USPS’ postmaster in Chicago, which has been among the worst hit cities by the delays, blamed a rise in “street crime” and its impact on recruiting and retention. USPS has enough employees on the rolls, Morgan said of his region, but an insufficient number are actually showing up to work. He explained he is working to purge the agency’s rolls of employees with significant unexcused absences and to fill resulting vacancies. 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who chairs the larger oversight committee, said she will soon introduce a bill to require postal management to conduct testing on its nationwide delivery standard changes. DeJoy’s recent changes impacted about 40% of First-Class mail, expanding the maximum time for delivery from three days to five. Postal management conceded they had not examined the impact of the proposed changes on rural versus urban populations, low income communities or elderly communities, nor had they solicited feedback on the changes from customers. The Postal Regulatory Commission, in reviewing the plan earlier this year, faulted USPS for failing to pilot test its slowdowns and creating projections it could not prove would be realized. 

Maloney’s forthcoming legislation would empower the commission to pause such changes from taking place until it can review testing. It would also require a two-thirds vote from the postal board of governors to approve service standard revisions that had not been tested. Maloney has also sponsored bipartisan postal reform legislation that the oversight committee has approved but has yet to receive a vote on either the House or Senate floor. 

“Hopefully we can bring postal reform to the floor soon,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who chaired Friday’s hearing. 

House Democrats originally sought to stymie DeJoy’s efforts to implement the mail slowdowns in that postal reform legislation, but ultimately stripped the language from the measure to win bipartisan backing.

Connolly said the delays in Chicago were not anomalous and that Congress could not allow them to continue. He added he hoped to see a change in “the governance of the Postal Service to ensure we have a board of governors and a postmaster general who are, in fact, dedicated to the mission.” Lawmakers throughout the hearing said their offices have been inundated with complaints from constituents about mail issues. They cited a decision by management to start letter carriers on their routes later in the day as partially responsible for the problems. 

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., the lone Republican to attend the hearing, sought to shift blame away from DeJoy, arguing mail delays predated his tenure and worsened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On-time performance quickly plummeted after DeJoy took office, which the postmaster general has conceded was largely due to operational reforms he implemented. USPS has since rolled those back and, like Morgan, the Chicago postmaster, has said ongoing delays are due to employee absenteeism and other fallout from the pandemic. The Postal Service has restored service to pre-DeJoy levels and saw further improvement in the most recent quarter that ended just before the new service windows went into effect. 

Lawmakers and a National Association of Letter Carriers official who testified at the hearing noted a recent inspector general report that found USPS frequently undercounted its late and undelivered mail. USPS numbers are not always accurate, said Mack Julion, the NALC representative, as front-line supervisors “provide misleading reports to appease upper management.”

Melinda Perez, an auditor in the USPS inspector general's office, said the agency's problems include staffing shortages, packages and mail going to the wrong facilities and mail not being pre-sorted when it arrives at post offices. 

“USPS has plans to address these concerns, however implementing multiple initiatives to correct these issues will be challenging, especially now as the Postal Service is addressing its peak season,” Perez said, adding her office will soon release a report on USPS’ readiness for the holidays. 

The Postal Service experienced unprecedented delays during the holiday season in 2020, with DeJoy eventually admitting the agency “missed our service standards by far and disappointed the nation.”

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Subject: Annual Leave Carry Over and Lump Sum Payments at Retirement The Industrial Relations Department has been fielding multiple questions on the amount of annual leave someone would be compensated for when they retire. Attached are the two MOUs the APWU entered into with the Postal Service on annual leave during the pandemic.
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CONTRACT UPDATE 8/4/2021

Negotiations Update

August 4, 2021

With our current union contract expiring on September 20, 2021, the APWU and postal management have now been engaged in negotiations for more than five weeks.

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BREAKING:

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Tentative Agreement

       The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, announced APWU President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. The Tentative Agreement was reached on December 9th and, in accordance with the APWU Constitution, was presented by the National Negotiating Committee to the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee. On December 10th, the Rank & File Committee unanimously approved the Tentative Agreement for a ratification vote of the members. This is great news! We have reached an agreement that protects the rights and interests of our members,Mark Dimondstein said. The tentative National Agreement contains annual wage increases, protection of full COLAs and no-layoff protections, new opportunities for career work, gains for part time flexibles and a host of other improvements. The Tentative Agreement has the unanimous approval of the National Negotiating Committee and the support of the National Executive Board. I salute the entire bargaining committee for their outstanding and collective work. I was proud to serve on the National Negotiating Committee along with Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, who served as chief spokesperson for the union, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth  Powell, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun, Motor Vehicle Director Michael Foster and Support Services Director Steve Brooks. The entire Negotiating Committee appreciates the due diligence and hard work exhibited by the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee.Many headquarters officers, national business agents, and staff were also involved in the long process of planning and preparation of negotiations. APWU members across the country waged a strong campaign united in the demand for a good contract that rewards postal workers for their dedication and hard work. We look forward to the membership having an opportunity to vote on this tentative agreement that we believe offers improvements in the wages, hours and working conditions in all APWU crafts,Director Vance Zimmerman said. A detailed summary of the Tentative Agreement will be published on the APWU website Saturday December 11th. Furthermore, the APWU National Negotiating Committee will hold a webinar â€ÂÂÂÂÂœtown hall with the members December 16th at 2:00pm. 6pm and 9pm EST. Register at apwu.org/townhall. In the coming weeks more information will be shared on the ratification process. 

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