Attention All Members
of the APWU!
A very important message from local President Roscoe Woods and your local
On Tuesday November 4th, 2014 we have not just an opportunity but we have the
obligation to go to the polls and cast our ballot for among other things our
next Governor and our next Senator, the MI Supreme court and several very
important US house races. We can shape the face of Congress and we can show
Governor Snyder what we think of his union busting right to work, tax the poor
and retired policies.
The Executive Board of the 480-481 Area Local encourages you all to review the
information and the links below and use the Michigan AFL-CIO Endorsements as
your guide to who to vote for November 4th, 2014. The 480-481 Area Local using
our own democratic process voted to accept the MI AFL-CIO’s endorsements as our
own, the link and the names are below for your use this November 4th.
Not sure what district you live in?
Michigan State House Races: http://house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/
Michigan State Senate Races: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html
US Senate and House races: http://capwiz.com/apwu/home/
We endorse and encourage you all to vote for the following:
Governor for the State of Michigan: Mark Schauer
Lieutenant Governor for the State of Michigan: Lisa Brown
Michigan Secretary of State: Godfrey Dillard
Michigan Attorney General: Mark Totten
The U.S. Senate: Gary Peters
We officially endorse the following candidates in the following races:
Michigan Supreme Court
Judge William Murphy
Judge Deborah Thomas
State Board of Education
University of Michigan Board of Regents
Wayne State University Board of Governors
Michigan State University Board of Trustees
For the U.S. House Of Representatives:
First Congressional District: Jerry Cannon
Second Congressional District: Dean Vanderstelt
Third Congressional District: Bob Goodrich
Fourth Congressional District: Jeff Holmes
Fifth Congressional District: Dan Kildee
Sixth Congressional District: Paul Clements
Seventh Congressional District: Pam Byrnes
Eighth Congressional District: Eric Schertzing
Ninth Congressional District: Sandy Levin
Eleventh Congressional District: Bobby McKenzie
Twelfth Congressional District: Debbie Dingell
Thirteenth Congressional District: John Conyers
Fourteenth Congressional District: Brenda Lawrence
The remaining candidates on all Michigan House and Senate races can be found
by clicking the link below or scrolling down for your elected representative:
District 1: Coleman Young
District 2: Bert Johnson
District 3: Morris Hood
District 4: Virgil Smith
District 5: David Knezek
District 6: Hoon-Yung Hopgood
District 7: Dian Slavens
District 8: Christine Bell
District 9: Steve Bieda
District 11: Vincent Gregory
District 13: Cyndi Peltonen
District 14: Bobbie Walton
District 16: Kevin Commet
District 17: Doug Spade
District 18: Rebekah Warren
District 20: Sean McCann
District 22: Shari Pollesch
District 23: Curtis Hertel Jr.
District 24: Dawn Levey
District 25: Terry Brown
District 26: Jim Walters
District 27: Jim Ananich
District 28: Deb Havens
District 31: Ron Mindykowski
District 32: Stacy Erwin-Oakes
District 33: Fred Sprague
District 34: Cathy Forbes
District 36: Joe Lukasiewicz
Michigan House of Representatives
District 1: Brian Banks
District 2: Alberta-Tinsley Talabi
District 3: Wendell Byrd
District 4: Rose Mary Robinson
District 5: Fred Durhal
District 6: Stephanie Chang
District 7: LaTanya Garrett
District 8: Sherry Gay-Dagnogo
District 10: Leslie Love
District 11: Julie Plawecki
District 12: Erika Geiss
District 13: Frank Liberati
District 14: Paul Clemente
District 15: George Darany
District 16: Robert Kosowski
District 17: Bill LaVoy
District 18: Sarah Roberts
District 19: Stacey Dogonski
District 20: Nate Smith-Tyge
District 21: Kristy Pagan
District 22: John Chirkun
District 23: David Haener
District 24: Philip Kurczewski
District 25: Henry Yanez
District 26: Jim Townsend
District 27: Robert Wittenberg
District 28: Derek Miller
District 29: Tim Greimel
District 30: Bo Karpinski
District 31: Marilyn Lane
District 35: Jeremy Moss
District 36: Peter Lucido
District 37: Christine Grieg
District 38: Jasper Catanzaro
District 39: Sandy Colvin
District 41: Mary Kerwin
District 42: Timothy Johnson
District 43: Dennis Ritter
District 45: Joanna VanRaaphorst
District 47: Jordan Genso
District 48: Pam Faris
District 49: Phil Phelps
District 50: Charles Smiley
District 51: Ken Thomas
District 52: Gretchen Driskell
District 53: Jeff Irwin
District 54: David Rutledge
District 55: Adam Zemke
District 56: Tom Redmond
District 57: Sharon Wimple
District 58: Amaryllis Thomas
District 59: Mike Moroz
District 60: Jon Hoadley
District 62: Andy Helmboldt
District 63: Bill Farmer
District 64: Brenda Pilgrim
District 65: Bonnie Johnson
District 66: Annie Brown
District 67: Tom Cochran
District 68: Andy Schor
District 69: Sam Singh
District 71: Theresa Abed
District 75: Brandon Dillon
District 76: Winnie Brinks
District 79: Eric Lester
District 81: Bernardo Licata
District 82: Margaret Guerrero DeLuca
District 83: Marcus Middleton
District 83: David Jaroch
District 85: Annie Braidwood
District 86: Lynn Mason
District 91: Collene Lamonte
District 92: Marcia Hovey-Wright
District 95: Vanessa Guerra
District 96: Charles Brunner
District 97: Mark Lightfoot
District 98: Joan Brausch
District 99: Bryan Mielke
District 101: Tom Stobie
District 102: John Ruggles
District 104: Betsy Coffia
District 105: Jay Calo
District 106: Robert Kennedy
District 108: Grant Carlson
District 109: John Kivela
District 110: Scott Dianda
It is with deep sadness that we must report the passing of former 480 481 Area
Local President Donna Ratkos-Mercier.
Donna was a mainstay of this union and this local, her hard work still impacts
the employees of this local and will for years to come.
Not a second was spent in her time as a member, steward and officer where she
was not trying to help her fellow union brothers and sisters or this union.
Donna truly believed an injury to one was an injury to all.
Our thoughts our prayers and our deepest sympathies go out to her family and her
The obituary can be viewed
In addition cards and condolences can be sent to the 480-481 Area Local at: 810
Livernois St. Ferndale, MI 48220, we will make sure her husband Mike and her family get
We urge our membership to call their House and Senate representatives asking
that they call on President Obama to take whatever action he deems necessary to
seek the resignation of Postmaster Donahoe.
To quote President Dimonstein at this year’s APWU National Convention “We charge Donahoe with slowing down the mail,
undermining service and demolishing tens of thousands of good jobs by closing
processing plants” he continued “We charge Donahoe with dismantling the Postal
Service through post office closings, reduction in customer service hours,
constant efforts to end six-day and door delivery, subcontracting Motor Vehicle
Service work and outsourcing Maintenance Craft duties.” When President
Dimonstein asked the delegates in attendance if the PMG was innocent or guilty
of those charges the delegates shouted in unison GUILTY!
If the Board of Governors will not do what is right then President Obama is
obligated to protect this service as well as the Constitution and start
replacing all of them with people who understand their duty is to protect the
USPS – not destroy it.
Please feel free to print and post this “wanted” poster on your local union
Golden Dental Plan Rate Changes
all 480-481 Area Local Members carrying the Golden Dental Plan.
As discussed at the June 2014 membership meeting the rates are being
adjusted as noted below. Any questions or concerns please give us a call.
Brothers On The Line:
New Documentary Explores Dramatic Fight for Worker's Rights
HuffPost Film Writer/Social Media
I've always felt confident about the American history education I received in
various public schools (my 12th-grade civics teacher Sharon Levin comes to
mind). But after watching Sasha Reuther's riveting documentary
Brothers on the Line, I
realize that every education has a significant gap or two, and one of mine
involved the fascinating and rich history of labor in America.
The Reuther Brothers / Photo credit: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs
Mine eyes have been opened. Turns out, the Reuther brothers -- Walter, Roy and
Victor (Sasha's grandfather) -- are the too often-unsung heroes of the American
labor movement, which soon became a model for workers on a global scale. As
union organizers who understood the crucial links to both education and
politics, they improved the lives of millions of Americans; as a result, they
deserve more than a sliver of credit for creating a thriving 20th-century U.S.
But getting to the 'good old days' took real work. Starting out on the brutal
automotive lines in pre- and post-Depression-era Detroit, the brothers became
intrinsically linked with the rise of the United Auto Workers; over the ensuing
decades, they led strikes and negotiations, and often marched alongside
counterparts both in parallel unions and in the Civil Rights movement.
Throughout the years, their strong beliefs sustained them, even when various
assassination attempts threatened to silence their voices or, at the very least,
dampen their resolve.
Despite Sasha's family connection, Brothers on the Line is not a whitewash.
Rather than sugarcoat the thorny issues he uncovered in his research, he exposes
various criticisms and confronts them head-on. (Of particular fascination are
Walter's close and complicated relationships with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and President Lyndon B. Johnson.) The smooth narration of Martin Sheen -- no stranger to unions, he -- adds to the integrity.
Brothers on the
Line is now available on digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. Trust me when I say
this is a thrilling movie that does not feel like homework. Below, Sasha
provides some insight into his filmmaking process.
Photo credit: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs
What motivated you to make Brothers on the
Sasha Reuther: Well, aside from my intimate access to such a captivating group
of characters and dramatic events that I knew would engage an audience, the film
really came about from my sense of frustration that this crucial piece of
American history was simply lost to my generation and younger. There was little
if any Labor history in my high school textbooks. My peers had no knowledge of
the Labor movement's contribution to the Civil Rights struggle, in building the
middle class, etc.
Unions are tightly woven into the fabric of our nation, and that history has
been buried. So I was on a mission to at least reintroduce my family's role in
that important chronology.
During the filmmaking process, did you find anything that you really wanted to
include, but could not fit into the film? What was the most shocking thing you
Sasha Reuther: Where do I start? I could
have easily produced a miniseries with the amount of stories I collected. The
Reuther brothers were on the social/political scene for over four decades,
playing a minor or major role in a wide variety of domestic and international
activism. To name a few specifics, I wish I could have had more screen time to
include accounts of the UAW's contribution to the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II; my
grandfather's work with trade unions overseas; and the vital role of women
workers and organizers in the labor movement.
The most surprising thing that I learned during my research was about the
intimate relationship between Walter Reuther and President Johnson. I knew that
the door to the White House was open, but after listening to the personal phone
conversations recorded in the Oval Office -- some of which are included in my
film -- it was quite eye-opening in regard to the tangled web of pressure and
Walter Reuther with LBJ / Photo credit: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs
Walter and Roy both passed before you were born, but I imagine you knew your
grandfather well. After researching the film, do you identify more closely with
one brother than the others?
Sasha Reuther: Well, that's a tough
question. I would imagine that I still identify most closely with my
grandfather. He is often considered by historians to be the "conscience" of the
Reuther brothers. Victor was an academic as well. I can relate to those
qualities and interests.
I actually think Walter and Victor were quite similar in many regards. But, as
an elected official, Walter was beholden to his membership and his political
allies. I believe he reserved some of his personal leanings, and it must have
been terribly disconcerting. My grandfather, however, was appointed to his
posts, and therefore a bit more free to express his passions and progressive
Some critics claim that, although labor unions had their place in history, they
are no longer relevant in today's economy. What are your thoughts on this?
Sasha Reuther: One needs to look no further
than WalMart to answer that question. They are reminiscent of what GM was like
before the Flint Sit-down Strikes. A union in place at that company could not
only attempt to rectify any number of workplace abuses (domestic and
international), but also, raising the pay scale of their employees would
actually benefit the bottom-line. A majority of WalMart employees spend a
significant amount of their earnings on the living essentials stocked right
there on those shelves. When UAW contracts were negotiated and autoworkers were
finally able to afford to buy the cars they produced, our economy really had
some traction. In a consumer economy, to have real growth, you need to raise
Ford assembly line / Photo credit: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs
Brothers On The Line is primarily historical, but the Reuthers' story does
indeed seem oddly timely.
Sasha Reuther: When I began this filmmaking
journey in 2007, with the general goal of producing a Reuther biography, I could
have never anticipated how timely their slice of history would become. At the
time, the Big 3 manufacturers were on the brink. I was concerned that by the
time we wrapped production, there might not be an audience for a little-known
United Auto Workers history. But, as we've seen, from Occupy, Our
WalMart, and fast food strikes
to Supreme Court cases on campaign finance and voter rights (not to mention the
auto bailout, Michigan right-to-work legislation, and Detroit's bankruptcy),
there appear to be relevant footnotes to today's struggles throughout the
Reuther Brothers' saga. For those who have had a chance to see the film, the
most common response has been surprise that such a large slice of American
socio-political history is so rarely discussed.
The film not only covers the major achievements of the Reuther brothers, but
also at times brings into question their leadership and alliances. How were you
able to balance this approach, being so close to the subject matter?
Sasha Reuther: I am really proud of the
fact that I approached the documentary as a filmmaker first and a Reuther family member second. What I mean by this is that I knew the
importance of taking on the subject matter with a critical eye, ear, and pen.
40+ years of Reuther history is by far too vast to cover in 80 minutes. But I
believe we selected key events, decisions, actions, and emotions that fueled the
trajectory of the three brothers through their careers in and around the Labor
When it might have been unpleasant or uncomfortable for some in my family to
know that I planned to portray Walter's tough and, at times, insulated
leadership (especially when it came to dismissing former allies in the 1940s,
frustrations with African-American shop-floor activists in the '60s, and his
complex commitment to the Johnson administration), I pressed on. Having done so,
it reveals a well-rounded portrait of the man and the stresses of his office,
seated at the elite echelons of power.
For Brothers on the Line to
be a captivating, educational film, I felt it was crucial to not only depict the
tremendous achievements of the United Auto Workers union, but to also show a bit
of the complicated inner workings of an organization that, through juggling so
many issues, was, in some respects, literally transforming the nation.
Martin Sheen narrates the film. What was it like to work with him? What was his
background as it pertains to labor and the history of the UAW?
Sasha Reuther: Working with Martin Sheen
was incredible. He is a consummate professional and so passionate about American
history. Martin has a long résumé of activism. His support of numerous farm
worker struggles in California put him in direct contact with the UFW/UAW
alliance. In fact, it was Paul Schrade, former UAW Executive Board member and
west coast Regional Director, who put me in touch with Mr. Sheen.
I had been searching for quite a while for a great narrator for the film. I had
just about given up when Paul gave me a phone number for what we thought was
Martin's assistant. I left a message on the automated machine. Five minutes
later, Martin calls me back himself! Here
is this unmistakable voice from Apocalypse
Now and The West Wing. I was a bit
taken aback at first, but we had such a great conversation and connection over
the phone that day.
Growing up, Martin considered Walter Reuther one of his biggest heroes, and I
got the impression that he may have wanted to play the labor leader in a film
someday. He was incredibly gracious about the family history, as I was about the
possibility of working with an actor of his talents. Overall, it was a seamless
and inspiring collaboration.
Photo credit: Porter Street Pictures
To finish things up, as a documentary filmmaker, what are some of your favorite
documentaries -- classics and recent?
Sasha Reuther: To name a few, Harlan County
USA, The Fog of War, Roger & Me, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Hoop Dreams, The
Cove, 5 Broken Cameras, How to Survive a Plague and The Square.
Check out Brothers on the Line
Amazon and Facebook.
Visit the official website.
Follow Sasha Reuther on Twitter.
View the original article on the Huffington Post website.
For Immediate Release – April 22, 2014
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Postal Workers to Protest Privatization
at Clawson Staples Store on April 24
Local Activists Join National Day of Action
For Protests in More than 50 Cities in 27 States
Union Obtains Copy of Deal between USPS and Staples –
With Many Pages Blacked Out
Members of Local 480 481 of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU),
representing postal employees from Romulus to Port Huron, will protest Thursday,
April 24, against a sweetheart deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples
that is privatizing USPS retail services and replacing good, living-wage postal
jobs with low-wage, high-turnover jobs at Staples. The deal will compromise
service to customers and jeopardize the security of the mail.
Members of the 480-481 Area Local APWU, will be joined by members of the
National Assoc. of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Postal Mail Handlers Union
(NPMHU) the National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA) as well as many
other unions and concerned American citizens.
Informational Rally at Clawson MI Staples, against privatization of U.S. Postal
Service retail services.
Thursday April 24, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Staples, 1129 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson, MI 48017
The protest in Clawson is part of a National Day of Action, with events in more than 50 locations in 27
states. Participants will protest the USPS-Staples deal, which
established postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores in four geographic
areas in October and November 2013. The Postal Service plans to expand the
program to Staples’ 1,500 stores nationwide.
“Staples employees receive minimal training, have little incentive to give the
kind of service provided at your local Post Office, and the company’s low pay
and low benefits results in high employee turnover,” said Roscoe Woods President
of the 480 481 Area Local of the APWU.
“With all the concern about privacy and identity theft, that’s just not the
right way to handle the U.S. mail. Mail should be handled by highly-trained,
experienced postal employees, who swear an oath to protect your letters and
packages and who are accountable to the American people. This program is
compromising service to our customers.
For centuries the Postal Service has been there, moving the nation’s mail, The
American people have confidence that when that when they drop a letter at a
local Post Office it arrives within a day or two. They trust the USPS, if this
deal is allowed to go through, that trust will erode and America will lose a
time-tested and trusted agency, all to the forces of privatization.
“Mail collected at a Staples store isn’t even considered mail until it’s
collected by an official working for the USPS. Will the USPS make that point
clear to our customers? Given the level of dishonesty shown to date by our
Postmaster General about the reasons for the postal debt we doubt it,” Said
Roscoe Woods, President of the 480-481 Area Local APWU
“If allowed to continue and expand, the deal will take away good, stable jobs
here in communities like Clawson and replace them with low-wage, high-turnover
jobs,” said Roscoe Woods. An internal USPS document makes clear that the goal of
the program is to replace the jobs held by USPS employees with low-paying jobs
in the private sector. “That’s bad for postal workers and it’s bad for our
communities and our country.”
“Our fight is not with the average rank and file Staples employee, our fight is
to maintain the integrity of America’s postal service and our fight is to inform
the American public that there are forces at work that seek to destroy their
postal service,” Woods said.
“But this isn’t just about postal jobs,” said national APWU President Mark
Dimondstein said. “Many people are outraged that a tremendous public asset is
being turned over to a struggling private company.” Staples recently announced
that it would close 225 stores by 2015.
“Staples makes business decisions based on the bottom line, not service to the
people of the country,” Dimondstein said.
“As a nation, we need to decide what
kind of Postal Service we want. Are we going to have a vibrant, modern, public
mail system that serves all of the people, or are we going to let privatizers
kill this great institution?”
Thursday’s National Day of Action follows dozens of protests by postal workers
and community allies in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities.
For more information about the campaign to stand up for quality service and
good-paying jobs, visit Stop Staples.com. See also
“Postal Union Fights Staples
Partnership,” in the Huffington Post, and
“The Postal Service Outsources Itself
to a Company Doing Almost as Badly as the Postal Service,” in the
A copy of the agreement between Staples and the USPS – heavily redacted – is
available on the APWU website.
* * *
The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United
States Postal Service, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
all APWU members in the 480-481 Area Local,
Detroit District Area Local and other APWU Locals, NALC branches and NPMHU Locals across the Great
State of Michigan. In case you have not been paying attention the Postmaster General and others
in Congress have been working hard to destroy the USPS and your way of life.
The latest and most serious attack is the plan to move our retail outlets
into Staples Stores.
Rallies to protest this are planned for 4-24-14 across the country. The
details of our rallies are attached to this story and noted below.
A [PDF] flyer for the Michigan protests is available here.
Join YOUR UNION brother and sisters at a Staples location noted below on
Stand with the APWU, the NALC and the NPMHU as we come together to say NO to
the destruction of America's Post Office.
Attend whichever is closest for you!!
480 481 A.L., Clawson MI, 1129 West 14 Mile Rd. from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
DDAL, Dearborn MI, 23131 Michigan Ave. from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Union Members Gear Up For April 24 Day of Action
APWU members are busy making plans for events at more than 50 Staples stores in
27 states on Thursday, April 24, to protest the sweetheart deal between the USPS
and the office-supply chain.
“We must win this fight,” said union President Mark Dimondstein, “and we can win
it — but only if the members of the American Postal Workers Union are engaged
and involved in the struggle.
“We are urging union members to participate in a protest if an event is planned
in their town, and to ask their co-workers, friends and family to take part as
well,” he said.
“We are thrilled that our sisters and brothers in the National Association of
Letters, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter
Carriers Association have pledged their support for the campaign. That is the
true meaning of solidarity,” he added.
“I want to remind APWU members to be sure to reach out to our brothers and sisters
in other unions — especially the other postal unions — when planning for the
National Day of Action,” Dimondstein said.
In the run-up to the National Day of Action, the APWU is asking union members
Sign the online petition at www.StopStaples.com.
Sign the postcard addressed to Staples CEO Ron Sargent and distribute copies to
co-workers, family and friends.
Sign the Pledge Card and volunteer to help win the battle.
Wear the Stop Staples sticker and pass some out to friends and associates.
Get the latest info at www.apwu.org.
Spread the word!
A list of
protest locations [PDF] and
the material is available on the union’s website.
The agreement between the USPS and Staples established postal counters in 82
Staples stores — staffed with low-wage, non-union Staples employees rather than
postal workers. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Staples CEO Ron Sargent
plan to expand the program to Staples’ 1,500 stores nationwide.
“This program is a direct threat to our jobs and to the public Postal Service,”
The Postmaster General has repeatedly denied that the program is part of an
effort to privatize USPS retail operations, but documents management was forced
to provide the APWU reveal the truth. A December 2012 internal USPS memo says:
“The pilot will be used to determine if lower costs can be realized with retail
partner labor instead of the labor traditionally associated with retail windows
at Post Offices… Transferring USPS product and service transactions to retail
partner locations should allow USPS to cut costs associated with window labor
time and credit card transaction fees.”
“The true aim of the program couldn’t be clearer,” Dimondstein said.
APWU, USPS Reach Agreement
On Filling Residual Vacancies
I am off to the National Presidents Conference in Plymouth Mass. today and its
coming at a great time. We had a brief teleconference on the new MOU Tuesday but
it barely scratched the surface.
I hope that in the next three days I am able to get a firmer grasp on how this
MOU is to be implemented so I can come home and get the other officers in the
I have requested that once the USPS prepares to move forward they have a
District Level Labor Management Meeting and brief the local Union officials so
we can avoid any problems and get the PTF’s and then hopefully the PSE’s into
the residual vacancies as smoothly as possible.
In addition I have worked with Chief Steward Eric Neal and set up a meeting at
the Metroplex on April 8th, 2014 to go over and review every residual at the
Metroplex to be sure we identify each job and then get them filled in accordance
with the MOU.
Similar efforts are being made in the Associate Offices and CFS at the
I will note with some pride that we have already been communicating with PTF‘s
in small offices for over a year or so now in an efforts to get them converted
into residuals through eReassign. We have been very successful and quite a few
PTF’s now are full time regulars because of our efforts.
It is my understanding that when the MOU mentions a “District Wide” posting for
PTF’s that eReassign will be the method used. So to all you PTF’s out there, if
you have not yet familiarized yourself with eReassign, now would be a great time
to do so! Instructions on how to apply to the Metroplex/Royal Oak Bid Cluster
are found on my page.
Lastly before I hit the road I want to throw out kudos to the HQ folks in the
APWU for getting this signed and getting a light at the end of the tunnel for
our PSE’s and one item of note, the changes to the Maintenance and MVS portions
are permanent changes. So review them and get to know them because they do not
expire in October 2014.
I will report on what I learned at the April 13th, 2014 General Membership
Meeting so please come on out and get in the loop.
Roscoe Woods - President
APWU, USPS Reach Agreement On Filling Residual Vacancies
Settlement Will Result in PSE, PTF
An important March 20 agreement between the APWU and USPS outlines a procedure
for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Maintenance and MotorVehicle
Crafts, and will result in the conversion of Postal Support Employees to career
status and the conversion of Part-Time Flexible Clerks to full-time, APWU
President Mark Dimondstein has announced.
‘Establishing a fair procedure for converting Clerk Craft
PSEs to career is a major accomplishment.’
– President Mark Dimondstein
“Establishing a fair procedure for converting Clerk Craft PSEs to career is a
major accomplishment,” he said. “In addition, the settlement protects the
contractual rights of career employees, ensuring that workers who were excessed
are given the right to retreat into residual assignments, where they are
eligible. It also will give mobility to unassigned full-time employees and to
part-time flexibles who are converted,” he said.
The precise number of conversions that will take place as a result of the
agreement is not yet known because it depends on the number of residual
vacancies and other factors, Dimondstein said.
The agreement stipulates, however, that residual assignments that were related
to the Area Mail Processing (consolidation) excessing and have been released
from withholding will be considered “viable” and will be filled without being
subject to additional review.
The agreement, as it relates to the Clerk Craft, will remain in effect until
Oct. 31, 2014, and may be extended by mutual agreement. It establishes the
“pecking order” below for filling residual assignments in the Clerk Craft.
Procedures for implementation also are enumerated.
Unencumbered clerks in the same installation;
Employees with Clerk Craft retreat rights;
Full-Time Regular Clerks from an installation impacted by excessing who request
transfers within the district or a 100-mile radius through eReassign 21-Day
Conversion of Part-Time Flexible Clerks in the installation;
Full-Time Regular Clerks impacted by excessing who request voluntary transfers
beyond the district or a 100-mile radius through regular eReassign;
One-time posting of remaining residual assignments to PTF Clerks in other
installations in the district who are on the rolls as of March 20;
Priority consideration transfers through eReassign from other APWU crafts and
regular transfers through eReassign from all crafts, and
Conversion of Clerk Craft PSEs to career status within the installation.
In the Maintenance Craft, duty assignments will be filled in accordance with
Article 38.3, 38.4, 38.5 and the Order for Filling Vacant Maintenance Positions
in the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (p. 280). After applying Item 7.a
(Maintenance transfers), custodial duty assignments will be filled by offering
conversion to PSE custodians. The APWU and USPS will address procedures
concerning PSE conversion in the Maintenance Craft in a separate memorandum.
In the Motor Vehicle Craft, residual duty assignments will be filled by applying
Articles 39.1.B.6, 39.1.B.7 and 39.2.A.11. Residual vacancies will be filled in
accordance with these articles by converting PSEs working in the same position
as the residual vacancies (i.e., Mechanic, Technician, Tractor-Trailer Operator
or Motor Vehicle Operator) in the same installation.
The agreement was negotiated by Dimondstein and the USPS vice president of Labor
“Hammering out this important agreement was an arduous process, and it required
a collective effort by many APWU officers, including Director of Industrial
Relations Tony McKinnon Sr., Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson and Assistant
Directors Lamont Brooks and Lynn Pallas-Barber, Maintenance Craft Director Steve
Raymer, Motor Vehicle Craft Director Michael Foster and other national
officers,” Dimondstein said. “I commend them for their assistance, insight and
“I encourage locals to immediately review the records of all residual and
withheld vacancies and ensure that local management adheres to the agreement,”
he said. For more information, visit www.apwu.org.