Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100823/METRO01/8230403/1361/Detroit-police-officer-critical-after-being-struck-by-postal-service-vehicle#ixzz0xdEZCFwx ...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Although the APWU represents different crafts than our own and is a completely separate entity from the Mail Handler union (NPMHU), we should all follow the negotiations closely. Negotiations are set to begin within a couple of days of their national convention, currently taking place as we write this.
Following the negotiations will better arm our union for our own negotiations coming in 2011. Additionally, following the APWU Contract negotiations will permit craft-members of our own union to determine the tone the United States Postal Service will take relating to the working class backbone of this great organization. Will they reward us as they have rewarded themselves (management)? ...or will they make an attack on the American working class? Stay tuned and we will keep you informed.
While digging through the internet, we have found what appears to be a promising site to provide information relating to the upcoming APWU Contract Negotiations: APWU Contract Negotiations
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The NPMHU magazine The Mail Handler has an article titled Focus on Network Changes and Potential Excessing of Mail Handlers. This is recommended reading for anyone in the Mail Handler craft considering the current Postal Service climate. The article can be found in a two-part PDF document as follows:
The article covers items such as "(e.g., veteran preference versus seniority; retreat rights versus voluntary assignments; part-time employees versus employees from other crafts). Given the immense amount of excessing, withholding, and reassigning that is taking place, many issues are arising for the first time, and the contract language simply is unclear. But the Article 12 Task Force continues to be a useful forum for discussing all of these issues, settling some, and setting up
methods for resolving the others." The article also references "the NPMHU's production and distribution of a comprehensive paper on the "Rights and Benefits of Mail Handlers Upon Reassignment To Other Installations Under Article 12." This paper was circulated to all Local Unions, and was included in a recent issue of Union Time. The paper covers a host of topics, including how to seek annuity or severance benefits, and how to obtain relocation benefits."
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