From the President

Brothers and Sisters,


The 4 new H.R. Clerk jobs on the current bid sheet are brand new jobs. Our National Union bargained for these type jobs in the 2010 negotiation and then took the USPS to arbitration when they stopped making the 800 jobs they promised they would make.These jobs were created because of a National Arbitration win by the APWU. I have attached the latest arbitration decision regarding the jobs.


The Arbitration decision lays out a monetary remedy for the people who bid the jobs as well as a "ripple effect" remedy for people who bid the vacated jobs (see award, page 3, item C).


I cannot tell you what the back pay remedy would be for each individual until we see what bids that individual has been held since August 1, 2013. I can only let you know that there is a back pay component to the Arbitration decision and that if you are the successful bidder you may be entitled to back pay.


I wanted everyone to be aware before the bid closes.


Michael J. Smith

President APWU Local 164


Arbitration - Goldburg


Meeting Dates

Saturday January 26, 2019 @ 7PM

Sunday February 24, 2019 @ 1PM

Saturday March 20, 2019 @ 7PM

Sunday April 28, 2019 @ 1PM



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Benevolent APWU Member, Gloria Adams

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Tell Congress: Say "NO!" to delayed mail!

Ask your representative to co-sponsor H.Res. 54

The Postal Service has taken the unprecedented step to degrade mail service standards to eliminate overnight mail delivery throughout the country.  In response, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. representatives are supporting H.Res. 54, which calls for USPS to restore the service standards and stop slowing down the mail.  


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USPS Hit with Nearly $80,000 in OSHA Fines at South Carolina Plant WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 


09/18/2015 - After inspections at a Greenville, SC, mail processing plant, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) issued four citations for safety violations and fines of $79,900 on Sept. 15.


One violation was labeled “willful;” three others were considered “serious.”


The willful violation, for aisles that are blocked by containers of mail and equipment, must be corrected by Sept. 28. The blocked aisles restrict traffic flow and expose employees to the possibility of being hit by powered industrial trucks (PITs) and other equipment.


The three serious violations were corrected on the spot.


The Postal Service is obligated to comply with OSHA regulations listed in 29 CFR 1910. For more info, visit


Within 15 working days of receiving a citation, an employer that wishes to contest a citation or fine must submit a written objection to OSHA.  


  • OIG: USPS Cost-Cutting Strategies ‘Not Sustainable’


  • 04/28/2016 - The Postal Service has cut labor costs by more than $10 billion since the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) was passed in 2006, but its cost-cutting strategies are “not sustainable,” according to a recent report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
  • Labor costs declined by nearly 21 percent (when adjusted for inflation and excluding the pre-funding of retirees healthcare) and account for approximately 75 percent of the total reduction in expenses. More...



Employee Surveys

11/06/2015 - The American Postal Workers Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in response to the “Stay Survey,” in which the Postal Service asks newly hired non-career employees about their job satisfaction and the quality of their working conditions. The APWU is discouraging Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from participating.


Management is likely to use the results of the survey against union members in arbitration over the contract, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon explained. The union also objects to the Postal Pulse survey, which is aimed at the entire workforce.


The NLRB has ruled that employers may not “‘attempt to erode a union’s bargaining position by engaging in a direct effort to determine employee sentiment rather than discuss such matters solely with the union.”


In addition, an employer cannot try “‘to determine for himself the degree of support or lack thereof,’ which exists for a position that it seeks to advance in negotiations with the employee bargaining representative.” 


“The ‘Stay Survey,’ is a type of unlawful direct dealing. It undercuts the ability of the APWU to bargain for improvements to the working conditions of Postal Support Employees,” McKinnon said.


The APWU has requested that the NLRB seek injunctive relief in a federal court to prevent the Postal Service from going forward with the survey. 



UPDATE - Elimination of Scheme Requirements


The Clerk Craft met with the Postal Service on Tuesday regarding the USPS unilateral change to schemes that they presented as a general notification to the union.  We stated we were not in agreement with the unilateral change and expressed our concerns with the USPS.   We are still trying to clarify with the USPS all the consequences of their change.  Once the Postal Service answers our questions associated with this change we will be in a better position to determine the next course of action at the national level.


As it stands, the Collective Bargaining Agreement still applies and union representatives should enforce the CBA accordingly until the matter is resolved at the national level.


In Solidarity,


Clint Burelson

Clerk Craft Director

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO


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