THE BULLETIN BOARD
Fourth Quarter 2015[October 30th]
PMAPWU Holiday Party 2015
It's not too early, but don't wait until it's too late to register for the PMAPWU 2015 biennial Holiday Party. Whether you joined yesterday or 50 years ago, ALL MEMBERS are eligible to partake.
The party will be held Saturday, December 19th, 2015 from 6:00 pm until 12:00 am (midnight) at Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, 164 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241.
Members are invited free of charge, Retiree tickets are $35.00, and Guest tickets are $70.00
PLEASE: We ask you this one important thing — for every member that asks for a ticket but doesn't use it, it costs the local about $85.00. Therefore, if you get a ticket, but later on you find out you can't attend, PLEASE do the courteous thing and call us to let us know.
For more details and an order form, click the link to download the PDF Ticket Request Form on our website.
Stop Staples Rally
No cuts to service!
Please come out and attend the rally on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at the Ross Township Staples, located at 4801 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237. We will be there from 11 am til 12:30 pm.
All Postal workers, family and friends are invited!
Here is a photo of the July 12th 2015 Rally
Seeking PMAPWU Members in Beaver and Lawrence Counties
We are actively seeking members in Beaver and Lawrence counties to become active in the Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council. No experience is needed, just a willingness to learn and to attend monthly meetings. If interested, please contact Chuck or Bob at 412-321-4700.
Third Quarter 2015[September 24th]
Photos from the 2015 Labor Day Parade
Click here to see a few photos of our members marching in the parade!
Labor Day Parade — September 7, 2015
The Labor Day Parade on September 7th is a big event. We have been involved with the parade for a long time, having revived it many years ago. Marching in the parade and joining in the after-parade picnic is a wonderful experience that members, families, and friends have enjoyed for many years. The Local and Retiree Chapter have published full particulars.
To being with: The traditional Labor Day Mass will be celebrated at Saint Stanislaus Church, 21st and Smallman Streets, Pittsbrugh, PA, 15222 at 8:00 am. This is a solemn salute meant for ALL who labor— the working women and men are those who are honored on this special occasion. Please note this is a different church and a 'new' location from previous years' Labor Day Masses.
Due to the construction taking place on the site of the former Civic Arena, that area is no longer available for massing the parade marchers prior to the parade. The entire parade will now gather in the Strip District, similar to the St. Patrick's Day Parade. We will form up on Liberty Avenue in the vicinity of the Greyhound Bus station. Our delegation is supposed to enter from 14th Street. The Local will set up operations in that area. While the mass is underway, the PMAPWU will be getting organized. The Parade begins at 10:00 am and our group is near the front, so keep that in mind as you get familiar with the new arrangements.
Some parking along the streets may be available; the distance from the parade end to the forming area should be considered when determining a place to park. The Steel City subway station is the closest one to the forming area.
The After Parade Picnic — this starts from after the parade until??? Members and Guests who marched are invited at no cost.
The picnic is at Avonworth Park, lcoated at 398 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. The park is very easy to access from either I-279 or from Ohio River Boulevard. There is ample parking at the park, so PLEASE come out and have a great time!
Criteria for Disbursement of $56 Million Payout
Clerk Officers Outline Criteria for Disbursement of $56 Million Payout for ‘Global Settlement’ of Violations of Article 1.6.B
08/31/2015 - In a conference call with local and state presidents, the APWU's Clerk Division officers outlined the criteria for distributing the $56 million lump-sum penalty portion of the settlement that resolves a decades-long dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing Clerk Craft work.
The goal of the settlement was to compensate employees who were not guaranteed 40 hours through the payments. In addition to designating $56 million for payment to Clerk Craft employees, the “Global Settlement” signed on Dec. 5, 2014, created a far simpler method for resolving subsequent disputes pertaining to postmasters and supervisors performing Clerk Craft work in small offices.
Read the entire article on the APWU website to get the details on the settlement.
Second Quarter 2015 News[May 21st]
Save the Date!
Join us on Wednesday June 24, 2015 is the 27th Annual North Side Community Night.
Tailgate Party starts at 5:00 PM, and the game begins at 7:00 PM — Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds
Fireworks after the game!!!
PMAPWU is proud to offer you and your family and guests the opportunity to join us for a fantastic evening at PNC Park. We have been a long-time sponsor of this event (11 years now) and are the only labor organization in the Chamber of Commerce!
To view this incredible opportunity, please click on the link below and get all the details. Too many to list here!
Winners of the 2015 - 2016 McShane Scholarship
Winners were chosen on May 16, 2015.
Jonah Bayer — Son of Jeff Bayer —Clerk P&DC
Megan Majersky — Daughter of Leslie & Gary Majersky — Clerks, P&DC
Francis O'Connor — Son of Susan O'Connor — Clerk NDC
Austin Kisow — Son of Nancy Kisow — Clerk, Cedarhurst Branch
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who applied!
Solidarity Committee members meet with Allegheny County Councilman John DeFazio
Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee members meet with Allegheny County Councilman John DeFazio, seated far right, in pursuit of County Council adopting our Stop Staples Resolution
First Quarter 2015 News[March 5th]
Do NOT Let Them Take Your 'Postal Pulse'
The APWU and USPS are facing off over management's latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey.
"The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse— and any other employee opinion survey— despite management notices that say otherwise," said President Mark Dimondstein.
Read the entire article on the APWU website.
2015 Scholarships Available to PMAPWU Members
Patrick McShane Memorial Scholarship
- Type: Academic Scholarship
- Current graduating high school senior or college undergraduate whose parent or legal guardian is a current active member in PMAPWU
- Deadline to apply is May 15, 2015.
- A drawing of four names will take place at the May 16th Membership Meeting for (4) $500 scholarships.
- Contact PMAPWU at 412-321-4700 for more information and an application. You can also download and print an application from our website.
Attention Station and Branch PSE Clerks!
We are investigating a complaint that managers are altering time records by manually inputting an out-to-lunch and in-from-lunch into the time keeping system causing the PSE not to be paid for the time that they actually worked.
The complaint was relayed with serious fear of retaliation and and retribution for reporting this matter.
You must not fear retaliation and retribution for reporting not being paid for time worked. However, the manager or supervisor that does such a thing should be scared as hell.
Not receiving pay for time worked not only violates our Agreements, it violates the law.
Even if you were originally told to take a lunch, but when the time came you worked through it-- whether instructed or permitted to-- whether you punched yourself out and they knew you kept working or they punched you out without your knowledge-- you still must be paid for all time worked.
If this happened to you and you can prove it, you must let us know.
That said, if you are instructed to take a lunch and you take it upon yourself not to, you are disobeying an order and subjecting yourself to discipline.
Postmasters Must Record their Bargaining Unit Work
FINALLY -- AND IN WRITING!
Please read the local's official announcement by clicking the link.
FLASHBACK TO JUNE 2013:
excerpted from APWU Web News Article 080-2013
Joined by 63 other members of the House, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459) on June 20, which would protect overnight mail delivery by preventing the USPS from weakening delivery standards. Moving from overnight to two or three day delivery standards will not only slow mail delivery, it will result in closure of mail processing centers and the loss of approximately 30,000 jobs, Rep. DeLauro said.
Among the original co-sponsors of the bill were 62 Democrats and 1 Republicans.
The lawmaker is also a co-sponsor of the Postal Service Protection Act of 2013 (S. 316 / H.R. 630), which would remove the retiree benefits pre-funding burden from the Postal Service and would return billions of dollars in overpayments the USPS made to federal retirement accounts to the Postal Service.
Please visit the full article on the APWU News Page where you can also see the entire list of current sponsors.
Only two PA representatives in Washington have signed on as sponsors. What happened to Western PA???
Rep. DeLauro to Introduce Protect Overnight Delivery Act
excerpted from APWU Web News Article 075-2013
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will introduce legislation to preserve overnight mail delivery and, in the process, protect mail processing facilities from closure, she told fellow lawmakers in a letter dated June 13. [PDF]
Rep. DeLauro invited House members to become original co-sponsors of the Protect Overnight Delivery Act, which she plans to introduce later this month. Forty-three representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors, she said.
"The elimination of overnight delivery standards and consolidating processing facilities will have a disastrous impact on local and national unemployment," Rep. DeLauro wrote. "The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close these facilities."
The legislation would protect mail processing plans from closure by preventing the Postal Service from moving to two- to three-day delivery standards. As a result, Rep. DeLauro wrote, the bill would stop the elimination of jobs at mail processing facilities.
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