Fourth Quarter 2017

        pushpin[November 8th]

There is Still Time to Sign Up for the PMAPWU HOLIDAY PARTY 2017!

SATURDAY, NOV. 18, 2017

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites
1 Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh PA 15219

If you have not signed up for the 2017 holiday party, it's not too late. Join members for a festive evening in downtown Pittsburgh.

Reception with cocktails and hor d'ourves will start at 6 pm, immediately followed by a buffet dinner. We will have one of our famous postal DJs to dance to for the rest of the evening.

And if you liked the nice prizes drawn at the last holiday party, we have more prizes this year!

The event is no charge for PMAPWU members; guests are $50. Make checks payable to PMAPWU and send to 1414 Brighton Road, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please list your name and guest if you register by mail.

If you are booking a room, call the hotel at 412-281-5800 for rates.

Third Quarter 2017

        pushpin[August 22nd]

Richards Selected as Chairman

At its August 22nd meeting, APWU Retiree Chapter President ]ohn P. Richards accepted the nomination as Chairman for the Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee. Bob Montana, Secretary-Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local, placed Richards' name in nomination at the previous meeting on May 23,2017.

Richards was hired at the Pittsburgh General Post Office in 1958 as a Sub Clerk. He transferred to the Maintenance Craft by 1960 and became active in the National Postal Union shortly thereafter. He held several offices in that Union including Business Agent, an office he held until merger in 1971, continuing as Business Agent until 1974 for the APWU Local, when he became the full time President. He continued in that capacity until he retired in 1994. He also served as the AP\AIU Director of Industrial Relations from 1980 to 1983. He was a founding member of the Retiree Chapter, serving as President since its inception.

Richards was a local leader in the 1970 Great Postal Strike that resulted in the merger with several craft organizations into the AP\AIU.

"The Westem PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee has the potential for Post Office Workers and refuees in this area to speak with a strong unified voice to protect our vital interests when threatened, and support improvement and advances to improve our condition" Richards said, upon accepting the honor. "These are difficult times for Post Office workers and retirees with threats coming from many quartert including the President Of The United States. Standing and working together is our best course."

(Richards can be contacted, at 724 947 9374, at Post Office Box 39, Slovan PA 15078, and at jprichardsl@verizon.net.)

        pushpin[August 10th]

2017 Labor Day Parade Monday, September 4th

We will be lining up near the beginning of the parade route this year on Center Avenue, in the General Division, along with the other Postal Unions, so that we may march in solidarity.

The traditional Labor Day Mass will be conducted at 8:00 am, at St. Benedict the Moor Church, located at Freedom Corner in the Hill District.

Look for our bagpipe band and the white Enterprise truck parked along Mario Lemieux Place. This is the location of the old Civic Arena... we will be wearing black shirts this year! Hats, visors, and limited edition tee shirts, along with fresh donuts, bagels, pastries, juice, coffee, and cold water will be available, starting at 8:00 am.

After the parade, all PMAPWU members and their family and friends who marched with us will meet in Red Lot 7A near the Clark Bar underneath the ramp from the Fort Duquesne Bridge for a catered tailgate picnic. All marchers will receive a Pirate game ticket for a 4:05 pm game against the Chicago Cubs. Limited free parking is available until Lot 7A fills up. Please remember to bring your own chairs for the tailgate party!!

Second Quarter 2017

        pushpin[May 24th]

2017-2018 McShane Scholarship Winners Announced

The winners were chosen on May 20th, at the General Membership Meeting.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who applied!

        pushpin[May 19th]

2017 Northside Community Night — Pirates vs Rays

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $45 per person. The ticket price includes a tailgate party with a DJ, games, food and beverages (including beer), and event tee shirt and the ticket. The tailgate party will begin at 4:45 pm.

Orders must be received by June 9th. For additional information, please click this link and download the PDF ticket order form. You'll find many more details on the order form and you can print it off and send it in... don't forget the deadline!

        pushpin[April 28th]

REMINDER: Patrick McShane Memorial Scholarship

All applications MUST be received in the Local's office by Friday, May 19th. The winners will be determined by a drawing at the Saturday, May 20th General Membership Meeting. For details, see the article below./p>

First Quarter 2017

        pushpin[February 10th]

Patrick McShane Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to current graduating high school senior or college undergraduate whose parent or legal guardian is a current active member in PMAPWU

        pushpin[January 27th]


Employees will make their vacation selections where they held a bid, or were assigned, on January 21, 2017.

The primary choice vacation period will being on April 29, 2017 and end on September 29, 2017.

The secondary choice vacation periods will be from April 1, 2017 through April 28, 2017 and September 30, 2017 through December 8, 2017.

The vacation selection lists will be posted in each section, station, or branch from January 21, 2017 through March 17, 2017. The completed section list will be posted on March 17, 2017.

Other than vacation selections, applications for annual leave during the vacation periods submitted prior to March 29, 2017 will be considered as simultaenously submitted, and approved by seniority.

Cancelled and forfeited vacation weeks will be posted for five (5) days and approved by seniority from requests made during that five day period; afterwards, or if unable to post due to time constraints, the slots will be approved on a first come, first served basis.

Pool and Replacement clerks will be provided their section list from the respective Manager of each section and tour. Managers are responsible for disseminating and collecting lists.

Guaranteed Leave will be approved, provided a one (1) day notice is given in the primary choice vacation period and three (3) day notice is given in the secondary choice vacation period.

Chief Grievance Officers and corresponding Managers will agree upon placement of unencumbered employees into sections of normal daily assignments. Absent agreement, the unencumbered employee(s) will be grouped as a separate section by tour.

Disputes will be resolved by Chief Grievance Officers and their respective Managers , including timely cooperation with timely completion of the process. Copies of the completed vacation selection lists will be given to the Chief Grievance Officers and the PMAPWU.

Vacation picks for Th/Fri LO will start the Saturday of the following week unless an exception is made.

The parties agree that for the 2017 vacation procedures, it is not mandatory to complete and submit duplicate PS form 3971's for vacation selections within a specified two-week period. However, employees must submit for, and have their leave request approved prior to starting their scheduled vacation. Vacation requests may be disapproved due to insufficient leave balance.

        pushpin[January 7th]

January 8th Staples Rally Cancelled

The Staples Rally that was scheduled for January 8th, 2017 at the East Liberty Staples has been cancelled. More details below.

        pushpin[January 5th]

APWU Reaches Agreement on Staples/USPS Agreement.

"For the first time, PSEs employed in retail will receive an annual uniform allowance for three shirts, subject to the normal eligibility requirements."

The question has been WHEN?
USPS Headquarters finally responded that:
"Anytime they want. They just need to contact their Postmaster and request the shirts."
If that doesn't work, give us a call.

Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle. The boycott against Staples is over!

Early in 2014, the Stop Staples campaign started to put pressure on Staples and the USPS. On April 24, 2014, APWU members staged a country-wide National Day of Action with 56 Stop Staples protests in 27 states. After this, the APWU launched the official Staples Boycott.

Read the entire article on the APWU.org website.

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