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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

To all of our member mothers and grandmothers

Sunday May 10, 2009

From the Tri County First Area Local, APWU

 

HISTORY CORNER

Techniques of Scheme Study
(6 mb PDF file - allow time to load)

This 1968 booklet is a good reminder that we are part of a craft and this is not "just a job" to us.

Scheme Study booklet cover

News Watch

IT'S YOUR BUSINESS

News Watch

YOUR WORK CLIMATE

 
Philadelphia APWU

Read the June 2009 issue of the Philadelphia APWU's newsletter (pdf)

NORRISTOWN SSA ISSUED LETTER OF SUSPENSION

June 25, 2009 - Sharon Young, a Sales and Service Associate at the Norristown Post Office, has been issued a Letter of Suspension following an incident with a customer who complained that Ms. Young did not assist her with filling out more than 100 customs forms for parcels the customer was mailing to Japan. All Sales and Service Associates have received training instructions from postal management not to fill out forms for customers, and to provide the forms to the customers and ask them to step back to the front of the line when the forms are completed. The training instructions concerning international customs forms stem from regulations posted in the International Mail Manual. However, the Norristown Post Office management decided to skip over several levels of discipline and contradict Postal Handbooks and Manuals in an effort to "keep the customer happy." The Tri County First Area Local Chief Steward for Norristown is assisting Ms. Young with grievances regarding the suspension and accompanying harassment.


ZUMBOX LAUNCHES BETA ALTERNATIVE POSTAL SYSTEM

June 25, 2009 - Zumbox, a private company modeled on a concept already successful in Europe, has launched a preliminary web site for those seeking an electronic alternative to the United States Postal Service. Zumbox has created a digital mailbox or "zumbox" for every street address in the country. Individuals may register as users and receive mail at no cost after signing in with a password. Mailers pay five cents per "letter." If successful, Zumbox may be the most serious challenge yet to the bulk business mail industry.

ZUMBOX - The Alternative Postal System


TRI COUNTY OFFICER APPOINTED TO SEPALF BOARD

June 16, 2009 - Gail Ganiszewski, Legislative Director for the Tri County First Area Local, APWU, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

Visit SEPALF


NORRISTOWN TARGETED FOR POSSIBLE BRANCH CLOSURE OR CONSOLIDATION

June 8, 2009 - Citing low mail volume and a financial deficit, the USPS has provided the APWU with a listing of post offices nationwide that will come under review for possible closing or consolidation of delivery and retail units. Norristown Post Office and Philadelphia Post Office are both included in this review of post offices Level 24 and up. This news follows reports locally that the Yeadon Post Office will close in May 2010, the Wynnewood Post Office will move in with the Havertown Post Office, and the Villanova Post Office will move in with the Wayne Post Office.

Partial listing (pdf file)

LEASE INFORMATION FOR TRI COUNTY APWU POST OFFICES

June 8, 2009 - Information regarding leased postal faciities was made available on the internet today. Below is lease information for post offices in the Tri County First Area Local APWU. If you would like more detailed information, or listings for other areas, please visit PostalReporter.com.

Lease Information for Tri County APWU Post Offices (pdf file)


BUSINESS LEADERS ENDORSE ECFA

June 4, 2009 - Business Leaders For A Fair Economy, a group of more than 1000 businesses nationwide, has endorsed the Employee Free Choice Act (ECFA) and has called on Congress to pass this legislation in order to protect worker rights. Member businesses understand that workers making decent wages are the same consumers who can afford to buy their goods and services. Are you tired of finding out your favorite companies gave money to defeat ECFA - Walmart, Bank of America, MacDonald's, Starbucks, Home Depot and Whole Foods, to name a few? Let's support the businesses that show they understand that workers rights are good for the economy.

Business Leaders For A Fair Economy


ARBITRATOR ORDERS REASSIGNMENT OF SUPERVISOR

May 15, 2009 - An arbitrator upheld the grievance filed by Matthew Ackah, a letter carrier in Maryland, after his supervisor made an inflammatory remark in response to Mr. Ackah's presentation of PS-3996. In August, 2008, when Mr. Ackah presented the standard form requesting auxiliary assistance, supervisor Hugo Aldana responded that Mr. Ackah should go back and get a gun because that's what thieves do. The arbitrator ordered the post office to reassign Mr. Aldana to another post office and to provide Mr. Aldana with sensitivity training.

Read the full arbitrator's award


ARBITRATOR SUSTAINS IMPROPER EXCESSING GRIEVANCE

May 21, 2009 - Arbitrator Stephen Lalonde found that the USPS violated the national agreement when it excessed two full time regular clerks from the Tonawanda, NY post office. The clerks will receive out of schedule pay and mileage for the distance travelled to their new assignments.

Arbitrator's Award (pdf file)


CALLS RENEWED FOR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS TOXIC WORKPLACE AT USPS

June 10, 2009 - In an article titled "Another USPS Workplace Tragedy," retired USPS Workplace Improvement Analyst Stephen Musacco laments the suicide of a letter carrier at the Gastonia Post Office in North Carolina, and calls on Congress to address the toxic and unhealthy work environment fostered by USPS management.

Read Dr. Musacco's analysis


TRI COUNTY LOCAL WEB SITE ADDS STEWARD TRAINING MATERIALS

May 19, 2009 - The materials handed out at our steward training sessions in April are now posted at our Training Center. Stewards may sign in to the web site to use these materials and also the grievance handling forms available at the Forms and Charts link. Officers of the Tri County First Area Local APWU completed steward trainings in April. Twelve stewards attended sessions on Sunday, April 26, and others opted for weekday sessions. Stewards were required to participate in the training in order to receive or retain certification. The trainings focused on basic grievance handling and strategies. Offices without certified stewards have received letters from President Hennessy appointing local officers to act as stewards for those offices.


USPS OIG ISSUES REPORT ON ALLEGATIONS PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY NEWS

May 18, 2009 - The USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a Management Advisory Report to Philadelphia District Manager James Gallagher on March 30, 2009, regarding allegations first raised by the Philadelphia Local of the APWU and published in the Philadelphia Daily News throughout the month of December.

Read the full OIG report

Read the Philadelphia Daily News story about the OIG report


LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL - ONLINE SHOP

May 20, 2009 - Now you can look for the union label when you shop online! The link below takes you to the AFL-CIO online store. To find more union label shopping, visit the LIBRARY link on this site.

Union Shop Online


ARTICLE 12 WITHHOLDING EXPANDS TO 500 MILE RADIUS

March, 2009 - The USPS has notified the APWU that the withholding of duty assignments for the Philadelphia District has been expanded to a 500-mile radius in accordance with Article 12 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


BEYOND GOING POSTAL: BOOK EXPLORES USPS HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT

After thirty years in the postal service, Stephen Musacco has written a book exploring the bullying tactics employed by postal management that create a toxic work environment. In Beyond Going Postal: Shifting From Workplace Tragedies and Toxic Work Environments to a Safe and Healthy Organization, Dr. Musacco chronicles the fallout of our unhealthy organizational culture, and proposes solutions. Dr. Musacco has sent copies of the book to key members of Congress and to Hilda Solis, the new U.S. Secretary of Labor, in an effort to bring attention to the crisis faced by USPS employees.

Beyond Going Postal, by Stephen Musacco


MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO CALL SENATOR SPECTOR ON EFCA

The Tri County First Area Local, APWU, is asking all members who are residents of Pennsylvania to contact Senator Arlen Spector and urge him to renew his support for the Employee Free Choice Act.

Contact Senator Spector about EFCA


POSTMASTER GENERAL POTTER REMINDS MANAGERS TO HONOR NATIONAL AGREEMENT

March 1, 2009 - Postmaster General Potter has issued a letter to postal officers and managers reminding them to honor all collective bargaining agreements. PMG Potter noted that even though the USPS is facing difficult financial circumstances, the agreements "are our word. They are our pledge of fairness to our employees." PMG Potter did not state what the consequences would be for managers who disregarded his direction.

PMG Potter's Letter


PTF HOURS TO BE CUT ACROSS THE BOARD

The Tri County APWU has received word that USPS management has given directions to all Associate Offices to reduce part-time flexible employees' hours to a maximum of 36 hours per week. If you are a PTF Clerk getting less than 40 hours, or a full-time regular clerk being forced to work overtime, please contact the union hall. We will try to assist PTF clerks with rotating into offices where overtime exists.


EMPLOYERS ARE REMINDED TO POST INJURY AND ILLNESS SUMMARIES

February 17, 2009 - On Feb. 1, employers were to begin posting a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A) -- not the OSHA 300 Log -- from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2009. Copies of OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available on the OSHA Recordkeeping website.


UNION PLUS LAUNCHES PROGRAM FOR LAID OFF WORKERS

April, 2009 - Union members who participate in Union Plus programs such as the Union Plus credit card or mortgage program may be eligible for assistance under the new Union SAFE program. The program provides grants to members who have been laid off, are on strike, are disabled, or who have large hospital bills not paid by their insurance.


Tri County APWU award for best web site promotion of Union Plus

TRI COUNTY APWU WEB SITE WINS AWARD

March 11, 2009 - The Tri County First Area Local #3800, APWU, has been named as a winner in the 2008 Annual Promotion Contest for Best Web Site Promotion of the Union Plus benefit programs. Leslie Tolf, President of Union Privelege, presented the local with a prize award of $250.00. President Hennessy announced the award at the local's Executive Board meeting on March 10. The annual contest was open nationwide to all unions. Union Plus was established by the AFL-CIO to provide consumer benefits such as heating oil discounts, insurance discounts, travel and product discounts, scholarships and more to members and retirees of participating labor unions. This is the first time an APWU web site has won an award in the annual promotion contest.

 

 

 


FOLSOM SHOP STEWARD CATHY DEPROSPERO FEATURED IN EASTERN AREA UPDATE

Photo of Folsom Shop Steward Cathy DeProspero with Postmaster Jim Burke

November, 2008 - Folsom Shop Steward and Retail Associate Cathy DeProspero was featured in a photograph with Postmaster Jim Burke in the November 2008 issue of the USPS Eastern Area Update. The accompanying article chronicles Postmaster Burke's belated award of the Korea Defense Service Medal, honoring his service in Korea. The photograph depicts Postmaster Burke showing the medal to Ms. DeProspero.

 

 


APWU AND USPS COME TO AGREEMENT ON MYSTERY SHOPPER DISCIPLINE

(November, 2008) - The Tri County First Area Local, APWU, received a number of complaints in the past year from members who received discipline after failing retail observations, mystery shopper observations, and other similar programs used by USPS management to measure performance of Sales and Service Associates. The national APWU has signed an agreement with the USPS stating that the mystery shopper program AND any similar programs will not be used for the purpose of disciplining employees.

Read the Agreement


President Hennessy with the plaque honoring him for excellence

AWARD CEREMONY HELD AT NOVEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

An award ceremony was conducted at the Tri County First Area Local APWU at the November General Membership meeting, to honor Officers and Stewards who contributed outstanding performance to the Local in 2008. Featured at left is President Hennessy at our new union hall in Swarthmore with his Award for Excellence.

 

 

 


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 24

6:30 p.m.
Tri County First Area Local 3800, APWU
Strath Haven Condominiums, 801 Yale Avenue, Suite 519
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: (610) 544-6415

AGENDA
  • Officer and Steward reports
  • Article 12 - Excessing
  • Function Four - Staffing/Excessing
  • See Saw - Staffing, Hours
  • Legislation - Employee Free Choice Act, Universal Health Care
  • Open floor discussion - Q & A
  • $25.00 door prize

2009 MEETING DATES

JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY JUNE SEPT OCT
28 25 25 22 27 24 23 28

View template for Meeting Order of Business

CONGRATULATIONS!

50th Wedding Anniversary
Linda Del Piano, retired from Media
(mother of Linda Marie Peabody)
and Ron, retired from the AMF

25th Wedding Anniversary
Gail Ganiszewski, Woodlyn Post Office
and Edward, Philadelphia Post Office

GET WELL SOON!

Allen Haley Jr, Chester

HAPPY TRAILS!
To Our Retired Coworkers

John Luther - Norristown
Francis Adams - Eagleville

OUR CONDOLENCES
To the Family, Friends and CoWorkers

Jim Redding, father of Eric Jackson, Drexel Hill Post Office

If you would like to submit a news item, such as a birth, death, retirement, or adoption, please send us an email:

CONTACT TRI COUNTY LOCAL, APWU

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"Politics is the science of who gets what, when and why."

--Amalgamated Clothing Workers President Sidney Hillman (1887-1946)

Source: From Great Labor Quotations Sourcebook and Reader, by Peter Bollen

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