2005-2006 Contract Extension
Employees Improperly Denied Early Outs
To Be Granted Retirement in December
(10/17/05) Under the terms of the one-year contract extension ratified in August, eligible employees who were improperly denied Voluntary Early Retirement in 2003 and/or 2004 will be granted opportunities for early outs, with the retirements taking effect Dec. 31, 2005. Eligible employees will be mailed offers on or about Oct. 31. Employees’ early-retirement decisions will be irrevocable at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. This is not a new opportunity for early retirement, but a resolution of a dispute arising out of the 2003 early retirement offering. [full story]
One-Year Contract Extension Ratified
(From the Sept./Oct. 2005 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
(09/15/05) Union members ratified a one-year extension to the APWU-USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 69,736 to 9,238. The 2000 National Agreement now expires Nov. 20, 2006.“The members have spoken,” said APWU President William Burrus. “I believe they considered the possibility of achieving specific goals in full-scale negotiations, and made comparisons with the certainty of gaining specific objectives through a one-year extension. [read more]
2005 Guide to Local Negotiations Available
(09/06/05) The Industrial Relations Department has produced a special edition of the Collective Bargaining Report (CBR - requires authorization to access) to aid locals in their preparation for local negotiations under the 2005 extension to the 2000 National Agreement. The CBR is being mailed to local presidents, but can also be downloaded here for those who can't wait. Note: local presidents will need their password to access this CBR.
Modified Work-Week Update
(08/25/05) The APWU’s five regional coordinators are asking local presidents who are interested in developing modified work-week programs to complete a form and return it to their respective coordinator no later than Sept. 30, 2005. The contract extension agreement, ratified Aug. 5, provides for the establishment of a minimum of 18 pilot sites during the term of the extension. The regional coordinators will be working with management to formulate rules for implementation of the program. [read more]
Official Contract-Extension Ratification Vote Totals
(08/18/05) The official results of the APWU contract extension ratification vote are now available, including a Local-by-Local tally. The results [PDF — corrected 08/23/05] are listed alphabetically by state. Locals within each state are also listed alphabetically. [read more]
Local Negotiations Period Set
Contract Extension Establishes
60-Day Window for Bargaining
(08/17/05) Local unions and management will have an opportunity to negotiate changes to local agreements during the 60-day period from Oct. 3 through Dec. 1, APWU President William Burrus has announced. The local-negotiation window is established under terms of the one-year contract extension. [read more HTML | PDF]
APWU Members Ratify One-Year Contract Extension
(08/08/05) APWU members ratified a one-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 69,763 to 9,201, in balloting that ended Aug 5. The National Agreement is now set to expire on Nov. 20, 2006.
“The members have spoken, and I am gratified by their decision,” said APWU President William Burrus. “I believe APWU members considered the possibilities inherent in full-scale negotiations and compared that with the certainty of achieving important objectives through a one-year extension.”
Yolanda Elder, chairperson of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee, announced the results at approximately 10:45 p.m. Eastern Time, as soon as the counting of ballots was complete. [read more HTML | PDF]
(08/04/05 — Response to "Ask the President")
Question: Do you expect any Voluntary Early Retirements to be offered in the near future?
Tentative Contract Raise Will
Be Second Largest in Union’s History
(07/22/05) The tentative agreement to extend the contract includes the second highest wage increase in our history. Over the 34 years of contract negotiations that began in 1971, the wage increase of 1.6 percent — or $728 for a Level 5 Step 0, employee — will be second only to the increase of $757, which we received in November 1998. [read more]
(07/20/05 — Response to "Ask the President")
Question: Why weren’t window clerks
upgraded in the contract extension?
Don't Neglect Your Ballot
(07/20/05) The ballots for the referendum on the tentative contract extension were mailed to members July 18 to July 20. “Regardless of your opinion on the tentative contract extension, we hope that you will vote on this important matter,” said APWU President William Burrus. [read more]
Contract Extension Proposal Goes Before the Members
Ballot Mailing Starts July 18; Vote Count Set for Aug. 5
(07/18/05) With a mailing that began July 18, the contract-extension referendum process has begun. More than 220,000 ballots are being distributed to union members covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the Postal Service. The ratification mailing includes a summary of the agreement, the exact wording of each proposed contract change, a ballot, a return envelope, a statement by the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee on the contract extension, and a letter from APWU President William Burrus.
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(07/15/05 — Response to "Ask the President")
Question: I would like to know why we are not waiting until after the multi-craft conference to vote on the contract extension.
Text and Highlights of Contract Proposal
(07/13/05) The full text [PDF] of the proposed extension of the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement is now available on the Contract Extension News page, along with highlights of the tentative agreement. [PDF] The Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee’s report is also posted.
Rank and File Committee
Approves Contract Extension
Membership to Vote on Proposed Agreement
(07/08/05 — News Bulletin with Committee statement and salary adjustment chart) The APWU Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted to approve a tentative contract extension agreement between the union and USPS on July 7, clearing the way for a ratification vote by union members. In accordance with Article 13.9.C. of the APWU Constitution, the committee must approve a tentative agreement before members are given the opportunity to vote on it. The panel is also responsible for supervising the vote. [read more HTML | PDF]
Rank and File Committee Recommends Extension
Membership to Vote on Proposed Contract
(07/07/05 — Web News Article) The APWU Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted to approve a tentative contract extension agreement between the union and USPS today, clearing the way for a ratification vote by union members. In accordance with Article 13.9.C. of the APWU Constitution, the committee must approve a tentative agreement before members are given the opportunity to vote on it. The panel is also responsible for supervising the vote. [read more]
Burrus: Tentative Contract Extension is Part of Long-Term Effort
(06/30/05) In an update to local and state presidents, APWU President William Burrus provides background and insight into the evolution of the tentative contract extension agreement. "The proposed extension represents solid advancement" towards the union's goals, he said. [read more]
National Executive Board Endorses Tentative Agreement
(06/29/05) The National Executive Board voted unanimously June 28 to endorse the tentative contract extension agreement. In a hastily-arranged meeting, APWU President Burrus outlined the specific agreements that had been reached with management. Several of the board members participated by telephone.
Highlights of the agreement are outlined in APWU News Bulletin #8.
APWU, Postal Service Announce Tentative Agreement on Contract Extension
(06/28/05) APWU President William Burrus announced June 28 that the union and the USPS have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is due to expire Nov. 20. The extension agreement provides for a 1.6 percent across-the-board wage increase, to take effect March 18, 2006, and two cost-of-living adjustments. It also calls for upgrades of 14 duty assignments in the clerk, maintenance, and motor vehicle crafts. [read more]
Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Holds Initial Meeting
(06/24/05) APWU’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee met for the first time June 22 in Washington, where they were briefed by President William Burrus about a possible contract extension. The committee must approve any tentative extension agreement before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. [read more]
APWU, USPS Considering Contract Extension
(06/20/05) APWU President William Burrus announced that the union and management have reached “an agreement on a framework” for a one-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, with specific details still under discussion. The current contract is set to expire Nov. 20. [read more]
Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Update
(04/26/05) APWU President William Burrus has announced that Hugh J. Fung has been appointed to the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. The appointment of Fung, the Central Region Representative to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force, completes the committee.
In accordance with Article 13.9 of the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee. A 13th member, appointed by the president, is a representative from the APWU D/HH Task Force. [read more]
Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Set
(04/11/05) APWU President William Burrus has announced the names of members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with Article 13.9 of the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 13th member, appointed by the president, is a representative from the APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force. This appointment will be announced soon.
Our Next Contract
(From President Burrus' column in the May/June 2005 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
(03/01/05) The 2005 contract negotiations will be equally challenging. As global competition places downward pressure on employee wages, our demands for improved conditions and higher wages will be met with stiff resistance. As the only postal union scheduled for contract negotiations this year, APWU will be targeted to create a “model” for bargaining with other postal unions and management groups as their agreements expire. [read more]