Newletter July - September 2015


For the PDF download of the latest First Class Worker Newsletter, click HERE.


Frank A. Quan - Editor










Benevolent APWU Member, Gloria Adams

Humble, driven by her awareness of the needs of others, Gloria is not only a volunteer, but is also a Humanitarian who is willing to act to relieve the suffering of others... more



Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993. It requires employers to grant eligible employees leave for certain family and medical reasons... more



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.  


Take Action! Click HERE!



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.  

Contract Negotiations 2015


APWU President Mark Dimondstein has issued the following update on contract negotiations:


As we say in our union, “The Struggle Continues…”  And our struggle to secure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement continues as well... more



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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The APWU is fighting a secretive deal between the the U.S. Postal Service and Staples that jeopardizes mail service and local post offices – along with thousands of living-wage jobs. 


The Postal Service and Staples launched a no-bid, trial program in the fall of 2013 that established postal counters in 82 of the office-supply stores, which they planned to expand to locations across the country. The knock-off post offices were staffed with low-wage, poorly-trained Staples employees rather than USPS employees. more



Non Members - Updated September 2015

Non Members List - PDF