By Mark Hennessy

The holidays are upon us, just what the doctor ordered to take our minds off the ever changing scenarios the USPS and our National APWU are sending us to keep us ever informed of the struggles we face with the changing postal service.

How much have we lost in the last year 2010? When will they ever finish these new N.T.F.T. positions and have them posted for all (?) to bid? Word of caution: be sure you know what you are bidding on - read thoroughly. Do not be intimidated with threats from your supervisors! Read all you can, know what choices will be best for you and your family. Once the long awaited meetings take place with your Postmaster and your union (President, Union Officer Designee and Steward) you will be given the union's evaluation from the input with your Postmaster. Make sure you keep up to date with all the information being posted on the APWU Union bulletin board.

On-Going Problem: Grievance - Article 15 of the National Agreement, Section 2 Grievance Procedure Steps

Step 1(a) - Any employee who feels aggrieved must discuss the grievance with the employee's immediate supervisor within 14 (calendar) days of the date on which the employee or the union first learned or may reasonably have expected to have learned of its cause.

The employee, IF HE OR SHE SO DESIRES, MAY BE ACCOMPANIED AND REPRESENTED BY THE EMPLOYEE'S STEWARD OR A UNION REPRESENTATIVE. Translation is: You do not have to have the Union Steward - it is an option. The single most important thing to do is to file that grievance within the 14-day period, and then go forward AFTER YOU HAVE DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM WITH THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR. If not happy with the supervisor's response (no later than 5 days - verbal) go to the Steward, be sure to have all your facts straight that you need. We are emphasizing the importance to initially file the grievance with or without a union representative with you.

May you all have a great holiday season and pray for a new year with positive steps to put the USPS on the right track.

In Solidarity,
Mark Hennessy