VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT, Summer 2015

by Vice President Carol Ann Santosusso

Hi everyone! From all the emails, texts and calls I am answering, I thought I would write this article for all of you PTFs and PSEs who have never attended a union meeting. I want you to know that it is perfectly acceptable for a postmaster/supervisor to ask you to go to another office and work. We as union members do NOT want them closing a window even for a lunch hour break, because once you lose it you will never get it back. I understand that no one likes change and only wants to work where they feel comfortable, but in this day and age whereby the postal service wants to cut hours and clerk jobs, we don’t want to help them do it by refusing to work when needed. You also risk the chance of discipline for not following a direct order from management. If you are told you must report to a different office, this is NOT a grievance, but rather the dues you must pay before you someday become an employee with a fixed schedule. If however you believe you are not fairly being chosen for the duties, you still must go and then call your union steward to investigate the matter. Also, if you are scheduled to work on a Sunday to sort Amazon parcels, then you must report for duty. On Sundays, Amazon parcels only take a few hours to sort, so working this shift is part of your job, not a regular because they are guaranteed eight hours of work. On a positive note, as this article is being written, your National Officers are fighting hard to improve the contract and trying to reclaim the forty hour work week. This will end the three tier system by giving all employees, including PTFs and PSEs, equal work for equal pay. You can get involved with the union by calling your local officers at the union hall at (610) 544-6415. We will take all volunteers who want to get involved and learn more about the union and how we can help improve working conditions for everyone!


CONTRACT ACTION TEAM SEMINAR

IMPORTANT REMINDER

For ALL APWU represented employees, whether you are a full-time regular, PTR, PTF, NTFT, or PSE, I just wanted to remind everybody that during our prime time when we are short-handed, if anyone in management tells you to do something you MUST do it unless there is a safety issue involved. After you follow the manager’s instructions, then you ask to speak to a union official to file a grievance for you!

For all of you window clerks out there...please remember to ask the HAZMAT question and circle the survey at the bottom because apparently underlining is not good enough. They want a circle, so please give them one!

Everyone have a great summer and I will see you at the next meeting in September!


In union solidarity,

Carol Ann Santosusso
Vice President