Jim Bertolone Retirement Party

This flyer can be downloaded and printed by clicking on Party4Jim

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APWU Health Plan Info

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Postal Reform Legislation

Here’s some updates on Postal Reform.  Check them out :



Stop H.R. 756, Postal Service Reform Act of 2017





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Steward Training & a Union Meeting This Week

It’s been very busy lately. It seems management is relentless on it’s perceived mission to ignore the contract more than ever before. New supervisors tend to make new supervisor mistakes, but some of the actions taken by more seasoned management lately leaves one to wonder if the increase isn’t coming from the District or Area. The President and Vice-President cannot be every member’s personal steward, so please understand if we refer you to your Steward or Chief Steward. By the Stewards and Chief Stewards fielding the questions and grievances, we are all able to get more accomplished and believe me, the Stewards and Chief Stewards are more than capable. When an issue or question arises that the stewards or Chief Stewards don’t have the answer to, they can inquire with the President and Vice-President and by this process, we all learn, and the next time the same or similar issue arises, the knowledge gained by the stewards will benefit others.

Certain things we know are coming from the higher ups. Limitations on changes of schedules and non-sched day overtime limits are of frequent discussion amongst the craft.  This too shall pass.

We had a great turnout today at the Union Office where we gave 8 members Steward Training. Some were nominated/elected at the January meeting, and some were members that just recently decided to get the training with the possibility of being appointed stewards and alternate stewards soon. The enthusiasm expressed by some of them was really uplifting and makes me feel good about the future of our local. The future looks very promising.

Thursday night is a Union Meeting, and will be the last one that our current President, Jim Bertolone, will be leading. I hope many will be able to find the time to come out and wish Jim the best in his retirement, which will begin in just over 2 weeks.

I realize it has been a bit of time since the website has been updated, and I apologize for that. If any member wishes to contribute content to the website, please drop me an email at Rob@apwulocal215.com , I would be eager to accept the help.


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Election Committee Report

The following is the posting mailed out by the election committee to be posted on all Union Bulletin Boards. Click on it to download it and feel free to print and circulate.

Election Committee Report

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Trump Freezes Federal Hiring & January’s Nominations Results

Federal Hiring Freeze

President Trump very quickly put a freeze on hiring of Federal Workers. We are unsure if this includes Postal Workers at this point. The following is a message from our own President, President Mark Dimondstein:

All, At this point in time we are examining  the new Trump Executive Order regarding a Federal hiring freeze and investigating whether it applies to the Postal Service. We are in discussions with our attorneys, our sister postal unions as well as postal management. When we have a clear answer we will get back to everyone. Thanks for your patience.


Our Local’s January Nominations for Elected Offices

The Following is a list of the nominations that were presented at the January Meeting. All nominations were unopposed. Therefore all nominees will assume Office on April 1st. Those offices listed below as “vacant” had no nominations. If you are a full dues paying member in good standing, and have not been an EAS employee, or 204b in the last year, you are welcome to submit a request, in writing, and will be considered by the President after April 1st.

President ———————-Robert Stahl

Vice-President—————–Zachary Deruyter

Secretary/Treasurer———-Linda Recino

Legislative Director———–vacant

Recording Secretary———-vacant

Sergeant at Arms————–vacant

MVS Chief Steward———–vacant

MVS Driver Steward——Dale Michael

VMF Steward————–vacant

Maintenance Stewards

Chief Steward————Anne Messina

P&DC, Tour 1————vacant

P&DC, Tour 2————vacant

P&DC, Tour 3————Kathleen Wilson

NW P&DC, All tours—-Vacant

Clerk Stewards

P&DC Chief Steward—-Carrie Wolff

Tour 1———————Gayle Rookwood

Tour 2———————vacant

Tour 3———————Michelle Pokutecki

NW P&DC Chief Steward—–vacant


Tour 2———————vacant

Tour 3———————Renee Zambuto

Customer Service Stewards

Chief Steward————-Cheryl Goggins

City Stations—————Angela Archible, Colette Romach

Associate Offices

Fairport—————–Chris Zambuto

Henrietta—————-Rachelle Trudel


Anyone wishing to be an alternate steward needs to put the request in writing and send to APWU Local 215, PO BOX 22692, Rochester  NY 14692. The President will consider all requests and appoint alternate stewards at the April Meeting upon Needs of the Sections and Approval of the Executive Board.


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Union Night at the KnightHawks Game

There is a Union Member discount available for a Knighthawks Game on February 11, 2017.

You can click  knighthawks.formstack.com/forms/unions2017 to get discounted tickets.

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LMOUs Are Finished And Online !!!

Every LMOU that was updated and signed is now on the website. This includes LMOUs that cover Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service and each and every associate office under our Local. You can find them all and download them by clicking on LMOUs at the top of this page.  Only the Clerk LMOU in the P&DC and the Clerk LMOU in the NW P&DC were not updated. No agreement has been reached because Management hasn’t decided whether it  wants to sign the agreed upon language or not. Our 2010-2015 LMOU stays in effect, at least for now, so I have placed them on the LMOU page as well.  Feel free to print copies for yourself and coworkers.


There is a very important Union Meeting this Thursday, January 19th, because this is the meeting for nominations for your representatives that will start a new term of Office on April 1st.  President Jim Bertolone will not be seeking re-election, so all offices are up for grabs.  Members desiring to be a steward or other officer should show up at this meeting.

Bring a union brother or sister!!!

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We won!!!!

In a teleconference today, APWU President Dimondstein announced that we are officially ending our boycott with Staples. This is because we received notification that the US Postal service is breaking off the agreements with Staples and will be pulling out of all Staples stores within the next 6 weeks. This is a major victory that we fought long and hard for. Check the national website for more info…http://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/we-won


As a reminder, our next union meeting is at 6 PM on January 19.  All of our offices should find a notice on their union bulletin boards that this meeting is the meeting for nominations for anyone wishing to be anything from steward up to local President.

Come to the meeting and run for office, nominate someone for office, or support those willing to run and represent you.  See you there!

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AOI Settlement Money

Apparently not all of the money from the Associate Office Infrastructure Award, that ET-10’s and AMT’s received about $1000 for in Early 2015, was dispersed. Well now most of that leftover money is coming direct to the same people that received the original award.  I don’t know all the particulars, but if you are an ET or AMT that received the original $1000 in 2015, then you probably received a check, or will soon, for around $107 in the mail.

Apparently if there is any left in 3 years, it will also be dispersed to the same people at that time.

Hope this explains to all receiving those checks but don’t understand why.  Look for more of an explanation on the National Website, hopefully, in the near future.

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