Darien Lake Fright Fest

Greetings!

The Rochester Knighthawks would like to invite your local union out to the Rochester Knighthawks Union night on Saturday, April 27th as the Knighthawks host the New England Blackwolves!

We hope you come out to support the Knighthawks while enjoying a fun night out on the town!  Below is the link that will allow you to purchase your ticket packages which comes with 2 drink vouchers to our pre-game happy hour!

https://knighthawks.formstack.com/forms/unions2019

Hope to see you there!

Joe Schwab| Account Executive
Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club

E: Joe.schwab@knighthawks.com

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National Updates and a Union Meeting

The National President of the APWU issued a statement regarding the contract negotiations. He apparently was satisfied with a tentative agreement reached through negotiations, however the tentative agreement was shot down by the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee, a committee formed by the appointment of one APWU member (Mostly APWU Presidents and Vice-Presidents from locals like myself) from each of the 13 members of the National Executive Board. In part, President Dimondstein wrote a statement which says, “The APWU Constitution has a democratic process where any tentative agreement goes to the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee for acceptance and their decision whether to send it to the membership for a ratification vote. The Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee had some serious concerns with the tentative agreement and sent it back to the APWU National leadership to reopen negotiations with management and attempt to address their concerns.”

President Dimondstein’s entire statement can be read —-> HERE!

In October of last year, I attended a President’s conference in Portland, Maine, where President Dimondstein made it known that he was not intending to fill the North East Regional Coordinator’s position which was going to be vacated by Retiring Coordinator John Dirzius.  This would mean that our area, the Eastern Area, would have to be combined with the Northeast Area in to one larger area under just one Regional Coordinator. Many of us at that conference and across the Country since let President Dimondstein know that we did not support this decision, that it was the kind of thing that the Postal Service does, and stands to make us a weaker Union.  There are many reasons for this, suffice to say, President Dimondstein changed his mind and announced yesterday of his appointment of Queens Area Local President Ron Suslak to the vacant Northeast Regional Coordinator position.

You can read his statement on that—–> HERE!

There is a Union Meeting tomorrow night, January 17, hope to see you there.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year to all. Let’s make it a resolution to update the web page more often. If you are a member and received your last newsletter, I hope you didn’t throw it out. There is a coupon in it good for an APWU Local 215 T-shirt. If you’ve lost your coupon then please let us know before March 1st. Thanks

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Trump Task Force Report Released

Read the entire report at:

https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/USPS_A_Sustainable_Path_Forward_report_12-04-2018.pdf

 

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Rochester Labor Council Annual Meeting

The Rochester Labor Council’s annual meeting is the 1st weekend in May—Our Local’s Delegates will be at the  NY State Convention in Schenectady, but if any members want to g,o it is free—you do need to register (see below).  It is in Corning, NY this year.

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Voter Voice App

As mentioned at the Meeting last Thursday, there is an App that lets you easily give input to your Congressmen and Senators… And the App lets you know what the position is of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees). Check it out.

NARFE has an app for contacting senators and congressional 
representatives on issues affecting the federal community. I 
strongly urge you to download the app and follow the prompts. 

Go to the App Store —
It took me 1 minute —
It’s called: Voter Voice

The American Postal Workers as well as The National Association of
Letter Carriers and Mail Handler‘s Unions have not come up with 
their own applications as of yet.

It’s very easy. They will send you a confirmation code to your 
email address. Then search for NARFE
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Union Meeting Tonight!!!

I should have posted this earlier; we have a Union Meeting tonight, as we do every third Thursday of every month except July, August and December. Hope to see you there.

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Contract Negotiations Tele-Town Hall

Mark your calendar!  APWU is hosting another LIVE Tele-Town Hall on April 23!

Learn how you can get involved in the fight for a good contract! The National Negotiations Committee will also update participants on preparations for the upcoming contract negotiations.

Here are the details:

What: Contract Negotiations Tele-Town Hall Update
When: April 23 at 11AM and 9PM Eastern Time (8AM and 6PM Pacific Time)
Where: We will call you! You can register to join the call here.

When you sign up, you will also be able to submit your suggestions for the negotiations and for the campaign.

We need everyone Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow if we’re going to win improved working conditions and a better standard of living for APWU members and families. Click here to join the call.

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Tax Day is April 17th!!

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Worker’s Memorial Day

The following is a message from the APWU President and the Industrial Relations Director:

Pray for the Dead and Fight for the Living! Those words are attributed to the great labor organizer and activist, Mother Jones. On April 28, 2018, we will renew our fight for safe jobs in our workplaces.

April 28th of each year is known as Workers’ Memorial Day – a day to remember those who have lost their lives, suffered injuries, or occupational illnesses on the job. This is also the day that together we let the Post Office know we will Stand Up for Safe Jobs!

The Post Office is a dangerous place to work. Based just on the accidents and injuries reported, the Postal Service is the most dangerous government agency to work for (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). More of our sisters and brothers are injured at work than at nearly all other federal agencies combined.

Always be cognizant that you could be the next statistic for the Postal Service if you get hurt! You go to work to earn a living, not to get injured or die.

You have the right to a safe work place and to return home every day in one piece. We encourage you to enforce your safety rights through the Union by acting together with your co-workers, by filling out PS Form 1767s, filing grievances, signing petitions and speaking up! And avoid buying into management plans, like the “Safety Ambassador” program, which are set up to pit worker against worker and bypass your union and union involvement as the most effective path of addressing safety concerns.

Let’s not have another post office named after a worker killed on the job. Join your union brothers and sisters around the world on April 28, 2018 and Stand Up for Safe Jobs – a Right of Every Worker!

Vance Zimmerman, Industrial Relations Director

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

Mark Dimondstein, President

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

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