HERHSEY PARK PICNIC CANCELLED
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MANUAL JOB POSTING

   A Vacancy Notice containing 21 vacant clerk jobs has been posted for bid by clerks at the Lehigh Valley P&DC.  This will be a manual bid posting and interested bidderd must submit manual bid cards.  Computer bidding will not be permitted for this bidding cycle.

     Management failed to post the end of May Vacancy Notice and the next computerized bidding cycle is scheduled for June 19, 2020.  Because we are "out of cycle" computer bidding is not possible.  We felt waiting another two weeks for a job posting that was already late was not the right course of action. 

     PS Form 1717-A (bid card) is available in the APWU office.  Anyone who needs help filling out a bid card should stop in and see a steward.

HERSHEY PARK
PICNIC

CANCELLED

        I regret to announce the 2020 Hershey Park picnic scheduled for July 12th has been cancelled due to COVID concerns, distancing restrictions, and the operational limitations of Hershey Park. The Executive Board made the decision after several discussions with Hershey Park and Governor Wolf's office.

        As Pennsylvania counties move from red, to yellow, to green, various restrictions are lifted.  However, Gov. Wolf’s restriction limiting social gatherings to no more than 50 people will remain in effect and there was no guarantee that the 50 person limit would be lifted in time for the picnic, or even anytime this summer.

             Hershey Park could not ensure that they would be able to meet all the requirements of our contract including the grove events, food service, and whether gathering in the picnic area would be restricted, limited, or even permitted at all. 

      The Local could not commit to moving forward as scheduled without these assurances.  Not being able to enjoy all of the features of the picnic would not make for a fun day.  We had concerns about having to forfeit our deposit money, but we were able to negotiate that our 2020 deposit will be used to cover the 2021 picnic deposit due later this year.

       This was not an easy decision but the Board had to consider the distancing restrictions in place, the likelihood of Hershey Park being able to deliver on the food, the grove, and the rides, and most importantly the health and safety of our members.

VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MAY 17th @ 12pm

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions and social distancing guidelines the General Membership meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 03, 2020 has been cancelled. 

We will be holding a “virtual Union meeting” on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm.  We chose May 17th because May 10th is Mother’s Day. 

Members will be able to join the meeting using their computer, laptop, tablet, cell phone, or landline.  We are working to develop some sort of authentication process to verify the membership status of those joining the meeting. This meeting is for Lehigh Valley APWU members only.

      If you are interested in attending our virtual meeting, keep watching the bulletin board, website, Facebook, and Twitter for details.  Until then…

 



TELL CONGRESS TO ACT NOW!

    
The USPS was facing unreasonable financial burders because of the 2006 Future Retiree Health Benefit Prefunding requirement.  Now faced with the COVID pandemic, the reduced mail volume, and increased work hours and expenses, the USPS is dealing with uncertainties that have never been faced before.

     Some in the government are looking to capitalize on these conditions and are using the current problems to attempt to dismantle, destroy, privatize, and sell off the Postal Service to greedy profiteers.  While some in Congress have made attempt to help the USPS through these difficult times others, including the White House, have been very vocal in their opposition to any assistance for the USPS.  Some going as far as to threaten veto of stimulus bills that include USPS financial relief.

     While postal workers are putting their lives on the line to deliver needed medications and supplies to American citizens, there are those who see this as an opportunity to make money.  Don't let that happen.  Click the Link below to send a letter to your elected officials and ask them to support the USPS and protect this essential public institution.

FAMILIES FIRST RESPONSE ACT

    
The APWU and USPS have received confirmation that the provisions of the Families First Response Act does apply to postal workers.  The Act provides additional paid leave for eligibile employees meeting the required criteria.  Click the links below to find out more information about the FFRA.

Families First Response Act Poster

Families First Response Act Q&A


 

CORONAVIRUS
INFORMATION
    The APWU has created a web page with all the currently available, most up to date, information regarding the COVI-19 outbreak.  Members are encouraged to practice all safety measures such as washing hands often, not coughing / sneezing into your hands, and sanitizing hard surfaces frequently.  View the page HERE.  The Lehigh Valley Area Local implores all members to be responsible and be safe.

 

Canvassing & eReassign now posted
    We will be posting the monthly eReassign lists, as well as the PTF/PSE canvassing on the website, on our Facebook, Twitter pages.  We will also be posting Clerk Vacancy notices for the Lehigh Valley P&DC.
Postings will be available by clicking the links (right). 
     The table will show yellow when there is a posting available, and white when there is no posting.

 

Coronovirus
Information Available
    The APWU has created a page on the National website with current information about the ongoing coronavirus situation.  The page contains Service Talks, recommendations from the CDC, fact sheets, and other information.  The page will be updated as more information is released.

See the National APWU Coronovirus page HERE

 

Agreement Reached on APO/RMPO Cusotidans

Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun announced that the APWU and USPS have reached an agreement on the implementation of the Goldberg arbitration award on POStPlan custodial staffing.  This is an important award because it combines the square footage of APO and RMPO offices into a single installation for calculation purposes. 

  The agreement provides that offices will be measured for square footage and a calculation will be applied to determine if the office qualifies for a custodian.  If the office does not qualify for a cusotidian, but there is currently a custodial position, that employee will remain in the job.  When the current custodian leave the position, the USPS may contract out the work.  More detail can be viewed using the link below.

You can read the full agreement HERE

 
 
 
 
 
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