A WORD FROM OUR LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
Labor Fed's endorsements of candidates for elective office in Congress,
the California State Legislature in Sacramento,
and the ballot measures for consideration in November
APWU Sisters and Brothers,
We all know how important the upcoming election is on November 3rd. Our ability to support our families and improve our quality of life is on the ballot and we have indicated the candidates who share our values and other measures central to our survival. Consistent with these ideas, the California Labor Federation has offered to any interested member, the opportunity to participate in a Zoom presentation of a political discussion of the contests with which we should be involved. For example, consideration will be given to developing a plan to vote, whether by mail or at the polling place. We will deal with the necessity to make our choices early so that we can be prepared prior to election day. The propositions, candidates supporting our concerns in the House of Representatives and the California Senate and Assembly will be topics to help all of us make the choices which will make APWU a force to be taken seriously by elected officials throughout California. Most of you have heard us say before: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu!” Therefore, our full-throated engagement in this election is required to put us at the table, if we get engaged and participate.
Our Sisters and Brothers of the California Labor Federation need to know who will be interested to being involved in the Zoom so it is incumbent on each of us to indicate your willingness to with us. I anticipate no more than an hour to an hour and a half duration for the Zoom. No date or time has been selected, but we know we need to get this done by the first week in October?
Few messages are as serious as this one because we face a problem that threatens our existence as a Union. This message revolves around our participation in the upcoming election approximately 88 days from today, November 3rd 2020, and why we must prepare ourselves with the information we need to intelligently and forcefully exercise the franchise to gain support for our priorities. Accordingly, I will lay out a time line (since dates are important) along with other relevant information to get us ready to do what we must do: VOTE! I will also include the California Labor Federation voter guide to provide insight as to people the Labor Fed has vetted and found to be supportive of our issues. Visit the website www.sos.ca.gov/elections/, the California Secretary of State’s office for details or clarifications not included here such as the location of your voting place, military and overseas voting, early voting and ballot drop off locations. Translated election information is also available from the Secretary of State’s office.
Eligibility is a logical place to begin discussing the voting process. To register to vote in California, a person must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of California, and at least 18 years of age on Election Day. Further, the person must not be in State or Federal prison or be on parole for the conviction of a felony. Be advised people who have felony convictions should communicate with the California Secretary of State about the process of restoring their voting rights. Finally, if the person is not currently found by a court to be mentally incompetent to vote, the person can vote. Again, contact the Secretary of State about voting rights for people subject to conservatorship.
The timeline is important to recognize since the last day to register to vote on Election-Day must be completed online or postmarked on October 19th, 73 days from today. Vote by mail requests must arrive at the office of the County Elections Official by October 27th. Anyone can conditionally register and vote at your county at your county elections office after the 15 day voter registration deadline. Personally delivered ballots must be delivered by 8pm on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3rd, Election Day, and received by the county’s election office by November 20th.
Finally, we are fortunate in California to have Alex Padilla as our Secretary of State. Some of you may remember Secretary Padilla attended our Convention in Pasadena in 2016, an important achievement since the Secretary of State is responsible for the voting process here. Moreover, he is the highest ranking elected official from California to attend our Convention. He wants Postal Workers, their families and all Californians to be engaged and involved by voting to have our voices heard. Therefore, we must encourage our co-workers, families, friends, young and old to vote. Nevertheless, please check your registration at the voter status site below.
In closing, these are some websites with valuable information to supplement and inform what is contained here.
Phillip M. Warlick,
California APWU Legislative Director
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR
BROTHER DAVE SWANEY
In Memory of David Swaney
Brothers and Sisters, it is with a heavy heart and great sorrow to inform everyone that Brother Dave Swaney passed away in July 2020.
"I worked closely with Dave for over two decades. He as president and me the vice-president. Me as president and him as vice-president, then back and forth again. We had a good working relationship and always seemed to know what the other was doing. He, however, had the gift of gab. He loved to talk. Wherever we went he knew this or that person and the conversations were long. He never forgot a face. And the stories he could tell! For example, we were walking the side streets of Los Angeles during a convention and I randomly picked a building and asked him to tell me a story, and he did!
When he was right (or thought he was!) he loved a good debate or a quiet argument. He would work all day then turn around and go in at 2:00 a.m. for an Investigative Interview. Often. He attended the City Council meetings and, faithfully, the Labor Council meetings. And in his off time, he spent it with his family that lived nearby.
His memory was impeccable. Ask him if he remembered that time? And he did. He will be missed. He already is. Unfortunately, his “retirement” was only a few short months, but he enjoyed talking with the friends that called and looked forward to them."
-Valerie Schropp, President, Redwood Empire Area Local
2020/2021 CAL STATE CONVENTION
AND ELECTIONS UPDATE!
2020 APWU CALIFORNIA STATE CONVENTION
On 08/05/20, an Executive Board meeting was held to cancel the 2020 California State Convention and to hold it as scheduled for the year 2021 in San Diego on May 21st through the 23rd to also conduct the elections of officers.
After the 03/25/20 Executive-Board meeting the E-Board members of APWU of California State agreed to hold a teleconference meeting on 08/05/20 to determine if rescheduling is possible for a future date in the 2020 year based on COVID-19. Results and updates will be posted here after the meeting on 08/05/20. Due to current impact of the COVID-19 "Corona" virus, this years 2020 state convention is cancelled. There will be an Executive Board Telecon meeting held Wednesday 03/25/2020.
CONTACT CALIFORNIA STATE PRESIDENT GAARE DAVIS FOR MORE DETAILS AT CALSTATEGD@ATT.NET OR 626-487-4366.
BATTLING THE PMG & RECENT CHANGES
Here is a letter from APWU Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman on how to report delayed mail:
We are facing a pandemic like we have never experienced in our lifetime. As things start opening back up, we are seeing huge jumps in COVID-19 cases. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC to keep you and your family safe. We all need to follow safe practices at work as well as at home. I know we all wish this pandemic would be over soon but that is not going to happen. We all need to stay diligent to stop the spread of this virus. If there are safety issues in your office pertaining to COVID-19, don’t ignore it. You deserve a safe working environment and management is responsible for providing you with one. You should have masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available to you at work. You have the right to wash your hands as needed. If a customer comes to the window without a mask, ask them if they have one to put on. You have a right to 6-foot social distancing at work. Even if everyone has masks on, it doesn’t eliminate the requirement to maintain 6-foot social distancing. Don’t let management put you and your family at risk. Tell management that you’re not going to risk your health to work in an area where the proper social distancing rules are not being followed. We need to be filling out PS 1767 safety violation forms to report these violations. Our members are very loyal to our customers and are reporting to work day after day despite COVID-19. Thank you for your hard work, long hours and dedication. You are appreciated and absolutely essential to the country and to the APWU.
NEW POSTMASTER GENERAL
As some of you already know, Louis DeJoy has been sworn in as the new Postmaster General. So, who is he? Dejoy has contributed more than $2 million to the Trump campaign and was in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte. If that’s not bad enough, postal employees should be even more alarmed at his 35 years in labor analytics. The art of eliminating as many jobs as possible. Dejoy doesn’t come from within the Postal Service. In fact, his company was a contractor for the USPS for more than 25 years potentially putting DeJoy in the position to oversee decisions that affect his personal financial interest. We have been in a struggle to save the Postal Service during Trumps presidential administration that has been openly hostile to the Postal Service and postal employees. At a recent news conference, Trump called us useless. This is during a pandemic in which we have continued to report to work and have bound this Country together. Dejoy is bad for labor and operates with anti-union animus.
It’s time to fight back to save the Postal Service for the American public and our jobs for our families. We can’t just sit on the sidelines anymore and hope all will be O.K. or handled by the Union.
FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE POSTAL SERVICE
The Postal Service has reported that they could run out of money as early as this fall. The Postal Service has projected huge losses in mail volumes during this pandemic. They need immediate financial relief from Congress. Our jobs are at risk. We need to call our Congressional representatives today and ask them to support stimulus legislation that includes financial relief to the Postal Service. It is a matter of when not if the Postal Service will run out of money. Your Senators need to hear from you!
CLERK WORK AND WORK HOURS
Even though we are in the middle of a National pandemic, it doesn't grant management the right to do clerk work in offices where they are not allowed to perform clerk work or work more hours than they are allowed in offices where the CBA allows them to perform limited clerk work. Nor does it allow carriers to perform clerk work in your office. If either of these are occuring, standup for your rights and call the Union to file a grievance.
The parties at the National level have agreed to two new categories of temporary employees called Function 1 Mail Processing Assistants and Function 4 Clerk Assistants. They are hired to help installations that are experiencing high absenteeism because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the liberal leave policy. Available APWU bargaining unit employees, starting with career employees and including current PSE’s, within the installation will be utilized up to the maximum hours allowed each week.
Elections Have Consequences
Vote Postal in 2020 and send those who don’t support the Postal Service and your job HOME!!!!!
HATCH ACT INFO
Hello APWU members, retiree members, and auxiliary members,
The link below is a Hatch Act fact sheet, we hope you continue to stand in solidarity with us as we fight for the betterment of Postal Workers and their families
POSTAL/FEDERAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SPECIALIST
APIS...ONE STEP AHEAD SINCE 1988
American Payroll Insurance Services provides APWU members with valuable benefits and services including CSRS and FERS retirement calculations, TSP counseling, financial planning, FEGLI evaluation and retirement applications review (Blue book).
APIS also provides TSP Counseling Workshops for APWU Locals as well as individual off the job benefits such as Dental and Vision Plans, Life insurance, Cancer policies, IRA’s and Annuities.
For more information about APIS services or to schedule a workshop for your local, Please, contact: