The Houston Area Local #185 welcomes you to our new site. Our goal is to always keep you informed of the current issues being addressed by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the United States Postal Service and particularly our local. We hope to provide you with pertinent and informative information along with important links that will assist in encouraging you to explore more.
When APWU Local Members login you will have access to all information listed under Members Resources. "Important Links" cover a wealth of information from the National and Local level, Postal Employee Info., Health, Music, Education for Children, etc. for you to enjoy.
Message from the President
The Postal Service has started 2015 with drastic changes at the Houston P & DC facility. The union is not in agreement with these changes and we are fighting to save jobs. It is obvious the postal service does not care about the hardship these changes have on some employees. Change is not always easy and the effect it has on our daily life takes time to adjust. We must stay strong during these changes and be prepared for the future of the Postal Service in 2015. The closing of the Houston P & DC is going to be challenging not only for the employees but also for the service to the customers. Make your concerns known to your elected officials by writing or calling them today.
Contract Mediation Gets Underway
Contract negotiations ended without an agreement on May 27, following a one-week extension of talks. In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), if bargaining reaches a stalemate, the union and management must participate in mediation unless they agree to an alternate method. Mediation is expected to last at least 60 days. During this time of mediation the union is calling on APWU members to wear union gear every Thursday to show solidarity. The struggles continue for postal employees, as union members we must come together and stand united in this fight for our future. A few of the Postal Service's economic proposals for the upcoming contract include eliminating the cost-of-living adjustments as they currently exist, increase the percentage of non-career employees, weaken protection against layoffs. The APWU is fighting for a just future - for a strong Postal Service for generations to come and 'economic justice' for the workers and retirees of today and tomorrow, " Dimondstein said. "Across the country, today's young workers are being consigned to second-and third-class jobs, " he said. "The Postal Service's contract proposals would perpetuate the downward spiral, with lower wages and fewer benefits for future career employees, including today's PSEs. The APWU's proposals include, fair and reasonable wage increases, more career jobs, improvements for Postal Support Employees (PSEs), limits on excessing. Now is the time to show your union support, wear the union gear proudly and write your congressman expressing the importance of the postal service continuing to be a service to the American public. Every Thursday show solidarity by wearing union gear!
A new bipartisan coalition of a dozen U.S. representatives is taking a stand for prompt, reliable mail service. For full details join APWU e-Team News Update, on the APWU national web site. Read the January 27, 2015 article. By joining APWU e-Team you will receive updates which are important to all union members.
Contact your representative's DC office and ask them to co-sponsor H.Res. 54.
Go to the "Congressional Information Center" in the left-hand column for information about your representative.
Contact Your Senators Now!! The consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015 will threaten tens of thousands of jobs. Here in Houston we have processing facility at 401 Franklin St. in downtown Houston which is one of the facilities to be consolidated with the North Houston mail processing plant. The Houston GPO has been a great location for mail drop off and transactions for many downtown businesses over the years. To keep this facility open click "Congressional Information Center" in the left-hand column of our website. A letter has been prepared for your representative, simply type in your zip code and complete the required information to send the letter to your representative. Take a few minutes of your time to help save America's postal facility here in downtown Houston.
PSE's who have completed their 360 days of service become illegible for Health Insurance. Attached is the Health Insurance forms that you will have to complete and choose which type of insurance coverage you prefer.
Code 474 for Self coverage and 475 for Family and Self coverage for Consumer Driven. You can fax or mail in the forms once they are completed.
"Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts." Molly Ivins