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
NEW CONTRACT ACHIEVED!! After months of negotiations and proceeding into mediation and finally to interest arbitration, Arbitrator Steven Goldberg has given his award affecting over 200,000 APWU represented employees. The new contract awarded July 8, 2016 will be in force (retroactively)May 21,2015 thru September 20, 2018. This contract was hardfought on many fronts. I commend our National President Mark Dimondstein and the entire negotiating team for their relentless efforts toward obtaining a new contract that would provide workers decent wages and improved working conditions with a special effort in maintaining America's public post office. Some of the highlights of this contract are: *GENERAL WAGE INCREASES of 3.8% OVER THE LIFE OF THE AGREEMENT FOR CAREER EMPLOYEES -*PSE WAGE INCREASES OF 6.8% OVER THE LIFE OF THE AGREEMENT+INCREASES TOTALLING AN ADDITIONAL .50 CENT PER HOUR *PSE'S WILL RECEIVE SIX PAID HOLIDAYS PER YR- *ALL PSE'S TO BE CONVERTED IN MAINTENANCE AND MOTOR VEHICLE CRAFTS- *ONE-TIME CONVERSIONS OF ALL CLERK PSE'S TO CAREER IN 200 WORK YEAR INSTALLATIONS WITH OVER 2.5 YEARS OF SERVICE AS OF JULY 8,2016 -ONE YEAR FROM THE AWARD REVISIT FOR ANOTHER POSSIBLE ONE-TIME CONVERSION -*NO LAYOFF PROTECTION FOR ALL CAREER EMPLOYEES ON THE ROLLS AS OF JULY 8, 2016 -*UNIFORM AND WORK CLOTHES ALLOWANCES INCREASED 10% OVER LIFE OF AGREEMENT -*CLARIFICATION FOR EXPANDED BEREAVEMENT LEAVE *HEALTH PLANS AND BENEFITS FOR CAREER EMPLOYEES REMAIN IN EFFECT WITH EMPLOYEE'S PORTION INCREASING 1% PER YR OVER NEXT 3 YEARS. These are only a few of the changes to our contract. (Please see the link below to the "APWU National NEWS" for a full review of the provisions of the contract and Arbitrators Goldbergs Award.) In the coming weeks and months we will delve into the administration and implementation process in preparation for the ongoing challenges.
The Houston Local is having a silent auction on office items. The scroll section in the left column shows some of the items. Bid cards bust be submitted by April 22, 2016 at 4:30pm. Items must be picked up by April 23, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Debbie Barrett-Wiltz at 713-691-4818.
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