Tentative APWU/USPS Agreement

The APWU and USPS have reached a Tentative Agreement. Members will have the opportunity to vote on the agreement.

These are my observations.

Pay package is like pay packages in the past COLA remains. PSE’s wages are increasing.

The job security remain sound.

Additional holiday (Juneteenth) improves holiday provision and increased PTF pay.

Health Insurance languages did not see a decrease.

PS Grade 8 reflects PS Grades 8-11 step provisions.

PTF gains were good and provide PTF with more benefits.

PSE Conversions are always a benefit for PSE’s.

PSE and PTF annual leave advance make it possible for PTF and PSEs to make plans.

Uniform and work clothes reflect normal increases. As in the past uniform manufacturers will increase cost of items.

Work rule improvements are good.

Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle, and Support Services provisions all saw increases.

A three-year contract is good.

I have read the agreement and expect the members to vote yes. Like the last negotiated agreement current members benefits expanded and they were no give backs to any current APWU represented employee. I expect the Tentative Agreement will be supported and ratified by the majority of our members.

This is what the APWU Posted:

Contract Time Period

  • Three-year contract: September 21, 2021 through September 20, 2024

General Annual Wage Increases and Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)  

  • 1.3% November 20, 2021 (Will be Retroactive)
  • 1.3% November 19, 2022
  • 1.3% November 18, 2023
  • Six (6) Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) for career employees (March and September of each year) with no change to the current formula based on the July 2021 CPI-W. (After the fourth month of the six-month measuring period, the COLA increase is at $0.39 per hour and will be based on the January 2022 CPI-W Index)
  • PSEs receive the general wage increases and an additional 1% increase each year in lieu of COLA (i.e. 2.3% each November)
  • $0.50/hour additional increase for PSEs effective the first pay period of the second full month after the Agreement is ratified

Job Security 

  • No Lay-off protections for career employees with six years of service remain in full-force and effect.
  • Any current career employee on the rolls as of September 20, 2021, with less than six years of service will be included in the no lay-off protections for the life of the National Agreement, providing an additional 72,000 career employees protection from lay-offs.
  • 50-mile limit on excessing of employees
  • The current moratorium on subcontracting of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work will continue in its present form during life of the Agreement


Holiday Pay 

  • Juneteenth added to the holidays for career employees for a total of 11 paid holidays per year
  • PTF pay rate will be increased to reflect a total of 11 holidays each year, increase will be effective on January 1, 2022


Health Insurance 

  • No change to the Postal Service contribution to premiums for those participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
  • 95% Postal Service contribution to premiums of the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP)
  • PSEs converted to career will receive credit for time they were enrolled in a FEHBP plan towards the 1-year qualifying period for the 95% Postal Service contribution to CDHP premiums


Enhanced Level 8 & 11 Pay Scales 

  • Grade 8 Pay Scale:
  • Bottom Steps FF-AA eliminated with Step A becoming the first Step.
  • New top Step P added
  • Employees currently in Grade 8 will move into new steps while retaining all credit toward next step
    • Steps FF-BB moved to Step A
    • Step AA moved to Step B
    • Steps B-O moved up one Step
  • Grade 11 Pay Scale increased by an average of 2.3% prior to any general increases or COLAs


Part-Time Flexible (PTF) Work Rules 

  • Schedule guarantee of 24-hour per pay period, increased from 2 hours a pay period
  • Guaranteed at least four hours of work or pay when scheduled
  • Forty (40) hours of annual leave will be advanced at the start of each leave year for immediate use
  • Guaranteed a minimum of one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during the peak season exception period with notice Wednesday the week prior
  • Within 90-days of ratification a One-time Voluntary Transfer Opportunity to residual full time regular vacancies in larger offices within a district.


Automatic Conversion of PSEs in Level 20 offices and above 

  • PSEs will be converted to career status upon reaching 24-months of relative standing
    • Clerk PSEs assigned to offices Grade 21 or higher will be converted to Full-Time Flexible with such assignments made in accordance with the Clerk Craft provisions of Art. 37.4
    • Clerk PSEs assigned to Grade 20 offices will be converted to Part-Time Flexible
    • MVS PSEs assigned in any size office will be converted to Part-Time Flexible
    • PSEs converted under this provision start at a new Step GG in Grades 5-7 and Step A in Grade 8.
    • Automatic Conversion does not apply to PSEs assigned to Grade-4 RMPOs
  • Conversions will still occur prior to the 24-months
    • The “Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU” and Article 37.5.D remains in full force and effect
    •  MVS Craft Conversions will be made in accordance with Article 39.2.A.11
    • Conversion occurring earlier to 24-months start at Step FF for Grades 5-7 and Step-A for Grade 8


Other PSE Provisions 

  • Forty (40) hours of advanced annual leave upon completion of an initial 360-day PSE appointment in Level 20 offices and above.
  • PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs receive an additional one (1) hour of paid annual leave per pay period upon completion of two (2) 360-day appointments
  • PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs upon completion of two 360-day appointments will receive 40 hours of advance leave.
  • PSEs will be offered one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during peak season with notice the Wednesday the week prior.


PSE Staffing 

  • The 12 PSEs per District assigned to Level 4 RMPOs will no longer count against the 20% District cap
  • 10 PSEs in the 46 Package Support Annexes (PSAs) will not count against the District cap (for a total maximum of 460 PSEs) and will be allowed to work in any facility in the installation the PSA is attached to
  • A four (4) weeks “ramp-up” period prior to the start of accounting period 3, the 20% PSE District cap will be temporarily increased by 1% per week equating to no more than a 4% increase.
  • New protections for the OTDL during “ramp-up” whereby prior to utilizing a PSE more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a service week, qualified and available employees on the appropriate OTDL will be utilized. No requirement to use an OTDL employee on the second non-scheduled at the penalty rate prior to using a PSE in excess of 40 hours.



Uniform/Work Clothes Program Allowances 

  • 2.5% increase to the uniform/work clothes allowances in 2022, 2023, and 2024
  • Delivery/Sales Service Distribution Associate (DSSDA) will receive Type 1 uniform allowance
  • New “Rollover” program where unused funds can carry over to a successor allowance year


Additional Work Rule Improvements 

  • Remote Encoding Center staffing ratio changed to 62% Full-time Regular and 38% PSE and all career duty assignments are Full-time Regular.
  • 90-day waiting period to use annual leave eliminated for new career employees with 90-days continuous service prior to their conversion.
  • Updated the Deaf and Hard of Hearing MOU
  • Work Environment Improvement Task Force
  • Work Place Free of Harassment
  • Enhanced and Expanded Services
  • Environmental/Sustainability issues, EAP, and Child and Elder care, included in the jurisdiction of the National Labor Management Committee
  • District Safety Committees made permanent
  • Right of Union Officials to Enter Postal Installations
  • Regional Safety and Health Representative Training Opportunities
  • Repromotion MOU
  • Article 8 Task Force to address excessive overtime, particularly in relation to non-list employees
  • Election Mail Task Force MOU
  • Full per diem for employees traveling to NCED


Additional Clerk Craft Provisions 

  • Window training starts within 10-days after posting of the senior bidder
  • Updated NTFT duty assignments language
  • Pilot program to test new pecking order for the assignment of PTF Hub Clerks
  • Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU updated


Additional Motor Vehicle Service Craft Provisions 

  • PTFs identified for conversion to FTR converted within 28-days
  • APWU will have opportunity to submit recommendations on new vehicles prior to specifications being sent to contractors and before manufacturing and completion of new vehicles
  • National committee established to address training initiative and opportunities
  • HCR limitation on Subcontracting MOU remains in full force and effect.


Additional Maintenance Craft Provisions 

  • No additional custodial staffing packages will change from MS-47 TL-3 to TL-5 for life of the contract
  • Change the calculation method of PS Form 4852 for Juneteenth Holiday
  • Annual cap on the number of times an employee can be involuntarily assigned to off-site training courses
  • Career employee may request to be tested for maintenance craft positions and if rated eligible may request placement on the appropriate in-service register.
  • Updates to the posting of relief assignments in the craft
  • Agreement to consolidate and upgrade multiple legacy jobs.
  • Employees traveling to NCED for training receive full per diem for length of stay

Additional Support Services Craft Provisions 

  • In Material Distribution Centers Maintenance Mechanic General Grade 7 eliminated and Building Equipment Mechanic Grade 9 added.
  • Penalty Overtime provisions applied to Operating Service employees








January Retiree Chapter Meeting

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular January Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, January 19,2022.  Meeting times is 11 AM to 1PM.  The meeting normally is an hour or so.

Meeting Location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange.  Denny’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865

The Retiree Chapter will cover your breakfast or lunch.

Please RSVP at this e mail address or at 714 206-2931.

Bobby Donelson
Chapter President

Subject: Source Fedweek.com 2022 COLA Increase

Subject: Source Fedweek.com 2022 COLA Increase

A federal retirement COLA of 5.9 percent will be paid in January to those retired under CSRS and 4.9 percent to those retired under FERS who are eligible for COLAs, increases that have been neared in recent decades only twice.
The announcement follows completion of the count toward that adjustment with release of the September inflation figure on Wednesday (October 13), which was up 0.4 percent.
Those retired under CSRS or CSRS Offset receive a COLA regardless of their age. However, those retired under FERS don’t receive COLAs until age 62 unless they retired on disability or under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers, firefighters or air traffic controllers. Survivor beneficiaries under each system receive COLAs regardless of age.
In addition, in situations such as this one in which the count exceeds 3 percent, the payout to those eligible under FERS is reduced by 1 percentage point.
A 5.9 increase also will be paid on Social Security benefits. That’s primarily of interest to FERS retirees, for whom Social Security is a basic part of the retirement benefit, but also of interest to CSRS Offset retirees who have Social Security coverage as part of their benefit. Also, some “pure” CSRS retirees qualify for Social Security through from military service or earnings covered under that system before, after—and in some cases from outside earnings during—their CSRS working years. In many cases those benefits are reduced by the “windfall elimination provision” however.
Federal retirement COLAs are prorated for those who retired, or who will retire, in the current calendar year. Social Security COLAs are not prorated for recent retirees.
Note: The retiree COLA does not directly impact the potential January 2022 pay raise for active federal employees; while the former is determined automatically by an inflation count, the latter is determined through the congressional budget process.
Congress appears to be on track to accept a raise payout by default of President Biden’s recommendation for a 2.7 percent average raise, with 2.2 percentage points to be paid across the board and the funds for the remainder divided up as locality pay.
COLA Based on Consumer Price Index

The COLA is based on the change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI/W) average of the third calendar quarter of one year to the next. If the inflation count finishes negative, benefits are frozen but not reduced. Also, in that situation the starting point for the next COLA count remains the same

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular October Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021,  Meeting times is 11 AM to PM.

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular July Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021,  Meeting times is 11 AM to 1PM.  The meeting normally is a hour or so.

Meeting Location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange.  Denney’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865

The Retiree Chapter will cover your breakfast or lunch.

Please RSVP at this e mail address or at 714 206-2931.

Bobby Donelson
Chapter President

July SWCAL Retiree Chapter Meeting

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular July Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021,  Meeting times is 10 AM to 1 PM.  The meeting normally is a hour or so.

Meeting Location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange.
Denney’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865
The Retiree Chapter will cover your breakfast or lunch.  Please RSVP at this e mail address or at 714 206-2931.

Happy Holidays

Have a joyous, peaceful, divine protection and bountiful blessing from above  upon you and your family.
I would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season.  2020 has truly been a very rough year.
Merry Christmas
Have a great Hanukkah
Have a great Kwanzaa
Bless Boxing Day
Have a great Ōmisoka

Have a happy 2021 New Years Day
Mask Up!  Wash Up!  Stay Safe! 
Your Retiree Chapter President  Bobby Donelson

Results of the Feb 5, 2020 Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Meeting

Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter met today from 10:40 AM until 1:30 PM.

Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter had an election of officers, voted Ron Lucio as an alternated if one of the trustee are not available, and voted to send in a 2020 National Convention Resolution – Article 6 requesting retirees be permitted vote and voice during National APWU Conventions.

Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter officers for 2020-2023 are listed below.

Bobby Donelson President

Frank Townsend Secretary Treasurer

Walter Lovett Trustee

Carrie Zeller Trustee

Richard Cantu Trustee

Article 6 Convention Resolution

We are in 2020 now and the next National APWU, AFL-CIO Convention will be in Los Angeles, CA this August. As has been previously stated many not all retirees would like to see the National APWU, AFL-CIO Constitution changed to allow for retirees to vote and speak at the convention.

Therefore, the Southwest Coastal Area Local will be voting on the Article 6 proposed constitutional change at our February 5, 2020 Meeting.   If approved, we will send the proposed amendment to the National APWU, AFL-CIO as a resolution to be discussed at the National APWU, AFL-CIO Convention.

If we are to be successful, we need the support of many delegates. Unfortunately, in the past we have not had many non-retired delegates speak in favor of the proposed change. Because we have a very limited number of retirees who are full dues paying local members and therefore eligible to be a regular convention delegate, we have not had a lot of delegates speaking in favor the proposed change.

The resolution being voted on at our Retiree Chapter Meeting is:

Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter

WHEREAS, as the mothers and fathers of the American Postal Workers Union, retired members are a storehouse of knowledge, battle-tested experience, and wisdom to be utilized as a valuable American Postal Workers Union asset, and

WHEREAS, American Postal Workers Union Retiree Department members paid full dues for decades, and

WHEREAS, most American Postal Workers Union Retiree are like all retirees and live on a fixed reduced income, and

WHEREAS, many American Postal Workers Union Retiree step forward when the union needs assistance or support,

WHEREAS, a united American Postal Workers Union benefits all APWU Members, therefore be it

Resolved, to amend the American Postal Workers Union Constitution and Bylaws Article 6.   Add a new Section 6 and changing current section 6 to Section 7.   New section 6 would read: National Convention local, state, regional affiliates, or organizations voting strength/representation provisions will apply to chartered APWU State and Local Retiree Chapters with the exception that Retiree Chapter’s voting strength/representation will be one (1) for one-hundred (100) or fraction thereof.




Bobby Donelson, Retiree Chapter President                                                                 Frank Townsend, Retiree Chapter Secretary Treasurer