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Jan/Feb/Mar 2013 Badger Bulletin - American Postal Workers Union ...

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Jan/Feb/Mar 2013 Badger Bulletin - American Postal Workers Union

W APWUThe Badger BulletinTheAmerican Postal Workers Union of WisconsinWVolume 46 No. 1 PPA Award Winner Jan/Feb/Mar, 2013The President’s Report . . . by Steve Lord2013 The Year Of Postal ReformHi Everyone. I hope your holidays went them out to you. We need to keep letting our action on the part of local officers and members.Many of your members probably don’t with your members what you can do locallyJeff Worden. At your local meetings discusswell and that you have a happy and healthy representative know where we stand. We need2013. Unfortunately this could be 2011 or to pay visits to them when they are back in their know that at the beginning session of a new to get your opinions heard by your legislative2012 nothing seems to have changed for us. districts.Congress everything starts over. A bill that representative. Make a plan and carry it out. IfWe are still dangling over our own fiscal cliff. The “fiscal cliff” vote at the end of the year passed the Senate but not the House of Representativesmust be reintroduced in the Senate done by the national and at the state level willwe don’t do anything locally everything that isCongress doesn’t see any urgency in our financialproblems that they have created for us. We tives can be broken. The 2012 elections showed and be voted on all over again. It will have a be less effective. Congressional representativesshowed that the resolve of right wing conserva-still are mandated to prefund retiree health care the extreme right which way the political wind new number and might not even resemble the pay attention to the opinions of their constituentsmore than from a lobbyist in Washington.costs far into the future. We still are unable to was blowing and it was not at their backs. As a same bill passed in the previous session. Thatraise our rates sufficiently to cover our costs. window clerk I can pretty much get the feel for is why we must be more diligent and more You are the voters who elect them. Let’s makeThere is a little less doom and gloom howeverthan in the past couple of years. Democrats see the USPS go down. We must find ways to live with is passed in 2013.the brink of financial disaster and our jobs arethe will of my customers. They do not want to dedicated and make sure postal reform we can 2013 the year that the USPS is pulled back fromstill control the Whitehouse. We survived the keep these people informed and on our side. Expect calls from me or Legislative Director made more secure.election cycle that sees more way Democrat Our priority more than ever must be legislative.Senators up for reelection than Republicans In March I will be going to Washington DCand kept a majority there. This means that we for the NPC Legislative Conference. After theshould have several layers of protection from conference I will be visiting Representatives officesto get our view point across to them. I willTentative 2013 Agendathe extremists’ attempts to sink the USPS. Underline,boldface and italicize the word should. be specifically concentrating on the office of our Not much if anything is set in stone as far as training and events for 2013. Here areNothing is for certain. Deals and compromises new Senator Tammy Baldwin. If you want to go some tentative dates.are made in Congress all the time.there is still time to sign up. If you come we willMarch 1-5 Legislative NPC in Washington DCWe must remain diligent and keep getting visit the office of your representatives. It is hardMarch 16-17 APWU of Wisconsin Training Seminar in Wausauour point of view across to our local Congress for us to visit an office of your representativeAugust 25-26 John Akey Seminar in Madisonperson and our Senators. When you get cards if there is no on from that district with us. The By the time you read this there will be more info on the Wausau seminar and thein the mail to sign and send to your representativeplease send them in. There is a reason the district of the representative we are visiting. Congratulations to all of you retiring at the end of January. See you all soon.first thing we are asked is who is there from the Akey Seminar. Sorry about the delay but sometimes it’s unavoidable.National APWU spends the dollars to send 2013 must be a year of increased politicalRetirement AnnouncementThere is which coming up next month. He will have cal Treasurer for a period of 28 years. She both of you for your sincere dedication toa good number spent a total of 37 years during that time periodas the President of the Kenosha Local. retary–Treasurer and Editor for a total of six it is time for you to relax and have somewas also active in the State APWU as Sec-your Union. Although you will be missed,of APWU memberstaking advantageof the His wife Paula filled the position of Lo-Congratulations and Thank You to the Best wishes to all the retirees.Quite an accomplishment.years.fun.“Early Out”incentive programoffered bythe Postal Servicethis month( J a n u a r y ) .Among thosemaking the decisionto enter life after the Postal Serviceare Rick and Paula Gallo.Most of you know Rick as an APWU ofWisconsin State Officer. He served a totalof 14 years as President, Secretary-Treasureror Director of Education and Organizationof our State.In his “Home Town” of Kenosha, he waselected to the position of Local APWUPresident in 1975 and filled that positionuntil 1991 when he decided to take a break.About a year later though he was appointedto the Local position of Secretary to fill theremainder of the position that had been vacated.In 1993, Rick ran for President againand filled that Office until the next ElectionDo You Have Too Much To Do?by David YaoIt’s a common story in Customer Servicethese days — not enough clerks to get thework done. Almost every unit has seen jobsreverted by management. The staffing modelthat was adopted recently (SST) is miserlywith work hours.Clerks are being told to do more jobs everyday. This can be stressful, as many of us areconscientiously striving to get everythingdone, and done correctly. Suddenly it seemslike you are being asked to do the impossible.It’s a mental strain, but you have to have aplan for coping with the situation.1. It’s not your fault. First of all, it’s notyour fault that the unit is understaffed. It ismanagement’s decision, and they are notscheduling to allow for sick calls — their attitudeis that the unit has to deal with it if theyare shorthanded.Realize that this has become almost standardin the workplace. Corporations cut staffand force the remaining workers to do extrajobs, a strategy that may reduce quality andthat increases job stress. But it also increasesprofits. Government agencies have laid offemployees due to budget cuts, caused partlyby the recession and partly by tax breaks forthe wealthy. (There also is a conscious effortto starve government of revenue by the antitax,anti-government forces.)Not to say that this is right or that youshould be expected to do a superhumanamount of work in a short time. Our contractrecognizes the principle of a fair day’s workfor a fair day’s pay. Remember to work at asafe speed. Do not put your body at risk byrushing through your assigned tasks (whichalso increases the chances of making mistakes).2. Ask for Help. Asking for help will notsolve understaffing but it can relieve yourstress. We are used to getting a lot done butwhen you are asked to do more, and thenasked to do even more?The key is communication. If you thinkyou will need help, tell your supervisor —even if you do not expect to get help. Youhave then handed responsibility over to thesupervisor; it is their problem, not yours.You can also let your supervisor know youwon’t have the time to do all the work, andgive them choices. Which do you want me todo? Or do you want me to stay overtime to getthis done?3. Talk to Your Coworkers. Communicationis important for everyone to get thejob done, prioritize schedules, or know whysomeone is leaving the work behind. It alsohelps if the clerks can discuss the work situationand work out a common solution to addressthe problems.— Source: Greater Seattle APWU NewsThe Union Newspaper is the Most Visible Sign of Life in the Labor Movement

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