There once was a man from Nantucket whose job was so screwed up he said phucket.  He showed up every day…did minimum for the pay and that’s why the mail is late every day.  Cutting jobs here, changing start times there… it’s pretty hard to find someone who actually cares.  1000 miles away the number crunchers sit, they sit behind a desk and they don’t know sh*t.  they say do it this way because the computer says it will work, so people’s jobs change and the plant goes berzerk.  Then for 2 days the mail is on time, don’t celebrate yet or pop the cork on that wine, something will fail, it happens every single time.  They say a semi full of mail should make this trip in a half hour or less, but what about December, when the roads are covered in ice and a complete mess. Here’s an idea to the crunchers which I thought I’d share… you stay on your side… yeah you just stay there.

I recently met with a member of management, whom I will not name, but it rhymes with Gus and he’s not very sane.  He said my reasons are untimely and without merit, and he said it with a grin, I said you think it’s a game but it’s a game I shall win.

Now I shall stop rhyming and tell you what’s in the works, not all will be happy and won’t see the perks.

I’d like to thank the members for giving me the opportunity to go to Las Vegas for 2017 All Craft Conference.  Sunday October 1st, 2017 is a day I will never forget. The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place one block away from our hotel.  Over 58 people died and over 500 injured.  I don’t know if I have ever felt that level of fear and it doesn’t even compare to those attending that event and I pray no one we know ever has to experience the level of fear the way so many people did that night.  God bless everyone who lost their lives and God bless their families.

Back to the conference, I had the opportunity to learn different ways to interpret parts of the contract; I learned that the National APWU is extremely smart when dealing with the Postal Service.  It’s like a strategic chess game and when you don’t think they are doing very much (just like I thought too), they are preparing for a battle which they usually win.  I learned how to see through some of the postal bullsh*t and what info to request in order to win the grievances.  I also learned about the new/returning work and how the new PSE positions will be taken into account.  I want to mention that we are not alone when it comes to this frustrating issue.  Across the country, the Postal Service is dragging their feet causing frustration for all parties involved.  Have faith that we as dues paying members are always being looked out for even though we’re not told everything.

So here’s what I’m working on:

1. Working with management regarding the holiday schedule position.  If they don’t talk to the union before posting it they agree to pay the APWU $200.00 for each infraction.

2. The grievance for MVS picking up non-delivered Amazon from the hubs and bringing it back for cross-dock delivery is at step 3 and should be heard shortly..

3. Scanning is required.  It was heard, argued and the end result is that scanning is part of our job.

4. Keeping up on untimely holiday schedule posting.

5. Trying to get a tour 1 VMF going again.  I’ve talked with some VMF brothers and they’re on board along with some management.

6. I have some other grievances in the works and I’ll keep you up to date as they progress.

An important reminder:

If you ever have to talk with the PI’s, do yourself a favor and ask for a steward.  It can save you a headache, not to mention your job.

As always,

Fighting for You,
Fighting for Us,
Fighting to Win!

In solidarity,

Adam Godes,
MVS Steward and Craft Trustee