DONALD 4 PRESIDENT

                              NEWS FLASH

We Should Not Elect 20 Years Of The Same, Incompetent People To Run Our Local Union.

Vote Donald Greer for Chicago Local President

  1. Professional Leadership
  2. Knowledgeable Representation
  3. Develop Strong Representatives, That Know How To Manage Management.

 

 

      Vote April 5 thru April 27th, 2017

“Put Ballot in the Mail Not On the Kitchen Table”

     STAND UP, BE INFORMED, GET INVOLVED 

                                    VOTE ! 

                         

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Chicago Local Union Election 2017

Hello brothers and sisters,

We the membership should not re-elect officers who fail to keep us informed and who:

  • Misappropriate union funds.
  • Do not show transparency.
  • Failed to represent all members.
  • Continue to lie on (Donald Greer) and other trustworthy members.
  • Deceive the membership
  • Demonstrate incompetency

 

The Chicago Local President and Secretary Treasurer have been reported to the Department of Labor. They have not been willing to show bank statements.

Beware of the free lunch, these individuals should be indicted.

 

      Vote April 5 thru April 27th, 2017

 

   

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News Flash

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2015 Annual Union Dues Report

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2015 annual report

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New Pay Rates Under The New APWU-USPS Contract

From our National APWU President Mark Dimondstein, he is pleased to announce that according to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26.

Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 4, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.

The raise and retroactive pay are part of a two-year battle for a good contract. I recorded a special video to salute you and to provide a better understanding of the progress we have made in this new contract.

, and Fight for Let’s continue to stay strong, stand togetherJustice!

In Union Solidarity,

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APWU New Contract Agreement With USPS


Arbitration Award Announced! Read more ›

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What’s Up with Chicago Local Union Dues???

Hello brothers and sisters,

It’s always a pleasure to keep the members informed in hopes that you will get involved. During my regular attendance at the monthly union meetings, I’ve come to learn that the union is spending more money than what’s coming in.

The Chicago Local Union, president and secretary treasure has been operating without a budget since taking office, in turn the union dues are not being managed properly. Recently there has been allegations regarding personal use of some of the money such as purchasing food for  executive board meetings and taking out a loan. In September 2015 the secretary treasure took out a $20,000 loan an failed to mention it in the general membership meetings. In 2016 the president and the secretary treasure took out another loan in the amount of $350,000 without the approval of the executive board and it has never been mentioned at the general membership meetings.

I also learned while attending a union meeting that in order to become a Stewart you have to take a class, pass a test and be considered. According to the Chicago Constitution and Bylaws you only have to be a member in good standards to qualify for any position including stewards. The president and secretary treasure are operating outside of the union constitution and bylaws; they are deceiving the membership by not being transparent, partaking in reckless spending while using union headquarters as collateral.

The member are responsible for paying a debt they know nothing about, so I ask you…….

Are your dues working for you?

Do you know how your dues are being spent?

Stand up, be informed and get involved.

 

 

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Do you know the financial status of your local ?

Greetings my brothers and sisters,

It’s always a pleasure  to keep you informed in hopes that you will get involved.  Brothers and sisters our local (Chicago Local) is in a financial crises. I have been attending the General membership meetings monthly; I have learned that our Secretary Treasure has been operating without a budget and has not been following the Chicago Local Constitution and By-Laws. Under Article 5 Section 1.  State the Secretary Treasure prepare a written report of all actives, attendance, issues, vote count by officers of each Executive Board meetings and present to membership at next general membership meeting.  The officers failed to follow this article.

The Chicago Local had an outstanding debt in the amount of $284,910.00 owed to 35 creditors.  The sale of the previous property was sold on October 17, 2014 for $1.5 million dollars and over $96,000 was transferred over from the O’Hare Midway T Local to pay off the above and future debts. There was the purchase of a vacant building at 4217 south Halsted, Chicago Illinois 60609  In 2015 and the Executive Board hired a project manager to handle the renovation of the old Teamsters Union Hall.  The members have the right to know the cost of the building and renovation.

As of March, 2015 it was stated that our local had a balance of $658,295 dollars.  As of November, 2015 the general account showed a balance of $24,292 dollars.  In theses challenging times member involvement is necessary in order to hold our union staff accountable and move forward with integrity.

 

Poor Representation

United States Postal Service workers are seeing the high wages chipped away and many are concerned about outsourcing.  Currently the representation of our local is being questioned, membership dues are diminishing and there are complaints of a lack of direction and transparency.  Until next time Stand up, Be Informed and Get Involved. 

 

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American Postal Workers Union, O’Hare Midway “T” Local 7011 v. American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

Unfortunately, the court determined that the National APWU properly exercised the discretion it has under the Constitution in taking the actions it did.  We challenged the APWU initial decision not to merge the unit into Local 7011, we challenged the scheduling and conduct of the election and we challenged the conduct of the Convention.  The court rejected each of these challenges, finding that the Executive Board validly exercised its discretion under the national APWU Constitution in taking each of the actions it did. Read the complaint for yourself and determine if this was the right call.

C O M P L A I N T

Plaintiffs, American Postal Workers Union, O’Hare Midway “T” Local 7011 (“Local 7011”), Donald Greer, Patrick Hooper, Saunder Jones, and Thais Hampton (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), by and

through their attorneys, complaining of Defendant, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (“APWU”), allege as follows:

1. This action arises under the laws of the United States and is brought pursuant to Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act (“LMRA”), 29 U.S.C. §185. Jurisdiction is

based upon the existence of questions arising thereunder, as hereinafter more fully appears.

2. Local 7011 is a voluntary association, commonly referred to as a labor organization or union. At all relevant times prior to the events outlined herein, Local 7011

represented approximately 350 employees of the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) at the Chicago International Military Service Center (CIMSC), located at 11600 West Irving Park Road

in Chicago, Illinois. Local 7011 is a subordinate local union of the APWU, and the bargaining unit employees at J.T. Weeker were the only bargaining unit employees that Local 7011 represents.

3. Donald Greer is the duly elected President of Local 7011.

4. Patrick Hooper, Saunder Jones and Thais Hampton were members of Local 7011 at all relevant times through the events outlined herein.

5. The APWU is also a labor organization, with an office at 55 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois. The APWU is the national union representing employee of the USPS.

6. The relationship between Local 7011 and the APWU is in the first instance governed by the Constitution and By-Laws of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (“Constitution”).

A true and correct copy of the current Constitution is attached hereto as Exhibit A.

7. The Constitution provides in relevant part that National Conventions are to be conducted every other year, and that the National Executive Board of the APWU is the highest

ranking body of the APWU in between National Conventions (Art. 13).

8. The National Executive Board of the APWU adopted the Merger Guidelines of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, as a supplement the Constitution. A true and correct

copy of the current Merger Guidelines is attached hereto as Exhibit B.

9. The Merger Guidelines and Constitution constitute contracts between the APWU and its subordinate Local Unions, including Local 7011.

10. Section 301 of the LMRA gives the federal courts jurisdiction to decide suits to enforce contracts between labor organizations, including suits by Union members as third-party

beneficiaries of contracts between labor organizations.

11. By letter dated September 14, 2012 (Ex. C), the USPS notified the APWU that it was consolidating its Irving Park Road P & DC facility into CIMSC (which is also known as the J.T.

Weeker International Service Center), which are located next to each other. Per the USPS notice, the Irving Park Road employees were to be “involuntarily reassigned” to the CIMSC . The merged

facility has approximately 400 bargaining unit employees.

12. The Irving Park Road facility’s bargaining unit employees were represented by Local 0001 of the APWU. On information and belief, Local 0001 represents approximately1,500 USPS

employees at other facilities in and around Chicago, in addition to those at the Irving Park Road facility.

13. Under the Merger Guidelines, “[w]hen the operation of an identified section within a Local is transferred permanently to an existing postal installation represented by a different Local,

the gaining Local shall assume representation rights of the employees.” (Sec. 2.8(2)(D)).

14. The bargaining unit employees at the Irving Park Road facility were “an identified section within” Local 0001, and were “transferred permanently to an existing postal installation

represented by” Local 7011.

15. Pursuant to the Merger Guidelines, Local 7011 should have assumed representation of the employees merged into CIMSC.

16. By letter dated September 22, 2012, Local 7011 sent a request to the APWU that it be designated as the exclusive bargaining representative of the merged employees consistent with

the Merger Guidelines.

17. Notwithstanding the clear requirement of the Merger Guidelines, the APWU did not designate Local 7011 to represent the merged employees. Instead, on June 28, 2013, the National

Executive Board of the APWU decided to conduct a jurisdictional representation referendum to determine which Local Union would represent all employees at the merged facilities. The APWU

decided to let all members of both Locals vote, including those members of Local 0001 who work at facilities completely unaffected by the merger.

18. Under the Merger Guidelines, when a jurisdictional representation referendum is conducted, “[a] thirty (30) day notice will be posted in all offices of the affected Local or Area Local

and the involved installation, advising of the date, time and location of conducting the jurisdictional referendum vote.” (Sec. 2.8(2)(B)(v)).

19. Local 7011 objected to the referendum by letter dated July 13, 2013, due to its inconsistency with the Merger Guidelines and the fact that the APWU would allow over 1000

members of Local 0001 who work at facilities completely unaffected by the merger to determine which Local would assume representation of the merged CIMSC bargaining unit.

20. On July 30, 2013, the APWU denied Local 7011’s objections.

21. Also on July 30, 2013, Local 7011 formally requested that the National Executive Board reconsider its decision and stated its intention to appeal the decision to the next National

Convention, to be held in July or August 2014. Absent reconsideration, Local 7011 requested that the APWU stay the referendum pending consideration by the National Convention.

22. On August 1, 2013, the APWU rejected Local 7011’s request for reconsideration and to stay the referendum.

23. On August 6, 2013, the APWU notified Local 7011 that Local 0001 won the referendum by a vote of 199 to 122, with just 323 out of 2040 eligible members voting.

24. On August 8, 2013, Local 7011 appealed the referendum, noting that many members did not receive ballots or return envelopes, there was no notice of how ballots would be counted, and

the “certified” results are facially inaccurate.

25. Local 0001 has assumed representing and collecting dues from all employees of the merged facility, including Donald Greer, Patrick Hooper, Saunder Jones and Thais Hampton.

26. Local 7011 intends to continue with its appeals of the decisions of the National Executive Board to the National Convention, including improprieties in the referendum.

27. The APWU has violated the Constitution and/or the Merger Guidelines by:

a. failing to designate Local 7011 as the exclusive bargaining representative of the bargaining unit employees at the CIMSC;

b. failing to give sufficient notice of the referendum; and

c. failing to conduct a fair referendum.

28. The APWU’s violations of the Constitution and/or Merger Guidelines have irreparably harmed the interests of Local 7011 and its members, including Donald Greer:

a. by denying the bargaining unit members of their selected bargaining unit representative;

b. by requiring bargaining unit members, including Donald Greer, Patrick Hooper, Saunder Jones and Thais Hampton, to pay dues to a Local Union which they did not select, and which is not

entitled to receive the dues money; and

c. by depriving Local 7011 of its member’s dues.

29. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief to require the APWU to abide by its contracts with Local 7011 and/or to restore the status quo ante pending an appeal to the National

Convention, as well as monetary damages in the amount of dues which the APWU’s breach of contract has deprived Local 7011.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs pray:

(A) For declaratory relief finding that the Merger Guidelines require the APWU to award representation of the merged employees to Local 7011 as the “gaining local;”

(B) For injunctive relief requiring the APWU to award representation of the merged employees to Local 7011 as the “gaining local,” consistent with the Merger Guidelines;

(C) Alternatively, for injunctive relief requiring the APWU to restore the status quo as it existed prior to the August 2013 referendum, pending Local 7011’s appeal to the National Convention;

(D) For judgment against the APWU for dues that Local 7011 would have received but for the APWU’s violation of the Merger Guidelines;

(E) That Plaintiff have such further relief as may be deemed just and equitable by the Court, all at Defendant’s cost.

Brian C. Hlavin

Patrick N. Ryan

Attorneys for the Plaintiffs

BAUM SIGMAN AUERBACH & NEUMAN, LTD.

200 West Adams Street, Suite 2200

Chicago, IL 60606-5231

E-Mail: bhlavin@baumsigman.com

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The history of APWU, The Strike That Couldn’t Happen 

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