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Dear Local Leaders and Members,
Thank you for the privilege of serving you as Director of Industrial Relations for three years. When I ran on the Members First Team in 2013, the vision was to make our union better and the leadership more responsive to the members. I am proud to say that during my tenure we did make great strides to accomplish our promise. We converted more than 40,000 PSE’S to career employees. We won more than $100 million dollars in grievance settlements. My department under my leadership created and published countless manuals like FMLA as one example.
Even with these accomplishments, the Industrial Relations Department was challenged from the beginning with the Legal Department being fired by the President just before the beginning of 2015 National Negotiations. The Industrial Relations Department was not allowed to staff key positions i.e. Safety, Research staff, and staff attorneys, all whom had been a fixture in IRD from inception. The President refused to allow the department to even staff vacant secretary positions for almost a year.
Even with all the attempts to sabotage the IRD department by the President and Secretary Treasure we survived and excelled. The most significant development was a lack of transparency brought on by actions such as one on-one meetings between HQ USPS Vice-President of Labor Relations Doug Tulino and the APWU National President. In the beginning we met jointly. As IRD I debated serious issues to include the lack of veteran hiring and conversion of all PSE’s to PTF. Because I took issue with veteran’s issue and didn’t agree with the 20 10 language that violated veteran’s rights, the meetings became one on one.
The final straw was during this year’s negotiations. It was shown that power corrupts, and absolute power certainly corrupts. I say this because the principle officer excluded the craft officers, whom are elected by their craft to represent them, would not let them do the job they were elected to has to be nothing but a power grab. To blatantly disrespect the Rank and File members that disagree with the give backs has no place in our union. The Rank and File members did exactly what the constitution mandated, and that was determine if the contract was FAIR AND BALANCED for the members, we all represent.
As the Chief spokesperson and the primary responsible officer for the 2015 contract, I can attest that we didn’t have such divisive issues. The Craft Directors, Assistance Craft Officers, and other directors were all involved and engaged in securing a contract for our members. All NBAs received a copy with the contract language presently in place to give them an opportunity to weigh in if there needed to be changes based on their experience in the field. We worked as a team. We respected each other’s ideas. We also debated vigorously on the best course to take and stood firm together on our final decision. The Rank and File Committee were treated with respect. I gave them an in-depth report on each step we had taken and what we were doing.
I have heard the remarks from the president, and he does not speak of what is happening now from 20 16- 2019. Rather, he speaks on the great job done from 2013-2016. As the Director of industrial Relations, I was directly responsible for many of those successes to which he speaks, and I humbly ascertain that my work is why things went so well.
Because I believe that I can lead APWU members into a new era of governance and transparency, I have decided to seek the position of President of the American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO in this year’s election. I ask your support in rebuilding our union to continue to protect the interests of its hardworking members and their families. I firmly believe that my work as a leader in this union for more than 35 years, speaks volumes about my dedication and loyalty to you, the members, of this great union. I am committed to making you, the members, a priority and I am ready to do the job.
We have much more we can and will do together to make the APWU a great union. In seeking election, know that my goals and passions remain the same and will never change -“Members First”.
APWU Workers For Change
• President of Fayetteville Areal Local #984 APWU (30yrs)
• Former President of Central Labor Council AFL-CIO (I4yrs)
• Former Vice-President of NC Council (13 years)
• Vice-President of North Carolina AFL-ClO (16 years)
• Former Vice-President of Central Labor Council AFL-CIO (5years)
• Former President of NC Council APWU (6 years)
• Former President of Local Chapter A. Phillip Randolph APR. (7years)
• Former Chairman of National President’s Conference (5years)
• Former Co-Chair of National President’s Conference (4 years)
• Former Chairman of the 2008/2012 National Labor/Management Committee
• Member of New Alliance Committee for NC State AFL-CIO
• National Arbitration Advocate (30 years)
• Won first major Hearing-Impaired case against USPS.
• Negotiated first LMOU in the country for small offices; this model was adopted by National
• Congressional District Coordinator for AFL-CIO/ APR!
• National Remote Encoding Site Committee Member
• Certified Mediation Council for the NC Superior Court System
• Negotiated first major medical T.E. Health Plan in the APWU with New York Life Insurance
• Negotiated first Due Process language for TE language in the USPS that was incorporated into the national agreement.
• Merit System Protection Board representative (30 years)
• Equal Employment Opportunity Representative (25 years)
• OWCP Representative, North Carolina (25 years)
• Guardian ad Litem for Children, Cumberland County (8 years)
Tenure Highlights Industrial Relations Director -2013 2016
• Exceeded the normal amount of national cases ever arbitrated or pre arbitrated at Headquarters, resulting in more than $75 million in payments to our members
• Worked with other national officers in the conversion of over 40,000 plus PSEs to career status
• Developed National Discipline task force to reduce the number of cases in the field
• Reduced Regional Arbitrations cases by 26%
• Developed (A.U.G.E.R.) APWU-USPS Grievance Enhancement and Reduction Procedure to improve the Grievance resolution process for members at the lowest level
• Enhanced Electronic Grievance System (EGS) to assist Locals in managing members Grievances
• Developed and implemented Nationwide Bid Tracking System (BTS) for all crafts
• Implemented a Comprehensive Safety Program as A Priority
• Created an APWU National Non-Compliance Process which has provided members with settlements worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments
• Chair and Lead spokesperson for our APWU 2015-2016 Contract Negotiations Team
• Implemented the National Teleconference called Zoom at HQ to better reach our members
• Worked on requiring the USPS to adhere to the principle of Article 15 when cases are appealed to arbitration and should be heard in 120 days, ensuring that our members would not suffer from being out for years before their cases are heard
• Established a meeting with USPS/APWU for the first National Labor Management meeting since 1995.
• County Democratic Party Co-Chair (4 years)
• Negotiated and signed step 4 agreement for two persons on the DBCS at all times. (NOTE: The present administration refused to enforce or acknowledge it in the 2018 JCIM)