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John's letter to the members regarding changes in work schedule

To All Concerned:

The Federal Wage System (OPM, FLSA etc.) governs shift work in the Post Office. For the Post Office the barrier between tours 3 and 1 is 2000 (8:00 PM).

Articles 8.2.A and 8.2.B of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) establish our work week and work day for issues such as Night Differential and Sunday Premium.

Reposting of Clerk Duty Assignments, with some exceptions, is required by a list of circumstances in Article 37.3.A.4 (CBA) and LMOU Item 21 G. Time changes are cumulative beginning, in our case, on November 21, 2010 through today (measured with a circle).

Further, Tours are defined in three places in our Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU); Item 9, Leave; Item 14, Overtime; and Item 18, Excessing. These limits were negotiated to govern only when the individual issues (Items) to which they are attached are applied. The Postal Service cannot negotiate its federally mandated tours for timekeeping purposes. I have scrutinized the recent change and I assure you that no one has been moved to a different tour or to a different work day or work week.

There has been no violation. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding this information. In the meantime, I remain

Yours in Peace and Union Solidarity,

John S. Olive

Pensacola Florida Area Local
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 

cc: Officers, Shop Stewards

DIR Dan Miranda Retires

The Pensacola Area Local bids farewell to Director of Industrial Relations (DIR) Dan Miranda and wish him the best as he embarks on his new adventure, retirement. Dan retired from the Postal Service on April 25th. After a short visit to the Tampa area and with his sons here in Pensacola and Houston, Dan will be making a new home in the Philippines.

Jim Dey has taken on the job of Director of Industrial Relations for the Local.

Our many thanks to Dan for all he has done for the Local and thank Jim Dey for assuming the responsibilities of the job of DIR


Postal management tries to deny all annual leave requests at the Plant

Email President John Olive sent to all the officers and stewards.


This morning I sat down with the Pensacola Plant Manager, Robert Johnson, and received some disconcerting news.

Effective today (he's having a staff meeting with his supervisors today at 1 o'clock) the Postal Service at the Pensacola Plant will no longer approve requests for annual leave (AL).

He put it this way, "If a section gets four people off by quota and two are off now, when two more request AL it will be denied". Our AL percentages will not be recognized.

I can only imagine the turmoil this intentional mistake is about to cause; so, we MUST file grievances at every opportunity and be sure to follow through to step two.

Additionally, there will without a doubt be an increased use of Sick Leave as workers discover it to be the only leave available. And we will be prepared to thwart management's very predictable response to this very predictable side effect.

Today I asked Robert to direct his supervisors in their meeting this afternoon to cooperate fully with workers and shop stewards who are filing grievances. Just follow the rules and things shouldn't get too complicated. He agreed to do so.

And finally, I'm asking you to contact me personally when you are first aware of this violation. Keep in touch and so will I.
I remain

Yours in Peace and Solidarity,

John S. Olive

Bulletin board posting on May 30, 2012

To: APWU Members

Pensacola Plant

Yesterday’s Postal Management Directive that every request for Annual Leave (AL) be denied is no longer in effect.

Plant Manager Robert Johnson and I discussed the issue today and after full consideration of its background, current situation and its value (importance) to the workers it is agreed that the “new policy” is rescinded.

As always, annual leave regulations for the Pensacola Installation shall be governed by Section 510 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Article 10 of our 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Pensacola Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU).

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your shop steward if you have any questions or comments regarding this information.

I remain,

Yours in Peace and Union Solidarity,

John S. Olive


Sadly, we report that former President of the Local, Perrin Ellis, has passed away.

In his last years working in Pensacola, Perrin was at the East Hill Station before transferring to Oklahoma where he remained until his death this past week.

Our sincere sympathy goes to Perrin's family---his wife Sophia and children.

For more, please go here.

Holiday Wishes from the Pensacola Local

Become a Steward on November 27th

The Nov 11th Retirement Seminar has been changed.
Instead of the seminar, contact your shop steward for Molly's phone number to schedule a personal appointment.

Destin, Florida - Come show your support for our Wounded Warriors

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! Florida Voter Registration Deadline 10/9

The APWU and Postal Service have announced an early retirement with incentive (click for details)

pdf icon Summary of National Rules, & Important Pensacola Changes

pdf icon Lead Clerk Info and current bid jobs for Pensacola

January's Union meeting voting results  Page 1 | Page 2

The Postal Service Hires More Veterans Than Any Other Civilian Employer

Jovita's slideshow from the "Day of Action" rally on 9/27/11

Pensacola rally makes the news!

"Call to Action" Petition. Please Sign and Send to Representative Jeff Miller

Pensacola's Postal Rally on Sept 27th makes the Pensacola Journal News

Local Negotiations Continue (August 27, 2011)

The ground rules have been set and local negotiations are in full swing.

On Wednesday, August 17th, members of our Negotiation Team (Dan Miranda, Jovita Olive and Sandy Wheeler)) led by President John Olive met with USPS officials in Milton to establish ground rules and set the date for formal negotiations to begin.  The management team consisted of Gulf Breeze Postmaster Val Johnson and OIC Catrinia Jones. 

The same occurred on Thursday, August 18th, when the group traveled to meet with postal officials in Crestview.  President John Olive and the same team who met in Milton, discussed ground rules and set a date for formal negotiations with MPOO Todd Smith, Crestview Postmaster and USPS Step 2 designee in the grievance procedure John Blair and Postmaster of Valparaiso Jerry Maynard.  It was agreed that LMOU's for the small AO's would be negotiated together.

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Both sides exchanged proposals on Monday, August 22nd for Pensacola's LMOU.  Plant Manager Ethel King was chief spokesperson for the USPS.  OSS Elizabeth Papp-Stinson, Maintenance Manager Robert Frommel and Customer Service Supervisor Adell Johnson assisted her.  The management team designated Chris Weathers as their Recording Secretary. President John Olive, DIR Dan Miranda, Clerk Craft Director Sandy Wheeler, Maintenance Craft Director Kevin Stemcosky and Secretary Jovita Olive represented the Union.

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Most proposals were tabled for further discussion.  One of the main topics of discussion was whether the 01/02 section should be combined with the Main Office Window Section to form, as management proposes, the GMF Station.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 29th.

The following day, Tuesday, August 23rd, management representatives John Blair and Jerry Maynard met with the Union team (the same members who had met with management the previous day in Pensacola and Jim Dey) at the union hall.  It was quite an accomplishment as 7 LMOU's for 7 offices were completed. 

Wednesday, August 24th, Gulf Breeze representatives met in Pensacola to begin discussions on their LMOU.  John Blair, Todd Smith, Val Johnson and Jerry Maynard represented the employer.  Alternate Stewards in Gulf Breeze and Navarre Leigh Ann Loggins and Jerri Keel joined the union team to discuss the issues.  As with Pensacola's negotiations, most of the proposals were tabled for further discussion.  A meeting to continue was set for Wednesday, August 31st.

Formal negotiations for the Milton LMOU began Thursday, August 25th.  Jim Dey joined the other 5 members of the team for the Union.  For management were Catrinia Jones and Jerry Maynard.  President Olive asked that management present counter proposals for the language they had trouble with in the union proposals.  The next meeting for Milton's LMOU is Thursday, September 1st.

Cantonment Postmaster Paul Stull and MPOO Todd Smith met with the union at the union hall on Friday, August 26th.  After some good discussions, both sides were able to complete negotiations for the LMOU.

The Union will be meeting with management next week in Bonifay.  Hopefully, negotiations there will go smoothly as the ones here locally have.

It is possible that negotiations could be completed next week.  We will keep you posted.


Local Negotiations Begin (August 17, 2011)

The Pensacola Area Local has begun the local negotiations process with meetings to set ground rules for the discussions that will follow for changes to our Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU).

On Tuesday, August 16, 2011, representatives of the two parties, the Union and US Postal Service in Pensacola, met at 1400 W. Jordan Street. Immediately afterwards, both parties met to establish ground rules for the Gulf Breeze installation. Today, Milton’s ground rules were set.

Local President John Olive wrote this about local negotiations in the last issue of the local newsletter, the Pensacola Postal Voice:  “As discussed here before, these negotiations are vital to bringing workers’ rights to the day-to-day workplace everywhere we work. Your LMOU defines the rules for many issues, from Leave Approval to Excessing to Holiday Work to Overtime to Hurricane Preparedness and much more. As you may know, we have historically established a time frame for these local agreements within the terms of a new National Agreement(CBR). Understanding this, we know that this year’s LMOU negotiations may be the most important we have faced in many years, both because this National Agreement is an agreement for almost 5 years (It’s a longer term than we are accustomed to and we know without much doubt that it will be 2015 or later before we have this opportunity again) and also because our new National Agreement contains more changes than any of its predecessors. This negotiation is a process. The process costs you and me in both financial terms and in terms of human resources; but essentially, it is what we do as a Union. ”Once ground rules have been established at all the other offices the Local represents, local negotiations will proceed to the next step, presenting proposals and counter proposals from both parties for discussion.

We will keep you posted on all the developments.

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Local negotiations begin for the Pensacola Area Local. For the Plant and Customer Service in Pensacola are, pictured above, left to right, for the Union, President John Olive, Director of Industrial Relations Dan Miranda and Maintenance Craft Director Kevin Stemcosky.  For the Postal Service:  Center and to the right, Customer Service Supervisor Adell Johnson, Postmaster Stanley Walker, Maintenance Manager Robert Frommel, OSS Elizabeth Papp-Stinson and Plant Manager Ethel King.

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Local negotiations begin for for Gulf Breeze, from left to right, for the Union, President John Olive, Director of Industrial Relations Dan Miranda, Maintenance Craft Director Kevin Stemcosky and Alternate Stewards Leigh Ann Loggins and Jerri Keel. For the Postal Service, Gulf Breeze Postmaster Lavalda Johnson and MPOO Todd Smith.

Next Union Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Pensacola Area Local will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:30AM at the Union Hall. Join us.