In case anyone’s forgotten, tomorrow will be a big day for the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service. That’s when they find out whether APWU members have approved a tentative contract that would run to May 2015.
Ballots were due back this morning at designated post office boxes; once they’re counted tomorrow at a Washington, D.C.-area hotel, the results will be posted on the APWU’s web site, according to the union. The tentative deal, which would establish a two-tier wage system, has been strongly endorsed by the leaders of both the Postal Service and the APWU. But it’s come under fire from congressional Republicans for being overly generous while former APWU President William Burrus is opposed on the grounds that it would cost future postal workers too much.
To encourage turnout, the union is offering cash prizes to the union locals that do the best job of mobilizing members to vote. That tactic produced this angry exchange at a hearing last month between current APWU President Cliff Guffey and Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service. (To get the full flavor of the dialogue, start around the 1:37 point on the webcast.)