Upcoming SOAL Events and Meetings

Southern Oregon Area Local Meetings

Due to the Covid-19 social distancing and orders limiting group meetings, the SOAL has been conducting monthly meetings online using ZOOM. We did try having a few meetings this year at the Co-Work Collective during the Covid-19 restrictions, which was difficult. Changes will be updated as each month's meeting is planned. More information is available in the Events tab of the website.

Prior to 2020, we had been having our local's General Membership Meetings at the Round Table Pizza restaurant in Medford for several years. When we do have the meetings there, we reserve the private party room and members and their families are invited to the meeting.

In February we started having our General Membership Meeting at the Medford Co-Work Collective building at 122 E. Main St. Check our EVENTS tab for more information on the location for the future meetings each month. Usually, we order pizzas from Jackson Creek Pizza from across the street. We also plan on having a potluck in the future. So, make it out to our meetings so that you are up to date on our local's upcoming events and issues involving our members. We did have one meeting at the Co-Work Collective during the social distancing time period, as they have installed plexiglass partitions on the conference room table. However, we are still limited in how many members can attend because of the social distancing guidelines.

Remember ........ The local also has a Postal Pulse drawing each quarter. Turn your Postal Pulse survey forms into a steward or better yet.... Show up or meet us online through the ZOOM meeting website! If your name is drawn you win $100 if you are present at the meeting. If your not present, you still win $50.

The meetings usually last about 1 to 2 hours.


Welcome Grants Pass to the Southern Oregon Area Local

By Administrator on September 20th

Grants Pass became a part of the Southern Oregon Area Local around September 7th of this year. There are a dozen APWU members in Grants Pass that are now a part of the SOAL family.

There is a need for one or more initiative driven members to step up to represent the Clerks and Maintenance employees as their shop steward. Please get in touch with Local President Jeremy Schilling or Vice President Craig Gordon if you are interested. Our seasoned stewards are very supportive in providing help and suggestions as a new steward becomes more familiar with the grievance process.

How to Read Your Pay Stub

By Administrator on July 21st


Your pay location code indicates where you are assigned to work, sometimes the last two digits of your work location ZIP Code.

Finance number for the facility that you work in.

Your name.

Your 8-digit employee ID number, instituted in pay period 14 of 2003, replaces the employee Social Security number previously used, to help strengthen privacy concerns.

This is the pay period and year in which you receive the payments (PP-YR or 01-00). Each calendar year is separated by twenty six (26) pay periods of two (2) weeks each.

This is either the serial number of the check issued to the employee or the sequence number of the "Form 1223" earnings issued when the employee's net pay has been directly deposited to the financial institution of their choice.

This is the general heading for all of the columns which identify the type and number of hours you are being compensated for, the week in which those hours occurred, the rate schedule and level, the designation/activity code, and the gross payment amount for the period.


WK --This specifies the week, either 1 or 2, of the pay period in which the hours were worked. If an adjustment is being made, the week that the adjustment is made for will be printed on that line.


RSC --This is the Rate Schedule Code for the hours stated. This code will be the same as on your time card.


LEV --This is the Grade Level for the hours stated.


RATE --This the Base rate (annual or hourly), including the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) for the hours stated.


CODE --This is the employee's Designation/Activity code. For clerks, the code would be 110.


TYP --This is the Type of Hours code. Codes include:


G -- Guaranteed time or guaranteed overtime hours


H -- Holiday work hours


L -- Leave hours (either paid leave or leave without pay)


N -- Night differential hours (for hours worked between 6:00 PM & 6:00 AM)


O -- Overtime hours


V -- Penalty overtime hours


P -- Out-of-Schedule Premium


S -- Sunday Premium


W -- Straight work hours


HOURS --This space will show the actual hours and hundredths worked for every hours type listed.


PAY --This space will show the total gross pay for each type of hours worked.

This is the general heading for the two columns which show the total gross pay, all deductions, and the resulting net pay for the current pay period and the pay year-to-date.


GROSS PAY --This is the gross pay for this pay period and the year-to-date, including COLA.


FED TAX --This is the amount deducted for federal tax this period and year-to-date. Your claimed marital status and number of exemptions will appear next to FED TAX. M2 would mean married with two exemptions. S0 would mean single with no exemptions.


ST TAX --This is the amount deducted for state tax this period and year-to-date. Again, your claimed marital status and number of exemptions for the state will appear next to ST TAX. PAO1 would indicate the taxes were withheld to the State of Pennsylvania for a person married claiming one exemption.


RETIRE --This is the amount deducted toward your retirement account for the pay period and the year-to-date.


FICA/MED --This is the amount of FICA or Medicare deductions for this period and year-to date. If you were hired after 1984, your retirement contribution will be smaller and FICA/MED will be higher.


UN W --Union Dues.


IN --Indicates your life insurance choice.


ALOT --Indicates an authorized payroll deduction from your salary that is deducted each pay period for deposit to a financial institution-- for example, a set amount directed toward a savings account.


C SUP or CS/SS --This indicates child support or alimony payments.


GARN --This appears if you have a commercial garnishment levied against you.


HP --Followed by three (3) letters or numbers would show your health benefit plan enrollment code.


LEVY --Show a deduction has been made for some sort of outstanding taxes.


TSP --This indicates a withholding for the Thrift Savings Plan. If you participate in the plan, you will see either the percentage of withholdings or the dollar amount after the letter code.


NET PAY --This is what is left when all is said and done. Enjoy it!


This is the general heading identifying your usage and balance of Annual and Sick leave, and Leave Without Pay for the pay period and year.


FROM PREV YR --This is the number of hours carried over from the previous year.


EARNED-THIS YR --This is the number of hours earned to date this leave year.


EARNED-BAL --This is the number of hours carried over from last year plus the hours earned this year.


USED THIS YR --This is the total hours of annual leave used this year to date.


USED THIS PP --This is the total hours of annual leave used in this pay period (including adjustments).


BALANCE --This is the total annual leave available to you now.



FROM PREV YR --This is the number of hours carried over from last year.


EARNED THIS YR --This is the number of hours of sick leave accumulated this year.


USED THIS YR --This is the total sick leave used to date this year.


USED THIS PP --This is the total sick leave used this pay period (including adjustments).


BALANCE --This is the total sick leave available to you now.



THIS PP --This is the total hours of LWOP used this pay period.


CUMULATIVE --This is the total LWOP hours accumulated this year. If you accumulate eighty (80) hours of LWOP within a year, your leave credits will be reduced by the amount of leave earned in one (1) pay period.


This is the total amount contributed to the retirement fund as of the close of the prior calendar year.

Other important codes are:

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a Federal Statute of general application that establishes requirements for child labor, minimum wages, equal pay, and overtime pay. FLSA work hours and FLSA overtime pay is printed on the Form 1223 whenever work hours for one or both weeks of the pay period exceeds forty (40) hours for nonexempt employees.

Shows that an adjustment for a specific pay period and year was processed.

Shows the garnishment balance as zero (0).

Self Explanatory

Self Explanatory

Shows that adjustments for multiple pay periods were processed.

Self Explanatory

Shows this is a special check and Form 1223 for retroactive payment.

Shows that retroactive payment amounts have been added to the year-to-date totals.

Shows that a cost-of-living increase has been added to the base salary effective with the pay period shown at the top of your stub.

Shows that it is now reflected in the base salary.

An adjustment for a cancelled check was processed that updated the year-to-date earnings balance, affecting only the year-to-date fields.

An adjustment for a back pay award was processed, affecting only the year-to-date fields.

Expanded and Additional Sick Leave MOUs during Covid-19 Pandemic

By Administrator on March 19th

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the union signed two memoranda of understanding with the Postal Service temporarily expanding paid leave for PSEs and expanding the use of dependent care leave for postal employees with unexpected childcare needs as a result of the pandemic.

The Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID-19 MOU:
Allows APWU employees to use sick leave for dependent care in the event they must care for a child as a result of daycare closures, school (Pre-K through Grade 12) closures , or the unavailability of a child's primary caregiver as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MOU will expire May 17, 2020, after 60 days.

The Temporary Additional Paid Leave for PSEs MOU:
For the 60-day duration of the MOU, Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will be permitted to use up to 80 hours of paid leave for use in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic for the circumstances listed in the MOU.
The additional 80-hour allotment or any remaining leave balance at the end of the 60-day period will be forfeited. However, the parties will revisit this issue immediately prior to this MOU's expiration to determine if extension is appropriate.
The MOU will expire May 17, 2020 after 60 days.

We Have A New National Agreement

By Administrator on March 12th

Neutral Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg has released our new contract! The APWU fought every step of the way to achieve a good contract for its members.
The APWU website announcement is HERE.

The key points are:
General wage increases for career and PSEs and full cost of living raises for career (retroactive for 2018 and 2019)
No lay-off protection maintained
50-mile limit on excessing
Narrowing the gap in the two-tiered career wage structure
A one-time conversion to career for more than 4,000 PSEs
We went into bargaining united in support of our contract demands – fair wage increases, protecting our cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and strong job security.

Management’s proposals included a new round of severe concessions – the elimination of COLAs, creation of a new lower “third tier” of career employee with reduced benefits, higher percentages of non-career employees and less job security. The APWU has successfully defended against management’s regressive proposals.

One-time PSE conversions:
All PSEs in 125 work year and larger offices with 30 months or more of service in the installation as of the date of the award will be converted to career. Over 4,000 PSEs will be converted under this provision within 60 days of the Award.

In 2016, the Medford Bid Cluster (MOU, MPC, MCA, CP, and WC) was a 125 MY Office with 176 Man Years. It is doubtful that we fell below the 125 Man Years in the past 4 years, so all of the PSE Clerks with 30 months or more of service in the Medford Installation should be converted within 60 days, as long as our Man Year status has not fallen below 125 man years.

Three annual general wage increases totaling 3.4% over the life of the Agreement.
1.3% effective November 24, 2018 (Retroactive)
1.1% effective November 23, 2019 (Retroactive)
1% effective November 21, 2020
Semiannual COLAs for career employees will continue under the current formula. Management pushed, but failed, to convert COLAs into one-time lump-sum payments.
$624 or $.30/hour COLA will be applied retroactive to August 31, 2019
$166 or $.08/hour COLA will be applied retroactive to February 29, 2020
Future COLAs will be applied in September 2020, March 2021 and September 2021
Adding the 3.4% in General Wage Increases plus the known COLAs, compensation for a level 6 Step O employee will increase $2,855 over the life of the Agreement. With three additional COLA increases, the total increases over the life of the Agreement will likely come to $3,600 annually, an increase of about $1.75 per hour. In addition, those not yet at the top step of the lower career wage scale will gain new step increases with each Step representing an approximate $.50/hour raise.

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