Bereavement Leave


Bereavement Leave

APWU represented employees may use a total of up to three workdays of annual leave, sick leave or leave without pay, to make arrangements necessitated by the death of a family member or attend the funeral of a family member.

Authorization of leave beyond three workdays is subject to the conditions and requirements of Article 10 of the National Agreement, Subsection 510 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual and the applicable local memorandum of understanding provisions.

Definition of Family Member.
“Family member” is defined as a:
(a) Son or daughter — a biological or adopted child, stepchild, daughter-in-law or son-in-law;
(c)Parent; or
(d)Sibling — brother, sister, brother-in-law or sister- in-law; or

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Out of Schedule

434.6 Out-of-Schedule Premium

434.61 Policy

 434.611 General

Out-of-schedule premium is paid to eligible full-time bargaining unit employees for time worked outside of and instead of their regularly scheduled workday or workweek when employees work on a temporary schedule at the request of management.

 434.612 Timely Notice

Payment of out-of-schedule premium is dependent on timely notice being given by management of the temporary schedule change, as follows:

a. If notice of a temporary change is given to an employee by Wednesday of the preceding service week, even if this change is revised later, the employee’s time can be limited to the hours of the revised schedule, and out-of-schedule premium is paid for those hours worked outside of and instead of his or her regular schedule.

b. If notice of a temporary schedule change is not given to the employee by Wednesday of the preceding service week, the employee is entitled to work his or her regular schedule. Therefore, any hours worked in addition to the employee’s regular schedule are not worked “instead of” his or her regular schedule. The additional hours worked are not considered as out-of-schedule premium hours. Instead, they are paid as overtime hours worked in excess of 8 hours per service day or 40 hours per service week.

434.613 Application

Out-of-schedule premium hours cannot exceed the unworked portion of the employee’s regular schedule. If employees work their full regular schedule, then any additional hours worked are not “instead of” their regular schedule and are not considered as out-of-schedule premium hours.

Any hours worked that result in paid hours in excess of 8 hours per service day or 40 hours per service week are to be recorded as overtime (see 434.1).

434.614 Examples

See Exhibit 434.614 Below

Example: An employee is notified by Wednesday of the preceding service week to work a temporary schedule the following service week from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., instead of his or her regular schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The employee is paid 2 hours out-of-schedule premium for the hours worked from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 6 hours’ straight time for the hours worked from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If in this situation the employee continues to work into or beyond the balance of his or her regular schedule (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), then he or she is to be paid for hours worked in accordance with Exhibit 434.614.

Example: An employee’s regular schedule is Monday through Friday and he or she is given a temporary schedule of Sunday through Thursday. The hours worked on Sunday are out-of-schedule premium hours provided they are worked instead of the employee’s regularly scheduled hours on Friday. If, however, the employee also works his or her regular schedule on Friday, then there can be no out-of-schedule premium hours; the hours worked on Sunday would be paid as regular overtime hours worked in excess of 40 in the service week.

Exhibit 434.614
Computing Out-of-Schedule Premium Hours

Hours Worked Total Work Hours Out-of-
Schedule Premium Hours
Straight Time Hours Overtime Hours
6:00 AM-2:30 PM 8 2 6 0
6:00 AM-3:30 PM 9 1 7 1
6:00 AM-4:30 PM 10 0 8 2
6:00 AM-5:30 PM 11 0 8 3
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January 12, 2020 Meeting

Western Colorado Area Local #600 – 

Our next meeting is coming up SOON!!! Sunday, January 12, 2020 at noon!  We want to let you know that now is the time to tune in & see what is happening. BE INFORMED! You can join from: your phone, tablet, or computer!   We have so many issues that are coming up! We need to be FIRED UP & READY TO GO!!! 

Below is the link for the meeting scheduled for January 12, 2020. A phone number was added for members who just want to call into the meeting.  Help us get the word out and encourage participation. It’s your union, we can’t do what we do without you!

WCAL600 Union Meeting   

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 572-447-877 

This meeting link & phone number will always be the same, so if you can’t make it this time, keep the future dates in mind. Meetings are held in: January, March, May, July, September & November.  We need your participation!!!

First GoToMeeting? Members can do a quick system check: 

If you want to be added to our email list, please send your info to: WCALAPWU@AOL.COM

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Elections 2019




The American Postal Workers Union is having a National Election to elect our national officers.  Our branch of the union, Western Colorado Area Local #600, is having a drawing to try to get “YOU” our members, to vote.  The drawing will include two $100.00 prizes.  The election committee in Washington DC will draw 2 envelopes out of our local’s ballots then will let our local know which envelopes were drawn and then Western Colorado Area Local will issue the checks.  I hope your name is drawn, who couldn’t use a little extra money.

The ballots will be mailed to you at your home address next week, so please when you get the ballot, fill it out and put it in the mail.  You work at the post office, so bring it to work with you or drop it in your mailbox at home but PLEASE VOTE.  

In Union Solidarity,

Lelia Barrow Garcia, President

Western Colorado Area Local #600

PO Box 4009

Grand Junction CO  81502-4009

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Postal Pulse Thank You Cards

Recently, many of our members are receiving Thank you cards from the Postal Service for filling out and sending in their Postal Pulse Surveys. In our local, if you get a Postal Pulse Survey, turn it in to your steward and we will put you in for a drawing at our next meeting.

In the past, management has used the results of these surveys against us in arbitration. Most employees will receive a survey at home, and at work. Turn them in to the union, not to management.

If you did not fill out a Postal Pulse Survey, but received a Thank you card in the mail, go to the Action Network Site to fill out the information. We believe that management may be filling out surveys on your behalf to make themselves look better. This is fraudulent.

Update: You can now report an issue by Texting PULSE to 91990 or emailing the APWU at

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Your WCAL 600 Photos

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Western Colorado Area Local

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If you see anything that is missing from the website that would be useful for other members, please let me know.

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