District 4 Director 393, 394
2365 Trafalgar Drive, Biloxi MS 39531
I am George Collins and have been a member of the American Postal Workers Union since 1998 and have been a Steward since 2006. The reason I became a steward was because a former Station Manager told me he did not care about the employees he just wanted them to come to work. In an attempt to resolve this issue, I called EAP and started seeing an EAP Counselor. During the first session I tried to explain the trouble we were in at work. She suggested that if I wanted to fix the situation maybe I should become a Union Steward.
I was installed as a Steward for Biloxi in December 2006 and have been rolling ever since. Yes, I have made some mistakes, but I do my best to represent the Clerks and Maintenance employees to the best of my ability. I have worked outside and inside the box to provide the best resolution available for the grievances I have filed. I am on the phone and emailing our NBA’s on a regular basis. I try to ask the questions to make sure the bridges I am crossing are stable and will not fall in while traveling across them. On that subject, the Clerk and Maintenance Craft National Business Agents I have relied on are great. The supporting cast of National Officers and others that I have called upon step up to the plate with a home run hitting bat. Thanks to all of them, I am able to represent our members better. Just to let them know, I will be calling again soon.
Enough on how I got here. I was asked if I would like to be considered for the District 4 Director position for the Mississippi Postal Worker Union at the 2015 Tri-State. After discussing the request with my wife, I said yes. The members at the State Convention agreed and I am now in that position. I should make everyone aware that I have stated, and fully agree, that you should not take a job that you are not willing to perform. That being said, I am willing to perform the job set before me. I understand that my contact information has been mailed to a lot of people. Should you need to contact me, it is best to text me or leave a message, because I work from 740 to 1640 Monday - Friday. I will be happy to respond to your questions or comments at my first opportunity.
I have been asked several times over the past few weeks about a copy of the Contract. To access a copy of the current APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Joint Contract Interpretative Manual (JCIM) go to www.apwu.org and it can be found real easy there. I know that everyone is aware that a new CBA is being worked on as this is being written.
I would like to thank everyone for the vote of confidence by placing me in this position. I look forward to talking to you in the future.
George Collins MPWU District 4 Director