Maintenance Division Officers
Maintenance Skills Development Program
The Employee Developmental Opportunities - Implementation Agreement [PDF] outlines the procedures for training APWU bargaining unit career employees so that they can be placed in skilled positions in the Maintenance Craft and Motor Vehicle Craft. The purpose of the program is to enable APWU employees to qualify for placement on the appropriate selection register for Maintenance Mechanic Level 5 and Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) Mechanic Level 8 positions. The agreement, signed on March 24, 2004, by APWU Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer and USPS representatives, followed many discussions between the union's national Maintenance Craft officers and the Postal Service.
The foundation of the Implementation Agreement was the Employee Developmental Opportunities Memorandum of Understanding [PDF], signed in December 2002, as part of an extension of the 2000 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Postal Service published Implementation Instructions for the Maintenance Skills Development Program [PDF] in May 2004.
For a brief synopsis of the agreements, see Director Raymer's Article from May/June 2004 American Postal Worker.