Motor Vehicle Division Officers
APWU, USPS Agree:
Tool and Parts Clerk Positions Are ‘Viable’
(02/15/13) The APWU has reached an agreement with the USPS that will help protect Tool and Part Clerk positions, which management has been eliminating.
In a Feb. 5, 2013 pre-arbitration settlement [PDF], management agreed to rescind a Sept. 29, 2011 notice to the union identifying the jobs as “do not fill” positions that would be replaced with General Clerk positions. The Feb. 5 settlement also reaffirms that the Tool and Parts Clerk position is a “viable, senior-qualified position.” [read more]
Tool List Dispute Settlement
(11/15/11) Motor Vehicle officers settled a dispute with management on Nov. 3, 2011 [PDF], concerning the new tool list. While the new list reduces the total number of tools, many of the eliminated tools were antiquated and rarely used. The settlement requires the Postal Service to provide employees all the tools that are required for a job — either in a tool kit or on a sign-out basis. The agreement also reaffirms that estimated repair times (ERTs) are not a gauge of work pace and cannot be the basis for issuing discipline.
MVS Appeals Tool and
Parts Clerk Case to Arbitration
(June 2010) The MVS Division has appealed to national-level arbitration [PDF] a Step 4 Dispute protesting the Postal Service’s unilateral elimination of the Tool and Parts Clerk position. The union’s 15-Day Statement of Issues and Facts [PDF] notes that management has abolished residual MVS Craft PS-6 Tool and Parts Clerk positions and established Level 6 MVS General Clerk positions in their place.
In its quest for a Universal Vehicle Maintenance Clerk, the Postal Service has been reverting Tool and Parts Clerk assignments when they become vacant, and creating General Clerk positions or merging the duties of the Tool and Parts Clerk with existing General Clerk duties, the union charges.
This practice constitutes an attempt by the USPS to implement a proposal it was unable to achieve through contract negotiations. During bargaining over the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Postal Service proposed combining the duties or creating a VMF Clerk. The union rejected the proposal.
USPS officials in Washington are also blocking local management from posting any Tool and Parts Clerk Positions for bid.
MVS members are reminded that the only reference to the issuance of tools, parts, and supplies in item II of the Standard Position Description states that the General Clerk “Assists.”