12/18/2015 - The APWU filed a complaint in federal court on Dec. 11 seeking enforcement of a national arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMC), Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The complaint asks the court to direct the Postal Service to comply with a ruling issued by Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe on Oct. 19.
News: Arbitration Awards & Settlements
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The Postal Service has notified the APWU of management’s intent to move forward with proposed changes to the MS-1 Handbook, which identifies the duties and establishes the staffing for the “building side” of Maintenance Craft work.
In revising the MS-1 Handbook, Operation and Maintenance of Real Property, management is attempting to eliminate a substantial number of Maintenance Craft jobs. In the process, it will make the postal facilities less safe, less comfortable, and less efficient.
10/20/2015 - The APWU won an important grievance involving Maintenance Craft staffing at Bulk Mail Centers on Oct. 19, when Arbitrator Ira Jaffe issued a stinging rebuke to the Postal Service.
10/07/2015 - The APWU and USPS agreed to extend the 50-mile limit on excessing in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated Sept. 28, signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and the USPS Vice President for Labor Relations. The original MOU, Minimizing Excessing, which was slated to expire with the 2010 contract, is extended until May 20, 2018, or for the term of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, whichever is later.
“Excessing beyond 50 miles is devastating to our members and their families,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “In the past, union members were frequently reassigned to facilities hundreds of miles from their homes. This MOU will prevent that. I consider it a significant accomplishment for APWU members in every craft.”
Two Related MOUs and Maintenance-Specific Step 4 Settlement Facilitate Extension
09/29/2015 - The APWU and the USPS have agreed upon two Memoranda of Understanding: “Minimizing Excessing” and “Peak Season Exception Periods,” in addition to a Maintenance-specific Step 4 Settlement, that are all interconnected and result in the extension of the 50-mile memo on Sept. 28, 2015, APWU President Mark Dimondstein announced.
09/22/2015 - Well over 7,000 employees represented by the APWU have been paid as part of the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) national arbitration award. A period of time has been granted for anyone who may have been missed to provide the requested information for consideration to be included.
The time for members of the ET and AMT and AMS occupational groups to be identified for payment from the AOI national arbitration award will close on Oct. 1, 2015.
(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
It seems some old perceptions and misunderstandings die hard, even when confronted with clear and unambiguous facts.
This applies not just to management types, who have a great deal of difficulty learning new things, but also to some arbitrators. There are those who seem to be afraid to do the right thing and some who are overly concerned about how their record will look to the USPS.
One example is the change made during 2010 contract negotiations to Article 38.4.A, which addresses vacant duty assignments in the Maintenance Craft. The changes are shown in bold type below, just as they appear on page 206 of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Note that in the new 2015 contract, the language will carry over and will not be bold-faced.)
04/14/2015 - Maintenance Craft employees who are eligible for a monetary remedy in the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) arbitration award have been identified, Director Steve Raymer has announced. Checks to union members are currently being processed.
Eligible employees are those who occupied an ET-10, ET-11, AMS-8 or AMT-9 positions on Dec. 11, 2014, as well as any (former) ETs who were in a saved grade status on that date.
04/01/2015 - Maintenance Craft officers and the Postal Service agreed on March 30 on the remedy due to employees whose eligibility ratings for promotions were improperly changed to "ineligible" in August 2009, Director Steve Raymer has announced. The agreement resulted from an April 16, 2014, national-level arbitration award by Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg. The agreement, signed by Assistant Director Idowu Balogun, says that 671 employees will each receive a lump-sum payment of $2,950, minus applicable deductions, by the end of Pay Period 10-2015.
12/14/2014 - Arbitrator Shyam Das has ordered the Postal Service to pay Maintenance Craft employees $8.64 million for improperly subcontracting work that could have been performed by bargaining unit employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The decision, issued on Dec. 11, concludes four rounds of hearings on management’s decision to subcontract the wiring of more than 7,800 of the largest Associate Offices with computer cable.