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Awards and Settlements

Global Settlement Remedy Case

                In a decision issued March 29, 2013, Arbitrator Das sustained the APWU’s position on how postmaster and supervisor time should be counted for purposes of caps set up to limit the number of hours they can perform bargaining unit work in small post offices. He found in part that a key provision in 2011’s Global Settlement between the Postal Service and union should be interpreted as written and therefore requires that all time a supervisor or postmaster spends staffing the window during the day will be counted towards permissible bargaining unit work limits for postmasters and supervisors in Level 15, 16, and 18 offices.  Das remanded issues of remedy to the parties for discussion and resolution.

Supplemental Remedy Award for Global Settlement Remedy Case

                In a supplemental remedy award issued October 16, 2013, Arbitrator Das sustained the APWU’s position that a monetary remedy would be appropriate for the time period between the Global Settlement (3/9/2011) and the date of the national award on the merits (3/29/2013) based on the findings in that award.  He ruled that “there is nothing inherently speculative in determining from available data whether the limits set forth in the Global Settlement were violated in a particular office in a particular week, and if so, what the extent (work hours) of the violation was.”  Das ordered that within 90 days, unless management shows it cannot reasonably accomplish such actions within that time frame, the Postal Service is to make available to the union information to which it has access showing time spent by postmasters “staffing the window” as defined in the merits award.

News: Awards and Settlements

APWU Web News Article 7-2018

Clerk Craft and USPS Agree on $36 Million Remedy Settlement for Violations Regarding Sales Retention Teams

01/16/2018 - The Clerk Craft and the USPS agreed on a $36 million remedy settlement for the Postal Service’s violations regarding the Sales Retention Team (SRT) Pilot Program. The money will be distributed among Clerk Craft employees to be identified by the National APWU.

APWU Web News Article 119-2017

Clerk Craft Successfully Stops “End of Day” Button

Arbitrator Das sides with union for arbitration victory

12/12/2017 - In an award issued December 8, 2017, Das found that the “End of Day” button – a function the Postal Service added into the Retail System Software (RSS) point-of-sale system allowing postmasters to enter and exit the system without fully closing out – did not satisfy the requirement in the Global Settlement Remedy Agreement that postmasters are allowed to perform bargaining unit work for only 15 hours per week, to be counted from the start to the “end of day.” 

APWU Web News Article 67-2017

Maintenance Defines Custodial Staffing in POStPlan Clusters

07/06/2017 - On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]). Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft "Subcontracting Cleaning Services" Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) applies. This means the USPS cannot continue to freely subcontract out bargaining unit work in these small offices.

APWU Web News Article 63-2017

Postal Unions Prevail!

Arbitrator Das Solidifies Administrative Leave for Caucus Voting

06/22/2017 - On June 21, Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a national award in the arbitration between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) as intervenors. In Case No. Q11N-4Q-C 16398841, the postal unions united and together prevailed. “This Postal Alliance victory demonstrates that when we come together to protect and enforce the rights of our bargaining-unit workers, we can be more successful,” said President Dimondstein. 

 

APWU Web News Article 58-2017

National Agreement Provides Uniform Allowance for Clerks in POStPlan Offices

06/16/2017 - On June 14, the APWU and the Postal Service reached an agreement resolving a Step 4 National Dispute that career Clerk Craft employees assigned to a POStPlan office are entitled to a uniform allowance.  The parties agreed that career Clerk Craft employees who staff POStPlan offices will be considered eligible to participate in the uniform allowance program per existing provisions for career employees in the Clerk Craft.

APWU Web News Article 57-2017

APWU Wins Another National Level Arbitration Award

Arbitrator Goldberg found USPS violated ‘POStPlan’ MOU

06/07/2017 - The APWU scores another victory today, defending postal employees in the union’s bargaining unit. Arbitrator Goldberg issued an award in a national-level case over what remedy was due for the Postal Service’s failure to staff ‘POStPlan’ offices following an original award on September 5, 2014 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated afterward...

“This is an important award for the protection and expansion of Clerk Craft work,” said President Dimondstein. “This keeps management’s feet to the fire, holding them to the agreements they make with the APWU.”

APWU Web News Article 36-2017

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs

04/24/2017 - Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Starting 2017 with a Bang!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

I was never a more proud member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) than when news broke that together we secured victory in the long and hard fought battle with Staples. It is inspiring to reflect on the unity displayed from coast to coast. Our union sisters and brothers waged a steady, forceful and diligent pressure campaign on both Staples and the USPS, leading to the stoppage of the subcontracting of our retail work.

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