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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
12/25/2016 - From 2003 to 2009 the Postal Service offered a series of Voluntary Early Retirements (VER) with the approval of the Office of Personnel Management. Employees involved in these offers were not paid
12/12/2016 - Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a decision on Dec. 8, 2016, holding that the Postal Service violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement when it failed to assign Sales Retention Team (SRT) center work to the Clerk Craft and post the positions for bid... The APWU successfully argued that the work performed by the employees at the SRTs is part of the Clerk Craft. It is very similar to the positions at established call centers, where employees interact over the phone with customers who call the Postal Service for assistance. Goldberg agreed, pointing out “[the SRT workers] do essentially the same work – talking on the telephone to customers and inputting data on computers.”
Hundreds of SPSS Clerk Craft Jobs Preserved
12/09/2016 - The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the work to the Mail Handler Craft. After a closer and better review, the USPS reassigned some of the functions, including facing and separating packages as well as sweeping in rotation, to the Clerk Craft... With this procedural issue resolved, clerks will continue to be assigned work on the SPSS machines for now, as well as on new SSPS machines that are in the process of being deployed.
09/01/2016 - The APWU and USPS signed two important Step 4 settlements recently, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has announced.
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
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.
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.