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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 146-2015

APWU, USPS Reach Settlement On PSE Fingerprint Compensation, Costs

07/21/2015 - The APWU and the Postal Service signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background investigations that were required for their conversion to career status, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon has announced. 

In accordance with the settlement, the Postal Service is responsible for any “direct costs” of fingerprinting, including mileage.

APWU Web News Article 113-2015

APWU, Sister Postal Unions Win Right to Bargain Over Cyber Intrusions

06/02/2015 - In a precedent-setting agreement approved by the National Labor Relations Board, the APWU and its sister postal unions won the right to bargain with the Postal Service over a massive data security breach that took place in 2014.

The historic May 19 settlement marks a win for unions in a new area of labor-management contention: Management’s responsibilities to protect employees’ personal information in the digital age. The recent rash of data security breaches at government agencies and large private-sector companies makes the victory significant for workers far beyond those employed by the USPS.

APWU Web News Article 112-2015

Global Settlement:

Data Posted on Postmasters, Supervisors Performing Craft Work

Grievances Due June 5, If Necessary

06/01/2015 - A key feature of the Global Settlement Remedy Agreement, which was signed on Dec. 5, 2014, were provisions making it easier for union representatives to monitor when postmasters and supervisors perform bargaining unit work in excess of the hours allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

The USPS recently provided the APWU with the first set of reports by postmasters and supervisors showing how many hours they worked. The reports, which are available to local and state presidents only, are posted in the Member’s Only section of the APWU website. Local and state presidents were previously notified of the reports and have been working hard to get employees paid.

APWU Web News Article 062-2015

Update on Article 1.6.B ‘Global Settlement’ Remedy

03/24/2015 - APWU Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has updated union members on progress toward disbursing a $56 million settlement that was signed Dec. 5, 2014, to resolve disputes over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.

As part of the settlement, the Postal Service was required to provide reports showing the amount of bargaining unit work performed by postmasters and supervisors in Level 15, 16 and 18 offices.

Managing the Grievance Backlog

10/14/2014 - It’s been just about a year since I took office. Wow, how time flies!

Since taking office, I have instituted a very aggressive arbitration schedule based on my belief that disputes at the national level must be resolved to bring closure and provide guidance to union leaders and members in the field.

During the past year, at least two national-level arbitrations have been heard per month. This has enabled us to get some great decisions that will enhance our field representation. We now have three national-level arbitrators hearing cases rather than two.

APWU Web News Article 136-2014

Updated

Maintenance Craft Settles Dispute on Custodial Staffing; Will Convert More Than 3,150 PSEs

07/11/2014 - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement July 9 that resolves a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and results in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.

APWU Web News Article 128-2014

Arbitrator Rules: Excessed Employees Must Meet Minimum Qualifications Before Reassignment

07/01/2014 - The APWU won an important arbitration award on June 24, when Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service must determine – prior to excessing employees across craft lines – that the employees meet the minimum qualifications for the new position.

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