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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 43-2012

APWU Wins Important FMLA Arbitration

04/23/2012 - (Updated 05/02/12) The APWU won an important arbitration case on April 18, when Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that the Postal Service cannot require employees to use forms developed by the Department of Labor (DOL) when they submit certification for leave under the provisions of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

APWU Web News Article 16-2008

Some Custodial Employees To Receive Arbitration Payment This Week

02/20/2008 - The APWU has been notified by the Postal Service that approximately half of the eligible custodial employees will receive their share of a recent $48 million dollar settlement this payday, on Feb. 22, 2008. Each eligible employee will receive $2,700.

The remainder of more than 17,000 eligible employees will receive their portion of the award one pay period later, on March 7, 2008.

APWU News Bulletin

Custodial Employees to Share in Long-Awaited Remedy

Union Wins $48 Million Settlement in MS-47 Handbook Grievance

01/30/2008 - The APWU and the Postal Service finalized a $48 million payout Jan. 29 to “remedy” the USPS violation of staffing procedures for custodial employees. The settlement will be in the form of lump-sum payments of $2,700 to more than 17,000 employees occupying custodial positions. Payment will be made by April 18, 2008.

APWU Web News Article 87-2006

Day of Mourning to Be Observed Jan. 2

12/29/2006 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that postal workers will observe a Day of Mourning on Jan. 2, in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, who passed away on Dec. 26. 

Two national-level agreements between the APWU and USPS outline the provisions for granting APWU-represented employees a day of observance when a National Day of Mourning is declared by the president of the United States:

APWU Web News Article 86-2006

Postal Workers to Observe ‘Day of Mourning’

12/28/2006 - APWU-represented employees will be granted a day of observance in honor of former President Gerald R. Ford, who passed away on Dec. 26. At this time, the USPS has not announced the date for the Day of Mourning. As soon as the date is determined, the APWU will post the information on this site.

Two national-level agreements between the APWU and USPS outline the provisions for granting APWU-represented employees a day of observance when a National Day of Mourning is declared by the president of the United States:

APWU News Bulletin

Union Wins Another 'Sunday-Premium' Case

05/02/2005 - In a significant win for the union, an arbitrator has ruled that the Postal Service must grant Sunday premium pay to employees who work on Sunday, even if the work is the result of an employee’s request for a temporary change of schedule for the employee’s personal convenience. 

“We have fought long and hard to protect Sunday premium pay for our members who perform work on Sundays,” said APWU Industrial Relations Director Greg Bell. “This important victory clearly vindicates our consistent position on such pay issues and rejects another attempt by the Postal Service to deprive postal employees of Sunday premium pay.”

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