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Bulk Mail Centers

About Bulk Mail Centers

The APWU represents clerk, maintenance, and motor vehicles craft employees at 21 Bulk Mail Centers in metropolitan areas around the country.

The BMCs are unique: They were established in 1974 to process large parcels, and the mechanized equipment required to sort the oversized packages created working conditions unlike those at other postal facilities.

BMC employees faced other unusual circumstances as well: The parcel sorting operations were moved from other facilities, so a large percentage of the original BMC employees were involuntarily transferred, or excessed, into their assignments.

When the BMCs were established, union members were faced with a choice regarding representation: they had to decide whether to become part of established APWU locals or create new ones. Members at half the BMCs petitioned the union’s National Executive Board for authority to create their own locals, while workers at the remaining BMCs became part of existing locals.

In 1980, BMC locals submitted a resolution to the APWU National Convention, seeking to establish regular meetings to address the unusual problems faced by their members. The resolution was adopted unanimously. Bulk Mail Center representatives meet each year to discuss issues of special concern to BMC employees.

Bulk Mail Center Locations

The APWU represents clerk, maintenance, and motor vehicles craft employees at 21 Bulk Mail Centers in metropolitan areas around the country. The APWU locals that represent employees at BMCs are:

Atlanta Metro Area Local
Chicago BMC Area Local
Dallas Area Local
Denver BMC Local
Des Moines BMC Local
Detroit District Area Local
East Bay (CA) Area Local
Greater Los Angeles Area Local 
Greensboro (NC) BMC
Jacksonville (FL) BMC 
Kansas Kaw Valley Area
Memphis Area Local
Minneapolis Area Local
Nation’s Capital/Southern MD Area Local
New York Metro Area Local
Philadelphia BMC Local
Pittsburgh Metro Area Local 
Seattle BMC Local
Springfield Mass Area Local
St. Louis BMC Local 
Tri-County Ohio Area Local

Contact Us

To submit questions or comments about issues of specific concern to Bulk Mail Center employees — as well as the union's efforts to keep the BMC work in-house — send an e-mail to bmc@apwu.org.

News: Bulk Mail Centers

APWU Web News Article 166-2016

Mid-Year Refresher: Updates, Reminders

07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)

APWU officers and members have been very busy for the past year-and-a-half working for a fair contract, but we have continued pursuing other activities, including some long-festering disputes with management. Below is a recap of pending issues.

 
 
APWU Web News Article 067-2016

District Court Orders Clarification

On Maintenance Craft Staffing at BMCs

03/24/2016 - The Postal Service sidestepped a fight in federal court on March 16 over enforcement of an Oct. 19, 2015, arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs).  After the USPS filed a “consent motion,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered interpretation of the award to be returned to Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe.

 

APWU Web News Article 232-2015

Maintenance Division Files Suit to Enforce eWHEP Staffing Award

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.

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