Contract Negotiations

News: Contract Negotiations

Two Recent Agreements: Staffing and Employee Orientation

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Editor’s Note: Tony D. McKinnon Sr. prepared the article below prior to the counting of ballots in the APWU election of union officers, which took place on Oct. 6. His bid for re-election was unsuccessful. Newly elected Director of Industrial Relations Vance Zimmerman (and other newly elected candidates) will assume office on Nov. 12.

On Aug. 24, 2016, with the help of Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Pallas-Barber, I reached agreement with the Postal Service on the issue of whether the “normal staffing” of two clerks per machine on Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS) should be a minimum requirement. This is a monumental agreement that provides the mandate that management staff the machine with two people. The settlement addresses the union’s concerns about safety when DBCS machines are staffed by just one person.

APWU Web News Article 180-2016

COLA Increase

08/16/2016 - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), and will total $21 per year.

APWU Web News Article 150-2016

New Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6

Retroactive Pay Expected Nov. 4

07/23/2016 - According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 5, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.


APWU Web News Article 151-2016

New Contract Now Available Online

07/23/2016 - The new contract between the APWU and USPS can now be viewed online.  Click here to view the text. The 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement is the result of a decision issued by Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg on July 8. A printed copy will be mailed to APWU members within six weeks.

“This contract is the result of a two-year struggle for Good Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! by APWU officers and members – at the negotiating table and arbitration hearings as well as on the workroom floor and in our communities,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

APWU Web News Article 161-2016

Summary and Highlights from Interest Arbitration Award

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

With the decision of the interest arbitration panel of July 8, 2016, we have a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service that covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal employees. The contract covers a 40-month period from May 21, 2015 through September 20, 2018.