06/22/2016 - The APWU is urging President Obama to veto an appropriations bill if it comes to his desk with a provision that would weaken truck safety regulations. As it is currently written, the appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation (H.R. 2577) includes a section that would block implementation of DOT rules that limit the number of hours drivers can be on duty.
News: Driver Issues
(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The American Postal Workers Union has entered the final step in our fight for a good contract: Interest Arbitration. This is a process whereby issues that were not resolved during negotiations between the employer and the union are presented to a neutral arbitrator, agreed upon by both parties, for a final and binding resolution.
Big Win for MVS
Hundreds Who Spoke Out Made the Difference
03/17/2016 - The APWU won an important victory on March 15 – one that will save lives and help protect the jobs of Postal Service drivers.
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU and the Postal Service settled a dispute in September concerning management’s restructuring of Tractor-Trailer Operator and Motor Vehicle Operator complements through the application of the audit review process known as “Zero Base.”
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The union and management resolved a dispute in august concerning the Postal Service’s decision in April 2002 to waive the Commercial Driver’s License requirement for applicants for Automotive Mechanic/Technician and Lead Automotive Technician positions.
The Motor Vehicle Craft has always insisted that successful applicants or bidders must meet the minimum qualifications of a position before they are deemed qualified. However, the Postal Service’s decision to voluntarily participate in the Department of Transportation’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program in 1995 created difficulties recruiting qualified mechanics and technicians. Many applicants had the necessary skills but did not have CDLs.
Longer Hours, Less Sleep for Contractors Hauling Mail for the U.S. Postal Service Will Lead to More Accidents
American Postal Workers Union Calls for Public Hearing On Subcontractors’ Request for Exemption from Safety Rule
10/01/2015 - WASHINGTON – Private contractors that transport mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from a federal safety rule – an exemption that would increase driving time, reduce rest, and jeopardize motorists and pedestrians, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said today. The APWU is calling for a public hearing on the proposed waiver, which the union says will jeopardize public safety.
08/24/2015 - The APWU and USPS agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding re: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training for Automotive Mechanics and Technicians on Aug 18, Motor Vehicle Service Craft Director Michael O. Foster has announced.
01/10/2015 - The APWU has received clarification from the Postal Service regarding who qualifies as a “medical officer” with authority to sign Department of Transportation health cards for postal employees with Commercial Driver’s Licenses. The APWU sought clarification of management’s policy in an Oct. 23, 2014, letter, which noted, “It seems practice varies by location.”
Motor Vehicle Service Division
09/11/2014 - By now the 22nd Biennial National Convention is a thing of the past, but just in case you missed it, let us recap.
Just prior to the start of the convention, a committee of MVS members reviewed resolutions submitted by local and state unions relating to contract proposals for our craft.
05/12/2014 - An unauthorized Tractor Log Form is being utilized in some locations, Motor Vehicle Craft officers are reporting.