11/16/2015 - The Postal Service has notified APWU Clerk Craft officers that employees who are eligible for a portion of a $56 million monetary settlement are expected to receive payment prior to Christmas. However, our message is: Don’t spend it before you get it!
News: Global Settlement
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
At the end of the summer, the clerk division announced the criteria for distributing the $56 million monetary portion of the settlement that resolved a decades-long dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing Clerk Craft work.
The Dec. 5, 2014, settlement, which is the biggest monetary awards in the union’s history, established a much simpler method for addressing such infractions in the future. We hope and expect that this will drastically reduce incidences of postmasters and supervisors performing Clerk Craft work.
Clerk Officers Outline Criteria for Disbursement of $56 Million Payout for ‘Global Settlement’ of Violations of Article 1.6.B
08/31/2015 - In a conference call with local and state presidents, the APWU’s Clerk Division officers outlined the criteria for distributing the $56 million lump-sum penalty portion of the settlement that resolves a decades-long dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing Clerk 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.
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.
12/08/2014 - The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.
Clerks in Small Offices to Receive Back Pay If Supervisors Worked in Excess of Limits in Contract
10/17/2013 - In a decision issued Oct. 16, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that APWU members are entitled to retroactive pay for time postmasters or supervisors performed craft duties in excess of limits outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. “This decision is an important victory for the APWU,” said Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris. “We have fought long and hard to protect jobs and increase work hours for clerks, especially in small offices. This decision will result in back pay for union members who were denied work opportunities as a result of contract violations. I hope postal managers take note of the cost of their failure to honor the contract,” he added.
03/30/2013 - The union won a major arbitration victory on March 29, when Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a long-awaited decision that will affect Clerk Craft jobs in small post offices. The ruling settles a long-simmering dispute about the amount of bargaining unit work postmasters and supervisors may perform in Level 18-and-below offices.
08/03/2012 - Arbitrator Shyam Das has closed the record of an arbitration hearing regarding the number of hours postmasters in small offices may work. A Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement places strict limits on the number of hours postmasters may work in Level 15, 16, 18 and 20 post offices.