08/31/2016 - The Postal Service has taken subcontracting of Support Services to new heights and APWU members are fighting back, Director Steve Brooks reported to APWU members at the craft conference held prior to the National Convention.
The Support Services Division represents approximately 1,100 workers at four USPS Information Technology/Accounting Service Centers, and 90 workers at two Operating Services facilities. IT/ASC and OS workers are covered by contracts that are separate from the union’s main Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS. In 2014, IT/ASC workers ratified a contract for 2011-2016. In 2007, OS workers ratified a a contract for 2006-2010, as did workers in the main APWU bargaining unit.
News: IT/ASC & OS Employees
05/12/2016 - While 200,000 APWU members across the country await an arbitrator’s ruling on a new contract, 1,100 union members covered by the IT/AS contract voted to ratify a one-year extension of their 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced. The vote was 464 in favor, 33 against.
07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
“Busy” is the buzz word! the support services division is responsible for articles 40 and 41 of the APWU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS.
Article 40 covers the Operating Services Craft, which consists of employees at USPS headquarters at L’Enfant Plaza and facility services in Merrifield, VA.
Several proposals were exchanged in an attempt to improve the benefits and working conditions for our members in these units.
12/23/2014 - When management declared an Information Technology (IT) emergency due to a breach of USPS data systems recently, more than 150 systems that USPS programmers develop and administer were taken offline so they could be patched and reconfigured. The programmers – who are APWU members – were on call all hours of the day and night to get the systems tested and running.
These union members performed selflessly throughout the emergency.
IT/AS employees also perform an invaluable function for their APWU brothers and sisters day-in and day-out: They are responsible for every USPS employee’s pay and for making payroll corrections when errors occur.
Agreement Breaks ‘Pattern’ Set in 2010 Negotiations
08/12/2014 - APWU members in the IT-Accounting Services Centers (AS) ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 592 to 38 in voting that ended Aug. 7, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced.
The new agreement, which covers approximately 1,100 employees, was signed on Aug. 8 and took effect the following day; it expires Jan. 20, 2016.
07/14/2014 - The APWU and USPS tentative agreement for contract employees in the IT and Accounting (AS) units is now available.
07/08/2014 - The APWU and USPS have reached a tentative agreement on a contract for employees in the IT and Accounting Services (AS) units. Union members will have the opportunity to vote to ratify or reject the agreement. Details of the ratification process are expected to be announced July 9.
01/11/2013 - APWU President Cliff Guffey has invoked mediation in an effort to reach a new collective bargaining agreement covering employees at four USPS Information Technology/Accounting Services (IT/AS) centers. Employees at the four locations have been working under the terms of the expired 2007 contract since Jan. 20, 2011.
08/21/2012 - In an inspirational speech Aug. 19, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) urged union members to fight back against “evil-doers” who would destroy the Postal Service and send the nation back to a dark time when most workers had no rights and few prospects for achieving the American Dream.
ALSO: Delegates Debate Bargaining Resolutions.
12/09/2010 - Negotiations between the APWU and the Postal Service for a new contract for Information Technology/Accounting Service Centers began Tuesday, Dec. 7.