09/01/2016 - The APWU and USPS signed two important Step 4 settlements recently, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has announced.
News: Postal Support Employees
June 30 is Closing Date
06/30/2016 - Postal Support Employees (PSEs) represented by the APWU have until June 30, 2016, to enroll in health insurance through the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Coverage will be effective on July 9, 2016.
Nine Postal Support Employees presented emotional testimony on March 10 before a panel of arbitrators – who will decide the terms of the union’s next contract – describing the struggles they face and the indignities they experience.
On April 5 and 6 the APWU completed the opening round of its case before the arbitration panel that will decide the terms of a new contract, with testimony supporting the union’s economic package and proposals to eliminate multiple tiers within the workforce.
Major Advance for Young Workers
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU reached a major milestone in November: More than 25,000 Postal Support Employees (PSEs) – including some from every craft – were converted to career over the last two years.
PSEs Urged Not to Participate
11/06/2015 - The American Postal Workers Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in response to the “Stay Survey,” in which the Postal Service asks newly hired non-career employees about their job satisfaction and the quality of their working conditions. The APWU is discouraging Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from participating.
Management is likely to use the results of the survey against union members in arbitration over the contract, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon explained. The union also objects to the Postal Pulse survey, which is aimed at the entire workforce.
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU and USPS agreed to extend the 50-mile limit on excessing in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated Sept. 28, signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and the USPS Vice President for Labor Relations. The original MOU, Minimizing Excessing, which was slated to expire with the 2010 contract, is extended until May 20, 2018, or for the term of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, whichever is later.
07/21/2015 - The APWU and the Postal Service signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background investigations that were required for their conversion to career status, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon has announced.
In accordance with the settlement, the Postal Service is responsible for any “direct costs” of fingerprinting, including mileage.
01/05/2015 - Negotiations for the next collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are scheduled to begin in mid-February, and the Industrial Relations Department has been busy researching material and developing strategies for contract talks.
10/14/2014 - It’s been just about a year since I took office. Wow, how time flies!
Since taking office, I have instituted a very aggressive arbitration schedule based on my belief that disputes at the national level must be resolved to bring closure and provide guidance to union leaders and members in the field.
During the past year, at least two national-level arbitrations have been heard per month. This has enabled us to get some great decisions that will enhance our field representation. We now have three national-level arbitrators hearing cases rather than two.