News: Safety

New Contractual Agreements in the MVS Craft

09/01/2016 - This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After extensive negotiations and interest arbitration, the motor Vehicle Division was successful in amending key sections of Article 39 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which governs the MVS Craft. We also were successful in writing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Re: Highway Contract Routes (HCRs).

The new agreements significantly improve the contract and add protections for members of the MVS Craft. Our fight to keep Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work and prevent the Postal Service from undermining the contractual rights of employees will continue, but the new provisions are important steps forward.

APWU Web News Article 168-2016

Union Challenges New CDL Rules

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

The APWU is challenging recent management changes to physical testing and licensing procedures for Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) on a number of fronts. All of the changes were made without any notification or discussion with the union at the national level.

APWU Web News Article 128-2016

APWU Urges Obama to Veto Bill that Would Weaken Truck Safety

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. 

MVS Workers Drive the Message Home

05/01/2016 -

MVS panel participants (top row): Michael McDonald,
Steven Dietz, William Drew (bottom row) Robert Stierle,
Virgil Fleming, Kevin Knapp and Robert Strickland.

(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.


Postal Lives at Risk

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

A shocking lack of security at many of the nation’s 21 Network Distribution Centers (NDCs) is jeopardizing the lives of postal employees.                   

Unfortunately, postal management seems unresponsive.

Union Settles Dispute on CDLs for Technicians

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.

Press Release

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.