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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.

e-Team Report, Sept. 18, 2015

Send the Message - Safety First!

09/18/2015 - Private postal subcontractors are seeking an exemption from a necessary federal safety rule. If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering public input on this exemption until September 21st.

APWU Web News Article 179-2015

Last Day to Comment!

Exemption Sought by Subcontractors Jeopardizes Road Safety

Union Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment

09/14/2015 -


Private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an
exemption from federal safety rules that prohibit commerical drivers from
operating a truck after more than 14 hours on duty following a 10-hour break.
Do we even need to explain why this is such a bad idea? 

APWU officers are renewing warnings about the dangers posed by sleep-deprived truck drivers and asking union members and the public to oppose a request by private subcontractors for an exemption from a federal safety rule. Comments must be submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by Sept. 21.

If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours.

HCR Disputes, Renewals and Subcontracting

09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

On June 25, 2015, the APWU won another round in our fight against subcontracting when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied a motion by the National Star Route Mail Association (the group that represents HCR contractors) to re-open the case in which we won the right to receive un-redacted copies of PS Form 7463A, Negotiated Cost Statement – Highway Transportation Contracts. The form shows the final agreement on contract costs between the USPS and contractors.

It’s very unusual for a third party to attempt to intervene in a case between the APWU and USPS, and we’re pleased the board ruled against the subcontractors who are after our work.

The ruling means we can renew our demand that management comply with the NLRB award and – finally! – get the information we are seeking.

APWU Web News Article 171-2015

Subcontractors Seek Exemption that Threatens Safety on the Roads

APWU Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment

08/27/2015 - Imagine the danger posed by a sleep-deprived driver of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer – whether he’s on the highway or driving through your neighborhood.

Despite the hazard, private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from federal safety rules that prohibit commercial drivers from operating a truck after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10 hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking comments on the request, which must be submitted by Sept. 21.

Transparency is a MUST

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After the initial rounds of negotiations, it has become even more apparent why the Motor Vehicle Division must have transparency at all levels regarding the Postal Service’s subcontracting practices.

Beginning in March 2014, the union requested two key figures regarding Vehicle Maintenance Facilities: the estimated rate the USPS uses for MVS employees when making cost comparisons to decide whether to subcontract work and the hourly rate assigned to subcontractors that perform repairs, shuttling, towing, etc. The union also requested an explanation of how management calculates the costs; asked for a breakdown of the different categories, and requested the costs associated with each category.

APWU Web News Article 067-2015

Arbitrator Sustains Grievance on Motor Vehicle Craft Subcontracting

03/27/2015 - Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg has sustained the MVS Craft Step 4 dispute in Case # Q10V-4Q-C 14125953, regarding contracting out Postal Vehicle Service work.

The MVS Craft initiated the dispute in response to the USPS April 26, 2013, notice to the APWU that management was “considering subcontracting the highway movement of mail in approximately 162 Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) sites nationwide.” The notice came on the heels of the Postal Service’s attempt to contract out the entire PVS operation in the state of California.

Motor Vehicle Service Update

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The union is pursuing our demand that management create at least 60 new administrative and technical duty assignments in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft, as required by the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Four years after signing the CBA, the USPS still has not created the positions.

Management also has refused to provide the APWU with information the union requested regarding the positions, prompting the union to file an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Is Sub-Contracting Cheaper? Really?

12/23/2014 - As we prepare to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, one of the most important issues to resolve is what constitutes a “fair cost comparison of all reasonable costs.” It’s fair to say that this is a key issue for the Motor Vehicle Craft, especially if we are to return subcontracted work to our members.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on “Contracting or Insourcing of Contracted Service,” which is part of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, provided the Motor Vehicle Craft with language we could sink our teeth into for the very first time. It states:

“It is understood that if the service can be performed at a cost equal to or less than that of contract service, when a fair comparison is made of all reasonable costs, the work will be performed in-house.”

The problem is that the United States Postal Service can’t determine what subcontracting costs.

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