News: Subcontracting

APWU Web News Article 063-2011

Electrical Switchgear Maintenance Agreement Reached

05/25/2011 - The APWU and USPS reached agreement May 17, 2011, regarding the performance of switchgear maintenance by Maintenance Craft employees. The settlement stipulates that subcontracting decisions involving switchgear maintenance will be made at the local level, and that instructions contained in the MS 28 Handbook are not intended to remove any electrical work from the bargaining unit, decrease staffing levels, or encourage or mandate subcontracting. It also calls for ongoing training of bargaining unit employees to perform electrical switchgear work.

APWU News Bulletin

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

11/19/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory Nov. 15, with the introduction of a bill that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 67-2008

Burrus Tells Congress: Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

07/20/2007 - If Congress wants to limit USPS subcontracting, lawmakers should enact legislation compelling the Postal Service to bargain over the issue, APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee on July 19, rather than intervening in specific contracting-out disputes.

Congress should avoid substituting its judgment for the judgment of the parties who are directly involved, Burrus said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia.