Arbitrator Das sides with union for arbitration victory
12/12/2017 - In an award issued December 8, 2017, Das found that the “End of Day” button – a function the Postal Service added into the Retail System Software (RSS) point-of-sale system allowing postmasters to enter and exit the system without fully closing out – did not satisfy the requirement in the Global Settlement Remedy Agreement that postmasters are allowed to perform bargaining unit work for only 15 hours per week, to be counted from the start to the “end of day.”
06/16/2017 - On June 14, the APWU and the Postal Service reached an agreement resolving a Step 4 National Dispute that career Clerk Craft employees assigned to a POStPlan office are entitled to a uniform allowance. The parties agreed that career Clerk Craft employees who staff POStPlan offices will be considered eligible to participate in the uniform allowance program per existing provisions for career employees in the Clerk Craft.
04/05/2017 - The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to retirees on April 21st. The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014. Eligible active employees have already received their final payment.
05/03/2016 - The Postal Service has notified the APWU that approximately 200 corrections are outstanding from among more than 13,000 employees who were eligible for a portion of a $56 million monetary settlement of grievances protesting managerial personnel performing Clerk Craft duties in small offices.
04/27/2016 - Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson is reminding union members that Friday, April 29, is an important deadline for employees who are eligible for a portion of the $56 million settlement of grievances protesting managerial personnel performing craft work in small offices.
April 29 Deadline for Workers Who Weren’t Listed or Whose Listed Amounts Were Wrong
03/29/2016 - The Postal Service notified the APWU that management has almost completed the paperwork to correct payment amounts due to employees for the initial portion of a $56 million monetary settlement of grievances protesting managerial personnel performing Clerk Craft duties in small offices. Approximately 300 corrections are outstanding.
02/01/2016 - Information provided by the Postal Service reveals numerous management errors in the initial payment of a $56 million settlement to employees in small offices, Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has announced.
01/15/2016 - The Postal Service has informed the APWU that initial payments of a $56 million grievance settlement were included in paychecks dated Jan. 15, reports Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson. Eligible retirees have been receiving their settlements and that process should be completed with the last of the retirees expected to receive their payments in checks dated Jan. 30.
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
For the first time in many years, the number of employees in the Clerk Craft has increased. The total number of Clerk Craft employees on Sept. 20, 2013, was 140,841. On Sept. 18, 2015, the number was 151,055 – an increase of 6.76 percent in just two years.
12/15/2015 - The Postal Service failed to complete processing of a $56 million payment to clerks in small offices in time for the holidays, the union has learned.
Management blamed the delay on a computer glitch technicians encountered when they attempted to upload the payments, said APWU Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks. Payment was expected this week.