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Custodian Team Cleaning (CTC): Doomed to Fail

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Beginning in 2012, The US Postal Service embarked on a “Pilot” program to replace the 1983 Housekeeping Handbook MS 47 TL 3 with Custodian Team Cleaning (CTC). The CTC concept was created by a Utah based company called Manage Men. The new handbook was titled MS 47 TL 5.

By the end of 2014, USPS rolled out the Pilot program nationwide as the new standard of operation. Under CTC, four custodians are jointly responsible for completing all assigned tasks. The four specialists include the Restroom Specialist, Vacuum Specialist, Light Duty Specialist and Utility Specialist. Three of the four specialists visit each room, with the exception of the Restroom Specialist, creating the Team Cleaning Concept. Each specialist’s duties are as follows:

How to Get a Custodial Staffing Review

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

A staffing review is an important tool for protecting Maintenance Craft jobs, and we encourage locals to request reviews if there is a valid reason to believe that your office is understaffed under TL 3 or TL 5. Staffing packages in the Maintenance Division can be broken into two general categories: custodial staffing and mechanized staffing.

APWU Web News Article 03-2019

Arbitrator Rejects APWU Challenges to Roof Maintenance

01/10/2019 - In a decision issued on Friday, January 4, 2019, Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service did not violate the National Agreement in 2011 when it decided to subcontract roof maintenance and repair work. The Union contended that the Employer had violated Article32.1.A by failing to give due consideration to the five factors it must consider before subcontracting; violated Article 32.1.B by failing to give the Union advance notice, and by failing to comply with the other requirements of 32.1.B; violated the MOU on Contracting or Insourcing of Contracted Services; and violated ASM Section 535.112. 

New Maintenance Division Appointments

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Filling Maintenance Vacancies — Part II

This is Part II of an article started by our late brother, former Maintenance Division Director Steve Raymer, in the July-August edition of The American Postal Worker. We are sharing how to fill vacant maintenance positions under terms of our contract, known within our craft as the “pecking order.” The previous article covered through Step 4 of the process; we pick up here with Step 5.

Filling Maintenance Vacancies - Part 1

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is the mutually agreed upon explanation on how to apply our contract to filling vacant maintenance positions.

The May 2017 JCIM included the Order for Filling Vacant Maintenance Positions. The contractual definition is to duty assignments. Within the craft, we referto this as the “pecking order.”

The preamble paragraph is frequently overlooked: The appropriate PAR and PER must be exhausted before considering other hiring options. To be considered qualified an employee must either be eligible under the current in-craft process for the position in question or be a Maintenance Craft employee in the same level and occupational group as the vacancy.

MS-1 Settlement Reached

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

On Feb. 27, 2018, the USPS and the Maintenance Division reached a resolution regarding the MS-1 Handbook revisions that were remanded to the parties by Arbitrator Goldberg in case Q10T-4Q-C 14171644. The MS-1 Handbook is titled Operation and Maintenance of Real Property and it “prescribes the policies, procedures, and practices governing the operation and maintenance of USPS buildings and leased space.”

APWU Web News Article 21-2018

Agreement Reached on MS 1 Remand!

02/28/2018 - On February 27, 2018, the Postal Service and the APWU Maintenance Division signed an agreement resolving national level disputes in case numbers (Q10T-4Q-C 14171644 and Q10T-4Q-C 16481407).

The outstanding issue revolves around Arbitrator Goldberg’s REMANDED Decision of September 13, 2017:

The issues of whether the revisions to the MS-1 dealing with (a) preventative maintenance time allowances and frequencies, and (b) space adjustments and miscellaneous work time allowances violated Article 19 are remanded to the parties.”

Maintenance Announces New Webinar Training:

Challenging TL-5 Staffing with Newly Developed TL-5 Program!

02/02/2018 - On Feb. 27, Maintenance Division Director Steven Raymer, Assistant Director (A) Idowu Balogun and Assistant Director (B) Terry B. Martinez will be presenting a webinar training on Challenging TL-5 Staffing with Newly Developed TL-5 Program. The training will be from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST.  More details and registration can be found here. 

Change is Continuous

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

On Oct. 17, we attended a national Tech & Mech joint committee meeting with the USPS. APWU Maintenance, Clerk and MVS Officers, as well as representatives from the Mail Handlers were present. The USPS attendees included program managers over many of the new or changed equipment systems and, of course, labor relations.

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