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The New Contract and Maintenance

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

In case you missed it, we have a new Collective Bargaining Agreement! The Maintenance Craft was successful in our primary goal of eliminating the non-career category from our ranks. This was an historic achievement, which took a lot of effort, planning and unity of purpose to accomplish. It would be fair

APWU Web News Article 166-2016

Mid-Year Refresher: Updates, Reminders

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

APWU officers and members have been very busy for the past year-and-a-half working for a fair contract, but we have continued pursuing other activities, including some long-festering disputes with management. Below is a recap of pending issues.

 
 
APWU Web News Article 067-2016

District Court Orders Clarification

On Maintenance Craft Staffing at BMCs

03/24/2016 - The Postal Service sidestepped a fight in federal court on March 16 over enforcement of an Oct. 19, 2015, arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs).  After the USPS filed a “consent motion,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered interpretation of the award to be returned to Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe.

 

USPS Duplicity and Disrespect: Three Examples

Union Files Court Complaint

02/23/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

The Maintenance Division filed a complaint in federal court on Dec. 11 seeking enforcement of a national arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs). We asked the court to direct the Postal Service to comply with a ruling issued by Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe on Oct. 19.

In the decision, Arbitrator Jaffe ordered the Postal Service to “cease and desist” from using Maintenance Management Order 112-10 (eWHEP) and to return to using MMO 022-04 (BMC Gold) to prepare Maintenance Craft staffing packages for BMCs (also known as Network Distribution Centers or NDCs).

APWU Web News Article 232-2015

Maintenance Division Files Suit to Enforce eWHEP Staffing Award

12/18/2015 - The APWU filed a complaint in federal court on Dec. 11 seeking enforcement of a national arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMC), Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The complaint asks the court to direct the Postal Service to comply with a ruling issued by Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe on Oct. 19.

Management’s New BEM Motto: Run to Failure!

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The Postal Service has notified the APWU of management’s intent to move forward with proposed changes to the MS-1 Handbook, which identifies the duties and establishes the staffing for the “building side” of Maintenance Craft work.

In revising the MS-1 Handbook, Operation and Maintenance of Real Property, management is attempting to eliminate a substantial number of Maintenance Craft jobs. In the process, it will make the postal facilities less safe, less comfortable, and less efficient.

The End of the Fiscal Year and Custodial Hours

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

We are quite likely still heading for Interest Arbitration for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. And while that is the top priority for APWU officers, day-to-day and month-to-month battles continue.

Issues we thought were resolved often find their way back to the front burner, typically because a manager in the field disagreed with how the union and management settled a problem and came up with way to undermine it.

These stuck-in-the past types typically possess a great deal of anti-union animus. In other words, they just don’t like us. Their attitude is, if they can cause trouble, so much the better.

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