04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster
In early 2018, the USPS began deploying new cargo trucks and spotters, on a one-for-one replacement of the trucks in use at the time. The Postal Service continues to replace its aging fleet, and tractors are next in line. Many of the current tractors have over 1 million miles and are on their last leg.
On Jan. 29-31, in South Bend, IN, the APWU attended the First Article Testing (FAT) the Postal Service conducted on the Cab-Behind-Engine (CBE) tractor trailers, built by Navistar International Trucks, formerly International Harvester Company.
Several of our MVS Craft representatives across the country braved record inclement weather to participate in the FAT, which included an opportunity to observe and operate the test vehicles. The opinion of the APWU team members is these vehicles appear to be a welcome improvement to the Postal fleet.
11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster
As the parties reached the Sept. 20th contract deadline, the USPS proposals submitted at the Motor Vehicle Service (MVS) table were by far the most regressive demands in negotiations.
MVS Craft Officers expected the postal proposals would attempt to extract years of our bargaining history, achievements, and protections, but the Article 39 and 32 USPS demands went far beyond those expectations.
09/01/2016 - This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
After extensive negotiations and interest arbitration, the motor Vehicle Division was successful in amending key sections of Article 39 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which governs the MVS Craft. We also were successful in writing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Re: Highway Contract Routes (HCRs).
The new agreements significantly improve the contract and add protections for members of the MVS Craft. Our fight to keep Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work and prevent the Postal Service from undermining the contractual rights of employees will continue, but the new provisions are important steps forward.
07/25/2016 - With temperatures soaring, many Motor Vehicle Service Craft employees have complained about management’s failure to maintain functioning air conditioning systems in their trucks – and the APWU has addressed those complaints at the national level, Craft Director Michael O. Foster reports.
07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)
The APWU is challenging recent management changes to physical testing and licensing procedures for Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) on a number of fronts. All of the changes were made without any notification or discussion with the union at the national level.
06/22/2016 - The APWU is urging President Obama to veto an appropriations bill if it comes to his desk with a provision that would weaken truck safety regulations. As it is currently written, the appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation (H.R. 2577) includes a section that would block implementation of DOT rules that limit the number of hours drivers can be on duty.
(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The American Postal Workers Union has entered the final step in our fight for a good contract: Interest Arbitration. This is a process whereby issues that were not resolved during negotiations between the employer and the union are presented to a neutral arbitrator, agreed upon by both parties, for a final and binding resolution.
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.