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IT/AS Contract Negotiations Update

05/16/2017 - By Steve Brooks
Director, Support Services Division 
     

I would like to start off by thanking members for their patience and dedication over the past months. I know everyone is anxious to get a new collective bargaining agreement. The process has had its ups and downs but we continue to make progress.

It is heartening and helpful to see members at our centers/facilities taking an active role by spreading the word, wearing buttons and t-shirts and demonstrating to local management our determination to get a fair contract. This is the solidarity that will get us a decent contract for all.

‘Unprecedented’ Contracts

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

Negotiations with Pacific Architects and Engineering, Inc. (PAE) for our Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) were successfully completed with the membership’s unanimous ratification of the tentative agreement. The parties agreed to terms including a grievance process with just cause provisions. We were also able to achieve a “no lay-off” clause as well as a guaranteed floor in regards to a minimum number of full-time positions.

APWU Web News Article 25-2017

MTESC Workers Unanimously Ratify First Contract

03/09/2017 - New APWU members at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) in Urbandale, IA, unanimously ratified an initial two-year contract... The contract will increase job security through the implementation of a grievance process, a guaranteed number of full-time employees and a “no-lay-off” clause. The APWU also secured enhanced safety commitments from the company with improved pay and better benefits. 

Negotiations, Negotiations

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

We are hitting the new year running. We ended 2016 in the middle of contract negotiations for our Information Technology/Accounting Services unit, and are working under an extension to our 2011 agreement. The extension expires on Feb. 24, as this issue goes to print. We hope another extension is not necessary.

APWU Web News Article 246-2016

Wounded Warrior Leave

11/22/2016 - Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran employees who meet the eligibility requirements to take Wounded Warrior Leave. This is a specific type of leave, which provides veteran employees with no loss in pay, for undergoing medical treatment for a service-related disability rated at 30% or more.

Convention Adds National Business Agent

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Delegates made some tough decisions at the union’s 2016 national convention, including a few that have a direct effect on Support Services Division employees and officers. Thank you to Orlando Anderson, Saint Louis Gateway District Area Local; April Mellen, Twin Cities PDC Local, and Mike Simmons, Twin Cities PDC Local, who served on the Support Services Committee at the convention.

APWU Web News Article 234-2016

APWU Organizing Victory!

10/28/2016 -


Gloria Gonzalez (left) and her co-worker proudly display
their APWU membership cards. 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is celebrating an organizing victory! Workers at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) located in Urbandale, Iowa, voted to join the Des Moines Area Local. The MTESCs are run by postal subcontractors, servicing the sorting and palletizing of mail trays, bags and other equipment. The favorable vote was over a two-to-one margin of 18-8. 

 

APWU Web News Article 217-2016

Judy McCann Appointed Support Services National Business Agent

09/30/2016 - Support Services Craft Director Stephen R. Brooks has appointed Judy McCann of the Twin Cities PDC Local to serve as the craft’s new National Business Agent, effective Nov. 12. Delegates to the 2016 APWU National Convention voted to add an NBA to the Support Services Division, which had a single national officer, the director.

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