05/22/2017 - IT/AS Support Service members are wearing union gear on Thursdays to show solidarity during their current contract negotiations. Pictured are members of the Wilkes-Barre Solution Center.
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.
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.
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.
Support Services Craft
01/17/2017 - Updates on the current collective bargaining agreement negotiations for the IT/Account Services Group, PAE's Mail Transport Equipment Service Center and Salmon Companies.
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.
08/31/2016 - The Postal Service has taken subcontracting of Support Services to new heights and APWU members are fighting back, Director Steve Brooks reported to APWU members at the craft conference held prior to the National Convention.
05/12/2016 - While 200,000 APWU members across the country await an arbitrator’s ruling on a new contract, 1,100 union members covered by the IT/AS contract voted to ratify a one-year extension of their 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced. The vote was 464 in favor, 33 against.
07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
“Busy” is the buzz word! the support services division is responsible for articles 40 and 41 of the APWU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS.
Article 40 covers the Operating Services Craft, which consists of employees at USPS headquarters at L’Enfant Plaza and facility services in Merrifield, VA.
Several proposals were exchanged in an attempt to improve the benefits and working conditions for our members in these units.
12/23/2014 - When management declared an Information Technology (IT) emergency due to a breach of USPS data systems recently, more than 150 systems that USPS programmers develop and administer were taken offline so they could be patched and reconfigured. The programmers – who are APWU members – were on call all hours of the day and night to get the systems tested and running.
These union members performed selflessly throughout the emergency.
IT/AS employees also perform an invaluable function for their APWU brothers and sisters day-in and day-out: They are responsible for every USPS employee’s pay and for making payroll corrections when errors occur.