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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.

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.

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.

Contracts, Contracts, Contracts

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.

APWU Payroll Experts Issue a Warning

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.

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