11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks
I hope everyone had a good time at the 24th Annual National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. I think it was a very good convention. As usual, the delegates came prepared to demonstrate why they felt their resolutions had merit, and articulated their arguments appropriately. Our conventions and the process of passing resolutions is a true illustration of how the democratic process should work. As is probably true for most of the delegates to the National Convention, you hit the ground running when returning home.
The same can be said for your national officers. The convention took place smack dab in the middle of contract negotiations. With the contract expiring on Sept. 20, 2018, we went into a lock-down period with the Postal Service from Sept. 14-20, where the parties met around-the-clock in attempts to come to an agreement. In the end, we did come closer together on many issues, but were unable to complete the agreement. Because the parties were making headway and still talking, they agreed to extend the negotiation period by 30 days.
04/23/2014 - In a unanimous vote of 33-0, members of the National Postal Professional Nurses-APWU approved a Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS on April 23. Forty-three ballots were mailed.
07/13/2012 - The National Postal Professional Nurses/American Postal Workers Union met with the Postal Service on July 11 in the opening round of contract negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current agreement, the result of the Goldberg Interest Arbitration panel, is due to expire on Aug. 10, 2012.
03/16/2011 - Several questions have been posed on the APWU’s Facebook page regarding the Tentative Agreement for a new contract. Union officers address questions regarding the conversion of Clerk Craft part-time flexible employees and part-time regular employees below.
09/24/2008 - The union and the Postal Service have agreed to submit to an interest arbitrator disputed contract issues for APWU-represented postal nurses. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Postal Professional Nurses-APWU and the USPS expired Aug. 20, 2007.
The parties met several times last fall, and continued to exchange information and proposals this year, including during off-the-record sessions. After the most recent meeting, on Sept. 15, the parties agreed to have an interest arbitrator resolve the outstanding issues. The nurses will be represented in arbitration by APWU attorneys.