09/12/2017 - Recently, APWU members employed by Salmon Companies voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. Salmon Companies is the largest ground transportation supplier to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Truck drivers for the private-sector company are part of the Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX; Shreveport, LA; Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN. The new CBA was ratified by over 75% of voting members.
09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Clerk Craft Directors
The APWU won another important victory in a national arbitration case regarding violations of POStPlan agreements.
Arbitrator Goldberg found USPS violated ‘POStPlan’ MOU
06/07/2017 - The APWU scores another victory today, defending postal employees in the union’s bargaining unit. Arbitrator Goldberg issued an award in a national-level case over what remedy was due for the Postal Service’s failure to staff ‘POStPlan’ offices following an original award on September 5, 2014 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated afterward...
“This is an important award for the protection and expansion of Clerk Craft work,” said President Dimondstein. “This keeps management’s feet to the fire, holding them to the agreements they make with the APWU.”
12/16/2016 - Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a decision on Dec. 8, 2016, holding that the Postal Service violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement when it failed to assign Sales Retention Team (SRT) center work to the Clerk Craft and post the positions for bid.
April 29 Deadline for Workers Who Weren’t Listed or Whose Listed Amounts Were Wrong
03/29/2016 - The Postal Service notified the APWU that management has almost completed the paperwork to correct payment amounts due to employees for the initial portion of a $56 million monetary settlement of grievances protesting managerial personnel performing Clerk Craft duties in small offices. Approximately 300 corrections are outstanding.
$56 Million Settlement:
01/15/2016 - The Postal Service has informed the APWU that initial payments of a $56 million grievance settlement were included in paychecks dated Jan. 15, reports Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson. Eligible retirees have been receiving their settlements and that process should be completed with the last of the retirees expected to receive their payments in checks dated Jan. 30.
Clerk Officers Outline Criteria for Disbursement of $56 Million Payout for ‘Global Settlement’ of Violations of Article 1.6.B
08/31/2015 - In a conference call with local and state presidents, the APWU’s Clerk Division officers outlined the criteria for distributing the $56 million lump-sum penalty portion of the settlement that resolves a decades-long dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing Clerk Craft work.
Grievances Due June 5, If Necessary
06/01/2015 - A key feature of the Global Settlement Remedy Agreement, which was signed on Dec. 5, 2014, were provisions making it easier for union representatives to monitor when postmasters and supervisors perform bargaining unit work in excess of the hours allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The USPS recently provided the APWU with the first set of reports by postmasters and supervisors showing how many hours they worked. The reports, which are available to local and state presidents only, are posted in the Member’s Only section of the APWU website. Local and state presidents were previously notified of the reports and have been working hard to get employees paid.
03/24/2015 - APWU Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has updated union members on progress toward disbursing a $56 million settlement that was signed Dec. 5, 2014, to resolve disputes over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.
As part of the settlement, the Postal Service was required to provide reports showing the amount of bargaining unit work performed by postmasters and supervisors in Level 15, 16 and 18 offices.
03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The union’s Maintenance Craft Officers are deeply involved in negotiations for our next contract. Western Region National Business Agent (NBA) Jimmie Waldon is assisting Director Steve Raymer and Assistant Directors Idowu Balogun and Terry B. Martinez on Maintenance Craft issues.
Our push to maintain the Postal Service as a significant part of the fabric of our nation will be ingrained in this round of negotiations. Thank you for being involved.