09/01/2016 - The APWU and USPS signed two important Step 4 settlements recently, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has announced.
07/06/2016 - In a supplemental decision issued on July 5, Arbitrator Ira Jaffe ruled in favor of the APWU on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs), also known as Network Distribution Centers (NDCs).
‘A Complete Lack of Respect on the Workroom Floor’
07/01/2016 - APWU members at the Metroplex Mail Processing and Distribution Center in suburban Detroit are taking a stand against an extremely hostile work environment.
06/22/2016 - The Postal Service finally provided the APWU with an official version of the new MS-1 Handbook on June 21, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. It is now effective.
On Maintenance Craft Staffing at BMCs
03/24/2016 - The Postal Service sidestepped a fight in federal court on March 16 over enforcement of an Oct. 19, 2015, arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs). After the USPS filed a “consent motion,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered interpretation of the award to be returned to Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe.
USPS Duplicity and Disrespect: Three Examples
02/23/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The Maintenance Division filed a complaint in federal court on Dec. 11 seeking enforcement of a national arbitration award on staffing at Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs). We asked the court to direct the Postal Service to comply with a ruling issued by Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe on Oct. 19.
In the decision, Arbitrator Jaffe ordered the Postal Service to “cease and desist” from using Maintenance Management Order 112-10 (eWHEP) and to return to using MMO 022-04 (BMC Gold) to prepare Maintenance Craft staffing packages for BMCs (also known as Network Distribution Centers or NDCs).
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU won an important grievance involving maintenance Craft staffing at Bulk Mail Centers on Oct. 19, when Arbitrator Ira Jaffe issued a stinging rebuke to the Postal Service.
Holiday Clerk Assistants, PSEs
11/24/2015 - The reporting period for the 2015 Peak Season Exception Period began on Nov. 14, 2015, and ends Jan. 8, 2016. The three consecutive pay periods will be the weeks of Nov. 14, 2015, to Dec. 25, 2015, or Nov. 28, 2015, to Jan. 8, 2016, to be decided by local management.
10/20/2015 - The APWU won an important grievance involving Maintenance Craft staffing at Bulk Mail Centers on Oct. 19, when Arbitrator Ira Jaffe issued a stinging rebuke to the Postal Service.
09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
We are quite likely still heading for Interest Arbitration for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. And while that is the top priority for APWU officers, day-to-day and month-to-month battles continue.
Issues we thought were resolved often find their way back to the front burner, typically because a manager in the field disagreed with how the union and management settled a problem and came up with way to undermine it.
These stuck-in-the past types typically possess a great deal of anti-union animus. In other words, they just don’t like us. Their attitude is, if they can cause trouble, so much the better.