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APWU Web News Article 157-2016

Three New Signoffs in the Clerk Craft

07/29/2016 - APWU Clerk Craft officers and the Postal Service signed three documents on July 29:  They agreed to a new set of Questions & Answers on the POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel; signed a Step 4 Settlement on Postal Support Employees (PSEs) staffing Level 4 RMPOs (Remotely Managed Post Offices) working outside their installation, and signed an addendum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Peak Season Exception Periods and the use of annuitants.

Old Ideas on Vacancies Die Hard

07/01/2015 -

National Day of Action event in Jacksonville, FL.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

It seems some old perceptions and misunderstandings die hard, even when confronted with clear and unambiguous facts.

This applies not just to management types, who have a great deal of difficulty learning new things, but also to some arbitrators. There are those who seem to be afraid to do the right thing and some who are overly concerned about how their record will look to the USPS.

One example is the change made during 2010 contract negotiations to Article 38.4.A, which addresses vacant duty assignments in the Maintenance Craft. The changes are shown in bold type below, just as they appear on page 206 of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Note that in the new 2015 contract, the language will carry over and will not be bold-faced.)

Motor Vehicle Service Update

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The union is pursuing our demand that management create at least 60 new administrative and technical duty assignments in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft, as required by the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Four years after signing the CBA, the USPS still has not created the positions.

Management also has refused to provide the APWU with information the union requested regarding the positions, prompting the union to file an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Privatization, Walmart and Goin' Postal

12/23/2014 - An agreement between Walmart and the private shipping company Goin’ Postal threatens to further privatize postal services. Under the arrangement, announced on Sept. 29, 2014, Goin’ Postal is lining up franchisees to establish postal kiosks in approximately 2,000 Walmart stores.

The arrangement has the potential to dwarf the Postal Service’s agreement with Staples, which started as a pilot program at 82 Staples stores and which is being expanded to Staples’ 1,500 U.S. stores.

The Walmart deal represents a new twist, however, because Walmart isn’t offering services through a direct agreement with the USPS. Instead, Walmart’s agreement is with Goin’ Postal.