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APWU Web News Article 251-2016

Landmark Arbitration Decision Upholding Craft Assignments and Job Posting Rights

12/12/2016 - 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... The APWU successfully argued that the work performed by the employees at the SRTs is part of the Clerk Craft. It is very similar to the positions at established call centers, where employees interact over the phone with customers who call the Postal Service for assistance. Goldberg agreed, pointing out “[the SRT workers] do essentially the same work – talking on the telephone to customers and inputting data on computers.”

APWU Web News Article 250-2016

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Award

Hundreds of SPSS Clerk Craft Jobs Preserved

12/09/2016 - The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the work to the Mail Handler Craft. After a closer and better review, the USPS reassigned some of the functions, including facing and separating packages as well as sweeping in rotation, to the Clerk Craft... With this procedural issue resolved, clerks will continue to be assigned work on the SPSS machines for now, as well as on new SSPS machines that are in the process of being deployed.

APWU Web News Article 246-2016

Wounded Warrior Leave

11/22/2016 - Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran employees who meet the eligibility requirements to take Wounded Warrior Leave. This is a specific type of leave, which provides veteran employees with no loss in pay, for undergoing medical treatment for a service-related disability rated at 30% or more.

Two Recent Agreements: Staffing and Employee Orientation

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Editor’s Note: Tony D. McKinnon Sr. prepared the article below prior to the counting of ballots in the APWU election of union officers, which took place on Oct. 6. His bid for re-election was unsuccessful. Newly elected Director of Industrial Relations Vance Zimmerman (and other newly elected candidates) will assume office on Nov. 12.

On Aug. 24, 2016, with the help of Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Pallas-Barber, I reached agreement with the Postal Service on the issue of whether the “normal staffing” of two clerks per machine on Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS) should be a minimum requirement. This is a monumental agreement that provides the mandate that management staff the machine with two people. The settlement addresses the union’s concerns about safety when DBCS machines are staffed by just one person.

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