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.
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.”
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.
11/30/2016 - On an annual basis, Postal Support Employees who are assigned as PSE Sales/Service and Distribution Associates, D/A 81-4, will be eligible to purchase three (3) Type 2 shirts worn by employees assigned for retail operations...This ONLY applies to PSEs who have met the criteria listed.
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.
Members of the Western Pennsylvania Postal Solidarity Committee held a Stop Staples protest in front of a location in Monaca on Sunday, Nov. 13.
11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
One of the most important questions we face as a union is how to get management to honor the contract. Often it seems management disrespects workers, the contract, and the union.
(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Stop Staples activists from New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Northern California shared their experiences – and what inspires them – in a series of videos recorded at the union’s National Convention in August. You can find the videos at facebook.com/APWUnational. Excerpts are below.
Stop Staples activists held a rally in front of a bustling location in Revere, MA, just north of Boston, on Oct. 20.
Members of the Western Pennsylvania Postal Workers Solidarity Committee held a Stop Staples protest in front of a location on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh on Oct. 16. All APWU crafts attended, along with Letter Carriers, retired Mail Handlers, and allies.