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Management’s New BEM Motto: Run to Failure!

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The Postal Service has notified the APWU of management’s intent to move forward with proposed changes to the MS-1 Handbook, which identifies the duties and establishes the staffing for the “building side” of Maintenance Craft work.

In revising the MS-1 Handbook, Operation and Maintenance of Real Property, management is attempting to eliminate a substantial number of Maintenance Craft jobs. In the process, it will make the postal facilities less safe, less comfortable, and less efficient.

50-Mile Limit on Excessing Extended

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The APWU and USPS agreed to extend the 50-mile limit on excessing in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated Sept. 28, signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and the USPS Vice President for Labor Relations. The original MOU, Minimizing Excessing, which was slated to expire with the 2010 contract, is extended until May 20, 2018, or for the term of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, whichever is later.

APWU News Bulletin

Union, Management Agree to Extend 50-Mile Limit on Excessing

10/07/2015 - The APWU and USPS agreed to extend the 50-mile limit on excessing in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated Sept. 28, signed by APWU President Mark Dimondstein and the USPS Vice President for Labor Relations. The original MOU, Minimizing Excessing, which was slated to expire with the 2010 contract, is extended until May 20, 2018, or for the term of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, whichever is later.

“Excessing beyond 50 miles is devastating to our members and their families,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “In the past, union members were frequently reassigned to facilities hundreds of miles from their homes. This MOU will prevent that. I consider it a significant accomplishment for APWU members in every craft.”

APWU Web News Article 190-2015

50-Mile Limit - Minimizing Excessing Memo Extended

Two Related MOUs and Maintenance-Specific Step 4 Settlement Facilitate Extension

09/29/2015 - The APWU and the USPS have agreed upon two Memoranda of Understanding: “Minimizing Excessing” and “Peak Season Exception Periods,” in addition to a Maintenance-specific Step 4 Settlement, that are all interconnected and result in the extension of the 50-mile memo on Sept. 28, 2015, APWU President Mark Dimondstein announced.

APWU Web News Article 188-2015

Closing of Requests for Inclusion

09/22/2015 - Well over 7,000 employees represented by the APWU have been paid as part of the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) national arbitration award. A period of time has been granted for anyone who may have been missed to provide the requested information for consideration to be included.

The time for members of the ET and AMT and AMS occupational groups to be identified for payment from the AOI national arbitration award will close on Oct. 1, 2015. 

The End of the Fiscal Year and Custodial Hours

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.

APWU Web News Article 146-2015

APWU, USPS Reach Settlement On PSE Fingerprint Compensation, Costs

07/21/2015 - The APWU and the Postal Service signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background investigations that were required for their conversion to career status, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon has announced. 

In accordance with the settlement, the Postal Service is responsible for any “direct costs” of fingerprinting, including mileage.

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.)

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