02/19/2016 - Workers had a seat at the table – the arbitration table – on the second and third day of hearings, testifying in vivid detail about the work they do, the responsibilities bestowed on them, and their unwavering commitment to serving postal customers.
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU and the Postal Service settled a dispute in September concerning management’s restructuring of Tractor-Trailer Operator and Motor Vehicle Operator complements through the application of the audit review process known as “Zero Base.”
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The union and management resolved a dispute in august concerning the Postal Service’s decision in April 2002 to waive the Commercial Driver’s License requirement for applicants for Automotive Mechanic/Technician and Lead Automotive Technician positions.
The Motor Vehicle Craft has always insisted that successful applicants or bidders must meet the minimum qualifications of a position before they are deemed qualified. However, the Postal Service’s decision to voluntarily participate in the Department of Transportation’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program in 1995 created difficulties recruiting qualified mechanics and technicians. Many applicants had the necessary skills but did not have CDLs.
10/08/2015 - The APWU and USPS have signed an agreement that prohibits management from initiating the posting of annual bids in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft pursuant to any audit review, Assistant Director Javier E. Piñeres has announced.
American Postal Workers Union Calls for Public Hearing On Subcontractors’ Request for Exemption from Safety Rule
10/01/2015 - WASHINGTON – Private contractors that transport mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from a federal safety rule – an exemption that would increase driving time, reduce rest, and jeopardize motorists and pedestrians, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said today. The APWU is calling for a public hearing on the proposed waiver, which the union says will jeopardize public safety.
09/18/2015 - Private postal subcontractors are seeking an exemption from a necessary federal safety rule. If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering public input on this exemption until September 21st.
APWU officers are renewing warnings about the dangers posed by sleep-deprived truck drivers and asking union members and the public to oppose a request by private subcontractors for an exemption from a federal safety rule. Comments must be submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by Sept. 21.
If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours.
09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
On June 25, 2015, the APWU won another round in our fight against subcontracting when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied a motion by the National Star Route Mail Association (the group that represents HCR contractors) to re-open the case in which we won the right to receive un-redacted copies of PS Form 7463A, Negotiated Cost Statement – Highway Transportation Contracts. The form shows the final agreement on contract costs between the USPS and contractors.
It’s very unusual for a third party to attempt to intervene in a case between the APWU and USPS, and we’re pleased the board ruled against the subcontractors who are after our work.
The ruling means we can renew our demand that management comply with the NLRB award and – finally! – get the information we are seeking.
08/27/2015 - Imagine the danger posed by a sleep-deprived driver of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer – whether he’s on the highway or driving through your neighborhood.
Despite the hazard, private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from federal safety rules that prohibit commercial drivers from operating a truck after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10 hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking comments on the request, which must be submitted by Sept. 21.