09/30/2016 - Support Services Craft Director Stephen R. Brooks has appointed Judy McCann of the Twin Cities PDC Local to serve as the craft’s new National Business Agent, effective Nov. 12. Delegates to the 2016 APWU National Convention voted to add an NBA to the Support Services Division, which had a single national officer, the director.
08/31/2016 - The Postal Service has taken subcontracting of Support Services to new heights and APWU members are fighting back, Director Steve Brooks reported to APWU members at the craft conference held prior to the National Convention.
05/12/2016 - While 200,000 APWU members across the country await an arbitrator’s ruling on a new contract, 1,100 union members covered by the IT/AS contract voted to ratify a one-year extension of their 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced. The vote was 464 in favor, 33 against.
03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
APWU members from all crafts have been busy with efforts to: raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; stop the dirty deal between USPS and Staples; stop consolidations and closings of post offices and mail processing facilities; establish postal banking; defeat so-called “right-to-work” legislation, which weakens unions; win postal reform legislation; preserve service standards; provide a safe work environment, and of course, achieve an acceptable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
“Busy” is the buzz word! the support services division is responsible for articles 40 and 41 of the APWU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS.
Article 40 covers the Operating Services Craft, which consists of employees at USPS headquarters at L’Enfant Plaza and facility services in Merrifield, VA.
Several proposals were exchanged in an attempt to improve the benefits and working conditions for our members in these units.
06/26/2015 - The APWU and the Mail Contractors of America (MCA) have reached a tentative contract agreement for private-sector drivers in terminals in Des Moines and Kansas City. Union members at those terminals will have the opportunity to vote to ratify or reject the agreement.
“The terms of the agreement will vastly improve the disciplinary process for drivers,” said Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks.
12/23/2014 - When management declared an Information Technology (IT) emergency due to a breach of USPS data systems recently, more than 150 systems that USPS programmers develop and administer were taken offline so they could be patched and reconfigured. The programmers – who are APWU members – were on call all hours of the day and night to get the systems tested and running.
These union members performed selflessly throughout the emergency.
IT/AS employees also perform an invaluable function for their APWU brothers and sisters day-in and day-out: They are responsible for every USPS employee’s pay and for making payroll corrections when errors occur.
Members of the union’s Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee held their first meeting in Washington, DC, on Dec. 8 and 9, where they heard presentations from union officers about negotiations, and engaged in lively give-and-take.
Announcement Made on ‘Day of Action’
APWU Calls on Incoming PMG to Reverse 'Policies of Destruction'
Postal workers across the country cheered the announcement on Nov. 14 that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is stepping down, effective Feb. 1. “We hope that the next Postmaster General will reverse Donahoe’s policies of lowering standards, reducing hours, outsourcing work, and diminishing a great American institution,” President Mark Dimondstein said. “We call on USPS’ Board of Governors to immediately freeze Donahoe’s policies and to do no more harm.” Delegates to the APWU national convention in July had voted unanimously to seek his resignation.
Agreement Breaks ‘Pattern’ Set in 2010 Negotiations
08/12/2014 - APWU members in the IT-Accounting Services Centers (AS) ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 592 to 38 in voting that ended Aug. 7, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced.
The new agreement, which covers approximately 1,100 employees, was signed on Aug. 8 and took effect the following day; it expires Jan. 20, 2016.