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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.)

APWU Web News Article 80-2015

Members Eligible For Maintenance Craft's AOI Remedy Identified

04/14/2015 - Maintenance Craft employees who are eligible for a monetary remedy in the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) arbitration award have been identified, Director Steve Raymer has announced. Checks to union members are currently being processed.

Eligible employees are those who occupied an ET-10, ET-11, AMS-8 or AMT-9 positions on Dec. 11, 2014, as well as any (former) ETs who were in a saved grade status on that date.

APWU Web News Article 072-2015

RMSS Implementation Dispute Settled for $2 Million

04/01/2015 - Maintenance Craft officers and the Postal Service agreed on March 30 on the remedy due to employees whose eligibility ratings for promotions were improperly changed to "ineligible" in August 2009, Director Steve Raymer has announced. The agreement resulted from an April 16, 2014, national-level arbitration award by Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg. The agreement, signed by Assistant Director Idowu Balogun, says that 671 employees will each receive a lump-sum payment of $2,950, minus applicable deductions, by the end of Pay Period 10-2015.

Contract Negotiations Under Way

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The union’s Maintenance Craft Officers are deeply involved in negotiations for our next contract. Western Region National Business Agent (NBA) Jimmie Waldon is assisting Director Steve Raymer and Assistant Directors Idowu Balogun and Terry B. Martinez on Maintenance Craft issues.

Our push to maintain the Postal Service as a significant part of the fabric of our nation will be ingrained in this round of negotiations. Thank you for being involved.