Steward's Corner

The documents and links on this page are intended to assist APWU representatives in the performance of their official duties. Links with a padlock are password protected. If you are an APWU representative, you may request a password from your local president. If you are a local president in need of a password, please contact the Industrial Relations Department at 202-842-4273.

Arbitration - Instructions for Witnesses

Arbitration hearings are held when the union claims that the Postal Service has violated a provision of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or that it has improperly disciplined or discharged an employee, and has filed a grievance. The grievance has not been answered to the union's satisfaction, and the union has requested arbitration under the terms of the CBA. The Postal Service denies that it has violated the contract or says it has just cause for the discipline or discharge. Both parties will try to prove their case to the arbitrator.

2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement Staffing Compliance Monitoring Tool

To use this the tool, click on the map, select the appropriate state, and scroll down until you find the office you are interested in.

Article Officers

A list of the APWU national officers assigned to specific articles of the contract and handbooks/manuals.

Collective Bargaining Agreements

Downloadable PDFs of current and past collective bargaining agreements.

Collective Bargaining Reports (CBR) 

The CBR is a regular publication of the Industrial Relations Department that includes summaries of important regional and national arbitration awards, national settlements and memorandums, court and administrative decisions, and Postal Bulletin notices.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Forms

These APWU FMLA forms are USPS-approved for documenting and certifying requests for Family and Medical Leave.

Grievance Forms

Standard APWU grievance forms in PDF format. These forms have been designed so that you can type information directly into the appropriate data fields and then print the forms on your computer's printer.

PSE Reference Chart

A quick guide on PSE issues.

Report on National-level Arbitration

The latest report on the status of key pending national arbitration cases.

The Step 4 Book

The Step 4 Book is a collection of documents spanning more than two decades, including national grievance settlements, memorandums of understanding, court decisions, and other documents addressing matters of contract interpretation. The documents in this online version are organized by subject matter according to the corresponding article of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are fully searchable.

Step 4 Settlement about Late Step 2 Decisions

The Jan. 11, 2013 Step 4 settlement prohibits managers from issuing decisions on grievances that have been heard at Step 2 after contractual time limits have expired, except by mutual agreement. In the past, when local managers failed to issue timely Step 2 decisions, they frequently issued decisions at a later date. This should never have been permitted. However, some arbitrators permitted untimely Step 2 decisions to be admitted as evidence in arbitration hearings. This Step 4 resolves this issue. 

USPS Law Dept. Training Manuals for Supervisors 

This is a link to a series of manuals developed by the USPS Law Department for the training of supervisors. Topics include Accidents, Discipline for Misconduct, Duty to Provide Information, FMLA, and Reasonable Accommodation.

Weingarten Rights

An excerpt from "The Legal Rights of Union Stewards" by Robert M. Schwartz (Workers Rights Press). Named after a 1975 Supreme Court decision, "Weingarten Rights" provide that a union-represented employee has the right to a steward when facing an investigatory interview. This document explains what constitutes an investigatory interview and what rights employees and stewards have in such an interview. The document includes a list of questions and answers regarding Weingarten Rights.