About the Clerk Division

The Clerk Division is the largest division of the American Postal Workers Union. We proudly represent approximately 150,000 postal clerks in post offices large and small across the country. Clerks occupy more than 170 different position descriptions and can be found performing work at retail windows, mail processing, call centers, bulk mail entry, sales retention, and administrative office environments to name the most common. 


The Postal Service recently notified the APWU of its plan to separate Logistics from Mail Processing and Maintenance.

As a result, all Expeditors and Ramp Clerks will report to a designated Logistics management official. In addition, a January 12 Stand Up Talk was to inform these employees that unique finance numbers were “created for each newly stablished Logistics operation”.

The Postal Service also developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), among which included responses that craft designations and pay levels of affected bargaining unit employees would not change and other contractual issues such as overtime, holiday scheduling, and leave...

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Representing PSEs in the Clerk Craft

February 9, 2021

The Research and Education Department is sponsoring a series of Zoom Trainings for local and state officers and shop stewards in February 2021.  The link to register is only being sent to local/state presidents. If an officer or steward wishes to attend the Zoom Training, they must contact their president.

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Clerk Craft Prepares For National Arbitrations in December on Two Important Issues

The Clerk Craft has been preparing for arbitration hearings in December that will cover two issues – 1) the Postmaster End of Day (PMEOD) button remedy case, and 2) an RI-399 issue regarding the craft jurisdiction for the Advanced Facer Canceller System (AFCS) machine. The PMEOD button remedy hearings are scheduled for December 3 & 4, while the AFCS case will be heard on December 8 & 9.

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Alternative Delivery and Access Point Program

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Members will recall the APWU’s successful Stop Staples fight to prevent the Postal Service from utilizing Staples stores to offer certain postal products and services through its Retail Partner Expansion and Approved Shipper programs. The APWU prevailed in this battle, thanks in large part to the involvement of thousands of APWU members, our sister unions, and working men and women throughout the country.

Earlier this year, the Postal Service notified the APWU that it was implementing a new plan called the Alternative Delivery and Access Point Program. Under this program, the Postal Service initially utilized a select number of Target stores in the state of Iowa to allow customers to drop off or pick up packages at these locations. For example, a customer expecting a package can ensure that it will remain in a secure place, where they are planning to business already rather than lay on a front porch for an extended period of time. Another Target store in Los Angeles was later added to this program in July 2020.

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