09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations.
The 2017 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM), a resource for the administration of the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, is published! Members can order their bound JCIM for $6 from the APWU Store. Click here to preorder and here for an electronic copy.
02/13/2017 - The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union has been sent to the printer and is available as a pdf. Hard copies of the CBA are available for purchase on the APWU store. The pdf is available under “Resources."
The July 8, 2016 interest arbitration award established the terms for the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), ordering a retroactive pay increase effective Nov. 14, 2015. USPS started paying the new rates ordered by the arbitration award on Aug. 6, 2016.
11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Editor’s Note: Tony D. McKinnon Sr. prepared the article below prior to the counting of ballots in the APWU election of union officers, which took place on Oct. 6. His bid for re-election was unsuccessful. Newly elected Director of Industrial Relations Vance Zimmerman (and other newly elected candidates) will assume office on Nov. 12.
On Aug. 24, 2016, with the help of Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Pallas-Barber, I reached agreement with the Postal Service on the issue of whether the “normal staffing” of two clerks per machine on Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS) should be a minimum requirement. This is a monumental agreement that provides the mandate that management staff the machine with two people. The settlement addresses the union’s concerns about safety when DBCS machines are staffed by just one person.
08/16/2016 - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), and will total $21 per year.
08/01/2016 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein and other members of the union’s negotiating team answered questions posed by union members during two Town Hall teleconferences on July 21. More 1,000 people participated in the calls, which lasted approximately 45 minutes.
07/29/2016 - The new pay scales under the 2015-2018 contract are now posted at apwu.org. According to information provided by the Postal Service, management will implement the new pay rates on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and they will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26.
07/23/2016 - According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 5, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.
“UPDATE: The retroactive payments will appear in the November 18, 2016 pay check (for the October 29 – November 11, 2016 pay period. Click here for more information.”