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"The Struggle Continues" - Moe Biller

10/03/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are in the process of contract negotiations. It is no secret that MVS faces very challenging times during this round of negotiations. The USPS, inspired by the White House, is pushing an agenda of privatization and trying to turn middle class jobs into part-time positions.

The Postal Service will advance an agenda of cheap labor called “efficiency” in an attempt to extract concessions from many years of bargaining between the parties. Postal management’s agenda is to duplicate the business models of Wal-Mart, Target, UPS and other for-profit corporations that have little regard for hourly employees. In this model of corporate greed, many benefits achieved by the APWU over the years – such as a 40-hour work week, penalty overtime, and scheduled off days – could become a thing of the past. Although the APWU MVS Division has submitted numerous proposals, we have yet to receive any proposals from the USPS, so we are virtually negotiating with ourselves. On top of that, our current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on September 20.

The Protection of Skilled Work Continues

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

As the Motor Vehicle Division continues this year's national arbitration schedule, we are focused on preserving and upgrading highly skilled work in Postal Vehicle Service (PVS). The first case on this year’s docket was the Schedule Examiner Vehicle Runs position, scheduled from Feb. 27-28, before Arbitrator Shyam Das.

SEAM Challenged in National Arbitration

01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As we traveled across the country, we began to hear stories and concerns from our members concerning the new program Solution for Enterprise Asset Management (SEAM), including the obvious shifting of work between the occupational groups and supervisors. We heard the difficulties Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) employees experienced performing the work they previously were able to do in their daily duties.

MVS Wins Important Ruling on Subcontracting

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

It’s no secret that the APWU has been frustrated over the Postal Service’s repeated violations of Article 32.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which governs subcontracting in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft. The membership as a whole has felt as though compliance with Article 32 was nonexistent. And while the APWU filed multiple grievances concerning the subcontracting of our work, it often seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel.

HCR Disputes, Renewals and Subcontracting

09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

On June 25, 2015, the APWU won another round in our fight against subcontracting when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied a motion by the National Star Route Mail Association (the group that represents HCR contractors) to re-open the case in which we won the right to receive un-redacted copies of PS Form 7463A, Negotiated Cost Statement – Highway Transportation Contracts. The form shows the final agreement on contract costs between the USPS and contractors.

It’s very unusual for a third party to attempt to intervene in a case between the APWU and USPS, and we’re pleased the board ruled against the subcontractors who are after our work.

The ruling means we can renew our demand that management comply with the NLRB award and – finally! – get the information we are seeking.

Transparency is a MUST

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After the initial rounds of negotiations, it has become even more apparent why the Motor Vehicle Division must have transparency at all levels regarding the Postal Service’s subcontracting practices.

Beginning in March 2014, the union requested two key figures regarding Vehicle Maintenance Facilities: the estimated rate the USPS uses for MVS employees when making cost comparisons to decide whether to subcontract work and the hourly rate assigned to subcontractors that perform repairs, shuttling, towing, etc. The union also requested an explanation of how management calculates the costs; asked for a breakdown of the different categories, and requested the costs associated with each category.

APWU Web News Article 096-2011

Locations Announced For 740 New Jobs in the Motor Vehicle Craft

08/30/2011 - In accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the USPS has agreed to establish 740 new assignments in Vehicle Maintenance Facilities. A list [PDF XLS] provided to the union on Aug. 30 specifies the locations for the new positions and indicates whether they are Level 8, 9, or 10 Automotive Technician or Lead Technician positions.