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APWU Web News Article 18-2019

Arbitration Advocacy Training 2019

03/04/2019 - The APWU Arbitration Advocacy Training program will be Sunday, June 2 - Sunday, June 9. It is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the techniques needed to effectively prepare a case for arbitration. Students must be present for the entire training and must participate in a mock arbitration case on Saturday, June 8. Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel, Maritime Institute Hotel located at 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090, on Sunday, June 2 because classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning. A graduation dinner will be held on Saturday evening. No classes will be held on Sunday, June 9.

APWU Web News Article 118-2018

Payment Checks for SRT Remedy Have Been Mailed

02/04/2019 - As part of the remedy settlement for the Postal Service’s violations regarding the Sales Retention Team (SRT) Pilot Program, the Postal Service is expected to be mailing settlement payments to previously identified eligible individuals by the end of January 2019. 

In a December 8, 2016 decision, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) when they assigned injured workers to perform Clerk Craft work at Sales Retention Team sites without first assigning the work to the Clerk Craft and posting the duty assignments for bid. As part of the arbitrator’s ruling, the parties agreed to a $36 million remedy settlement on January 12, 2018. 

Fighting Back On-the-Clock

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson 

Are you tired of management knowingly and willfully violating the contract, providing poor service to the public and otherwise doing whatever they want? There are many ways to fight back and one way is on-the-clock. By utilizing the grievance procedure, you can get paid for improving the Postal Service while you are at work.

Auto Workers Laid Off

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Recently, General Motors (GM) and Ford announced massive layoffs and plant closings. GM announced that about 15,000 workers will be laid off in 2019. As this issue goes to press, Ford hasn’t announced how many workers will be laid off, but estimates put the number around 24,000 workers. The stress and emotions the workers and their families are going through is something many of us have never had to experience.

APWU Web News Article 113-2018

APWU Statement in Support of Canadian Postal Workers

11/28/2018 - For 37 days, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) engaged in militant rotating strikes in the struggle for a new union contract. Canadian postal workers were forced into strike action by the refusal of Canada Post to address the just and urgent demands of the workers, including addressing dangerous work conditions and high injury rates, unequal pay for rural workers, and massive hours of forced overtime. Yesterday, Nov. 27, the Canadian government, through legislative action, forced Canadian postal workers back to work and into binding mediation and arbitration.

 

APWU News Bulletin

Watch and Share our New Ad: The US Postal Service - Keep it. It's Yours!

11/16/2018 - We’re ramping up our campaign to stop the White House’s proposal to sell the USPS to private corporations — and we’re asking every APWU member to join the fight. We partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers to produce a new ad to spread the word about the consequences of a postal corporate takeover.

Will you watch it and share it with your friends to help us tell the White House that the U.S. Mail is Not For Sale?

Click here to watch the ad!

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Is the Postal Service Sick?

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez

33,400+ employees are absent daily claims management, triggering their Attendance Control Employee Availability (AC/EA) crackdown while they impose so-called “Dynamic Scheduling.”

Leave rules in CBA Article 10 and the Employee & Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Chapter 510 have existed for 40 years. ACEA can’t change those rules. ELM 665.11 requires you to be regular in attendance. However, ELM 511.1 requires management to administer leave on an equitable basis for all employees considering a) the needs of the service b) the welfare of the individual employee.

Too often management imposes discipline using select rules and dictates, such as, three (3) absences in 90 days requires discipline. This dictate violates the contract. “It is the supervisor’s review of the attendance record in light of all relevant evidence, NOT any set number of absences that determines whether corrective action is warranted.” [Article 10.1; 10.2 JCIM].

APWU Web News Article 98-2018

NLRB "Consent Orders" Decree:

USPS Must Respond to Requests for Information

10/19/2018 - Under Articles 17 and 31 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, management has the obligation to provide documentation when the union has requested it for the enforcement, administration, or interpretation of the contract. This includes information necessary to determine whether or not to file or to continue the processing of a grievance. 

In a January 2010 letter, current Vice-President of Labor-Relations, Doug Tulino, wrote the following to all managers and supervisors:

           Responding to Information Requests

When you receive a request for information from a union representative, you must act promptly after receiving the request.  There is no specific statutory time target, but a good rule of thumb for routine requests is to respond within five days of receiving the request.  Do not wait until you have all the information if some information can be supplied quickly, but other information will take much longer to provide.  If you need assistance in responding to a request, immediately contact District Labor Relations for help.  Do not ignore requests or assume that you can wait a week or tow to work on the request before responding.

If management does not provide the requested information, one tool you have at your disposal is to file charges against the Postal Service through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The NLRB has the authority to file contempt charges with the federal circuit courts against the Service if they fail to provide the information or do not comply with orders to provide information.  When these cases are settled in court it is with “consent decrees” or “consent orders”.

Back-Pay Processing

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

By Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks 

You may be, or have been, an employee whose postal employment was in jeopardy due to a disciplinary action. I know employees in this circumstance can find the process of getting your case heard time consuming and frustrating, whether it is through arbitration or pre-arbitration.

If you have an agreement, or have won a case in which the settlement is to bring you back to work with backpay, I’m sure you have realized the Postal Service is in no hurry to get you the pay and benefits you deserve. Furthermore, they are not trained properly when it comes to completing necessary back-pay forms.

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