09/01/2016 - This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
After extensive negotiations and interest arbitration, the motor Vehicle Division was successful in amending key sections of Article 39 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which governs the MVS Craft. We also were successful in writing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Re: Highway Contract Routes (HCRs).
The new agreements significantly improve the contract and add protections for members of the MVS Craft. Our fight to keep Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work and prevent the Postal Service from undermining the contractual rights of employees will continue, but the new provisions are important steps forward.
08/31/2016 - The Motor Vehicle Service Craft has won some major battles in the fight against subcontracting, but challenges still lie ahead, MVS Craft Director Michael O. Foster said at the craft conference prior to the National Convention.
11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The union and management resolved a dispute in august concerning the Postal Service’s decision in April 2002 to waive the Commercial Driver’s License requirement for applicants for Automotive Mechanic/Technician and Lead Automotive Technician positions.
The Motor Vehicle Craft has always insisted that successful applicants or bidders must meet the minimum qualifications of a position before they are deemed qualified. However, the Postal Service’s decision to voluntarily participate in the Department of Transportation’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program in 1995 created difficulties recruiting qualified mechanics and technicians. Many applicants had the necessary skills but did not have CDLs.
09/18/2015 - Private postal subcontractors are seeking an exemption from a necessary federal safety rule. If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering public input on this exemption until September 21st.
APWU officers are renewing warnings about the dangers posed by sleep-deprived truck drivers and asking union members and the public to oppose a request by private subcontractors for an exemption from a federal safety rule. Comments must be submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by Sept. 21.
If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours.
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.
08/27/2015 - Imagine the danger posed by a sleep-deprived driver of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer – whether he’s on the highway or driving through your neighborhood.
Despite the hazard, private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from federal safety rules that prohibit commercial drivers from operating a truck after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10 hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking comments on the request, which must be submitted by Sept. 21.
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.
03/27/2015 - Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg has sustained the MVS Craft Step 4 dispute in Case # Q10V-4Q-C 14125953, regarding contracting out Postal Vehicle Service work.
The MVS Craft initiated the dispute in response to the USPS April 26, 2013, notice to the APWU that management was “considering subcontracting the highway movement of mail in approximately 162 Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) sites nationwide.” The notice came on the heels of the Postal Service’s attempt to contract out the entire PVS operation in the state of California.