Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

(202) 842-4273

1300 L Street NW
Washington DC 20005

The Industrial Relations Department plays a major role in our organization's ongoing struggle for better wages and improved working conditions and benefits.

The Director of Industrial Relations is charged with responsibility for labor management, national negotiations, mechanization, safety and health for all divisions of the union, and the administration of the collective bargaining agreement.

The Industrial Relations Department's responsibilities and duties include the following activities:

  • Administration of the contract negotiation process
  • Interpretation and application of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (specifically Articles 1 through 36)
  • Appointment and payment of arbitrators
  • National-level grievances and disputes
  • Compliance with arbitration awards
  • Safety and Health
  • Appeals to the "Administrative Dispute Resolution Process" (e.g., Step Promotion, Lump Sum, National Level Settlement)
  • Family Medical Leave Act appeals and related issues
  • Unfair Labor Practice charges
  • Legal issues such as Privacy Act, Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) law and procedure, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Veterans Preference Act
  • Collective Bargaining Reports (CBRs)
  • Administration of computerized systems concerning the grievance-arbitration process and other provisions of the National Agreement through APWU Search, the Arbitration Payment and Scheduling System (APSS), the Step 3 Case Administration System (Step 3 CAS) and the Step 4 Case Administration System (Step 4 CAS)
  • Tracking and reporting on the Consumer Price Index
  • Research of arbitration, court and administrative decisions

Vance Zimmerman News Articles

Contract Negotiations Update

(This article first appeared in the September-October issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) The APWU and postal management have now been...

APWU Members Deserve a Good Contract That Rewards Your Sacrifices

(This article first appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) On September 20, 2021, the current collective...

Preparing for Opening Day of Contract Negotiations

(This article first appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) A little over one year ago, the 2018-2021 Collective...

Using the JCIM to Settle Disputes

(This article first appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Finalizing all the documentation around a contract...