Arbitrator Das Solidifies Administrative Leave for Caucus Voting

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 63-2017

    On June 21, Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a national award in the arbitration between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) as intervenors. In Case No. Q11N-4Q-C 16398841, the postal unions united and together prevailed. “This Postal Alliance victory demonstrates that when we come together to protect and enforce the rights of our bargaining-unit workers, we can be more successful,” said President Dimondstein. 

     

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    APWU Geared Up to Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 61-2017

    DSC_0915.JPGThroughout the country, the Postal Service has launched an all-out assault on our jobs and is blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in their staffing of post offices.  The USPS is reducing service to the community and disrupting the lives of postal workers by reducing duty assignments (reversions and abolishments) and issuing excessing notices potentially affecting hundreds of post offices and thousands of employees...

    “We are gearing up for a large fight,” said President Dimondstein. “I know that if we stick together and stay united, then – just like the Stop Staples and contract struggles – we will be victorious.” 

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    National Agreement Provides Uniform Allowance for Clerks in POStPlan Offices

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 58-2017

    On June 14, resolving a Step 4 National Dispute, the APWU and the Postal Service reached an agreement that career Clerk Craft employees assigned to a POStPlan office are entitled to a uniform allowance.  The parties agreed that career Clerk Craft employees who staff POStPlan offices will be considered eligible to participate in the uniform allowance program per existing provisions for career employees in the Clerk Craft, which require:

    1. The official assignment at a retail counter is for a minimum of 4 hours daily for 5 days a week on a continuing basis, or;
    2. For a minimum of 30 hours a week.

    The dispute arose because the Postal Service essentially excluded career Clerk Craft employees from a uniform allowance solely because they worked in POStPlan offices. 

    The parties also agreed that Postal Support Employees (PSEs) converted to career, who are not required to serve a 90-day probationary period, will not be required to wait 90 days for uniform eligibility.

    The Agreement resolved National Dispute USPS No. Q15C-4QC 17300101/APWU No. HQTC20160585, initiated by the APWU Clerk Craft. Per the agreement, “any local grievance held pending this national dispute will be processed locally in accordance with this agreement and local fact circumstances.”

    “I am glad that the Postal Service finally decided to provide uniforms to postal workers in POStPlan offices.  A postal uniform provides respect to the institution, respect to the customer, and respect to the postal worker performing work on behalf of the Postal Service,” said Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson.  “Thanks go to Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks for his persistence and perseverance in resolving this dispute.” 

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    APWU Members Receive Jobs With Justice Award for Stop Staples Victory!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 59-2017
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    On June 13, APWU members received the 2017 Jobs With Justice Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for the victorious Stop Staples campaign. The award honored the memberships’ successful efforts to save good union jobs and fight back against efforts to privatize retail postal services.

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    2017 Maintenance Craft National Staffing Advocates

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 61-2017

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    2017 Maintenance Craft National Staffing Advocates concluding an extensive training in Gaithersburg, MD. 

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