APWU Contract Negotiations Update

From the American Postal Workers Union:

Sept 17 2015 – President Mark Dimondstein has issued the following update on contract negotiations:

As we say in our union, “The Struggle Continues…”  And our struggle to secure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement continues as well.

apwudefaultThe mediation process, which began in June under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, is drawing to a close.

Mediation is designed to facilitate a voluntary agreement between the union and management, but up this point, there has been no substantial progress.

If mediation fails to result in an agreement, the next step is “interest arbitration,” where each side makes its case before an arbitration panel. Arbitration awards are final and binding.

The APWU National Negotiating Committee, the union’s attorneys, and much of the resources of our organization have been focused on preparing for arbitration. This includes consultation with economists and postal workers alike. These efforts have been coordinated by the Industrial Relations Department.

The timetable is hard to predict, but if mediation doesn’t result in an agreement soon, I expect that the USPS and the APWU will choose an arbitration panel and begin the initial arbitration hearings by mid-November.

Interest arbitration takes time. In 2000, the last time we engaged in the process, it took 13 months to complete.

In the meantime, the doors are open for further informal discussions with management. If we can reach a voluntary agreement that is principled and fair to postal workers and the public, we will do so. If not, arbitration will run its course.

We will keep you informed as events unfold.

In the meantime, your involvement is essential. Postal management takes note of how many people are wearing union T-shirts, buttons, armbands and stickers, and how many people are participating in rallies and other activities. They take it as a measure of the union’s strength.

So please wear your union gear every Thursday to let management know we stand together for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract Now!

  • Mailman

    3 months of negotiations and 3 months of mediation have gone nowhere with management,time to end the charade and move on to arbitration.

  • doowoplover534

    It is a DISGRACE that postal management? continues to stonewall contract talks and bargain unfairly and not in good faith Every time it goes to Mediation, arbitration . Why do hard working postal employees have to go through the same nonsense with management. If the truth be told these people in management couldn’t manage themselves out of a paper bag,hacks that they are.The mail is delivered in spite of them ,not because of them .I have been retired for approximately 15 years now and .I had 37 years of service. Things never change . Oh, before i forget. NO long term contracts .NO 5 years. The most should be 3 years .

  • MVS Man

    During Jack Potter’s time as PMG all of the contracts were negotiated with the unions,but Donahoe took over in 2010 and hired an expensive union busting law firm to negotiate for management whose job is not to negotiate with the unions and the APWU’s sellout president Guffey and his flunkies by signing a management dictated giveaway CBA in 2011 and not fighting for the members have put the current president,Dimondstein in a tough position as he tries to correct all the wrongs that were negotiated in the current contract as it goes through arbitration,

  • doowoplover534

    I still say it is a disgrace that postal management continues not to bargain in good faith I had 37 years in the Postal service and in that time the management NEVER bargained in good faith .Always going to arbitrators..Never get a contract to last more then 2-3 years .Not in the best interest of the workers, the members.