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

From the American Postal Workers Union:

06/16/2017Throughout 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.

Postal Service is Blatantly Violating the Contract

The APWU and the USPS agreed in Article 37.3.A.1 of the CBA that, “Every effort will be made to create desirable duty assignments from all available work hours for career employees to bid.” This includes hours worked by PSEs. This provision was part of an overall agreement for more APWU jobs.

However, the Postal Service is now ignoring that part of the agreement and instead of utilizing “all available work hours” to create duty assignments, the USPS is now attempting to utilize what they call “earned hours” and “earned duty assignments” to determine the number of duty assignments. “Earned duty assignments” is what the USPS would prefer the number of duty assignments to be and has no basis in the contract.

“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 campaigns – we will be victorious.”

USPS Actions are an Attack on Service

The Postal Service is reducing duty assignments and issuing excessing notices despite the fact that Postal Service is already understaffed as evidenced by the following issues, taking place in many offices around the country:

  1. Long lines for postal customers at the window
  2. Delayed mail
  3. Thousands of Postal Support Employees averaging over 30 hours a week
  4. High amounts of overtime
  5. One worker instead of the agreed upon two or three workers staffing DBCS machines

As postal workers and postal customers know from experience, in most offices, the Postal Service is seriously understaffed and causing poor service to the community. Some installation heads are acting with integrity and resisting the unreasonable reductions in duty assignments and service, but many are going along despite the harm to postal workers and the community.

APWU is Fighting Back

The APWU has been implementing a plan to fight back that includes meetings with management at every level, informational pickets to inform the community, and utilization of the grievance procedure.

“I salute the National Clerk Craft Officers for taking the lead on this, with assistance from the Regional Coordinators and the National Business Agents,” said President Dimondstein

Meetings at the national level, including meetings with Postmaster General Megan Brennan, have emphasized the blatant reduction of duty assignments across the country when the duty assignments are clearly needed and also the unprecedented nature of the amount of excessing notices at one time.

Locals are already getting into the fight on the streets. The Baltimore APWU Local held an informational picket at the Main Post Office in Baltimore on June 10 that was attended by postal workers and community members. Other Locals are also preparing for similar actions.  Locals wishing to conduct informational pickets should contact the Clerk Craft Division to receive assistance.

The APWU has been conducting Max Duty Assignment Tool (MDAT) training across the country on how to demonstrate new duty assignments whenever management tries to eliminate duty assignments or excess employees. We have designated National Business Agents (NBAs) in each area that are working under the direction of the National Clerk Craft Officers to work with Local and State organizations to develop strong grievances, coordinate our actions, and put our best foot forward in addressing these issues.

A Call to Action

As postal workers we must fight together against the Postal Services ongoing willingness to blatantly violate the contractual agreements they made with us. It is important that postal workers attend their local union meetings where we can learn from each other and work on strategies to slow or stop management’s plans to reduce service to the community and disrupt the workforce. If we come together in an organized manner, we can win a better Postal Service and a better workplace.

For More Information

If you would like to receive information directly from the APWU by text or email, please sign-up at http://www.apwu.org/stay-connected. Check back on apwu.org for more details about this ongoing fight.

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


  • watchingyou

    This is 100% true for Upper Management in Westchester District has violates the APWU contract all the time. They even created a position called complement coordinator and put Tom Dimargo in that role to eliminate jobs, then a failed Postal Operations Manager Bob Saumell is on a detail receiving level 23 pay to assist in the elimination of jobs through whatever means possible, the Leader is Bob Lukas the Manager of Human Resources who tells them what jobs and people to eliminate, then he tells his staff in Safety like Kathy Hransky and Labor like Wil Walcott and Espinal Wellington to do the dirty work and “get dirt or make up dirt” to pressure and threaten employees to leave. Meanwhile the current Postal Operations Manager Dan Welch just goes along because he wants the job so badly, and the District Manager Rich Conte acknowledges no knowledge of what is going on so he can have no accountability, real fearless leader. In the 7 years as a Postmaster they have forced me to put APWU jobs up for reversion 9 times and the APWU won them all back because they (UPPER MANAGEMENT) did not follow the contract. The latest was when one custodian transferred out and the second retired, they said a 92,000 square foot building didn’t need custodians, the complement manager said “we should pick up after ourselves” and the HR Manager said “we did a study and you no longer need custodians, so they put pressure on me to retire when I fought back.
    Any investigation should start with the Human Resource Manager, Complement Coordinator and move on to Safety, Postal Operation Managers, Labor and the hands off District Manager.

  • dean

    As a postal customer my business mail is consistently delayed by the carrier in order to gain more overtime. Instead of receiving and pickup up my out going mail during business hours the carrier shows up late or not at all. The carrier cites APWU work rules as an excuse to delay my mail. APWU is a farce with the only intention of milking the USPS. APWU is working in a 1970’s fashion. It is time that the APWU is abolished.

  • sportser 74

    just so you know APWU has no control over letter carriers
    that’s the NALC and i doubt they have rules like that
    GET INFORMED before you accuse

  • Frustratedman

    I agree with the Labor charge for the abuse of man power around the country , they reduce to the lowest point they can to show the number on the paper. Not care about the worker’s stress of doing three people’ job by one person , they neglect about the safety of the workers esp. the maintenance craft.

  • Mail Slug

    No,it starts at the top with Megan Brennan,who now that the moratorium that was put in the APWU contract by arbitrator Goldberg expired in April is up to the same shenanigans as her mentor, Fat Pat Downahole lavishing herself and management with fat PFP bonus’s as they destroy the Postal Service and will get paid off by the competitors as soon as she retires with her $5 million golden parachute.