APWU Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

03/07/2018 – With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force. Continue reading

APWU Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is Available Online

From the American Postal Workers Union:

The 2017 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM), a resource for the administration of the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, is prepared and at the printer! In less than two weeks, members can order their bound JCIM for $6 from the APWU Store . Click here for an electronic copy.

The JCIM is an APWU and the USPS jointly prepared manual. It serves to address and resolve disputes as well as ensure contract compliance.

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APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs

04/24/2017 – Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Continue reading

USPS, Mail Handlers Union reach tentative contract agreement

On December 16, 2016, the NPMHU and the Postal Service announced that they had reached a tentative agreement to establish the terms of their 2016 National Agreement. The agreement is subject to ratification by a majority vote of the Union’s membership. The balloting process will begin no later than early January, with a 30-day period for return of ballots. Continue reading

Mailhandler contract negotiation update: tentative agreement “within reach”

2016 No. 9 – October 11, 2016 (pdf)

You are reading the latest Contract Update produced and distributed by the NPMHU during the course of 2016 negotiations.

With the completion of the 2016 NPMHU National Convention, the National Office and representatives of the U.S. Postal Service have returned to the bargaining table to reach closure on the issues that remain open before an overall settlement can be announced on the terms of the 2016 National Agreement. Continue reading

Update on Mail Handler contract talks

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

Negotiations between the NPMHU and the Postal Service over the terms of their 2016 National Agreement have been revived, with the parties meeting in Washington, DC to resolve their remaining disputes.

One of the primary reasons for extending the NPMHU-USPS negotiations deadline past May 20, 2016 was to await issuance of a related interest-arbitration award, and that event has now occurred.  On July 8, 2016, an arbitration panel chaired by Stephen Goldberg issued its award, setting the terms of the 2015 National Agreement between the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union.

NPMHU_logoThat arbitration decision awarded a contract covering 40 months, from May 21, 2015 to September 20, 2018.  On the key economic issues, the award provided career employees with three general wage increases of 1.2%, 1.3%, and 1.3%, as well as a potential for five cost-of-living adjustments during the same time period.  Non-career employees who are not eligible for COLA were awarded wage increases of 2.2%, 2.3%, and 2.3%, plus another 50 cents per hour spread over the contract.  The award also included no layoff protections for career employees currently on the rolls, and a continuation in the cost-sharing adjustments for the costs of career employee health insurance.

With this APWU-USPS award now being implemented, the NPMHU and the Postal Service are jointly aiming to complete their bargaining process.  Only a handful of issues remain, and talks are underway to resolve those differences.  It will probably be late summer or early fall before all matters are finalized, but if and when a tentative settlement agreement is reached, it will be subject to ratification by the entire membership of the NPMHU.

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Source: UPDATE ON NPMHU-USPS BARGAINING – National Postal Mail Handlers Union