Mail Handlers Union and USPS Finalize Contract Interpretation Manual

From the Mail Handlers Union:

As provided for in Article 15, Section .3E of the National Agreement between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the United States Postal Service, both parties have agreed to jointly produce a Contract Interpretation Manual (CIM), which represents a good faith effort to identify contractual issues on which the National parties are in agreement regarding interpretation and application of the parties’ National Agreement. Continue reading

Mail Handlers Union secures delay of proposed involuntary reassignments

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

USPS management continues to implement its ill-conceived plans to realign its work force.  Their plans involve massive bid reversions and job abolishments in almost every mail processing facility throughout the country.  In most cases, management is basing its staffing needs on the flawed Function 1 Scheduler that the Postal Service uses to determine staffing levels at the large mail processing plants.  Postal management continues to argue that these reversions and/or abolishments are necessary because of the continuing decline in mail volumes. 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

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Award in SPSS dispute

12/09/2016The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit.

The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the work to the Mail Handler Craft. After a closer and better review, the USPS reassigned some of the functions, including facing and separating packages as well as sweeping in rotation, to the Clerk Craft. Continue reading

Mail Handlers Union President’s statement on election results

Tuesday’s election defied expectations and set historical precedents. The results were disappointing, but we recognize democracy in action, and look for ways to move forward.

In August at our National Convention, the delegates endorsed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. Not only was she on the side of labor, but she was also a friend to the Postal Service. A Clinton administration and a Democratic majority in the Senate would have increased our chances at passing a comprehensive bill on postal reform, and would have protected the benefit programs of all federal and postal employees. Continue reading