APWU challenges POStPlan at arbitration hearing

apwulogoThe APWU challenged management’s “POStPlan” at an arbitration hearing that began on May 1. The union charged that the plan, which resulted in a drastic reduction in the hours of operation at thousands of post offices, also deprives the APWU members of thousands of jobs, in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Testifying at the hearing was Abigail Schmeelk, a member of the Greater Connecticut Area Local, who is the only clerk at the Thompson Post Office. Schmeelk described the work of clerks in small offices that is typical of those affected by the plan.

“The POStPlan violates the clear language of new provisions of the contract,” said Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris. New language in the 2010 contract stipulates that the work in question must be performed by craft employees, he testified. Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lyle Krueth also testified.

“This is a crucial case that has the potential to create and protect thousands of jobs,” Morris said.

Management will present its case at a future date.

NAPUS: Postal Service Announces Plans to Post Additional 6-Hour Offices


Posting Timeline Released for 2013 PTPO/RMPO Offices

Today, the Postal Service notified NAPUS of plans to post additional vacant offices that are scheduled to become 6-hour POStPlan offices.  Offices on the next posting list will include those where POStPlan is implemented, making them 6 –hour offices on February 9, February 23, and March 9, 2013. The effective date for these postings will be May 4, 2013. A list of these offices will be provided as soon as it is available.

The Postal Service also released the timeline for a future posting which will occur between April 24 and June 29, 2013.  Included with the timeline is eligibility and pay information that will be included on the vacancy announcements.  A list of affected offices will be provided when it becomes available.

Please click on the link to see the information on the additional vacancy postings and the timeline. Additional 6 -hour office postings

Charlie Moser
January 25, 2013