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 Sues USPS Over SPSS Reversal

NPMHU_logoLate Thursday, August 13, 2015, the NPMHU National Office filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, claiming that the USPS breached its binding contractual obligations when it unilaterally announced a reversal of its earlier determination that the primary craft for operating the Small Parcel Sorting System is the Mail Handler craft.  The NPMHU is seeking  a declaration that the Postal Service has breached the tripartite agreement on jurisdictional craft assignments, as well as injunctive and monetary relief to remedy this breach.  The APWU also has been named in the suit, as a required party to any litigation on this subject.  The suit is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Legal actions raising related, but distinct challenges also have been initiated under the RI-399 Dispute Resolution Procedures and through unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board.

Read President Hogrogian’s memorandum to Local Presidents, and a copy of the Union’s lawsuit filed against the USPS. (pdf)

Mail Handlers Union appeals SPSS decision to arbitration, NLRB

The NPMHU National Office has filed an appeal to arbitration concerning the disputed work on the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS), as well as an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.  The latter seeks injunctive relief under Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act.

Click here for more on the dispute.

Link to NLRB Charge (pdf)

Link to RI-399  Appeal (pdf)


New sorting equipment exceeds expectations

From USPS News Link:

Parcels are moving faster than ever through five USPS plants that are testing new small-package sorting equipment — and exceeding expectations.

Since installing the machines earlier this year, the Postal Service has found they can sort more than 6,000 small parcels per hour, or roughly 1,000 more per hour than expected.

The top-performing site is the Royal Palm P&DC in Opa-Locka, FL, where use of the equipment was recently expanded to additional shifts.

“Our employees worked hard to demonstrate what we can do,” said Plant Manager Linda Gray.

The equipment — called the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) — represents a major investment for USPS, which is striving to grow its package delivery service.

Plans call for additional SPSS machines to be installed at 26 sites across the nation. The Royal Palm P&DC’s performance will be used as a baseline to measure national performance.

“This pilot site established strong performance indicators that will greatly benefit us,” said Headquarter Operation Specialist Lane Stalsberg.

SPSS machines also are being tested at the West Valley, AZ, L&DC; Los Angeles International Service Center; North Houston P&DC; and Queens, NY, P&DC, where the machine was the subject of a recent CNBC report.

Source: Rise of the machines | USPS News Link