The APWU and USPS have reached an agreement that will preserve Maintenance Craft duties for employees in the craft, Maintenance Director Steve Raymer has announced.
The June 8 agreement [PDF] stipulates that opening of the DBCS-EC machine stacker panel doors to clear jams, etc. should remain the duty of the Maintenance Craft, despite the fact that there is no longer a lock and latch on the rear panel doors.
The agreement was reached as a result of the union’s objections to the Postal Service’s May 22, 2006, issuance of Maintenance Work Order (MWO) 014-06.
The Step 4 settlement provides that, “This alleged directive is no longer in effect.” Local grievances held pending the outcome of the dispute are remanded to the grievance-arbitration procedure for resolution including regional level arbitration if necessary.