APWU President Cliff Guffey has invoked mediation in an effort to reach a new collective bargaining agreement covering employees at four USPS Information Technology/Accounting Services (IT/AS) centers. Employees at the four locations have been working under the terms of the expired 2007 contract since Jan. 20, 2011.
In a Jan. 11, 2013, letter to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service [PDF], Guffey noted that the APWU and USPS have been unable to reach agreement on a successor agreement, and invoked the mediation process, as provided by the Postal Reorganization Act.
“The union met with the Postal Service throughout 2011 and 2012, but we have little to show for our efforts,” said Bill Manley, director of APWU’s Support Services division.
“Since October 2012, President Guffey has taken an active role with the union’s negotiating team in an effort to move the process forward,” he said. “We met with the Postal Service in December and presented a plan to get the parties to an agreement.
“However, another month has passed and still the Postal Service has not responded.
”The union is willing to continue to negotiate with the Postal Service, but our members deserve a new agreement and our call for mediation is the next step in the process,” Manley said.
The union’s negotiating team has included the following members representing each of the four Information Technology/Accounting Services centers:
Steve Brooks, Twin Cities PDC Local
Judy McCann, Twin Cities PDC Local
Mamie Wells, St Louis Gateway Area Local
Ed Cox, San Mateo PDC Local
Ron Price, San Mateo PDC Local
John Stepanik, Wilkes-Barre PDC Local
Pat Garvey, Wilkes-Barre PDC Local
Bill Manley, APWU Support Services Director
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