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APWU: Tentative Agreement Reached on Nurses’ Contract

apwulogoAPWU Web News Article #057-14, April 1, 2014

The APWU has reached a Tentative Agreement with the USPS on a Collective Bargaining Agreement covering postal nurses. “The tentative contract resolves all the articles that were in dispute,” said Support Services Craft Director Steve Brooks.  “It will provide new benefits and will clarify working conditions for postal nurses represented by the National Postal Professional Nurses Local, APWU,” he said. In addition, as a result of an Occupational Health Nurse Business Plan, management will post 38 new positions, Brooks said. Read the rest of this entry »

APWU: Maintenance Memo Outlines Steps for PSE Conversion to Career

APWU Web News Article #055-14, March 29, 2014

apwulogoA March 28 agreement with the USPS [PDF] outlines the procedure for the conversion of Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees to career, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The Memorandum of Understanding is a follow-up to an agreement signed by President Mark Dimondstein on March 20 that outlines the procedure for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Motor Vehicle and Maintenance Crafts, which will lead to the conversion of PSEs.

“The opportunity to secure a career position is of critical importance to PSEs, who are always at risk of being released due to lack of work,” Raymer said. “I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement that will give Maintenance Craft PSEs the opportunities and upward mobility they deserve.”

Union Wins Call Center Pay Case; Clerks to Be Upgraded Two Levels

APWU Web News Article 123-2013, Nov. 1, 2013

In a decision issued Oct. 28 [PDF], Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the USPS must upgrade all Customer Care Agents two levels and must make them whole for all pay and benefits they lost as a result of the improper ranking of their positions.

“This is a tremendous victory for the APWU and for all the Customer Care Agents,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey.

More than 1,100 employees hired at three Customer Care Centers pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Clerk Craft Jobs will be upgraded from Level 4, 5 and 6 to Level 6, 7 and 8. ”This was a 100% victory,” said Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk. Read the rest of this entry »

NALC: New MOU on CCA probation and holiday carrier assistants

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGOOct. 23, 2013—In a memorandum of understanding (M-01826) dated Oct. 22, 2013 regarding city carrier assistant (CCA) staffing, the NALC and the Postal Service agreed that city carrier assistants who served as city carrier temporary employees (TEs) directly before their initial CCA appointment will not serve a probationary period when converted to full-time career status during the term of the MOU.

In the MOU, which is effective through March 31, 2014, the parties agreed to jointly monitor on a weekly basis at the national level the necessary CCA resources during implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies – City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824) and the Sunday parcel delivery test.

Additionally, to assist with the significant increase of parcel volume expected over the holiday season, holiday carrier assistants, which were an option beginning in 2014 per the 2011 National Agreement, will now be available during December 2013.

NALC: New Memorandum of Understanding on Filling Residual Vacancies

NALC-LOGONALC and the Postal Service have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies – City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), which establishes a process for filling residual vacancies not under a proper Article 12 withholding order. Vacancies will be filled by a number of steps including assignment of unassigned regulars, part-time flexible conversions to full-time status, acceptance of transfers and conversions of city carrier assistants to full-time career status. Under this memorandum, part-time flexibles will have the opportunity to transfer as full-time regulars into residual vacancies on a first come, first serve basis without regard to normal transfer considerations and will be afforded eventual retreat rights. The memorandum should also result in the conversions of many city carrier assistants to full-time career status.

Mail Handlers contract finalized

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

NPMHU_logoThe NPMHU and USPS have finalized the text of the 2011 National Agreement as compelled by the February 15, 2013 Award of the Board of Arbitration. The term of the contract is four and one half years in duration (November 21, 2011 through May 20, 2016). The contact was recently sent to the Union printer and will be distributed by mail to each NPMHU member in the coming weeks.

In anticipation of that delivery, you may access a complete .pdf version of the National Agreement by following this link.


NPMHU and USPS Reach Agreement on Fishgold Arbitration Questions & Answers

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

NPMHU_logoQuestions and Answers 2011-2016 Fishgold Arbitration Award

With the release of the Fishgold Arbitration Award, which established the terms of the 2011 National Agreement, the parties agreed to jointly develop and implement a Question and Answer document addressing and affirming the parties’ mutual understanding and interpretation of many provisions contained in the 73 page decision.

Over the course of the past six months, the National Contract Administration Department, along with our National Shop Steward Trainer, has been working diligently with the Postal Service to flesh-out and resolve many of the issues that arose as a result of the Fishgold Award.  As a result, we are pleased to provide the jointly developed Questions and Answers document, which was finalized on August 7, 2013.  To assist the parties with implementation of the 2011 Fishgold Arbitration Award, the Q&A memorializes our mutual understanding of the 44 most prevalent issues that could be agreed upon.

The Award, while quite complicated, makes significant changes to Article 7 on workforce structure, Article 9 on wages, and Article 12 on seniority and reassignments.  It also will change some of the routine practices of the Local Unions — most notably the enforcement of casual restrictions — and will at the same time require the Local Unions to monitor management’s use of MHAs.  As you can imagine, these substantive changes to the make-up of our workforce will inevitably bring some uncertainty about the meaning of some longstanding contractual provisions.

While the Q&A document does not address every matter, the interpretations contained in the Q&A should be self-explanatory and this document may be updated if agreement is reached on additional items by the parties. Moreover, the Q&A is not intended to “add to, modify, or replace, in any respect” the language in the National Agreement.  The Questions and Answers are binding on all representatives in the resolution of disputes at the Local and Area/Regional levels and in all phases of the grievance process up to arbitration.

As part of our recurring obligation to update the Contract Interpretation Manual, the Questions and Answers will be included in the next revision of our CIM (Version 4) which is now in development.  Additionally, these Questions and Answers will be the primary topic of the next Union Time publication which will be distributed to every Union representative in the country.

Click Here to Read Fishgold Q&A

Video: Possible job consolidation for postal workers in Amarillo

KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

To keep up with the changing times, many post offices have had to close down or consolidate jobs. Right here in Amarillo,the postal service is thinking of doing just that.

Recent discussion has the United States Postal Service thinking about moving some jobs from Amarillo to Lubbock in order to save some money.

In a statement from the U.S. Postal Service they say "The Postal Service must realign its network to match its resources with mail volume. Consolidating some postal operations and placing our people where we need them makes logical business sense given the economic realities."

Read more: Possible job consolidation for postal workers in Amarillo – KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports.

Burrus accuses Guffey of “blatantly” untrue statement on PAEA

burrusIt’s still months until the APWU National Leadership election, but the campaign seems to be heating up. And the most heat seems to be coming from someone whose name isn’t even on the ballot- former President Bill Burrus. Burrus took to his Facebook page today to accuse incumbent President Cliff Guffey of stretching the truth:

I am informed that President Guffey alleges that I was provided the opportunity to defeat the PAEA when adopted in 2006. This is blatantly untrue but is irrelevant to voluntarily negotiating the worst contract in the history of bargaining. The PAEA did not force the officers to engage in aggressive bargaining over a 6 month period that will forever change postal employment. The Letter Carriers were an active participant in passing the PAEA but resisted the drastic changes in bargaining and even with the APWU contract as precedent did not change full time to 30 hours, permit supervisors to perform bu work, increase non career to 20% or cap wages at Step J. It is time to stop blaming the PAEA for aggressive voluntary actions.

Burrus announced earlier this week that he would be endorsing a candidate for President in the election, but didn’t say who that would be- which is a bit odd since there’s only one other candidate…

Read more: Bill Burrus – I am informed that President Guffey alleges that I….

APWU loses PSE arbitration case

From the American Postal Workers Union:

apwulogoIn an award dated June 17, 2013, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg rejected the union’s argument that the USPS was required by Article 12.5.B.2 to cobble together the work hours of PSEs in installations within a 50-mile withholding area in order to create duty assignments to minimize the impact of excessing on career employees.   Goldberg concluded, “The sole obligation imposed on the Postal Service by the quoted language of Article 12.5.B.2 is that of identifying and separating those PSEs within the appropriate radius who are holding posted duty assignments, whether they have opted into those duty assignments or have been assigned to them by Postal Service management.” Read the rest of this entry »