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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 More

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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.”

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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 More

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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.

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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.