APWU, USPS Settle Dispute, Protect Maintenance Work

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The Step 4 settlement provides that, “This alleged directive is no longer in effect.”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.

[explanation of the agreement – PDF]