APWU: RMSS arbitration remedy settled for $2 million

APWU: RMSS arbitration remedy settled for $2 million RMSS Implementation Dispute Settled for $2 Million

Update – 04/01/2015Maintenance Craft officers and the Postal Service agreed on March 30 on the remedy due to employees whose eligibility ratings for promotions were improperly changed to “ineligible” in August 2009, Director Steve Raymer has announced. The agreement resulted from an April 16, 2014, national-level arbitration award by Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg in Case #Q06T -4Q-C 09374748.

The agreement, signed by Assistant Director Idowu Balogun, says that 671 employees will each receive a lump-sum payment of $2,950, minus applicable deductions, by the end of Pay Period 10-2015. Payments to former employees and retirees will also be processed during the same time frame, to the extent possible. The settlement totals $2 million.

The August 2009 “ineligible” ratings also will be removed from employees’ records. Where necessary, employees will complete any remaining steps in the MSS process. Employees who attain an “eligible” rating after completion of all required steps will be placed on the appropriate PER in accordance with Article 38 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the EL-304 Handbook.

Arbitrator Goldberg sustained the union’s grievance, concluding that the Postal Service’s decision to re-score Exam 955 constituted a unilateral change, in violation of Collective Bargaining Agreement. He remanded the case to the parties to seek an appropriate remedy for the violation. Click here for more information.

April 1, 2015

Last year APWU was successful in the National Revised Maintenance Selection System (RMSS) Arbitration case. Below is the remedy as a result of the arbitration

In resolution of this matter, the parties are in agreement that:

1) Employees entitled to remedy are those Maintenance Craft employees who had their eligible MSS (RMSS) rating changed to ineligible on or about August of 2009. These 671 employees shall each receive a lump sum payment of $2,950 less applicable deductions. Such payments to identified employees shall be made expediently as possible and targeted to be paid by the end of pay period 10-2015. Payments to former employees and retirees will be processed in the same time frame to the extent possible.

2) Employees identified in item 1) will have the August 2009 ineligible rating removed from their records. Where necessary the employees will complete any remaining steps in the MSS process e.g. the Structured Interview. Employees that attain an eligible rating after completion of all required steps, will be placed on the appropriate PER in accordance with Article 38 and the EL-304.

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