Contract Negotiations Begin
Bosses to Union- “NEXT?”
Report Of APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez
At the start of contract negotiations covering more than 200,000 postal workers postal bosses revealed they have little interest, if any, in bargaining over issues critical to Union negotiators.
When the Union’s Chief Negotiator submitted the union’s first proposal over “service standards and consolidations” the Postal henchman was quick to say management would listen but negotiations over this and other subject are NOT mandatory.
Management’s Spokesperson declared the Union’s proposal as being “permissive” a legal term indicating the issues could be discussed but not bargained over. Then in a indifferent tone the postal boss asked what’s “next?”
The Union made it clear it wants to deal with consolidations, subcontracting, expansion of products like postal banking, and curtailment of approved Shipper programs.
The Union also asked management to declare a Moratorium on consolidations and service standard changes. The postal spokesperson responded- “I will tell you tomorrow”. He then failed to show up the following day for an-other round of talks. Management is still set to involuntarily reassign thousands of employees in April and July of this year throughout the country.
The Union had issued a demand for information and documentation in November 2014 on employee leave, employee debts, tort claims, retail Non Traditional assignments, hazardous internal reviews and other issues.
In typical fashion , management had attempted to bill the union for the information then waived the alleged costs to produce the information. However, they had failed to produce the requested information three months later in time for the start of contract talks.