NALC: All 4 postal unions approve of postal bill which includes forcing postal retirees into Medicare

2/7/17 NALC President Fredric Rolando was among those called to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the recently introduced postal bill, The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). Rolando along with USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Chairman Robert Taub, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Director […]

House Oversight Committee introduces bipartisan postal reform bill, hearing on USPS scheduled Feb 7

The bill resembles last year’s House bill, but with some differences. The MSPB provision has been modified and simplified, in part to add OIG employees.  This will require a closer look, although this is a moving train, and Chaffetz’ strategy will be to get this bill passed early in this session. Although not yet announced […]

USPS OIG issues report on Michigan facility where 5 postal employees deaths prompted safety concerns

1/25/17 USPS OIG: Environmental Conditions at Michigan Metroplex Processing and Distribution Center Management Advisory Report This report presents the results of our follow-up to the management alert issued February 22, 2016, regarding the malfunction of the methane detection system observed at the U.S. Postal Service Michigan Metroplex (Metroplex) Processing and Distribution Center in Pontiac, MI. […]

APWU: Contract Negotiation Updates for IT, Mail Transport and Mail Hauling groups

01/17/2017 – Information Technology/Accounting Services Group The APWU and USPS started negotiations in mid-November for an Information Technology/Accounting Services group successor collective bargaining agreement. The current extension agreement is set to expire on January 20, 2017. In the last few months, many economic and non-economic proposals were exchanged and debated. While progress was made, the […]

APWU: The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!

Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle. The boycott against Staples is over! “I salute and commend every member and supporter who made this victory possible,” said APWU President Mark […]

APWU: Big Victory for Workers Together — We Stopped the TPP!!

The 114th U.S. Congressional session is over and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is officially dead. This victory comes despite it being a signature effort of the White House and Republican-controlled Congress, supported by business lobbyists and the Chamber of Commerce. “The TPP was killed because workers stood up and fought back,” said President Mark Dimondstein. […]

APWU: Landmark Arbitration Decision Upholding Craft Assignments and Job Posting Rights

12/12/2016 – Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a decision on Dec. 8, 2016, holding that the Postal Service violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement when it failed to assign Sales Retention Team (SRT) center work to the Clerk Craft and post the positions for bid. In October 2012, the USPS set up the SRTs to reach out […]

APWU wins partial victory in arbitration over SPSS craft assignments

12/09/2016 – The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of […]

APWU to Locals: Any Modifications to HCR Subcontracting Awards Must be Discussed at National Level

Any Modifications to the 110 HCR Subcontracting Awards Must be Discussed at National Level 11/22/2016 – According to correspondence between the Postal Service and APWU, all discussions to modify any of the 110 Highway Contract Route (HCR) subcontracting must be done at the National level. In the award summary, Arbitrator Shaym Das stated, “By agreement, […]

In stinging rebuke, NLRB rules USPS-Staples deal violated Federal law

Dimondstein calls upon the USPS to “Do the right thing! End the Staples deal now.” 11/17/2016 – On November 8, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas ruled to uphold all of the charges leveled at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Staples Approved Shipper program. The APWU initially filed the […]