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 […]

OIG: USPS SPSS not meeting performance and economic expectations at West Valley postal facility

One of the issues that USPS may need to resolve: What is the correct name of this machine?? APWU: Small Parcel Sorting System Mail Handlers Union: Small Parcel Sorting System USPS: Small Package Sorting System ||Small Parcel Sorting System USPS OIG: Small Package Sorting System USPS Advisory Report on one of the SPSS machines in […]

APWU files National Dispute over primary duties of Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS)

APWU files National Dispute over which USPS craft employees should perform primary duties of the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) In what could possibly become one of the biggest blunders in USPS craft jurisdictional assignments, disputes, arbitration, lawsuits, reversals and ______________ fill in the blanks cases, APWU has submitted a dispute to the National Dispute […]

Mail Handlers Union files lawsuit against USPS, APWU over SPSS craft determination reversal

A few days ago (August 11, 2015) the Mail Handlers Union “filed an appeal to arbitration concerning the disputed work on the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS), as well as an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).” Now, the NPMHU has filed a federal lawsuit requesting the court to halt […]

Mail Handlers Union Files Labor Charge Against USPS Over SPSS decision

NPMHU APPEALS SPSS DECISION TO ARBITRATION AND NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD The NPMHU National Office has filed an appeal to arbitration concerning the disputed work on the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS), as well as an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The latter seeks injunctive relief under Section 10(j) of […]

USPS reverses Craft Determination decision for SPSS operations from Mail Handlers to Clerk Craft

National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU: Postal Service Reneges on SPSS Craft Determination Unprecedented Reversal to Be Met With Fierce Opposition From NPMHU On August 7, 2015, the USPS notified the NPMHU of their decision to reverse the craft determination for operation of the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS). A copy of the letter can […]

USPS: New Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) exceeds expectations

Parcels are moving faster than ever through five USPS plants that are testing new small-package sorting equipment — and exceeding expectations. Since installing the machines earlier this year, the Postal Service has found they can sort more than 6,000 small parcels per hour, or roughly 1,000 more per hour than expected. The top-performing site is […]

USPS Issues Primary Craft Determination: Mail Handlers to Perform Duties Associated with SPSS Operation

USPS Issues Primary Craft Determination: Mail Handlers to Perform Duties Associated with SPSS Operation On June 2, 2015, the Union recieved the Postal Service’s determination of craft jurisdiction for employees operating the Small Parcel Sorter System (SPSS), which is currently deployed in five pilot test locations, and will be deployed shortly in twenty-six other facilities […]