Greg Bell, Director
(04/07/10) The union recently appealed to national arbitration an issue concerning the employer's obligation to meet with the union at the regional level no less than 90 days prior to involuntarily reassigning bargaining unit employees outside their craft or installation. The dispute arose when the APWU learned that management at the regional level was taking the position that the Postal Service would no longer provide the Union a 90 day notice when excessing occurs outside the craft or installation. In addition, it was reported that this decision was made at the headquarters level.
(04/07/10) The union recently intiated a national dispute over management's failure to adhere to an agreement between the parties that when employees are excessed outside their craft or installation, such employees will be provided notice of a minimum of 60 days. In addition, this notice must include relevant information informing the employee of when and where they will be reassigned. Basic information informing such employees that they will be reassigned to an undetermined location do not meet requirements of the notice.
Award on Subcontrating of Associate Office Infrastructure Work
(02/24/10) In a recent national award regarding the APWU’s challenge to management’s subcontracting of Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) installation and maintenance work, Arbitrator Das sustained the APWU’s grievance and ruled that management violated Article 32.1.B by not giving the union an opportunity to meet with it regarding AOI installation and maintenance work involving cabling and AOI servers. Das ordered that the Postal Service assign maintenance of “AOI servers – to the extent they remain in operation – and the LAN cabling within the AOs to the maintenance craft.” In addition he directed that the parties discuss “the possibility of additional LAN maintenance work in the AOs being assigned to the bargaining unit.” With regard to a retroactive remedy, Arbitrator Das ordered that the issue be returned to the parties for discussion of a remedy. The arbitrator retained jurisdiction if the parties are unable to agree on a retroactive remedy. (USPS #Q94T-4Q-C 97031616).