(02/17/09) The union's national-level dispute over the Postal Service's unilateral implementation of a nation-wide two-tour initiative, which is intended to eliminate or greatly reduce existing day shift Tour 2 assignments, has been appealed to national-level arbitration.
(02/17/09) In a recent national-level arbitration award, Arbitrator Syam Das denied the union's grievance challenging revisions to ELM Section 665 which added a new section on Reporting Requirements for Sex Offenders. The new provision states that employees who are required by the law of any jurisdiction to register as a sex offender must report this to management within ten (10) calendar days after the employee first registers as a sex offender. Arbitrator Das found the new reporting requirement fair, reasonable and equitable.
(01/26/09) In a national-level award over the validity of a USPS Step 2 grievance decision letter issued after the grievance has progressed to Step 3, Arbitrator Dana Eischen sustained the Mail Handler Union's position that the decision letter has no validity under the last sentence of paragraph 2 of Article 16.5 of the USPS/NPMHU agreement. Though this was a Mail Handler grievance, the APWU intervened because we have a similar dispute pending national-level arbitration. Though the arbitrator did not rule on the precise issue involved in the APWU's grievance, the award will enhance our case should it be necessary to go to arbitration.
(01/16/09) The APWU has been meeting with the Postal Service regarding the implementation of changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – changes the Bush Administration implemented just four days before President Bush leaves office. The changes, announced in November, make it harder for workers who are covered by the law to use FMLA leave. The APWU is also updating our FMLA materials (including APWU’s FMLA medical certification forms) to reflect the changes. Those updated materials will be distributed as they become available. [read more]
ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
Greg Bell, Director
The Industrial Relations Department is charged with responsibility for labor management, national negotiations, mechanization, safety and health for all divisions of the union, and the administration of the collective bargaining agreement…