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USPS Proposed Revisions to ELM Sections 512, 513 and 515 Appealed to Arbitration

(10/28/08) The APWU has appealed to national-level arbitration an Article 19 Notification concerning USPS proposed changes to ELM subchapters 512, 513 and 515. The proposed revisions to subchapters 512 and 513 involve completion of PS Form 3971 through the Interactive Voice Response system (IVR) and the Enterprise Resource Management System (eRMD). Proposed changes to subchapter 515 involve the forwarding of documentation related to a request for FMLA to the FMLA Coordinator. The APWU's position is that Article 10, Section 2.A. of the CBA prohibits changes to ELM Chapter 510 that affect wages, hours or working conditions for the life of the Agreement.

Click here for the Appeal to Arbitration and the Union's 15-Day Statement of the Issues and Facts.

2008-2009 Casual Exception Period Set

(10/20/08) Article 7.1.B.5 of the 2006 National Agreement provides exceptions to the six percent and 11 percent casual caps during accounting periods 3 and 4. For Fiscal Year 2009, the casual exception period will be from Nov. 22, 2008 through Jan. 16, 2009.

2008 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period Set

(10/20/08) The December period referenced in Article 8, Sections 4 and 5, of the National Agreement, during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable, consists of four consecutive service weeks. (See Why Is the Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period Only 28 Days?) This year the period begins Pay Period 26-08, Week 1 (Dec. 6, 2008) and ends Pay Period 1-09, Week 2 (Jan. 2, 2009).

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ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Greg Bell, Director
Phone: 202-842-4273
Fax: 202-371-0992

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 agreementů

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