Dispute Over VER and Severance Pay Appealed to Arbitration
(03/03/09) The APWU has appealed to national-level arbitration a dispute over bargaining unit employees' entitlement to severance pay when they accept voluntary early retirement (VER) benefits.
New APWU FMLA Forms Available
(02/24/09) The APWU's FMLA forms have been updated to meet revised certification requirements that took effect Jan. 16, 2009. The forms have also been renumbered. APWU Form 1 is for leave for an employee's own serious health condition and APWU Form 2 is for leave to care for a family member's serious health condition. APWU Forms 3 and 4 are new and are for employees who are requesting military family leave under the new regulations. [read more]
(02/20/09) In January, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) rose to 612.719, still well below the July 2008 index of 644.303 upon which our last COLA was based. After the final month of the six-month measuring period, the fifth COLA under the 2006 National Agreement and the Operating Services Agreement will be zero. [read more]
(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.
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…