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Arbitrator Rescinds ELM 546 Changes
Agreed to in APWU-USPS 2006 MOU

(03/26/09) Arbitrator Das, ruling in an NALC grievance in which the APWU intervened, ordered the Postal Service to rescind changes agreed to by the APWU and the USPS in a 2006 MOU "Re: Limited Duty and Rehabilitation Assignments Within APWU Crafts Involving Workers from Other Crafts." The MOU provided that the reassignment or reemployment of an employee injured on duty was required to be "accomplished through Article 13 of the National Agreement applicable to the craft to which the employee is being reassigned." The NALC objected that the change would adversely affect language in Article 13 of the NALC agreement, and that the Postal Service could not make these changes without negotiating with the NALC.

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Dispute Filed Over USPS Failure to Create Bargaining Unit Jobs at Greensboro HRSSC

(03/20/09) The APWU has filed a national-level dispute over the Postal Service's failure to create bargaining unit positions at the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) in Greensboro, NC. The union contends, among other things, that this is work that was performed by APWU bargaining unit personnel in other facilities that are engaged in customer services and mail processing as defined in Article 1.3 prior to the migration of that work to Greensboro.

Click here for a copy of the national dispute letter

Disputes Over Contract Postal Units Filed, Appealed to Arbitration

(03/18/09) The APWU has initiated one dispute, and appealed another to national arbitration, over whether a contract postal unit (CPU) may exist in a facility when the Postal Service has use of the property by consignment or other special agreement, for example, on military bases, in national parks and in government buildings, or the Postal Service pays the contractor's rent. It is the APWU's position that such a facility must be staffed by bargaining unit employees.

Click here for a copy of the dispute, the appeal and the parties' 15-Day Statements.

Maximization Dispute Appealed to Arbitration

(03/18/2009) The APWU has appealed to national-level arbitration a dispute over whether the Postal Service is obligated under Article 7.3.B to maximize the number of full-time regular duty assignments by combining all regularly scheduled work hours of non-full-time employees, including part-time regulars, transitional employees and casual employees.

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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.

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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]

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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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