San Jose Area Local 73

Reduce Inequality with Conversions to Career

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson  The single most effective bang for the buck method to significantly reduce inequality at the Postal Service is to convert a Postal Support Employee (PSE) to career. The increase in pay and benefits is estimated at $26,000 a year or about $2,000 a month. With career status, the PSEs will earn retirement, see a boost in pay, be eligible for good health care, get set schedules with regular hours,

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APWU Reaches Monetary Settlement with USPS on POStPlan Staffing Violations

On February 9, the Clerk Craft reached a $49.9 million dollar settlement with the USPS on POStPlan staffing violations. The monetary settlement follows a ruling by Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg that the Postal Service violated Arbitrator Goldberg’s previous award of September 5, 2014 and a subsequent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated September 22, 2014. The dispute was initiated after the Postal Service admittedly failed to honor their agreement that after December 22, 2014, the ‘POStPlan’ Remotely-Managed

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Working People’s Day of Action is Feb. 24

On Saturday, Feb. 24, workers will gather from coast to coast for a Working People’s Day of Action to demand an end to the rigged economic system. They will to stand together to fight for social and economic justice including the right to fair bargaining and union representation! The Day of Action, organized by AFSCME and Jobs with Justice, comes at a crucial time in labor movement history. It is part of the commemoration for

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MOU Designates Official Start Day for Newly Hired PSE Clerks

01/09/2018 – On Jan. 5, the APWU and USPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding Re: Clerk Craft PSE Hiring and One Day Break. The new MOU designates Saturday, the first day of the pay period, as the hire date of all Clerk Craft Postal Support Employees (PSEs). “The MOU accomplishes three key things,” said Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson. “First, the MOU helps restore some order and fairness to PSE hiring, as all employees will

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USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

  01/04/2018 – Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees.  This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions. The APWU immediately initiated information requests to USPS management regarding this VERA and demands for bargaining over its scope and impact.

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THE CLERK CRAFT IS UNDER ATTACK! By: Chuck Locke, NBA

The Postal Service has launched an attack on the Clerk Craft and they are out for blood! The Postal Service wants to eliminate over 16,000 clerk jobs nationwide and more than 2000 clerk jobs in our area. Their plan is to revert and abolish as many jobs as they can, as fast as they can despite the specific circumstances in the section or facility. It’s up to us to fight back this vicious attack on

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APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs 04/24/2017 – Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.The memo called for the Postal Service to return 800 positions to the Clerk

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Hundreds of SPSS Clerk Craft Jobs Preserved

Web News Article #: 250-2016 12/09/2016 – The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the work to the Mail Handler Craft. After a closer and better review, the USPS reassigned

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Two Settlements Address DBCS Staffing And Employee Orientation Disputes

Web News Article #: 196-2016 09/01/2016 – The APWU and USPS signed two important Step 4 settlements recently, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has announced. On Aug. 24, with the help of Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Pallas-Barber, McKinnon reached agreement with the Postal Service on the issue of whether the “normal staffing” of two clerks per machine on Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS) should be a minimum requirement. The settlement is designed to address

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