Retroactive Pay Scheduled in Paychecks dated September 4, 2020

The retroactive pay (also called back-pay) due under the terms of the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement is scheduled to be in paychecks dated September 4, 2020. The Industrial Relations Department has had a lot of questions regarding this pay. There are multiple variables that will determine how much any one employee will receive. In attempt to help everyone understand the pay please see below:   The retroactive pay period is September 20, 2018 through April […]

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Work Year List

The APWU and the USPS have agreed to the work year list for the term of the 2018-2021 National Agreement.  Work years (formally known as man-years) is a term the utilized by the APWU and the Postal Service to define the size of postal installations throughout the country. The work year categories are broken down into three sizes: 200 work year installations 125 work year installations 100 work year installations The determination is made by […]

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Payment of Retroactive Pay Increases

EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT Retroactive payments for the pay increases under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, have been scheduled for pay period 18-2020, paycheck dated September 4, 2020 – barring any issues or unexpected systems changes. Employees began receiving pay at the current rates in pay period 09-2020, effective April 11, 2020. Retro payments for the National Agreement will cover the period from November 24, 2018 through April 10, 2020. Under the terms […]

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Date Announced for PSE Conversions

The Postal Service has informed the APWU of the date that Postal Support Employees (PSEs) who have been employed in 125 workyear or larger offices for more than 2.5 years (30 months) will be converted to career status. Over 2,500 current PSEs will be converted on May 9, 2020, the beginning of pay period 11. These conversions are consistent with the Interest Arbitration panel’s award issued on March 10, 2020.  Conversions of PSEs was one of […]

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Employees to See Pay Raise

Under the new 2018 – 2021 National Agreement, employees will receive four retroactive pay raises. The current rates went into effect on February 29, 2020 and will be reflected for the first time in earnings for Pay Period 09-2020. Pay Period 09 begins Saturday, April 11. Pay checks will be dated for May 1, 2020. Retro pay covering the period from September 24, 2018 through April 10, 2020 will follow. The Postal Service has yet to confirm […]

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Audio from Tuesday’s Contract Call Available for Members

APWU Members can now access the recording from Tuesday’s March 17, 2020 “Contract Town Hall Call”. On the call, APWU President, Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director, Vance Zimmerman, spoke about the interest arbitration award and the union’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Log in to the APWU.ORG Members Section to hear the recording.

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MoU extending deadline for Step 3 & Arbitration Appeals

March 20, 2020 As your union elected officers, we are fighting to stand up for APWU members and make sure management protects our health and safety in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, we secured a memorandum of understanding extending the deadline for Step 3 grievances and Arbitration Appeals by 30 days beyond the limits specified in the national agreement. DOWNLOAD THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING MoU extending deadline for Step 3 and Arbitration Appeals

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Timeline for Local Implementation Extended 30 Days

March 20, 2020 Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, APWU’s elected national officers have agreed to extend the timeline for Local Implementation for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO Re: Timeline for Local Implementation. Negotiations can now commence June 9, 2020 with written notice of Intent to Negotiate be provided no later than […]

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We Have a New Union Contract!!

The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract! Neutral Arbitrator and Interest Arbitration Panel Chair Stephen Goldberg issued his binding decision on the terms of the new union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service. The Award was the product of 20 months of preparation, member and local union input, negotiations, mediation, a strong contract campaign and a well-prepared and presented […]

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Union, Management Agree to Local Implementation Timeline

In the wake of the arbitration award on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the APWU and USPS have agreed to a timeline for local negotiations, Director of Industrial Vance Zimmerman announced. Local unions or management can open bargaining over changes to local agreements, in accordance with the schedule outlined in the March 11 Memorandum of Understanding [PDF]: Written notice of intent to negotiate by must be provided not later than May 24, 2020. Negotiations occur for 30 consecutive days […]

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Agreement Reached on POStPlan Award Implementation!

On February 10, the Maintenance Craft Director, Idowu Balogun and the Postal Service signed off on the implementation of Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award on POstplan Custodial Staffing in (APO/RMPO) Installations  in case number Q10T-4Q-C 15206030. The outstanding issue in implementing the Award was the process of returning custodial cleaning in POStPlan Installations to the Maintenance Division. In the settlement, the parties agreed to the following: Determining whether a contract cleaning service can be utilized in an Administrative Post Office […]

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Interest Arbitration: APWU Presents Final Witness Testimony With Clerk and Custodial Evidence

Today at Interest Arbitration, APWU presented evidence from the Clerk and Maintenance Craft Divisions. In the morning session, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks addressed USPS management’s attacks on union postal clerks’ work and our demand for better staffing in the Clerk Craft. He raised our objections to Postmasters doing bargaining unit work in Level 18 offices. He outlined how management is has continuously skirted the 2010 global settlement, which limited Level 18 office postmasters to […]

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Interest Arbitration: APWU rebuts management’s economics and MVS proposals

Today at Interest Arbitration, the APWU rebutted some of management’s economic arguments, including their controversial claim that postal workers are overpaid for the skills they employ. We also responded to management’s regressive proposals for Motor Vehicle Service. Dr. Robert Pollin APWU’s witness in the morning was Dr. Robert Pollin, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Pollin presented his paper on Wage Rates, Employment Conditions and Living Standards for […]

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Opening Day of Interest Arbitration!

APWU discusses how postal workers are mission-dedicated, skilled, public servants deserving of fair pay and benefits, job security, and a safe workplace, free of harassment. On Wednesday, September 4, the APWU began presenting its case for a strong contract in the opening day of Interest Arbitration hearings in Washington, D.C. The hearing was the first of many in the process that will determine the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the APWU and the USPS. […]

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‘Stick’ Together in September!

On Sept. 4, the APWU and USPS will begin the interest arbitration proceedings for our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract). Further hearing dates are scheduled for later in the fall. Our negotiating team is fully prepared – backed by economists, attorneys, staff and postal worker witnesses! We faced a similar battle in the 2015 negotiations, and we intend to prevail again! Every APWU member an important role to play during interest arbitration. It is vital […]

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Contract Mediation Ending

On June 3, President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman reported to the APWU National Executive Council (NEC) that the contract mediator stated that the APWU and the USPS were too far apart, and further discussions would not lead to a new collective bargaining agreement. The statement effectively ends the mediation. “We invoked mediation to make sure we pursued every avenue to reach a good contract for the membership,” President Dimondstein said. On […]

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Fighting Back Against Outrageous Demands

Mark Dimondstein June 3, 2019 The next two stages in the battle to achieve a good new union contract are mediation (currently underway and projected to last 45 days) followed by the interest arbitration process. Be fully aware that management has presented drastic and regressive contract proposals. They are an insult and danger to you, the hard working and dedicated postal employee. We are outraged and have said, no way! Let me share some “lowlights” […]

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Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals

On March 7, 2019, the APWU and United States Postal Service negotiators exchanged their final economic proposals as both sides continue their preparation for interest arbitration. The APWU put forward proposals that reward postal workers for our hard work. The Union’s proposals include: Solid annual pay raises, Two COLA increases every year, Adding top Steps to the lower career pay scale, Reduction of the non-career workforce and increasing the career workforce, Automatic PSE conversion to […]

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Update on Negotiations 12/07/18

12/07/2018 – APWU President Mark Dimondstein reports that the national union leadership will make an announcement on Friday December 21, 2018 regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the USPS.

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APWU and USPS Agree to an Extension

Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (Union Contract) initially expired on September 20, 2018. The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to extend negotiations until October 20th after which the parties again extended negotiations until November 20th. During that period the APWU and the Postal Service engaged in a series of negotiating sessions. The APWU believes recent negotiations have been fruitful and we have made progress towards a framework of an agreement. In that light, […]

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Fired Up and Ready to Go! Contract Negotiations Begin Between the APWU and USPS

06/30/2018 – The American Postal Workers Union began negotiations for a new union contract with the U.S. Postal Service with an opening session on June 26th. In a display of postal union unity, NALC Executive Vice-President Brian Renfroe and NPMHU president Paul Hogrogian sat shoulder to shoulder with the APWU leadership.  A host of notable labor and community allies, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and NAACP national leader Hilary Shelton, were present in support, underscoring the national […]

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