San Jose Area Local 73

MVS Updates: Mercedes First Article Testing Concerns, CBD Impacts on Drug Testing & DOT Clearinghouse for Drug & Alcohol Testing Violations

Just two months into the new year, and the Motor Vehicle Service Craft Division has been hard at work with several updates for the membership. Of primary issue are the Department of Transportation’s changes impacting MVS Operators with Commercial Drivers Licensing. More information will be provided, pending further discussions and meetings with the USPS. Here are the notable updates: FAT Testing Concerns for Mercedes Metris RHD Van In mid-January, MVS APWU representatives attended the First

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USPS Announces Potential Breach in Maintenance Exam 955 Materials

February 28, 2020 Recently, the Postal Service informed APWU of a potential breach in testing materials related to Maintenance Selection System Exam 955, stating the following: As a precautionary measure, a temporary hold on Exam 955 test scheduling has been issued until a full investigation has been completed. Individuals currently in process to complete testing will be rescheduled for a later date. According to a follow-up conversation at the headquarters level between the National Maintenance

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APWU Responds to White House Budget

On Monday, President Trump issued his budget for the next fiscal year. Among its proposals were the entirety of the recommendations of the 2018 White House Task Force on the Postal Service, which include service cuts, lower pay and for postal workers and accelerated outsourcing and privatization of postal work. “The President’s Budget is another broadside attack by this White House on postal workers, our union and our customers’ well-deserved right to a public Postal

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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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H.R. 2382 Passes the House – APWU Members Instrumental in Victory!

On Feb. 5, the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming, bipartisan support – 309 ‘yea,’ 106 ‘nay,’ and 15 Representatives did not vote. The House’s passage of this legislation is the first step toward repealing the retiree health care prefunding mandate set forth in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The prefunding mandate is responsible for 92 percent of Postal Service net losses since 2007 and is

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The USPS Fairness Act

For over a decade, the United States Postal Service has been plagued with the onerous burden of prefunding its retiree health care benefits as mandated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006. The mandate requires the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone enter the workforce. THE PROBLEM Since 2013, the prefunding

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