Clerk Craft Prepares for National Negotiations
The APWU will begin negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in June. The current CBA is set to expire on September 20, 2021. As such, the Clerk Craft officers have begun preparing for negotiations on issues related to our craft. We are currently reviewing all resolutions that were adopted by the delegates at past National Conventions applying to Article 37. These resolutions involve issues such as bidding, assignment of unencumbered regulars, 204-B restrictions, higher-level pay, PTF workhour guarantees and conversions to full-time regular status, and additional rights for PSE clerks.
Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks also invited suggestions from the National Business Agents (NBAs) across the country and received their input regarding possible changes to our craft article. The NBAs are the direct link to our local members because they see the grievances appealed to their level and know what issues are problematic at the local level. In the meantime, the craft officers are continuing to meet and discuss possible improvements and modifications to present during contract negotiations.
The COVID pandemic has made it impossible to conduct state conventions and the national convention, during which your officers at the headquarters level normally receive recommendations from local and state-affiliated delegates and members regarding improvements in the contract that they would like to see. Nevertheless, we look forward to a successful round of negotiations in support of the Clerk Craft members of the APWU.