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    Das Issues Remedy Award on PM End of Day Button Case

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    On December 8, 2017, Arbitrator Shyam Das found that the Postal Service was in violation of the parties’ Article 1.6.B Global Settlement Remedy Agreement (GSRA) in Level 18 offices when it created the Postmaster End of Day (PMEOD) button in the Retail System Software (RSS). The PMEOD button allowed postmasters to enter and exit RSS without completely closing out of the window. The button allowed postmasters to give false accounts of the amount of bargaining unit work they performed, which is limited to 15 hours each week in Level 18 offices.

    In his December 8, 2017 award, Arbitrator Das remanded the remedy to the parties; however, after three years, the Postal Service had failed to provide the Union with an acceptable analysis of the amount of back pay entitlement and the parties returned to the arbitrator for a decision on a proper remedy. After the initial hearing dates in August 2020 were postponed, the remedy hearings were held on December 3-4, 2020. Das issued his decision dated September 16, 2021, awarding $20.5 million to be distributed: “(1) to affected bargaining unit employees as determined by the union; or if that option is declined by the union, (2) to clerks who worked in offices where the PMEOD function was enabled based on the relative number of days they worked during the period that function was enabled” (Page 2 of his award).

    “I congratulate Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, the Clerk Craft Officers involved and APWU attorneys and staff for the job well done,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This is another step forward in the ongoing and important fight in defending the work of our members.”

    APWU Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks stated: “This is just one more step in the battle to return work rightfully belonging to the Clerk Craft. While the Postal Service continues to put up obstacles, your union will not be deterred. We will continue to fight. This award should bring about a little vindication for the clerks in Level 18 post offices.”

    Brooks continued, “The Clerk Division at the national level filed the dispute after the Postal Service unilaterally changed the RSS logon start time on the PS Form 1412, in an effort to reduce their financial liability. Rest assured, the battle is not over. Stay tuned. We will not stop until all the work that is rightfully ours is given to us. On behalf of the Clerk Division, which includes Assistant Directors Lynn Pallas-Barber and Sam Lisenbe, we would be remiss if we did not thank Memphis Region Clerk Division NBA Pamel Smith, who secured 1412 data during the Thanksgiving holiday for me to present as rebuttal evidence at the arbitration hearing and Michael Barrett of the Buffalo Area Local, who compiled the numerous excel spreadsheets in support of the data.” 

    Clerk Craft officers will meet and discuss the two options offered by Arbitrator Das in his award regarding the remedy to determine the best possible manner in which to compensate those clerks affected by this violation.  


    Negotiations Update

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    By Apwu133,

    Negotiations Update: APWU and USPS “Stop the Clock” to Continue Bargaining for a New Contract

     

    September 21, 2021

     

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    The collective bargaining agreement (union contract) between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. Our current contract was due to expire at midnight, September 20, 2021.

    Over the last two weeks, the APWU and postal management have engaged in frequent negotiating sessions at both the “main table,” the “craft tables,” and in other committees. There has been modest progress on a number of issues affecting all our crafts, including on job security. There has also been a narrowing of the differences on important items including the economic package. 

    However, the union and management have been unable to secure a negotiated agreement by midnight September 20.

    The APWU National Negotiating Committee (NNC) had two choices: Either start the process of mediation heading to interest arbitration, or with mutual agreement with postal management, “stop the clock” (meaning the contract does not expire at midnight) and continue negotiations for a period of time.

    It is the unanimous decision of the National Negotiating Committee to “stop the clock” and continue bargaining. It is also the position of the NNC that we will reevaluate progress on a regular basis and invoke mediation if further negotiations are not productive.

    “The entire APWU negotiating team is working together and working hard to secure the new contract that our members have earned and deserve,” said APWU Chief Spokesperson Vance Zimmerman. “Continued negotiations for a short period of time are in the best interests of the members.”

    “The APWU is leaving no stone unturned. Based on progress thus far we have the possibility of reaching a negotiated union contract,” declared President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. “It is vital we all stay union strong and union proud in our collective quest for workplace justice.”

    The APWU will continue to keep the members updated, including regular messages on the negotiation “hotline” at 866-412-8061.


    Attention Members

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    By Apwu133,

    ATTENTION MEMBERS

     

    Due to not having a Quorum for the September 11, 2021, Regular Monthly Meeting there will not be any minutes for the Month of September.

     

    The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting for October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 AM.

     

    We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Safety Director, and Editor to permanently fill the positions. We will also be voting on the merger with the Evans WV PO and its RMPOs. Both will be held at the October 16, 2021, monthly meeting at 8:00AM.

     

    The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave.

    Charleston, WV 25302

     

    There will be a $25.00 door prize.

    The bonus drawing is $325.00.

     

    ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND


    Vaccination Mandates by President Biden

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    By Apwu133,

    Subject: Vaccination Mandates by President Biden

     

    On September 9, 2021, the White House released two Executive Orders on vaccinations for COVID-19.  

    The Executive Orders on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees and on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors do not expressly apply to Postal Service Employees.  

    In addition, in his remarks delivered by President Joe Biden, he stated, “…tonight, I’m announcing that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.” 

    Until this emergency rule is developed, the APWU will not know if it applies to Postal Service employees. Once the emergency rule is released it will be reviewed and discussed with our attorneys and additional information on how it applies will be released. 

    As the APWU has continually stated, all employees are encouraged to wear face coverings at work and are encouraged to voluntarily receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

     

    Vance Zimmerman

    Industrial Relations Director

    American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

    1300 L Street, NW

    Washington, DC  20005-4128


    Special Election

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    By Apwu133,

    ATTENTION MEMBERS

    Of the

    Charleston Area

    Local #133

     

    Important Announcement

     

     

    President Craig Brown has appointed Kayla Cuppy as Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Kelton Fields as Safety Director and Tim Thompson as Editor.

     

    We will be having an election for Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Safety Director, and Editor to permanently fill the positions at the October 16, 2021, monthly meeting at 8:00AM.


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