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APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract
The American Postal Workers Union ^ | March 14, 2011 | The American Postal Workers Union

Posted on 03/14/2011 4:48:52 PM PDT by mdittmar

The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, union President Cliff Guffey announced today.

“Despite the fact that the Postal Service is on the edge of insolvency, the union and management have reached an agreement that is a ‘win-win,’ proposition,” he said.

“Throughout the bargaining process, the union has sought to negotiate a contract that would be fair to our members and that would enable the USPS to succeed in the future,” he said.  “The tentative agreement accomplishes those goals.

“The new contract will safeguard jobs, protect retirement and healthcare benefits, and provide a 3.5 percent wage increaseover the life of the contract. The first raise will be in November 2012,” Guffey said.

No Layoffs, Limits on Excessing

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which will expire on May 20, 2015, retains protection against layoffs for all career employees who were on the rolls as of Nov. 20, 2010, when the current contract was scheduled to expire.

“Avoiding layoffs was a top priority,” Guffey said, noting that more than 100,000 postal jobs have been eliminated in the last three years.

The contract also includes provisions that will return to postal employees a significant amount of work that had been outsourced or assigned to managerial personnel. “This will strengthen job security for our members while it saves the Postal Service money,” the union president said.

The agreement limits excessing outside of an installation or craft to no more than 40 miles from the installation in most cases and to no more than 50 miles in any case. If management cannot place employees within 50 miles, the parties will jointly determine what steps may be taken.

“These restrictions will ease the hardship of excessing, which in recent years has forced thousands of APWU members to sell their homes, uproot their families, and move hundreds of miles away from their communities,” Guffey said. 

There will be no changes to the healthcare benefits of APWU members in 2012. Each year from 2013 through 2016 there will be a slight shift in employees’ share of contributions toward healthcare coverage. This will amount to an increase of several dollars per pay period each year. (Similar changes were made in the last contract.)

New Scales, New Category

A new, entry-level salary will be added to the pay scale for future employees in Levels 3 through 8.

Casuals and Transitional Employees will be eliminated as a workforce category. To provide the USPS with flexibility, the parties agreed to create a new position for Non-Career Assistants, who will comprise up to 20 percent of workforce in most functional areas in the Clerk Craft and up to 10 percent in both the Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts.

These employees will be paid lower wages than career employees, but higher wages than Transitional Employees and Casuals. They will be part of the APWU bargaining unit and will receive raises, health benefits, and leave. Non-Career Assistants will have access to the grievance procedure, and they will have the opportunity to join the ranks of the permanent, career workforce by seniority. 

“The Postal Service’s desperate financial situation made these negotiations especially hard,” Guffey said. “But we have reached a tentative agreement that will enable the USPS and its employees to get past these difficult days.

"The USPS economic crisis is caused by an unreasonable requirement that the agency pre-fund the healthcare benefits of future retirees — a burden no other private company or government agency bears,” he continued. “Correcting that inequity is essential to restoring long-term stability to the Postal Service.

“I call on union members to join together to meet with their legislators and urge them to correct this inequity so that we are not forced to bargain under these circumstances again,” Guffey said.

“I want to thank the members of the union’s negotiating team for their outstanding work,” Guffey said, “and, most importantly, I want to thank the members of the APWU for their ongoing support.”

Member Ratification

In accordance with the union’s constitution, a majority of the members of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee must approve the agreement before it can be sent to union members for a ratification vote. The committee will supervise balloting.


Highlights of the New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Below are key components of the tentative agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union for the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The four-and-half year contract, which will expire at midnight on May 20, 2015, must be ratified by members of the APWU.

Wages

There will be across-the-board pay increases of 3.5 percent over the life of the contract.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Cost-of-living increases will continue and will be “back-loaded.” COLAs for 2011 were waived, and  COLAs for 2012 are deferred until 2013.

New Entry-Level Steps

Additional steps will be added to the pay scale for new employees in Levels 3through 8, with lower starting salaries. Future employees will progress through the new steps onto the current pay scale, but will not be eligible to progress to the current top step.

Health Benefits

There will be no changes to the healthcare benefits of APWU members in 2012. Each year from 2013 through 2016 there will be a slight shift in employees’ share of contributions toward healthcare coverage. This will amount to an increase of several dollars per pay period each year. (Similar changes were made in the last contract.)

Limits on Excessing

Jobs and Job Security

Jobs in the Clerk Craft

Jobs in the Maintenance Craft

Jobs in the Motor Vehicle Craft

New, Non-Traditional Positions

Small Offices

Level 20 offices and above - No bargaining work by supervisors allowed

Level 18 offices - 18 hours per week

Level 15 and 16 offices - 25 hours per week

Bidding

Employees will enjoy unlimited bidding on jobs that do not require training or a deferment period. Such bids will not count toward an employee’s allowed number of bids.

Light & Limited Duty

The union’s proposals regarding light- and limited-duty positions will proceed to arbitration. Our proposals are intended to protect seniority rights and to provide fair opportunities for accommodation for employees that need it


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KEYWORDS: post; postal; postalservice; postoffice; usps
“Despite the fact that the Postal Service is on the edge of insolvency, the union and management have reached an agreement that is a ‘win-win,’ proposition,” he said.

Well, that's got to be the quote of the day;)

1 posted on 03/14/2011 4:48:54 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Funny, for people (taxpayers) who rely on USPS, it’s lose-lose.


2 posted on 03/14/2011 5:01:55 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: mdittmar

What about overtime rules? Are they just as convoluted, more convoluted, or less?

As it stands, our overtime rules are about as complex as the federal tax code. I’d like some simplicity.


3 posted on 03/14/2011 5:11:56 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: Crazieman

So, with electronic mail and UPS or FedEx for packages, who needs these bastards anyway?


4 posted on 03/14/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: boop
Funny, for people (taxpayers) who rely on USPS, it’s lose-lose.

We can't get the bums to deliver our mail once the ground turns white. 7 mail deliveries since first of January. Screw the Postal nonWorkers.

5 posted on 03/14/2011 5:20:24 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

You don’t. I’m horrifically overpaid, I wouldn’t pay someone more than ten bucks an hour for what I do. And I make many times that.

But hey, I’m a greedy capitalist and once it ceases to work for me, I’ll be off elsewhere. Personally, I need to leave the job ASAP because I can feel it sapping my work ethic. People actually get mad at you if you work too hard.


7 posted on 03/14/2011 5:27:07 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Well Wally, obviously you are unaware that the USPS already delivers a significant amount of UPS and FEDEX packages that those 2 companies find not profitable to deliver. That’s right, they back their trucks right up to the USPS dock to off load packages to be delivered by USPS. Whooda thunk Huh?


8 posted on 03/14/2011 6:17:58 PM PDT by ltrman61
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To: boop

a 3.5% pay increase over the life of the contract? How excessive!! Don’t most employees get that in 1 year?


9 posted on 03/14/2011 6:21:25 PM PDT by ltrman61
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To: mdittmar

How much do they earn now?


10 posted on 03/14/2011 6:25:28 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: ltrman61

>That’s right, they back their trucks right up to the USPS dock to off load packages to be delivered by USPS. Whooda thunk Huh?

Which is because the USPS has so little package delivery to do now that they prostitute their time on the backs of the taxpayers!
Never heard of Make Work and the New Deal??
How else would those union workers be able to claim paychecks?

That is exactly what the USPS is!


11 posted on 03/14/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Exactly - and note post #11


12 posted on 03/14/2011 6:33:40 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: mdittmar

Fire them all!

I am sick and tired of having things stolen in the mail. I am sick and tired of nasty $80,000 a year clerks snarling at me when I try to buy stamps.

Fire them all!


13 posted on 03/14/2011 6:36:16 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: boop

>Funny, for people (taxpayers) who rely on USPS, it’s lose-lose.<

I went to the downtown LA post office and during lunch time, ONE clerk was processing the mail at the counter.

ONE.

During lunch time...the line was 20...with 8 counters. It was freakin unbelievable.


14 posted on 03/14/2011 7:18:25 PM PDT by max americana
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To: bill1952

Ummmm..taxpayers haven’t financed the USPS since 1974..but ignorance is bliss ehh?


15 posted on 03/15/2011 9:10:32 AM PDT by ltrman61
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To: Freee-dame

Not as much as UPS and FEDEX drivers do.


16 posted on 03/15/2011 9:13:48 AM PDT by ltrman61
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To: ladyjane

Including the large number of veterans who work at USPS who risked their lives and served their country so you could have the freedom to post assinine posts.


17 posted on 03/15/2011 9:16:43 AM PDT by ltrman61
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To: Big Giant Head

FYI ping.


18 posted on 03/15/2011 9:34:31 AM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: ltrman61

Obviously you work for the post office.

Are you aware of how much mail is stolen every day? Are you aware of how nasty some of your co-workers are? Maybe you’re one of them - given that you call other people’s posts assinine.

Here is just one example from the other day: I was the only person in the post office. There were SIX! of your co-workers standing around gabbing. All of a sudden a few people came into the post office. All the “workers” (I use that term loosely) disappeared. When I left there were about 12 people in line and just one person at the the counter. The other five were out in back gabbing.

I’m sorry you have to work for such a miserable organization - but there are perks. You get to join a union, you get to work with some really unattractive people so you can feel superior, you make an average of 85k a year, and you get to keep all the $$$ you pilfer.

Does it sound like I have a very low opinion of the USPS? You’re right.


19 posted on 03/15/2011 9:36:22 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
I’m sorry you have to work for such a miserable organization - but there are perks. You get to join a union, you get to work with some really unattractive people so you can feel superior, you make an average of 85k a year, and you get to keep all the $$$ you pilfer.

Does it sound like I have a very low opinion of the USPS? You’re right.

I suppose you'd hate me then. I work for the USPS. I show up at 6:30 a.m. in a damned blizzard, deliver in less than 1/10th of a mile visibiliy, until there was over a foot of snow, and I was stuck for the twentieth time. But feel free to claim double what I make, and impugn ALL of us as a bunch of thieving bastards. Oh, did I mention I didn't join the union, and have no intentions of ever doing so?

I hereby invite you to come along someday and ride with me. Hopefully it will be sometime around Christmas when I'm working 10+ hours per day. I hope you can eat lunch while driving in the dust, mud, snow, heat and cold, because I don't stop or take breaks. Oh, can you change a tire? That'd be great.

I can change your attitude about the Postal Service in ONE DAY. Guaranteed.

20 posted on 03/17/2011 2:01:53 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: Big Giant Head

I suspect you are one of the minority decent, hard-working folks. I’ve had a couple of mail carriers who were like you. And I doubt I’d hate you. I admire you for your work ethic.

I’d invite you to come with me some day to deal with the counter people at the post office. They do not like dealing the public. They make that clear. They are rude and snarly. I saw a postal worker almost hit a woman once who was trying to buy stamps. A man intervened to prevent the attack.

I suspect you have no idea how bad it gets. I could tell you stories you wouldn’t believe.

BTW I had three things stolen in the mail in one six month period. Only had one ‘missing’ so far this year.


21 posted on 03/17/2011 5:31:38 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

You think I’m a minority? You must live in Chicago or something. I’d say the LARGE MAJORITY of us are honest hard-working, and you’re mischaracterizing the mass of us based on the few.


22 posted on 03/18/2011 2:56:09 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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