Court Excludes Postal AMS Specialist Position From APWU Bargaining Unit

Postal Address Management Systems Specialist is EAS position

On August 7, 2007, the US District Court of the District of Columbia granted the USPS motion for summary judgment based on the NLRB’s clarification decision excluding the AMS Specialist position from the bargaining unit.

In short, the court ruled that the February 2007 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Award (that the AMS Specialist position is excluded from the bargaining unit) supersedes (based on “Superior Authority”) the arbitrator’s placement of the position and therefore makes that decision unenforceable.

This is another significant positive step toward closure and final resolution regarding the status of the EAS AMS Specialist position – very good news –Source: National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS)

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A short background of the case from APWU:  

The Snow award, dated April 29, 2003(Case No. Q94C-4Q-C98117564) sustained the union’s grievance challenging the exclusion of the AMS Specialist position from the bargaining unit. The NALC and the USPS petitioned the arbitrator to review his decision, but he passed away before responding to the parties’ motions.