for bargaining in bad faith…
Overview of National President’s Conference by APWU Southwest Florida President Sam Wood:
Here are my notes from the National President’s Conference in no particular order. I did my best documenting this information. Please beware that the information may not be 100% accurate, but is the best I could do with information flowing quickly. (note: a couple of paragraphs were taken out)
The NPC Passed a Resolution for a National Rally in the Washington (November, 2011) on USPS Issues.
The NPC Passed a resolution unanimously asking for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe for not bargaining in good faith (not wanting to stand by what was agreed to in Collective Bargaining) and attempting to dismantle the USPS. The NPC also discussed the PMG wanting to take away the No Lay-Off Clause after it was negotiated. APWU President Cliff Guffey stated that he believes the PMG ought to resign but wants to keep focusing Congress (House of Representatives) and the laws that are passed, because the law passed could control what happens to our negotiated language (H.R. 2309 would strip our Collective Bargaining Rights, and what has been negotiated). Our members need to continue communicating with their members of congress and keep on them concerning H.R. 1351. Guffey has daily morning meetings with his staff concerning issues facing our membership.
The NPC discussed how the new Motor Vehicle Jobs (said to be approximately 4000 jobs and possibly a lot more) would affect locals and/or private sector union members who are currently organized in certain areas of the country performing MVS work. How this affects local’s attempting to get work in their area. MVS Director Bob Pritchard reported that there are approximately 8000 MVS routes to review. The spreadsheet for the MVS Jobs should be on the Motor Vehicle page of the APWU website next week. Mike Morris reported that there are 600 MVS jobs already agreed to, those jobs were the most Motor Vehicle Craft work returned to the APWU since 1970.
The NPC discussed jurisdictional issues for smaller offices. Who represents them (Locals or States), and it seemed like the consensus was that whoever can best help these smaller offices should do it.
The NPC passed a resolution combining the NPC with Craft Conferences so local’s could save money and more local President’s could attend these meetings.
The NPC discussed improper conversions of PTF’s and PTR’s into NTFT positions back in August. Mike Morris reported that the first two National Disputes on the 2010-2015 contract are scheduled to be heard in arbitration on December 13, and 14, 2011. These two disputes will be on: 1) Retreat Rights (Excessing) 2) Unencumbered PTF/PTR employees who were improperly converted in August to NTFT schedules. January should bring two more to be arbitrated 3) Consecutive Days Off 4) NTFT’s in function 5 and 7. These and the other 4 cases will be arbitrated or may be settled prior to arbitration.
The NPC discussed how to fight management’s attempt to use CSV hours and challenge them using “All Available Hours”. Robert Johnson, Greater Connecticut Area Local did a great job explaining the “Weekly Summary” report and using the past work hour and overtime usage against management wanting to use their (CSV hours) wish hours. Using these numbers will help fight cutting hours in offices utilizing NTFT Duty Assignments.
The NPC discussed Local Negotiations and what other locals did and how changes may or may not affect their locals.
The NPC discussed AMP Studies, consolidations & closures.President Guffey reported that of the possible 252 Plant Closings, 68% would be beyond the 50 mile excessing limit. The USPS would be forced to pay these employees stand-by time if those Plants were to close, because employees can not be moved over the 50 miles. The APWU will not agree to extending the 50 mile rule (could agree in few instances of very close to the 50 mile radius, if certain conditions are met). Mike Morris reported that it is agreed by the parties that the 50 mile radius is 1) Plant to Plant 2) Plant to Main Office (The measurement will be whatever the shortest driving distance, no rounding rule). President Guffey stated that the USPS has been busing some employees around the country for as many as 1 1/2 hours to work their remaining work hours in other facilities. The 1 1/2 hour travel time is on the clock. Other areas are paying employees mileage and travel time from their homes to go to work in other facilities.
President Guffey reported that there were 9300 employees converted to Full Time status in August. The USPS informed the APWU that 85% of these employees continued to work the hours they were working prior to being converted, but were paying out of schedule premium due to the employees being improperly converted to NTFT schedules.
President Guffey stated that early out incentives will not be agreed on by the APWU unless the APWU retains the work in those installations. Those wanting to retire soon should wait, there may be incentive coming in the near future.
President Guffey stated that the APWU will be going after every ounce of work that was lost in the past to other Crafts and Management. Will also seek to replace Postmasters with Clerks.
President Guffey stated that the SPBS upgrade work was awarded to the Clerk Craft. This is the 1st time in 15 years that new work has been awarded to the Clerk Craft.
Mike Morris also reported that last week the Maintenance Craft received their 1st 50 jobs returned to the Maintenance Craft. There are 1500 jobs to be returned to the Maintenance Craft and will be coming back in groups of 50 or 60 at a time.
Mike Morris reported on the 860 EAS Jobs to be returned to the Clerk Craft from the AMS Audits. 77 of these jobs have been identified so far and will be returned to the Clerk craft.
Mike Morris stated that next week there will be changes to the online APWU Search Program for arbitration awards. The site will be more user friendly and make it easier to find important cases with the best language to use for each situation. Will be categories of “Director’s Picks”. There will also be changes to Grievance Forms online and will be more tech friendly (automated forms that can be filled out online).
New Contracts are done and will be out within weeks (covers will be in red). JCIM’s should be out in Spring 2012.
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