APWU: Arbitration Hearing Begins on Schedules of New Full-Timers

An arbitration hearing began on Dec. 13, 2011, on the first two of several disputes that arose when management incorrectly implemented new provisions of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The disputes involve the placement of newly converted full-time employees into non-traditional schedules, and the denial of retreats rights to Clerk Craft employees on posted Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments in their former installations.

The contract, which was ratified by union members in May, required the Postal Service to convert to full time all Clerk Craft part-time flexibles in Level 21-and-above offices and all part-time regulars, regardless of the size of their office. It also required management to convert all part-time flexibles and part-time regulars in the Motor Vehicle Craft, effective Aug. 27, 2011.

In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the newly converted regulars should have been placed in residual vacancies or given schedules of five 8-hour days. Instead, management placed most of the employees into newly-created NTFT assignments, many of them with just 30 hours of work per week. This was improper, because the NTFT positions had not been posted for bid, so they were not residual vacancies. Residual vacancies are positions that remain vacant after the completion of a voluntary bidding cycle.

The union is asking the arbitrator to correct the contract violations by making all affected employees “whole” and instructing management to assign affected unencumbered/unassigned workers to schedules of five 8-hour days. We will report on the arbitrator’s decision as soon as we receive it.


source: USPS Announces Moratorium on Post Office, Plant Closures;

Arbitration Hearing Begins on Schedule of New Full-Timers


7 thoughts on “APWU: Arbitration Hearing Begins on Schedules of New Full-Timers

  1. I pray the arbitrator sees the damage the USPS has done to many of it’s employees! I know the USPS will never see the light, so my (our) only hope is to pray that the arbitrator assigned to this case is reasonable and can see through the smokescreen that management puts out. This is a premeditated attack on postal employees. I pray that the supervisors, managers and postmasters that are currently doing these evil deeds to their employees will soon be in the same boat – just so they can see what it feels like! ANYBODY who thinks that they are “safe” or “untouchable” better think again. I am campaigning for the firing of the current PMG, and FINALLY somebody is starting to listen! No one is immune from being axed. You are all deluding yourselves if you think you are.

  2. That is just one example of who is running the P.O.
    Friendship and Kendship is how most of them got into Management!

  3. APWU depends on this arbitrator saving them from the mess they agreed to in order to save face with the lemmings and keep dem dues a rolling in !

  4. Union officials asked PTF members to approve a contract that states they will have a bid status of newly created positions or else become FTR unassigned status. In part, the contract passed based upon these facts.
    Unfortunately, management did not follow these procedures, in turn disrupting the transition of valued empoyees over the past 120 days with assigned NTFT positions less than 40hrs and often six day schedules.
    An arbitrator can read for themselves the articles in question and make these employees 40hr/five day unassigned workforce retroactive to either the signing of the contract or the August deadline.

  5. “…when management incorrectly implemented new provisions…”
    Contentious contract (law) breakers to the very end: all to justify their bullying behavior disguised as a job.

  6. Maneement didn’t incorrectly implement anything that wasn’t agreed to by the APWU and ratified by their lemmings. Given the uproar by the lemmings and threats of occupation via a sunami of PS 1188s, the APWU did what they do best when they agree to stupid things…they defelect attention and anger via the filing of grievances. Leave it up to the arbitrator – that way they can explain to the lemmings that “we did what we could and filed grievances.” But…keeping paying dem dues and prepare for the dues increase a comin!

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