APWU Web News Article 87-2012, July 23, 2012
The newly updated Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is now available, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris has announced. The APWU and USPS finalized the 2012 JCIM on July 13.
The JCIM is intended to be a resource for the local administration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It provides mutually-agreed to explanations of how to apply the contract to the issues addressed.
When disputes arise, the local parties should first go to the JCIM to determine whether the dispute is addressed and, if it is, the parties are required to resolve the dispute in accordance with this manual, Morris said.
“There is a lot of new material this year,” Morris noted, “because of the numerous changes we made to the National Agreement during negotiations in 2010 and 2011.”
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