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Union Label & Service Trades Dept, AFL-CIO

Cover of the Jan/Feb 2021 Newsletter....

 

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New Mystery Contract Now in Full Effect

Article written by Maintenance Craft Director, Jim Cook

 

Maybe, just maybe management will give us a copy of the new mystery agreement they have.  Apparently they are conducting operations from a bargaining agreement that none of us has ever seen.
 
In maintenance, in the past two months, management has taken the unilateral action of forcing people out of their bid, throwing them off onto another tour, or different N/S days, or making them Area Maintenance Technicians, all without posting anything for bid.
 
This is one sweet contract that management got.  I wonder who negotiated this thing?  What power they have now!  Hey I have an idea… Since they can now take the unilateral action and just put anyone wherever they want, whether they like it or not, why don’t we just go ahead and scrap the entire bidding process?  
 
I mean, since we are not using it in accordance with the JCIM page 274, where it says The order for filling vacant maintenance positions is through the appropriate PAR and PER, which MUST be exhausted before considering other options. 
 
It sure would make life easier.  Just think, you don’t have to concern yourself with seniority or N/S days, Bid Sheets, or anything of the sort.  No Siree.  You just come to work, grovel up to your vastly superior supervisor, and beg like a dog.

Contract Update

Don’t Let the Postal Service Take Your Pulse!

WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
39-2019

05/21/2019 - It is that time of the year when the Postal Service wants to take your pulse!  Like previous years, the 2018 Postal Pulse survey showed the USPS what we already knew: Your work environment is not good; your supervisors treat you poorly and morale is low. The mean score changed by less than one-tenth of a point—suggesting nothing has changed at the Post Office. One statistic that trended in the right direction in the APWU’s opinion, was employee participation in the survey.  It went down from 46% in 2017 to 42% in 2018.  The APWU’s goal is a zero-participation rate.

The APWU implores you once again:  Do not participate in the 2019 Postal Pulse Survey.  You are probably being flooded with emails, postcards to your home, stand-up talks, posters on time clocks, and other tactics to try to get you to take the survey. 

So, what has the Postal Service done in the last year? Have things improved since the survey was first put out and found that the USPS ranked low in every category? The reality is, the steps the Postal Service took to make the workplace “more engaging” are meaningless. You still have difficult supervisors and you are having more demanded of you, putting your health and safety at risk. Staff is being reduced, people are being excessed and morale is being decimated.

And now, in 2019, the survey is being pushed immediately before the APWU will begin interest arbitration with the Postal Service to establish a contract.  There is more than a good chance that the results of this survey will be utilized, as has been done previously, in interest arbitration against you.