APWU: Important Arbitration Win in Fight Against Plant Closures and Consolidations


Web News Article #: 225-2015
apwu_npmhu_logo12/04/2015 – Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled on Dec. 3, 2015, that the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union may now go forward with their Step 4 grievances challenging the Postal Service’s decision to close or consolidate approximately 82 mail processing facilities starting January of 2015. The grievances had contended that the consolidations violated the PO-408 Handbook, Closures and Consolidations Area Mail Processing (AMP) Guidelines.

The USPS challenged the grievances stating the PO-408 was not a handbook covered by . The arbitrator agreed that the PO-408 has a direct relationship with “wages, hours or working conditions” and the hearing on the merits can go forward.

The hearing took place on April 6, 2015, brought forth by the NPMHU with the APWU as an intervenor.

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Debby Szeredy

APWU President Mark Dimondstein pointed to “the great work and preparation that the National Mail Handlers Union put forth as well as the essential efforts by the APWU team led by case officer Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy.”

Szeredy noted, “This is an enormous win, and we are now eager to get the merits heard before any further consolidations occur.”

Source: Important Arbitration Win in Fight Against Plant Closures and Consolidations | APWU

See: NPMHU Prevails in First Phase of National Arbitration Challenging Proposed Closings and Consolidations

3 thoughts on “APWU: Important Arbitration Win in Fight Against Plant Closures and Consolidations

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Saginaw 486-487 Area Local, Saginaw, MI 48605
    Office held, if any
    Past Treasurer of the Saginaw 486-487 Area Local

    The APWU never believed for a moment that plant consolidations would benefit the Postal Service! All that consolidation has done, is delay the mail!

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    MidHudsonAreaLocal #3722
    Office held, if any
    Chief Steward

    Great Job by all! Congratulations and thank you! Deb, your commitment to our cause is what keeps us going.

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