August 31, 2020
On August 28, the MVS craft initiated a National Step 4 Dispute contesting the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of work requirements related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Click here to view the dispute initiation letter: APWU Case Number HQTV20200376 Re. Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program.
Since May, the Union has been requesting information pertaining to the Postal Service’s new consent form entitled, “Consent for Limited Queries of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.” The USPS finally submitted a copy of the form to the Union on August 14, after its implementation. The Postal Service is requiring Motor Vehicle employees to sign a consent form as a term and/or condition of their continued employment. These changes and the new program significantly impact working conditions, which requires bargaining between the parties.
The Union was not consulted in the creation or implementation of the form, the program, or new requirement, all of which are clear violations of Article 1, Article 5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Local and Regional cases that are filed should be held in abeyance pending APWU Case Number HQTV20200376.
Source: American Postal Workers Union