APWU: New MS-1 Settlement and Implementation

August 12, 2019
On Aug. 8, the Maintenance Craft reached a settlement with the USPS regarding Handbook MS-1, TL-5 and TL-6 Revisions and Related Maintenance Management Orders, originally grieved by current Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun.

On Sept. 13, 2017, Arbitrator Goldberg remanded the MS-1 revisions case nos. Q10T-4Q-C-14171644/ Q10T-4Q-C-16481407 back to the APWU and USPS for resolution, directing the Postal Service to provide the APWU with all data and data analysis collected by the Postal Review Team.

The new settlement designates that maintenance work in stations and branches transitioning to Field Maintenance Operations (FMO) as a result of MS-1/TL-6 will continue to be performed by the employees currently performing those duties.

It also stipulates that:

When attrition at the installation results in a staffing level below the authorized complement, management may determine the occupational group of the employee(s) that will continue to perform the work in the stations and branches… due to the transferring of maintenance work of stations and branches from plant maintenance to FMO, the FMO authorized staffing may increase in order to provide maintenance for the stations and branches. For FMO staffing increases that exceed the available plant LDC 37…those positions shall be posted and filled under the FMO in accordance with Article 38 and the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM).

The Postal Service will publish the final versions of MS-1 TL 6 and MMOs on Aug. 8, 2019.

Click here to see the full settlement on Q10T-4Q-C-14171644/ Q10T-4Q-C-16481407.

Register today for MS 1 TL5/TL 6 Settlement and Implementations on Monday Aug 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Source: American Postal Workers Union

2 thoughts on “APWU: New MS-1 Settlement and Implementation

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Houston 0185
    Office held, if any
    Maintenance Craft Director 2010-2016
    Email Address

    This was a big loss for the Maintenance Craft and as a result the positions will be lost as attrition occurs. We all know allowing USPS to determine what occupational group will continue to perform the work in question at stations and branches will not benefit our craft and result in numerous grievances. This is in no way a settlement it a loss for our craft.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Minot Local 157
    Office held, if any
    Maintenance Steward
    Email Address

    How would this affect a maintenance capable office? If our complement level dips due to attrition ETs could become MM7s? Do current maintenance capable offices become Field Maintenance Offices? What does that mean? We travel to different offices depending on need? Please give examples?

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *