From: Lamont Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: June 24, 2022
Subject: Telework Program Twelve Month Pilot MOUs for Customer Care Center Clerks, Customer Retention Team Clerks, and Mailing Requirement Clerks at MSSC
On June 24, 2022, APWU Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks and the Postal Service signed two agreements that will allow Mailing Requirements Clerks (MRCs) and Customer Retention Team/Customer Care Center Clerks (CRTs/CCCs) to telework from their homes for a 12-month period, beginning on this date. These are two separate MOUs and contain lengthy explanations and requirements. Affected clerks should ensure that they refer to the MOU relevant to their job.
APWU President Mark Dimondstein congratulated the Clerk Craft on negotiating these MOUs, calling them “an historic achievement which protects this work from being contracted out during the life of this Collective Bargaining Agreement”. Director Brooks stated, “We heard loud and clear the desire of these members to perform telework from their homes, but we had to protect our work from being contracted out and the physical facilities where these duties have been traditionally performed. We accomplished that with these agreements”.
Brooks also cautioned, “As Director, I had my concerns about agreeing to this pilot program. We will not continue this program if it’s not in the best interests of our membership and I will not be swayed by personal opinions or desires”. He continued, “I want to thank Assistant Directors Lynn Pallas-Barber and Sam Lisenbe for their vital input and suggestions in reaching these agreements”.
The MOU allows both the APWU and USPS to opt out of the program with a ninety (90) day written notice to the other party.
We encouraged the Employer and the employees to put forward their best effort to make these Pilot MOUs a success, in the best of the Postal Service and the clerks.
Please disseminate to the field.
In union solidarity, the struggle continues.
Lamont A. Brooks
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO