via Tony D. McKinnon, Sr.
Director, Industrial Relations
May 5, 2014
Extension of Time Limits on Grievances and Appeals to Arbitration
that would expire between July 14, 2014 through August 1, 2014
Enclosed you will find confirmation on the agreement reached with the Postal Service regarding time limit extensions for all grievances and appeals to arbitration during the above referenced time period.
The APWU requested the extension of time limits due to the APWU’s National Convention taking place during the third and fourth weeks of July 2014. During this time period all national officers, and many local stewards and officers from around the country will be attending the National Convention and/or the convention workshops and craft conferences in Chicago, Illinois. We have made similar requests during previous national conventions.
Time Limit Extension
The parties agreed that for all grievances and appeals to arbitration, where time limits would expire during the period of July 14 to August 1, 2014, time limits for filing and/or appealing will be extended for a period of 19 days beyond those specified in the National Agreement.
Suspension of 14 Days or Less
In addition, suspensions that would otherwise be served because no grievance had been filed within 14 days or because no appeal had been filed to the next step of the grievance arbitration procedure (pursuant to the enclosed Article 16.4 – MOU) will be deferred for the 19 day extension period.
Furthermore, no arbitration cases will be scheduled between July 14 and August 1, 2014.