Web News Article #: 151-2016
07/23/2016 – The new contract between the APWU and USPS can now be viewed online. Click here to view the text. The 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement is the result of a decision issued by Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg on July 8. A printed copy will be mailed to APWU members within six weeks.
“This contract is the result of a two-year struggle for “Good Service! Good Jobs! Contract Now!” by APWU officers and members – at the negotiating table and arbitration hearings as well as on the workroom floor and in our communities,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
“We refused to engage in another round of concessionary bargaining. We made significant progress on most of our major goals. We are stronger as a result of these efforts.
“We improved conditions for career and non-career employees – including Full-Time Regulars, Part-Time Flexibles and Postal Support Employees. We gained wage increases in each year of our new 40-month union contract. We protected full cost-of-living-allowances (COLAs) for all career employees. We defended, and even enhanced, our no lay-off protection for all career employees. We gained new job security provisions, including new limits on sub-contracting of MVS and retail work, and on further plant consolidations and closings. We have better defined full-time work, created an all-career workforce in two of our crafts, strengthened career conversion opportunities for PSEs and protected the 50-mile limit on excessing.
“And we successfully resisted almost all of management’s concessionary demands – proposals for another new tier of lower-paid career employees, an increase in the non-career PSE workforce, elimination of COLA and weakening of no lay-off protection.
“These are major accomplishments. I applaud the role every APWU member played by proudly belonging to the APWU. Many APWU members played a direct part and I salute them all – the officers who participated in negotiations and arbitration; the witnesses, including many rank-and-file union members, who testified; the local and state leaders who helped keep members informed and mobilized, and the members who showed solidarity by wearing union buttons, stickers and T-shirts. Many shared our message with their friends, families and neighbors, and we received great support from our allies in the labor movement and beyond,” Dimondstein said.
“I am pleased that the APWU is able to make this electronic version of the full union contract available to you so soon after the Interest Arbitration Award. Please use it well as an important weapon in the fight for workplace justice – for the more members know and enforce their rights, the stronger we will all be.”