APWU: Contract mediation begins on 10.06.2015 – representatives of the APWU and the USPS held an introductory meeting on June 9 with officials from the Federal Media Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to begin mediation on a new collective agreement. Mark Dimondstein, APWU President, Director of Industrial Relations Tony McKinnon and his staff met with […] Subject to ratification by the members, the preliminary IT/ADR agreement extends by eighteen months the collective agreement that expired on 20 January 2019. Negotiations have been ongoing since October 2018. Answer: I thought the preliminary agreement was great for job security (according to surveys, the main concern of our members) and good for your paperback. It was certainly worth your vote to decide what was in your own interest. The postal service ended without an agreement on 27 May. The USPS sank any prospect of agreement by insisting on severe cuts to wages and social benefits, while progress had been made on many non-economic issues, President Mark Dimondstein […] The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have entered into preliminary terms for collective agreements (BCAs) for the National Professional Postal Nurses (NPPN) contract and information technology/accounting services (IT/AS) contracts, said Steve Brooks, director of support services. "This relatively short-term extension offers some benefits, including improvements to the working rule now, with a quick return to negotiations in early 2020 for a longer-term agreement, if the postal service can turn its full attention to IT/AS.
We see this in everyone`s interest," Director Brooks said. We rejected management`s unacceptable salary proposals for the second year and opted in September 2019 for a "wage burden" (not unusual for union contracts). If a collective agreement were concluded for the second year, it would be sent to ratification of membership. In the absence of an agreement, only the compensation package for the second year would be resolved in an interest rate arbitration procedure, thus cleverly avoiding jeopardising job security, rights and other benefits. Mark Dimondstein, president of the APWU, announced that the union and the postal service have agreed to extend negotiations on a new collective agreement by 30 days. Our current union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours and working conditions of 200,000 postal workers. . . .