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Jun 29, 2022

Telework MOUs Agreed to for MRCs, Care Centers

June 25, 2022 

On June 24, 2022, APWU Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks and the Postal Service signed two agreements that will allow Mailing Requirement 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. 

The MOUs specify certain requirements for CCCs/CRTs and for MRCs that must be met in order to qualify for telework. Again, affected clerks should be careful to read the entirety of the relevant MOU to prevent any misunderstandings. For instance, MRCs must have been assigned to their duty station for at least six (6) months, beginning on the date they were named successful bidder, before they are eligible for telework. CCCs/CRTs must have completed all required training before reaching eligibility for the telework program. 

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. Both MOUs are linked to this article for easier access. 

Jun 21, 2022

Clerk Craft Telework MOU Extended Through July 1, 2022

June 16, 2022 

Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks reached an agreement with the Postal Service to extend the MOU, Re: Telework for Clerk Craft Employees at Customer Care Centers (CCCs), Customer Retention Teams (CRTs), and the Mailing Shipping Solution Center. The extension, dated June 10, 2022, was agreed to in an effort for the parties to attempt to reach agreement for additional time for telework for these and possibly other Clerk Craft employees.  

As the parties continue negotiations on this issue, Clerk Craft members will be notified in advance if an agreement is reached. A copy of the extension of the MOU is attached with this article. 


Jun 21, 2022

Parties Agree on Q&As to Clarify PTF, PSE, & NTFT Issues

June 16, 2022 

On June 8, 2022, the parties signed a set of Q&As that further explains the parties’ intent regarding certain contractual provisions of the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The Q&As clarify issues such as PSEs in Level 4 RMPOs receiving opportunities for promotion to career under the 24-month automatic conversion language, PTFs’ 4-hour (daily) and 24-hour (pay period) work guarantees, and Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) assignments, among other issues. 

A copy of the Q&As is attached with this article for easier access. Any questions related to these Q&As should be addressed to Lamont Brooks, APWU Clerk Craft Director. 


Jun 08, 2022

National Jurisdictional Award Issued over Universal Sorting System

May 27, 2022 

On May 24, 2022, Arbitrator Joseph M. Sharnoff issued a lengthy award on the APWU-NPMHU jurisdictional dispute over the Universal Sorting System (USS). Arbitrator Sharnoff upheld the Postal Service’s 2019 determination that all operations on the USS should be assigned to the Mail Handlers, except for the Scan Where You Band Operation which he determined to be properly assigned to the Clerk Craft.   

He again confirmed the “heavy burden” for the challenging Union to prove that the Postal Service acted in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable, and that the challenging Union did not meet the “heavy burden” that “the craft determination constituted an abuse of the Postal Service’s discretion.”  Arbitrator Sharnoff concluded that the Postal Service’s jurisdictional determination “for the work performed on the USS in favor of the Mail Handler Craft appropriately was based on the facts reasonably known to the USPS officials at the time they made these determinations.”  

The APWU put on several witnesses from the field over the course of 5 days of hearings.  The testimony established that despite being characterized as a machine that processes Non-Machinable Outsides (NMOs), the USS sorts and distributes a wide variety of parcels.   Further, we argued that the USS was an evolution of the Low Cost Universal Sorter (LCUS) and the High Speed Universal Sorter (HSUS) and that the Postal Service’s jurisdictional determination should be consistent with those machines—and that jurisdiction should be determined locally.  While acknowledging the validity of both arguments, Arbitrator Sharnoff still found that the Postal Service’s determination did not reach the high bar of being arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable.   

This was the third of four jurisdictional arbitrations presented to Arbitrator Sharnoff under the historic 2018 APWU-USPS-NPMHU RI-399 update agreement.  In the first two cases, the APWU has successfully defended Clerks continuing to work on the SPSS and the AFCS 200. Had the APWU prevailed in this case, additional work would have been added to the Clerk Craft as the USS had previously been assigned to Mail Handlers. Here, despite being unable to gain new work on the USS, this decision affirmed the Clerk Craft as the primary craft for the operation of automated Scan Where You Band units when attached to a USS. 

Clerk Division Director Lamont Brooks said, “Although we did not gain any additional work for the Clerk Craft in this case, we did continue to be successful in defending the work that has already been assigned to the craft—in this case we were able to hold on to the Scan Where You Band work.” He continued, “I want to thank the members of the RI-399 Committee, Assistant Director Lynn Pallas-Barber and Ron Suslak for all their hard work on this case and our witnesses from the field who testified on behalf of the APWU.” 

Jan 31, 2022

Canvass Process for PTFs and PSEs Made Easier in eReassign

January 28, 2022 

Step 7 and Section B.2 of the MOU, Re: Residual Vacancies – Clerk Craft, for residual vacancies and PTF vacancies will now be available on eReassign, effective February 1, 2022. Once implemented, PTFs and PSEs will have access to the canvassing process in eReassign. The APWU and Postal Service jointly shared the news of this improvement on January 27, 2022 by sending out separate notifications to their respective representatives.

The canvasses will open on the 1st and 15th of each month and will remain open for 10 days. Employees are to use their EIN and password to login to and search the My 50-Mile Canvass section. If offices are posted within a 50-mile radius of an employee’s current office, they will be allowed to apply for that specific canvass. At that point, the PTF and/or PSE will be able to apply and then be required to follow the remaining steps in eReassign to complete the process.

It should be noted that this canvass process is based on the current 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the provisions of the aforementioned MOU, which is on Pages 374-378. If the tentative CBA is approved by the membership, the negotiated changes to this MOU will then be implemented.

Jan 18, 2022

USPS/APWU Reach Final Remedy Settlement on Major Clerk Craft Jobs MOU National Dispute

January 14, 2022 

Clerk Division Director Lamont Brooks signed a settlement agreement to resolve the outstanding issue of the remedy in Case # Q10C-4Q-C 15174956. This issue remained pending based on the decision of Arbitrator Goldberg’s April 21, 2017 arbitration award. The parties were unable to resolve the remedy issue and the matter was rescheduled for January 19-20 2022 before Arbitrator Goldberg. As a result of the award, the Postal Service posted Level-7 Human Resources (HR) Clerk Craft and Training Technician duty assignments on September 17, 2017. The monetary portion of the award, the ripple effect, and the dispute over the Training Technician jobs posted for application remained unresolved.

This settlement agreement resolves those outstanding settlement issues.

“I congratulate Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks and everyone involved in the success of this case,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It is another important union victory in protecting Clerk Craft work and Clerk Craft jobs.”

“This settlement agreement enforces the rightful gain of the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement Clerk Craft Jobs MOU which required the Postal Service to create an additional eight hundred (800) administrative and technical jobs to the APWU bargaining unit”, stated Lamont Brooks. 

Brooks further stated, “It also provides for a minimum of an additional fifty-four (54) newly created duty assignments, involving various government service, which is essential to expanding the craft work opportunities, as it relates to new products and services.”

The settlement agreement memorializes the “ripple effect” issued by Goldberg dating back to August 1, 2013, grants out-of-schedule pay to the successful bidder or employees awarded the bids, make whole in pay levels differences, and a make whole remedy for PSE conversions to career. 

Some of the highlights of this settlement agreement are as follows:

1.    The monetary remedy for the Clerk Craft Jobs MOU will be administered at the national level. Within 14-days the USPS will provide the APWU with the list of employees who were awarded the HR Clerk and Training Technician duty assignments. This list will also include the successful bidders on subsequent vacancies up to an including PSE conversion.
2.    No later than 60 days the parties will identify the make-whole for those employees identified above.
3.    Any reversion grievances that were filed related to subsequent vacancies will be processed in accordance with Article 15. The parties at the national level will identify the appropriate payee and monetary remedy based on cases adjudicated in the Union’s favor.
4.    In accordance with Article 19 within 90 days, the USPS will create new Clerk Craft job descriptions and qualification standards related to handling various government services.
5.    The USPS will establish and post a minimum of 54 new duty assignments as agreed to in #4 above by 9/31/22.

“I would like to thank Assistant Clerk Division Director Lynn Pallas-Barber who was the officer assigned to the initial dispute, Assistant Clerk Division Director Sam Lisenbe, and Michael Barrett of the Buffalo Area Local for their valuable assistance,” stated Clerk Division Director, Lamont Brooks.

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