APWU and USPS Reach Settlement to Protect Staffing
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the USPS reached a settlement May 25 to protect staffing. The agreement, which resolves case number Q06T-4Q-C 10269698, scheduled for this week, will prohibit the Postal Service from deducting square footage of floor space in developing a Building inventory.
According to the APWU, management began deducting square footage as a means to reduce staffing.
As part of the agreement, the Postal Service is required to inform USPS representatives and to have restored the deducted square feet of floor space within 30 days. This settlement does not permit “new” staffing packages to be created.
“Local management needs policing by local unions to ensure that the only adjustments made are in fact restoration of the square feet of deducted space,” said Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer.
The settlement also stipulates that local postal management take immediate action to restore any duty assignments established by the return of the deducted floor space. These duty assignments must be posted and filled within 60 days of the settlement, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.