About the Industrial Relations Department

The Director of Industrial Relations is charged with responsibility for labor management, national negotiations, mechanization, safety and health for all divisions of the union, and the administration of the collective bargaining agreement.

The Industrial Relations Department's responsibilities and duties include the following activities:

  • Administration of the contract negotiation process
  • Interpretation and application of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (specifically Articles 1 through 36)
  • Appointment and payment of arbitrators
  • National-level grievances and disputes
  • Compliance with arbitration awards
  • Safety and Health
  • Appeals to the "Administrative Dispute Resolution Process" (e.g., Step Promotion, Lump Sum, National Level Settlement)
  • Family Medical Leave Act appeals and related issues
  • Unfair Labor Practice charges
  • Legal issues such as Privacy Act, Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) law and procedure, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Veterans Preference Act
  • Collective Bargaining Reports (CBRs)
  • Administration of computerized systems concerning the grievance-arbitration process and other provisions of the National Agreement through APWU Search, the Arbitration Payment and Scheduling System (APSS), the Step 3 Case Administration System (Step 3 CAS) and the Step 4 Case Administration System (Step 4 CAS)
  • Tracking and reporting on the Consumer Price Index
  • Research of arbitration, court and administrative decisions

President Dimondstein Signs Annual Leave Exchange and Annual Leave Carryover MOUs

In addition to the extension of the COVID-19 MOUs, President Dimondstein signed off on the two additional MOUs: one that allows for the increased annual leave carry over from leave year 2022 to leave year 2023 and one that allows for additional annual leave exchange prior to leave year 2023.  Click to view the MOUs

Latest News from the Industrial Relations Department

May 24, 2023

Workers Memorial Day - Standing Up Against Hostile Work Environment

pril 28 was a great day for the American Postal Workers Union! The day, recognized by the Labor Movement as Workers...

May 5, 2023

2024 Annual Leave Exchange and Carryover MOU

As with previous years, the Postal Service has agreed to increase the maximum number of hours career employees may...

April 21, 2023

Direct Deposit Allotments and Net-to-Bank Transactions Online Again Through LiteBlue/PostalEase

One April 21, 2023, 9 pm central time (7 pm pacific, 8 pm Mountain, 10 pm Eastern), employees will, once again, have...

March 16, 2023

Know Your Rights At Work!

One of the basic rights you have in the Postal Service is the right to meet with a steward if your contractual rights...

Previously Adopted Labor Management Resolutions 2012-2018

The previously adopted labor management resolutions passed the delegates to the national conventions up through 2018 has been posted. This resource should be used by state and local organizations when preparing convention resolutions for submission.

You can access the document here: Previously Adopted Labor Management Resolutions 2012-2018 | American Postal Workers Union (apwu.org)

Protecting LiteBlue from Cyber Criminals: Multifactor Authentication Required After January 15

APWU national officers are continuing to advocate for members who have had had their wages stolen in the recent online fraud attack on USPS systems. Below is an update on management’s introduction of multifactor authentication (MFA) for LiteBlue log ins.

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