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October 15, 2019

Interest Arbitration: APWU Presents Support Service Craft and Replies to USPS Financial Argument

Today, Tuesday, October 15, the APWU presented more of their case to the Arbitration Board.

October 11, 2019

Interest Arbitration: A Second Day of USPS Witnesses Testimony

Today, we heard testimony from the USPS’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. The testimony included...

October 10, 2019

Interest Arbitration Update: Management’s Financial Presentations

Today, management made presentations on pattern bargaining, comparability of job classifications between USPS and...

October 8, 2019

Dimondstein Re-Elected National President

APWU President Mark Dimondstein was elected to a third term on Oct. 8. Also re-elected were Executive Vice President...

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

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