The USPS 10-Year Plan: Impact on APWU Members and Collaborative Solutions

Yared Wonde

November 15, 2023

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The United States Postal Service is currently in the midst of a significant transformation: a 10-year plan aimed at modernizing its processing and delivery network. Central to this plan are the creation of Regional Processing and Distribution Centers (RPDCs) and the repurposing of some facilities. As a union official for the APWU, it’s crucial to examine how these changes will affect our members and emphasize our commitment to minimizing any adverse effects.

The Postal Service’s 10-year plan involves the establishment of 60 RPDCs across the country. These centers are strategically positioned to streamline mail processing and enhance the efficiency of mail delivery. For example, the Atlanta RPDC region now boasts a new facility in Palmetto, located in southwest metro Atlanta. Additionally, this region has seen the repurposing of four Local Processing Centers (LPCs) from previous Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs).

Undoubtedly, these sweeping changes have a profound impact on the employees represented by the APWU. It is essential to recognize the concerns and challenges that may arise for our members during this transition. The transformation of facilities and workflows can bring about shifts in job roles, work locations, and schedules. Workers may face uncertainty about our future roles within the Postal Service.

However, it’s important for APWU members to know that our union is committed to safeguarding your interests throughout this transformation. We are dedicated to upholding the provisions outlined in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), specifically Article 12, which outlines the process for impacted employees. The union will make sure that this process is followed correctly to protect the rights and well-being of our members.

Here are some key aspects of our approach:

  1. Communication: The APWU will ensure transparent and timely communication with our members, keeping them informed about changes, their rights, and any new opportunities that may arise.
  2. Enforcement of CBA: We will enforce the CBA rigorously. If there is a violation, we will take the necessary steps to ensure that our members’ rights are protected.
  3. Grievance Initiation: If the local union needs guidance or assistance, we encourage them to initiate a grievance in a timely manner. We will be there to provide support and reach out to the appropriate craft National Business Agents when necessary.
  4. Advocacy: The APWU will actively advocate for the fair treatment of our members, ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns addressed.

In conclusion, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan, with its focus on RPDCs and facility repurposing, represents a significant transformation that will impact APWU members. However, our commitment to our members remains unwavering. We will navigate these changes collaboratively, adhering to Article 12 of the CBA and striving to minimize any adverse effects on our bargaining unit employees. Together, we will ensure that the Postal Service transformation benefits both the organization and its dedicated workforce. ■

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