RI-399 Update On Monetary Payments
To All National, Local, and State Officers
From: Mark Dimondstein, President
Clint Burelson, Clerk Craft Director
Subject: RI-399 Update Monetary Payments
Sisters and Brothers,
The tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the USPS, APWU and NMPHU regarding the processes and procedures of future RI 399 disputes as well as the withdrawal of most national level jurisdictional disputes was signed on June 26, 2018. The Postal Service agreed to a monetary settlement of $14.5 million to each union in consideration of the withdrawal of the national level grievances. Each union has the authority to determine how the monies will be distributed.
In consultation and agreement with the Clerk Craft Director, it was determined to distribute the money on an equal basis to the following categories of clerk craft employees.
1) All career clerk craft employees who were on the rolls as of September 1, 2017 in postal installations that employ both clerk craft employees and mail handlers.
2) All non-career PSE clerk craft employees who were on the rolls as of September 1, 2017 in installations that employ both clerk craft employees and mail handlers and who are still on the roles and in the clerk craft on March 1, 2019
The exact monetary amount has yet to be determined as we are still in the process of gathering the accurate numbers. We expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 85,000 clerk craft employees will receive a payment of approximately $160.00. Furthermore, we do not yet know when the payments will be made.
Updates will be provided once the details are finalized.
Please note that the APWU and NPMHU have decided on different methods of payment and of course the numbers will differ in light of the fact that the APWU has chosen to distribute the money to twice as many employees.
Please share this information as you deem appropriate.
For a full copy of this memorandum, click here.
Notes On Oakland Teachers Strike
Notes on Oakland Teachers Strike
By Peter Shapiro
1. The Oakland Education Association (OEA) demands: 12% pay hike over 3 years, more support staff (nurses, counselors, speech pathologists & resource specialists), smaller classes & no more school closures.
2. The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) teachers are so badly paid that many can’t afford to live here. Class size is also an issue. As a result, teacher turnover is extremely high — 500 out of 3000 left the district last year. This is a sore spot with students, who have several organized one-day sympathy strikes in recent weeks. They’re sick of seeing good teachers leave.
3. District has a lot of high needs kids — special ed, kids in foster care, immigrant kids who are still learning English (“newcomers”). Proliferation of charter schools (which enroll a far smaller proportion of these kids) has increased the burden on regular schools. More support staff badly needed, for the kids and their teachers.
For the remaining Notes (#4 through #10), click here for the complete document.
February 8, 2019 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice
The February 8, 2019 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.
January 28, 2019 Clerk Craft Award Notice
The January 28, 2019 Clerk Craft Award Notice has been posted on the Bid Results page of this website.
FYI – PSE Conversions to Career Status
The APWU has been advised that the seven (7) senior PSEs will be converted to career status. Six (6) PSEs will be converted effective January 19, 2019, via Plant duty assignments and one (1) PSE will be converted after qualifying, if necessary, on the window requirements, via Laurel Station SSDA duty assignment.
For a copy of this announcement, click here.
January 9, 2019 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice
The January 9, 2019 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.
FYI PSE Separation For Lack of Work and Reappointment
When separating PSEs for lack of work and reappointing PSEs, Management must adhere to Appendix A, 3. Other Provisions, B, Article 15.3, page 256 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). (See below)
PSEs may be separated at any time during their term of appointment for lack of work. Separations for lack of work shall be by inverse relative standing on the appropriate PSE roll. Such separations are not grievable except where the separations are pretextual. PSEs separated for lack of work will be given reappointment ahead of other PSEs with less relative standing on the PSE roll (or hiring a new PSE) within the installation if the need for hiring arises within one (1) year of their separation. PSEs are separated for 5 days between appointments.
When operational circumstances indicate that reappointment for a PSE(s) is not needed and the installation employs a PSE(s) with lower relative standing, the PSE(s) with higher standing will be reappointed and the PSE(s) with the lower standing in the installation will be separated instead. Such separation of a PSE(s) with the lowest standing is not grievable except where the separation is pretextual. These PSE(s) separated for lack of work during or upon completion of their term of appointment will be given reappointment ahead of other PSE(s) with less relative standing on the PSE roll (or hiring a new PSE) in the installation if the need for hiring arises within one (1) year of separation.
For a PDF copy of this information, click here.
Postal Worker West Newsletter
The latest January 2019 edition of the Postal Worker West Newsletter has been published.
The featured article provides an update on the collective bargaining process.
You’ll find the PWW Newsletter on the News >> Postal Worker West Newsletter page of this website:
Happy New Year!
December 26, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice
The December 26, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice has been posted on the Bid Results page of this website.