Neutral Arbitrator and Interest Arbitration Panel Chair Stephen Goldberg
issued his binding decision on the terms of the new union contract
between the American Postal Workers Union and the
United States Postal Service.
The Award was the product of 20 months of preparation, member and
local union input, negotiations, mediation, a strong contract campaign and
a well-prepared and presented arbitration case. Thirty-two workers
testified about their work. Officers and subject matter experts testified
for the union. A team of economists presented our case and rebutted
management’s presentations for union concessions.
“No interest arbitration is ever totally in favor of one side or the
other,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “But we have achieved a
number of our major goals including retroactive annual pay raises,
maintaining of full (and retroactive) COLA, narrowing the gap between
the lower and higher career pay scales, the career conversions of
thousands of PSEs and maintaining tremendous job security. We should all
be proud to be union!”
“We also succeeded in stopping management’s deeply concessionary
demands to end no-lay protections, increase percentages of non-career
employees and create a new lower third tier of career employees,” shared
Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman. “I want to thank the many
officers, witnesses, staff, attorneys, specialists and the members for their
many efforts in this long battle that helped bring it to a strong conclusion.”
Unless specifically changed by this Award, all rights and benefits in the
previous contract carry forward into the new one. These include seniority
and bidding rights, protections against unjust discipline, the grievance
procedure, annual and sick leave, holiday and overtime pay, health and
safety protections and so many of the important rights and benefits won
over many decades of struggle.
Click here to read the full award. Below, after the video, are the highlights
and significant changes contained in the Award.