The Industrial Relations Department plays a major role in our organization's ongoing struggle for better wages and improved working conditions and benefits.

Latest News from the Industrial Relations Department

March 2, 2019

RI-399 Monetary Settlement Distribution

As previously reported, in 2018 the APWU, the National Postal Mail Handlers’ Union (NPMHU), and the USPS reached a...

February 11, 2019

Wounded Warrior Leave

Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran...

February 4, 2019

Payment Checks for SRT Remedy Have Been Mailed

As part of the remedy settlement for the Postal Service’s violations regarding the Sales Retention Team (SRT) Pilot...

February 1, 2019

APWU Representatives Meet to Discuss Safety Issues

APWU Regional Safety and Health Representatives, Regional Coordinators, and National Officers responsible for the flow...

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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