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

May 21, 2019

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Events

National Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference

August 27, 2019

692 Maritime Blvd
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Phone: (410) 859-5700

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All Craft Conference

October 25, 2019 to October 31, 2019

3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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34th Annual APWU Health Plan Open Season Seminar

October 26, 2019 to October 29, 2019

309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 228-2000

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Legislative & Political Conference

October 27, 2019

3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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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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