About the Support Services Division

The Support Services Division represents APWU bargaining unit members at Information Technology/ Accounting Service Centers, Operating Services facilities, Mail Equipment Shops and Material Distribution Centers, as well as professional nurses employed by the Postal Service.  The Division also includes APWU-represented workers who are employed in the private sector, including mail haul drivers and Mail Transport Equipment Service Center employees.

Numerous Negotiations Continue

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

I hope everyone had a good time at the 24th Annual National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. I think it was a very good convention. As usual, the delegates came prepared to demonstrate why they felt their resolutions had merit, and articulated their arguments appropriately. Our conventions and the process of passing resolutions is a true illustration of how the democratic process should work. As is probably true for most of the delegates to the National Convention, you hit the ground running when returning home.

The same can be said for your national officers. The convention took place smack dab in the middle of contract negotiations. With the contract expiring on Sept. 20, 2018, we went into a lock-down period with the Postal Service from Sept. 14-20, where the parties met around-the-clock in attempts to come to an agreement. In the end, we did come closer together on many issues, but were unable to complete the agreement. Because the parties were making headway and still talking, they agreed to extend the negotiation period by 30 days. 

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Contract Updates

Hollingsworth Private Sector MTESC

We have been in contract negotiations with this unit attempting to get an initial contract for these members. These negotiations have been very challenging. We have run into many obstacles while attempting to achieve a fair agreement. This process has taken over one year. Currently, we are almost complete and we hope to get a tentative agreement before the membership for ratification very soon.

IT/AS

This CBA expired January 20, 2019. We have extended talks and continue to work towards a negotiated contract. The parties have been meeting continuously and exchanging proposals.

Postal Nurses (NPPN)

This CBA expired August 18, 2018. The parties have been meeting and have extended the terms of the CBA until such time that either party declares impasse or mediation. This negotiation process has been slowed by the fact that the Postal Service has had three changes in upper Management responsible for the decisions regarding the nurse positions. The parties are now close and we hope to have a CBA in place that retroactively compensates our Occupational Health Nurses for their hard work. 

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