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This was taken from the MVS business page from 21 Century Postal worker webpage!

I don't know if this is "Historic" or even the first agreement as such in the nation but it's the first I've heard of. Congratulations to MVS Craft Director Barry Payne. 2/22/12

PSE's Converted to Full-Time Regulars

Employee I.D. Numbers, Not Social Security Numbers, Should be Used on Drug-and-Alcohol Testing Forms

Vehicle Maintenance Facilities- Postal Support Employees letter 8/1/11

Managers Hire PSEs, 
Rather Than Career VMF Employees 
(12/02/11) Managers in Vehicle Maintenance Facilities are attempting to circumvent the contract by hiring 740 new VMF employees as Support Employees (PSEs) rather than career employees, as we agreed during negotiations for the 
2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. [PDF]

The agreement is unambiguous. The 740 new VMF positions must be career positions. The third line in a Aug. 1, 2011, notice from the USPS vice president of Delivery and Post Office Operations [PDF] to Area Vice Presidents confirms this fact. He wrote, “The new agreement provides the flexibility to hire Postal Support Employees (PSE) and contains a requirement to hire 740 career employees (Level 8, 9 and 10 Technicians).”

The APWU intends to strictly enforce the agreement. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that 740 career VMF employees are added to the rolls.


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An investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has led to the arrest of a Colorado couple.

The owners of Choice One Delivery Service contracted with the Postal Service to transport mail from the Denver P&DC and the Golden, CO, Post Office to associate offices. They were arrested by OIG Special Agents and charged with fraud and making false statements.

A federal grand jury later indicted the couple for forcing their employees to work more than 70 hours per week without required breaks and also failing to pay wages their contract with USPS required. Employees allegedly were shortchanged nearly $380,000 over a 6-year period.

If convicted of the fraud charges, the defendants face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“Schemes to defraud the Postal Service not only negatively affect the Postal Service’s bottom line, but, in this case, also affect contract employees through lost wages and unsafe work conditions,” said Inspector General David Williams.

USPS Attempts to Negotiate with Locals 
For Postal Support Employees Pay

Several locals have informed us that managers have approached them seeking to raise the wages of non-career Postal Support Employee (PSE) drivers. This is because the USPS has encountered difficulty filling the positions at the current pay rate.

During contract talks, we told management negotiators to expect problems filling the PSE jobs because of the low pay, but at the time they wouldn’t budge. Therefore, the APWU and USPS management agreed that if the negotiated rates were insufficient to attract enough PSE drivers in a particular area, the parties at the national level would negotiate an alternate rate that would be sufficient.

Since then, management has unilaterally raised the wages of PSEs in at least two districts, Minneapolis and Sacramento. However, changes to the pay scale can only be negotiated at the national level.

If the Postal Service changes the pay of PSEs at your facility — or attempts to do so — please contact us immediately at 202-842-4240.

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