Message from President Dimondstein: Interest Arbitration Update

Message from President Dimondstein: Interest Arbitration Update


Greetings again, sisters and brothers. This is APWU President Mark Dimondstein with the third update on the progress of arbitration for our new union contract. We have just completed three more days of hearings. Two days consisted of management presenting a major part of their case before the three-person arbitration panel. Their main witness witness was chief operating officer David Williams. His testimony showed disdain for dedication that APWU members bring to our jobs. He had a constant refrain of management’s needs for more “flexibility.” Flexibility, of course, is a management code word for more non-career employees, less protections against layoffs and subcontracting, and undermining of seniority bidding rights for clearly defined preferred duty assignments.The one day of hearing dedicated to the APWU witnesses included a presentation by Support Services Director Steve Brooks on the scope and type of work of the Support Services Craft. The union presented testimony from two economists focused on an economic analysis of the history of postal wages and postal worker’s wage increases and current trends in the economy. While we cannot predict the final outcome, the hearings are proceeding well in our quest to win a new and good union contract. The next hearing dates are October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd after which, we will provide further updates. In the mean-time, brothers and sisters, Stay union strong and union proud! Thank you.

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