MAL Merging with an Area Local

On December 31, 2018, our local received a request to merge with MALs. A secret ballot vote, Member-at-Large (MAL) Merging with an Area Local will be conducted by the South Jersey Area Local #0526 at the date, time and location indicated below.

Date:                February 17, 2019
Time:               10 a.m.
Location:       American Legion Edwin I Johnson Post 370
                          370 N. Warwick Road
Magnolia, NJ 08049

The above-mentioned votes must carry a majority, vote fifty {(50%) percent plus one (1)} of the members present and voting at the membership meeting.

Member-at-Large (MAL) Merging with an Area Local
On the question of merging the Woodstown and Rancocas Offices MAL of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU) with the South Jersey Area Local, APWU as per the existing Constitution and Bylaws of the South Jersey Area Local, APWU.

See you at the meeting to cast your vote!

 

Maintenance Defines Custodial Staffing in POStPlan Clusters

(This article first appeared on the Web News Article #: 67-2017)

On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]).

Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft “Subcontracting Cleaning Services” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) applies. This means the USPS cannot continue to freely subcontract out bargaining unit work in these small offices.

“This MOU requires applying a formula which adds together the gross interior and exterior square feet of all facilities within an installation to determine if the Postal Service can subcontract custodial work,” Maintenance Director Steve Raymer explained. “Locals and state organizations representing POStPlan ‘clusters’ should determine whether the MOU is being complied with. If the result of applying the formula is 1 or greater, then management is prohibited from contracting out the Maintenance Craft’s work.”

Article 38.2.B of the CBA defines an installation as, “a main post office, airport mail center or facility, terminal, bulk mail center, processing and distribution center or facility, Maintenance Support and Repair Facility or any similar organizational unit under the direction of one postal official, together with all stations, branches and other subordinate units.”

“As the Union points out, the POStPlan office structure is almost identical to the main post office – station/branch structure described in Article 38.2.B,” confirmed Arbitrator Goldberg. “Simply switch the names from APO to main post office and from RMPO to station or branch, and the management and operational structure of the POStPlan and non-POStPlan offices are exactly the same.”

If you have questions or concerns, contact your Maintenance National Business Agent for help.

POStPLAN CUSTODIAL STAFFING.6-30-2017