Website last updated on 10/30/2018
Welcome to The Central Jersey Record, official Website of the Central Jersey Area Local #149, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO.
The Central Jersey Area Local serves 400 members in the Kilmer P&DC, Kilmer VMF, Dayton, Highland Park, Keasbey, Milltown, Monmouth Junction, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, South River & the Customer Care Center.
APWU and USPS Agree to an Additional 30 Days of Negotiations
10/20/2018 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service again agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for an additional 30 days until November 20, 2018.
The union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service covers the wages, hours, and working conditions of 193,000 postal workers and expired September 20, 2018. At that time, the parties agreed to an initial 30 day extension on negotiations until October 20, 2018.
The APWU and postal management have been negotiating for a new contract since June 26, 2018. After four months of frequent negotiations, the parties believe that additional time to discuss and explore the issues is appropriate and useful before declaring an impasse.
“We are still working towards our goal of reaching a negotiated settlement that can be voted on by the members. Multiple meetings have already been scheduled with the Postal Service in the upcoming weeks,” declared President and lead negotiator Mark Dimondstein. “Our goals remain consistent and we are still demanding fair wage increases, COLA, job security, bridging the gaps of the divisive three-tier wage structure, addressing concerns of hostile work environments, seeking better career and full-time opportunities for both PSEs and PTFs, and expanded postal services.”
“The battle continues for a decent union contract you deserve,” shared chief spokesperson and Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman. “Your negotiating team thanks you, the members, for all that you have done to support the contract campaign. Keep it going and show management that we remain united in demanding a good union contract.”
All the rights, benefits and provisions of our existing union contract remain in place, and are fully enforceable during the new 30-day extension of negotiations.
NLRB "Consent Orders" Decree:
USPS Must Respond to Requests for Information
10/19/2018 - Under Articles 17 and 31 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, management has the obligation to provide documentation when the union has requested it for the enforcement, administration, or interpretation of the contract. This includes information necessary to determine whether or not to file or to continue the processing of a grievance.
In a January 2010 letter, current Vice-President of Labor-Relations, Doug Tulino, wrote the following to all managers and supervisors:
Responding to Information Requests
When you receive a request for information from a union representative, you must act promptly after receiving the request. There is no specific statutory time target, but a good rule of thumb for routine requests is to respond within five days of receiving the request. Do not wait until you have all the information if some information can be supplied quickly, but other information will take much longer to provide. If you need assistance in responding to a request, immediately contact District Labor Relations for help. Do not ignore requests or assume that you can wait a week or tow to work on the request before responding.
If management does not provide the requested information, one tool you have at your disposal is to file charges against the Postal Service through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The NLRB has the authority to file contempt charges with the federal circuit courts against the Service if they fail to provide the information or do not comply with orders to provide information. When these cases are settled in court it is with “consent decrees” or “consent orders”.
Currently there are seven (7) such orders in place around the country that require the USPS to provide requested information or face fines that they must pay to the NLRB (not to the APWU). These include the 3rd Circuit, the 4th Circuit, two from the 5th Circuit, the 6th Circuit, 9th Circuit, and the 10th Circuit. We are providing these decrees/orders to you so that you may use them if necessary. We have also included a summary of the orders as well.
The orders themselves are only applicable to the specific area listed so be sure to see what circuit applies to your area of the country. It could be a good idea if you politely informed an investigator that these orders exist and provide she/he copies of these decrees. This will help educate the investigator that these orders exist and it shows what has been done in the past in other regions when the NLRB charges have been filed against the Service for failure to provide information.
UPDATE: Significant Payroll Issue Identified
10/18/2018 - The previously announced payroll issue caused by a faulty computer program and affected 88,782 APWU represented bargaining unit employees in the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service and Support Services crafts.
The Postal Service has informed the APWU that management will begin to do manual pay adjustments beginning October 18, 2018, starting with the employees who are missing the most pay. Management’s goal is to have the majority of the pay adjustments done in time to be included on the next pay check – dated November 2, 2018 – with the remainder being completed by the November 16, 2018 pay date. However, there is no guarantee that will be accomplished.
We are asking that all employees examine their paystubs and verify that they were paid correctly for both regular, leave and overtime pay. Previously, management had told the APWU that they would not be doing emergency salary advances for employees who were shorted pay. After multiple discussions and insistence from the APWU leadership, the USPS announced that they will be giving salary advances to any employee shorted pay who requests an advance.
Employees must request the advance from their immediate supervisor. The APWU was notified of the following stand-up talk informing the employees of this option.
If you seek a pay advance and are denied this option, please immediately contact your local or state union representative.