Your rights, wages,
hours and working conditions are provided by your Contract - the
National Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and your Local
Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU). Your Contract is your
protection on the job and was signed by both the APWU and the
USPS. Management must abide by its provisions.
Your shop stewards are
responsible for protecting your rights under the contract. They
will not only respond to your disputes and problems with
management, but they will respond to any questions or concerns you
have about your job. Proper representation is our purpose, our
concern and your right.
Management may appear to be
helpful, but remember, they are under no obligation to inform you
of your rights under the contract. They are, after all, still
management! If you feel your rights have been violated, or if you
have a question regarding your rights under the contract, request
to see your shop steward or send an e-mail to the address below.
Demand that your rights
under the Contract be enforced. Know "when
to request a
Steward". If you
do not assert your rights you will lose them. Be informed. Stay
When To Request a
You should also request a steward if...
- You are issued any form of discipline.
- You are issued a letter of demand.
- You are charged with AWOL.
- You are ordered to obtain a medical documentation for any
absence of three days or less.
- You are on the overtime desired list and were overlooked
- You bid on a job and it is awarded to a junior
- You are asked to leave the workroom floor by or with a
supervisor, for any reason.
- You are being given a day in court, request a Steward
immediately. (A steward is not required and should not be present
during a discussion.)
- Your supervisor intimidates or harasses you.
- You are approached by any Postal Inspector. You have the
right to have a Union Steward present during questioning, so
demand a Union Steward immediately!
- If you have any questions about your job, your duties, your
leave, your health insurance, your pay, your rights, request to
see your Steward.
If you will be undergoing any medical, dental or optical
examination or treatment of any kind, including examination and/or
treatment for pregnancy, and you provide notice in advance,
you may elect to use your sick leave on your Form 3971. These
absences, if applied for in advance, are NOT unscheduled
absences, but are considered pre-approved absences. If
management cites any pre-approved absence against you, request to see
With the introduction of the new Time and Attendance system
(RMD) there are several procedures being implemented by the USPS
which the APWU has grieved at the National level. On the Local level
we are filing the appropriate grievances when these procedures are
applied to an absence. So, if you have any questions about this new
system, if you have been requested to provided FMLA or other medical
documentation in connection with your absence which you feel is
improper, or if any other question or problem, request to see your
Shop Steward immediately
Do not rely solely on your supervisor's opinion and/or
knowledge. You may listen to what your supervisor has to say, but
remember, your supervisor is management. You should still be afforded
the opportunity to see your Steward.
Be informed, stay informed. In
knowledge there is
power, in unity
there is strength.