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Dec 02, 2020
MVS Division Settles Step-4 Grievance on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse December 1, 2020  Earlier this summer, MVS announced a National Dispute on the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program.
Dec 01, 2020

Frank McMullin resigns Garrett Langley appointed Eastern Region MVS NBA

November 30, 2020 

Eastern Region MVS National Business Agent (NBA) Francis (Frank) McMullin has resigned, after a little over two months in office. 

Garrett Langley of the Lancaster Area Local (PA) is the newly-appointed MVS NBA effective, November 16, 2020. 

Brother Langley began his United States Postal Service career in February 2009, as an Automotive Technician at the Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Lancaster, PA. He attended the Postal Labor Union Summer School in June of 2011. He became an alternate steward later that year. 

In 2014, Brother Langley was appointed to the position of Motor Vehicle Craft Director, the position he still held until his appointment. He attended the Arbitration Advocacy Training program in March of 2016, and was later appointed as a National Arbitration Advocate by President Dimondstein.

He has worked tirelessly to fight subcontracting. He has received significant settlements for the craft, and has been a successful arbitration advocate. 

Welcome to MVS National Executive Council, Brother Langley. 


Nov 30, 2020

MVS Division Resolves National Dispute on Article 32.2 Vehicle Costs

November 25, 2020 

On November 23, the National MVS Craft Division came to agreement with the USPS on a class action Step-4 dispute regarding PVS Costs, case no. Q10V-4Q-C 16534585/HQTV20160326.

The issue presented was whether or not the USPS violated Article 32.2 of the National Agreement when they assigned the full cost of a vehicle as a line item in their cost comparison. The MVS Craft officers complained that these were unreasonable costs added to PVS making it harder to compete with HCR costs in the comparisons. This issue had been occurring for several years and was first challenged by former MVS Director Bob Pritchard. The MVS Craft always felt that this was a violation of several provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement including the Contracting or Insourcing of Contracted Services MOU. 

The parties have agreed to the following:

"The purchase price of a vehicle is a line item on a cost comparison. The cost of the vehicle should depreciate over the anticipated service life of the vehicle, which is listed in Exhibit 221.211 of Handbook PO-701.
Exhibit 221.211 of Handbook PO-701 lists the service life of Tractors, Spotters, 5-ton, 7-ton, 9-ton and 11- ton as eight (8) years, and trailers as twelve (12) years.
The vehicle costs should be spread over the service life in the Article 32.2 cost comparisons as 1/8th the cost of the trucks and 1/12th the costs of the trailers until the vehicle has been depreciated. If the vehicles are still in service at the end of the service life, these costs will no longer be included in the Article 32.2 cost comparisons."

Click here to view the full agreement. 

MVS Director Michael O. Foster stated, “this is a step forward in our journey towards a fair cost comparison in the Article 32.2 process. We will continue to seek transparency in our fight against subcontracting. I want to thank Assistant Director Ken Prinz and former Assistant Director Javier Pineres for their contributions in these efforts."


Oct 21, 2020

Taking the MVS Craft Forward

One Step at a Time

Michael O. Foster

September 16, 2020 

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The MVS Craft continues to grow. It is by no accident that our craft is taking positive strides. The struggles the Craft has faced over the years are no secret, but they have never been a deterrent for our members or prevented us from engaging in a fight to save the craft. It is important to recognize where we have been, to know the direction we are taking. Approximately eight years ago, PVS was on the verge of elimination. It all started in California.

California CARB Case

On June 7, 2012, the Postal Service notified the APWU that after carefully considering the relevant factors under Article 32, the Postal Service had made the decision to subcontract PVS in all Pacific Area mail facilities in the state of California. The Postal Service cited a 2008 law by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as the reason for their decision.

On March 4, 2013 after a lengthy arbitration, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg decided that Article 32.1.B applied to the California mode conversion, and the MOU on Contracting or Insourcing of Contracted Services applied to all highway transportation, including the service controlled by Article 32.2.

Mode Conversion of 162 PVS Sites to HCR

Shortly after Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award regarding the California CARB case, on April 26, 2013 the USPS notified the APWU that the Postal Service was considering the subcontracting of the highway movement of mail in approximately 162 PVS sites nationwide.

After the APWU filed a national dispute, the parties went before Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg again. This time, he ruled the USPS may not contract PVS work, or engage in Article 32.1.B consideration of contracting out work, that had a significant effect on the bargaining unit without first complying with the Motor Vehicle Craft (MVC) Jobs MOU. Additionally, he found the Postal Service had violated Article 32.1.B and the MOU by failing to comply with the procedural requirements of those provisions when considering the contracting out.

APWU Seeks Transparency in VMF Labor Cost

The struggle for transparency the Motor Vehicle Service Division has been waging with the Postal Service regarding vehicle maintenance labor costs goes back more than ten years. In March 2014, the APWU requested the current VMF labor cost per hour rate when determining the feasibility of subcontracting.

In response to the union’s inquiry, the USPS took the position that the methodology and policy for calculating the VMF labor cost per hour rate was based on local fact circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.

After NLRB charges and subsequent Step 4 settlements, the USPS informed us that VMF managers could use four different labor rate sources when preparing a cost comparison. The manager could use the Workhour Rates for that Fiscal Year published by Finance, the rate in SEAM system, the rate in Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), or a rate calculated by the local manager.

These rates used by each facility can be found in the thumb-drives provided at the ACC. They should be used to challenge any decision by local management to outsource VMF bargaining unit work.


KENNETH PRINZ NEW NATIONAL MVS CRAFT DIVISION ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

The MVS National welcomes Kenneth Prinz as our new Assistant Director. Brother Prinz comes to Headquarters after serving as Eastern Region MVS National Business Agent, since 2010. He also served the Philadelphia Area Local for over 25 years and as the Motor Vehicle Craft Director for the Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union for over 20 years.

“I have had the privilege of working with brother Prinz for many years and have always found Ken to be of the highest integrity, and passionate towards MVS issues and the labor movement,” said Director Foster. “Ken’s commitment, work ethic, and dedication will be immeasurable in continuing the tradition of the hard-working Assistant MVS Directors. I look forward to protecting the future of MVS members, and their families, with Ken Prinz and the rest of the MVS Council.”


Sep 02, 2020

MVS Craft Initiates National Dispute Re: Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program

August 31, 2020 

On August 28, the MVS craft initiated a National Step 4 Dispute contesting the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of work requirements related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Click here to view the dispute initiation letter: APWU Case Number HQTV20200376 Re. Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program.

Since May, the Union has been requesting information pertaining to the Postal Service’s new consent form entitled, “Consent for Limited Queries of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.” The USPS finally submitted a copy of the form to the Union on August 14, after its implementation. The Postal Service is requiring Motor Vehicle employees to sign a consent form as a term and/or condition of their continued employment. These changes and the new program significantly impact working conditions, which requires bargaining between the parties.

The Union was not consulted in the creation or implementation of the form, the program, or new requirement, all of which are clear violations of Article 1, Article 5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Local and Regional cases that are filed should be held in abeyance pending APWU Case Number HQTV20200376. 


Jul 23, 2020

FMCSA Extends Policy Changes for

Drivers Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Expired Medical Certifications &

Driver’s License Policies Laxed until Sept. 30

July 22, 2020 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended two COVID-19 notices relating to medical certifications and driver’s licenses. Click here to view the notification. 

The notices are effective March 24, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATIONS

Drivers may continue to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with an expired medical certificate under certain conditions; such as that the certificate was valid as of February 29, 2020 and the driver has not been diagnosed with a disqualifying medical condition since their last medical exam.

DRIVER’S LICENSES

A driver may continue to operate a CMV provided it “was valid on February 29, 2020, and expired on or after March 1, 2020, and the driver is otherwise qualified to drive under 391.11.”

For more information on FMCSA Covid policies click here.




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