Union Wins Motor Vehicle Subcontracting Case
Case Has Important Implications for All Crafts
The APWU has won an important arbitration case on subcontracting in the Motor Vehicle Craft that has important implications for the entire APWU, Motor Vehicle Craft Director Bob Pritchard announced on March 5.
“This is a big achievement for the union,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “It confirms that the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement gives us more teeth to protect APWU jobs.
In the March 4 decision [PDF], Arbitrator Steven B. Goldberg ruled:
“The Postal Service can no longer justify contracting out work that would be less expensive to keep in house on the ground that it has given due consideration to cost as well as the other Article 32.1 or 32.2 factors. To be sure, each of those factors must be considered, but if factors other than cost do not rule out keeping work in house, and the cost of keeping work in house would be less than contracting out, both the text and the bargaining history of the Contracting MOU require that the work be kept in house.”
- Article 32.1.B applies to the proposed California mode conversion. Accordingly, the Postal Service must comply with Article 32.1.B before making a final decision on whether or not California PVS work will be contracted out.
- Article 32.2 does not apply to the California mode conversion.
- The Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Contracting or lnsourcing of Contracted Services applies to all contracting out of highway transportation work, including that controlled by Article 32.2.
- The “fair comparison of all reasonable costs” called for by the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Contracting or lnsourcing of Contracted Services is to be made at the times called for by Article 32 — in an Article 32.1.B proceeding at the time the Comparative Analysis report is being developed; in an Article 32.2 proceeding within 45 days of the Postal Service furnishing the Union with the information called for by Article 32.2.C.
- The Arbitrator shall retain jurisdiction of this matter to resolve such additional issues arising out of the proposed California mode conversion as the parties may bring before him.
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