On June 14th, the USPS and the APWU resolved a step 4 dispute regarding career Clerk Craft employees that are working in POStPlan offices. Both parties agreed that these Clerks are considered eligible for the uniform allowance program as long as the following requirements are met:
- The official assignment at a retail counter is for a minimum of 4 hours daily for 5 days a week on a continuing basis, or;
- For a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Previously, Clerk Craft employees working in POStPlan offices were denied a uniform allowance, simply because they were working in a POStPlan office. (Ridiculous)
The dispute was initiated by the APWU, and the agreement was made that, yes, Career Clerks in these smaller offices that work on the window, in front of the public, should be afforded a uniform allowance. (Imagine that).
The parties also agreed that PSE employees converted to career, that are not required to serve a 90 day probationary period (because they already served at least one 360 day term as a PSE) will not be required to wait 90 days to be eligible for the uniform allowance.
This is relatively new, so if you know career clerks in POStPlan offices that have not yet received their uniform allowance, help them out and let them know they are now entitled to one. If there are any questions or issues, they can be easily resolved by calling the Union Office. The Postmaster themselves may be unaware of the change.