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  • CAMERA READY ART

    FINAL TRIM SIZE 4-1/2 X 6-7/8

    AGREEMENTbetween theUnited States Postal Serviceand theNational Postal Mail Handlers Union, A Division of the LaborersInternational Union of North America,AFL-CIO

    20002004

    Handbook EL-903

  • AGREEMENTbetween theUnited States Postal Serviceand theNational Postal Mail Handlers Union, A Division of the LaborersInternational Union of North America,AFL-CIO

    20002004

    Handbook EL-903

    CAMERA READY ART

    FINAL TRIM SIZE 4-1/2 X 6-7/8

  • Contents

    iii

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Preamble 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 1 Union Recognition 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 2 Non-discrimination And Civil Rights 3. . . . . . . . . . Article 3 Management Rights 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 4 Technological and Mechanization Changes 5. . . . . . Article 5 Prohibition of Unilateral Action 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 6 Layoff and Reduction in Force 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 7 Employee Classifications 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 8 Hours of Work 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 9 Salaries and Wages 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Mail Handler Grade 4 Wage Increases 20. . . . . . . . . . Mail Handler Grade 5 Wage Increases 21. . . . . . . . . .

    Section 9.2 Step Progression 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 10 Leave 25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 11 Holidays 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 12 Principles of Seniority Posting and

    Reassignments 31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 13 Assignment of Ill or Injured Regular Work

    Force Employees 56. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 14 Safety and Health 62. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 15 Grievance-Arbitration Procedure 68. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 16 Discipline Procedure 84. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 17 Representation 88. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 18 No Strike 93. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 19 Handbooks and Manuals 94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 20 Parking 94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 21 Benefit Plans 95. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 22 Bulletin Boards 97. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 23 Rights of Union Officials to Enter Postal

    Installations 97. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 24 Employees on Leave with Regard to Union

    Business 97. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 25 Higher Level Assignments 98. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 26 Uniform and Work Clothes 100. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 27 Employee Claims 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 28 Employer Claims 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 29 Limitation on Revocation of OF-346 102. . . . . . . . . . . Article 30 Local Implementation 103. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 31 Union-Management Cooperation 107. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 32 Subcontracting 108. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 33 Promotions 109. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Article 34 Work and/or Time Standards 109. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 35 Alcohol and Drug Recovery Programs 112. . . . . . . . . Article 36 Credit Unions and Travel 112. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 37 Special Provisions 113. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 38 Labor-Management Committee 114. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 39 Separability and Duration 116. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING ANDLETTERS OF INTENT

    Supervisors Performing Bargaining Unit Work 117. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reasonable Accommodation for the Deaf and Hard of

    Hearing 117. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 6 Layoff Protection 119. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PSDS-Operation Numbers Accounting Period Report 119. . . . . . . . Casuals - Accounting Period Report 120. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casuals - Accounting Period Report By Week 120. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casuals - In Excess of 12.5% 121. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USPS Installations 121. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementation of Installation Measurement of Casuals 122. . . . . . . Cross Craft 122. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part-Time Regulars 122. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conversion of Mail Handler Craft Employees 123. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Improper By-Pass Overtime 124. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Overtime/Acting Supervisor-204b 124. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Promotion Pay Anomaly 125. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annual Leave Carry-over 125. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annual Leave Exchange Option 126. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leave Sharing 126. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lwop in Lieu of Sl/Al 127. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sick Leave for Dependent Care 128. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part-Time Flexible Court Leave 128. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Scheduling 129. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Telephone Bidding 131. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sack Sorter Machine Operator 132. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reversion Notices 132. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transfers 132. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Light Duty Bidding 135. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Return to Duty 136. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Revised Grievance-Arbitration Procedure 137. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 15 (Mod - 15) 138. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4 Procedures 138. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . National Administrative Committee 139. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Intervention Initiative 140. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Processing of Post-Separation and Post-Removal Grievances 140. . Re: Article 15 Backpay Awards 141. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interest on Back Pay 141. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Language Changes Due to Organizational Structure

    Changes 142. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . District Arbitration Panels 143. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expectations of Arbitrators 144. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expedited Arbitration 145. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Purge of Warning Letters 146. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Task Force on Discipline 146. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Modified Discipline Programs 147. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Role of the Inspection Service in Labor Relations

    Matters 147. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step Increase, Unsatisfactory Performance 148. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Article 16 Privacy in the Disciplinary Process 148. . . . . . . . . . . Clean Air Act Committee 149. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Committee on Benefits 149. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . On-The-Job Instructors Compensation 150. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 30 Local Implementation Procedures 150. . . . . . . . . . . . . Article 31 Computer Tape Accounting Period Report 152. . . . . . Article 31 Information/Reports 152. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Education and Training Fund 154. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Operations 110-129 and 180-189 Clarifying Instructions 155. . . . . . Mail Transportation Equipment Centers 155. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transport of Mail Via Elevator 157. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Instruction 399 157. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Index 183. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Notes:1. Bold Face Type in the text indicates revised or new language.

    Bold Face Type in headings does not necessarily indicatechange.

    2. Cross-references to relevant Memorandums of Understandingand Letters of Intent are included in the text of the Agreement.The location of the cross-references is for the convenience ofthe reader, and in no way affects the content or intent of theAgreement, the Memorandums of Understanding, or the Lettersof Intent.

  • 1.2Article

    1

    PREAMBLE

    This Agreement (referre