“All-In-All, the contract as a whole is a good contract for our APWU members.”
– Paul McKenna, APWU Milwaukee Area Local 3 President
There is no doubt that the PSE’s received many enhanced benefits in this new agreement. One of the main goals that National APWU President Mark Dimondstein was to chip away at the disparity between the career and non career work force. He did just that. He was successful in achieving an all career workforce in Maintenance and MVS. That was a huge accomplishment. Those two crafts no longer have PSE’s. In Milwaukee this created over 30 new career positions within those crafts.In the Clerk Craft, we had an additional 60+ PSE’s converted to career status. This contract is a life changing event for those PSE’s who will now enjoy the benefits that the rest of the career workforce have. Some of the other highlights for career employees in our new contract include; a 3.8% pay increase over the life of the 40 month contract; retention of COLAs; retention of No Lay-
off Protection; the elimination of NTFT assignments in Function 1 (Plant and Annex) and Function 3 (MVS); retention of language that limits any excessing to no more than 50 miles. If you want to know more about specific changes in this contract, feel free to talk to a union officer or steward, call the union hall or come to one of our monthly union meetings. We will be happy to explain the changes to you.All-In-All, the contract, as a whole, is a good thing for our APWU members. It continues to provide us with a decent living, good benefits and great job security. Our National Contract is one to be proud of as it is envied by many other unions.