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Postal employees fight replacement by contractors

Unionized postal employees are gearing up for a legal fight against what they consider an existential threat—a Postal Service proposal to contract out all Postal Vehicle Service operations in California.

Unionized postal employees are gearing up for a legal fight against what they consider an existential threat—a Postal Service proposal to contract out all Postal Vehicle Service operations in California.

“We are pursuing every avenue to protect our members’ jobs,” Motor Vehicle Craft Director Bob Pritchard for the American Postal Workers Union said in a statement. “We will do everything we can to prevent the Postal Service from proceeding with this assault on postal drivers.”

Postal management’s plan would eliminate 840 truck driver positions, out of 6,900 nationwide. The union has filed for an injunction with the U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., seeking to prevent the plan from going into effect.

“Management’s plan violates our Collective Bargaining Agreement and will cause hardship for the drivers whose jobs would be eliminated,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “If it is implemented, it also will damage the Postal Service.”

A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 9 to hear arguments in the case.

The union is also pursuing arbitration to resolve the matter, and arbitration is scheduled for Nov. 27 and 28.

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