Labor Relations

The Joint Contract Interpretation Manual Between the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union for 2010–2015 Is Now Available

Jointly prepared by the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, and the United States Postal Service®, the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is provided as a resource for the administration of the National Agreement. This manual provides a mutually agreed upon explanation on how to apply the contract to the issues addressed.

When a dispute arises, the parties should first go to the JCIM to determine if the issue in dispute is addressed. If it is, the parties are required to resolve the dispute in accordance with this manual.

The JCIM is available online and in print. To access the online version:

n Go to

n Under “Inside USPS,” “Human Resources,” click About Labor Relations.

n Under “Links of Interest,” click Contract Administration (APWU).

n Under “Featured Content,” click 2012 JCIM.

You can order the JCIM by using the Material Distribution Center (MDC) eBuy2 catalog, or you can order it from the MDC by using touch-tone order entry (TTOE). Call 800-273-1509. You must submit an Off-Catalog eBuy requisition for approval before ordering.

Note: You must be registered to use TTOE. To register, call 800-332-0317, option 1, extension 2925, and follow the prompts to leave a message. (Wait 48 hours after registering before placing your first order.)

Use the following information to order the JCIM:


PSN: 7610-16-000-8687

Unit of Issue: EA

Minimum Order Quantity: 1

Maximum Order Quantity: N/A

Bulk Pack Quantity: 14

Quick Pick Number: N/A

Price: $7.36

Edition Date: 07/12