To ALL CLERK CRAFT EMPLOYEES
June 14, 2017
Brothers and Sisters,
The long-expected USPS Excessing outside the Installation, Reversion and excessing for the need of the sections has begun in bits and pieces nationwide, with Nine (9) Installations in our local now being identified as impacted office. Management intended to Excess outside the Installation 180 Full Time Clerk Craft Employees from these offices by September 16, 2017.
These are the offices so far Identified as Impacted; Addison, Dallas, Frisco, Garland, Irving, Lancaster, NDC, NTX P&DC and Willis Point.
Postal Service is being arbitrary and capricious in the manner they are reverting/abolishing duty assignment in an effort to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement rather than posting the positions for Career employees first and convert the PSE to Career and placed them into the residual vacancies.
This is the game USPS Official at the HQ level have been playing every 3-4 years, the only difference is the name, this time, management using these Two application so called Workforce Dashboard application and Bid management, even though they don’t admitted that they are using this application for excessing, reversion purposes, they are using the same generic wording they have used in past such as “the decrease workload reduction in staffing resulting in changes in operation”
In order to excess employees outside the Installation Management must follow the CBA.
The question is, are these Installations over staffed?
Every one of you knows that there are not enough clerks in those Nine (9) facilities, as a result of that management officials are harassing employees, denying annual leave, management officials are working bargaining unit work and employees are forced to work on DBCS alone.
Understaff limit the ability to serve the customers and grow the business. Reducing staff makes existing employees responsible for more work, and increased workload adds stress to complete work and meet performance expectations. Increased stress lowers morale and employee job satisfaction, takes a toll on an employee’s mental and physical health and can increase time needed off work.
Some of you are experiencing uncertainty of your job and a large number of our members will be impacted as a result of excessing including PSE’s whom work hours will be reduced. Upper management officials are not concerned about their employees, their goal is to reduce work hours at the expense of Bargaining Unit Employees.
The following contractual language regarding excessing can be found in the CBA.
• Meetings with the union at the area/regional level are required no less than 90 days (six months if possible) in advance of any anticipated reassignments from an installation under Article 12. In such case, the union will be advised of the following:
1. The anticipated impact, by craft.
2. The installations with available residual vacancies for the employees to be reassigned.
3. When a new installation is involved, the new installation’s anticipated complement by tour and craft.
The above information must be updated periodically and provided to the union at the area/regional level.
Field managers and/or supervisors should not discuss with bargaining unit employees proposed excessing outside the craft or installation until the area/regional parties have held their discussions. This should prevent employees from receiving erroneous information from management or the union, and control the appropriate flow of information.
We will keep you informed as we meet and discuss with management officials at the area level.
We will use all available resources at our disposal in addition to filing grievances, we will inform the public through Informational picketing at various stations, social media and all Media outlets i.e., print and broadcast, Contact State and Federal officials to stop these blatant violation of the CBA, I can assure you, we will prevail on these grievances. The buck does not stop here. The Arbitrators have the final say so.
In closing, we as postal workers and union members need to work together to fight injustices. We need to stop bashing each other and the union that is working for us. We need to redirect our displeasure and criticism towards the people who are truly trying to destroy us.
Yours In Union Solidarity!
While in Washington DC for APWU Presidents Conference, (Yared Wonde, Carlton Williams, Charles Tillman ) stop by Congressman Marc Veasey's office to thank himfor Co-Sponsring H. Res. 54 and asking Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson to also Co-Sponsering the bill.
This Bill Expressing the sense that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards.
The Postal Service has taken the unprecedented step to degrade mail service standards to eliminate overnight mail delivery throughout the country. In response, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. representatives are supporting H.Res. 54, which calls for USPS to restore the service standards and stop slowing down the mail.
IT’S TIME TO GET Organized
Beginning now until Sunday, June 8, 2014 we will be concentrating on signing up the non-members who are represented by the Dallas Area Local, but have not yet joined. We presently have over 400 who are benefitting from the labor of you and I, so you can see there is much that needs to be done.
We are still paying an incentive to you of $15.00 for PSE’s and $50.00 for career employees. Any new member who signs up during this period will have his/her name entered into a drawing for a Samsung 32 – 40” flat screen TV.
The Stewards in all the majority facilities will have a list of the non-members in that facility. If you are working at a Station or AO and would like to know who in your facility is not a Member, you can call the Secretary/Treasurer and she can provide that information to you.
We (the Dallas Area Local) presently are 84% Organized. It is only because of Union negotiations, that we enjoy the 5 day work week, overtime, health insurance, and please let’s not forget a very good hourly wage, and other benefits. Without Unions there would be no middle class and no one to keep Management accountable. It’s not all it could be, but imagine working at the Post Office without the Union.
Save America's Postal Service
Know Your Rights
THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
The PSE work force will be comprised of non career, bargaining unit employees, which is the only category of non-career employees established to work within APWU bargaining units.
Article 8 Section 4.G state in part “When an opportunity exists for overtime for qualified and available full-time employees, doing similar work in the work location where the employees regularly work, prior to utilizing a PSE in excess of eight (8) work hours in a service day, such qualified and available full-time employees on the appropriate Overtime Desired List will be selected to perform such work in order of their seniority on a rotating basis.
(See Memo, on page 279 of The CBA as well).
The New Language has change on overtime assignment in accordance with Article 8.4.G.
Q. Can PSE be required to work overtime prior to using FTRs on Overtime Desire List?
Q. May management utilize a PSE when a PTF employee has been non-scheduled?
ANSWER: Article 7.1.B.2 Requires, “During the course of a service week, the Employer will make every effort to insure that qualified and available part-time flexible employees are utilized at the straight-time rate prior to assigning such work to PSEs.”
• Effective 6 months from the date of the 2010 National agreement, full‐time career clerk craft and motor vehicle craft employees who are not on the Overtime Desired List and are in an installation with employees working in NTFT duty assignments in the same Functional area, will not be required to work overtime except in an emergency. In the Motor Vehicle craft, employees may also be required to work overtime in the event of unforeseeable circumstances (e.g., PVS drivers stuck in traffic, weather conditions).
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) & Legislative Fast-Tracking
* The AFL-CIO Opposes the Baucus-Hatch-Camp Fast Track Legislation (S. 1900/H.R. 3830)
* The United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations—Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan—are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Global corporations have had too much influence in the process and working families may once again get left behind like other free-trade agreements.
* Fast Tracking would allow the President to negotiate—out of public view—as many trade agreements as he can during a given time period and send them to Congress which may only then vote yes or no on the agreement.
This is a terrible attack on workers’ rights and continues the race to the bottom as far as wages, working conditions and living conditions for the working class. Attached is a picture from protest next to the US Capitol that the APWU attended with other union and community groups to oppose negotiations behind closed doors and one way trade agreements that have gutted our industrial and manufacturing base and the good jobs it supports. President Dimondstein provided bus transportation and attended the event with many of your national officers. Well done.
Public Service Recognition Week 2014, May 4-10
To all of you that serve the American people with dedication and pride I want to thank you for your service to your country. While I had a paragraph on this written, it pales in comparison to the following thank you video by the US Army to the public service workforce. I want to share this video with you as it echoes my feelings of appreciation to all public service workers in city, county state and federal workforces. Thank you all for the excellent work you do serving America. Please remember to thank a public service worker today. http://youtu.be/0f05nH-DcrYJ
American Postal Workers Union
Legislative and Political Director
President, Dallas TX Area Local (APWU-AFL-CIO)
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