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LCUS#2/USS UPDATE 8/17/20
Late Friday afternoon I received word that “Area Labor” is not in agreement with the Union’s position that the LCUS#2 bids should migrate to the USS machine. Management has taken the position that they’re going to abolish and then post these jobs as newly created positions. We couldn’t disagree more with this action and quite frankly do not understand management’s position as there is simply no upside but plenty of downside. A greivance has already been filed challenging the abolishments and it will move forward with all the reasons why we believe management’s action violates the CBA. Article 12.3B5 and B7 are clear and unambiguous and are being violated by the employer’s actions in this case. While I’m sure there are many questions out there from impacted employees as to why this is happening, I simply cannot explain management’s thinking or lack thereof on this, again it makes no sense. But, it seems like there are a lot of things occurring in the Postal Service now that make no sense. We have already requested a copy of the “bid matrix” for the USS since management has taken this approach for all tours and thus far have not received all the information requested nor have they told us when they plan on posting these USS jobs. Again, no rhyme or reason for their actions. Stay tuned as this issue is ongoing and as details become available they will be communicated to the membership.
Phila. NDC Branch President
Brothers and Sisters, today I received notification from Postal management regarding the abolishment of all LCUS#2 bids on both tours 2 + 3. These abolishments will have an effective date of July 31, 2020 so as of August 31, 2020 any mail handler who currently holds an LCUS#2 bid will be an unassigned regular. This comes as a surprise to us since when we met with Plant Manager Ruffin on July 9, 2020 to discuss the implementation of the USS and its potential impact within the installation they gave no indication that they were going to abolish all LCUS#2 jobs. At the meeting we asked specific questions regarding staffing, product lines to be run on the machine, training and hours of operation on the machine. They had zero answers. ZERO!!! Now, just 12 days later with no additional dialogue or discussion with the Union they’ve determined that instead of “migrating” the existing bids from one universal sorter (LCUS) to the new universal sorter (USS), they’re going to abolish the jobs. The NDC has historically migrated bids on a number of occasions, from the blue line sorter to the high speed tray sorter(HSTS) as well as the SPBS to the APBS. In addition, they are clearly going to work NMO’s on the USS so there are certainly a number of good reasons why the jobs should have migrated. The “migration” was discussed at the meeting on July 9th and management never stated at any point that they had no intention of migrating the jobs. I’ve already reached out to Local President Gibson to ensure that each and every option available to the Union to challenge these abolishments is used. To all LCUS#2 mail handlers who are impacted…I guess this is the Postal Services way of thanking each and every one of us for continuing to come to work despite the risk to ourselves and our families during the Covid pandemic . This is obviously a developing situation so as more information becomes available look for postings or contact any Union rep. for the most up to date info.
Phila. NDC Branch President.