Brothers and Sisters,
On November 9, 2017 the USPS provided regional notification for the Philadelphia NDC of their intent to excess twenty eight (28) level 4’s and six(6) level 5 mail handlers effective May 12, 2018. The rationale provided was “due to workload volume reduction that the USPS is experiencing”.
While this comes as no surprise based on th0e already discussed “F-1 scheduler results”, we still find it hard to believe based on the number of hours being worked by “non-career” employees as well as the consistent overtime being worked across all tours for an extended period of time that the Service believes they can actually reduce staffing. Local 308 President Gibson has already contacted Postal management to schedule a regional meeting to discuss the proposed impact within the Philadelphia NDC. As always as more information becomes available concerning this proposed excessing event it will be disseminated to the membership. If any member has any questions regarding this or any other matter please contact any Union representative.
Staffing Update October 13th, 2017
On Friday October 13, 2017 the USPS again asked to meet with the Mail Handlers Union to discuss the results of the latest F-1 scheduler run. Both Local 308 Vice President Chris Lee and myself met again with Joe Vennera and Kevin Reilly concerning the Services intent to reduce Mail Handler staffing here at the NDC to 304 based on the latest F-1 scheduler results. We again renewed our protests/arguments that the week/info requested, July 21-28 is one of the slowest periods of the year so any results gathered from this weeks worth of data is not an accurate reflection of daily volumes processed. We were then told that a team from Headquarters is coming in over the next couple of weeks to analyze the F-1 scheduler results and provide feedback. At this point we don't know if this is beneficial or not but,we argued that we should be a part of this process as the results of this teams report can/will affect mail handler positions within this installation.
According to the Service, letters will be going out to employees today and/or tomorrow for Tour 2 mail handlers whose bids are going to be changed more than one(1) hour but less than four(4) hours within the following areas; APPS, PSM 3+ 4, North/ South Inbound, West Wall and APBS-2. Under Article 12.3B6, these employees will have the option to accept the new reporting time. If they decline the change, then the job becomes vacant and the employee becomes an unassigned regular. Further, it is likely that any bids that become vacant because an employee elects not to accept the time change will be reverted. This is obviously an individual choice for those who receive option letters but if any mail handler who receives said letter would like to discuss their options with the Union please do not hesitate to speak to a representative. Also, bear in mind that the 4 hour window means that some jobs may move back in their start time while others may move up. The times discussed for this phase of changes was 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
We then asked what will happen with mail handlers who do not receive options letters and the response was that they will remain in their current positions "at this time". This could mean a whole host of things so I do not want to speculate at this point because it could be different depending on a number of factors. Again, the Service has indicated that they are doing this slowly while trying to minimize impact but, it appears the next step has been taken. As always, if there is any question on this or any other matter do not hesitate to contact any Union representative.
While short on details Postal management was not short on their promise of severe disruption to the work force. Branch President Zelenenki pressed the Service on their proposed schedule changes. Read Joe's report of the meeting HERE.