(12/01/05) The USPS
recently provided APWU with updated deployment schedules for the
following automated equipment:
systems on FSM 100 machines - The USPS has announced plans to retrofit
approximately 200 FSM 100 machines, about one third of its inventory.
Flat mail that requires preparation will be integrated into the FSM 100
machine. The retrofit is expected impact clerks and mail handlers. The
USPS anticipates a reduction of the work-hour equivalent of
approximately 900 full-time positions, spread across both crafts,
Automated Tray Handling
systems - A retrofit of the FSM 100, the Automated Tray Handling System
eliminates the need to label flat tubs and to replace flat tubs once
they are dispatched from the machine. The anticipated impact of this
system will be a reduction of one mail processing clerk from each
five-person crew that is currently used to operate an FSM 100.
Integrated Dispatch and Receipt
systems - Using gantry robots, this system will automate dispatch and
receipt systems and will be applied to such operations as in-bound mail
preparation, mail transportation from one operation to another within a
building, sleeving, strapping, containerization, the labeling of tubs,
trays, etc., and dispatch. The sytem's principal impact is expected to
be felt by Mail Handlers, although some clerks will be affected.
Postal Automation Redirection
The United States Postal Service awarded
Advanced Facer Canceller-Remote Computer Reader system upgrade Lockheed
Martin Corporation, Owego, New York. This contract modification has a
value of $33,153,322, and is scheduled for completion in June, 2005.