The Oakland Postal Worker Briefs


July 24, 2012


BEGINNING OF THE END

In a letter dated June 7,2012, the Postal Service informed the APWU National President that it had decided to subcontract Postal Vehicle Services in all Pacific Area mail processing and network distribution facilities in the state of California. On July 11, 2012, the Oakland Local became aware of the letter and immediately contacted APWU Headquarters to ascertain if a date had been established for the subcontracting. I received a response on July 12, 2012, and was advised that no action had been taken by the Postal Service. I was also advised that Management had agreed to meet with them in two weeks to discuss the subcontracting issue. In the interim, all the California locals have been asked to find out what is happening with the one and two ton trucks. It appears that the Postal Service has chosen to contract out that work because they cannot comply with the California emission regulations and that this is another ploy by the Postal Service to eliminate PVS.

 

IT'S TIME TO EXCESS THE POSTMASTER

from the Postal Service with no relocation expenses and retreat rights. It has been reported that Postmaster Donahoe is obsessed with the idea of closing the USPS if Congress does not allow him to stop Saturday delivery, fire 120,000 employees and close 3,700 post offices. However, he has not pushed for Congress to return the overpayments made by the USPS for health benefits for retired workers. It's no wonder that postal employees across the nation are asking that he be fired.

 

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT CLERKS RECEIVE UPGRADE

In an agreement reached by the APWU and the USPS on May 9, 2012, all Maintenance Support Clerks (MSCs) Level 6 were upgraded one pay level on day 1 of the pay period immediately following the issuance of MMO 057-12. The upgrades will be in place with no reposting or other impact on the duty assignments. The parties also reached agreement on an updated staffing criterion for MSCs.

 

TO BE OR NOT 204B: THAT IS THE QUESTION

The 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) reduced the number of days that a clerk craft employee represented by the APWU may be detailed as a supervisor without losing his or her bid assignment. Previous CBAs allowed craft employees to supervise for up to 120 days, then sit down for not less than 5 working days and resume supervising without forfeiting their bid assignments. The current CBA permits them to act as supervisors for only 90 days and requires them to return to the craft for a minimum of one continuous pay period (two weeks). Effective June 1, 2012, the Postal Service was required to eliminate the usage of clerk 204-B's except in the absence or vacancy of a supervisor for 14 days or more. Clerk employees now serving as 204-B's, as well as other craft employees under the auspices of the APWU, should be aware that the APWU will start enforcing the CBA provisions regarding 204-B's. Too many units are chronically short-staffed because of long-term 204-B details. People should consider carefully whether or not supervising for months at a time is worth the loss of one's bid assignment.

 

Fredric Jacobs - Editor
Susan Robison -Senior Assistant Editor
Robert Moore - Assistant Editor, FO
DERRICK LEE, Reporter
JAMES PERRY, Reporter

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