Friday, March 25, 2011

Postal Announcement of March 25

This post is courtesy of The Postal Newsgroup

The highly anticipated March 25 USPS announcement is referenced below as found on the USPS' website. The largest majority of the information was put out yesterday (March 24, 2011) detailing the district closings, the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), The financial incentive programs being offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative). However, the additional information provided in the following announcement that stands out boldly is 'additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.' Read below to see the official release. Stay tuned and we will provide further internal information as it trickles out.

March 25 Postal Announcement

The Announcement
I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure.

As part of the ongoing redesign of the Postal Service, PMG Pat Donahoe yesterday announced USPS will close 7 of its 74 district offices. This reflects continuing alignments within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, will help realize approximately $750 million of annual cost savings (Link Extra, 3/23).

The district offices scheduled for closure — Columbus, OH, (Eastern Area); Southeast Michigan in Troy, MI, and Northern Illinois in Carol Stream, IL (Great Lakes Area); Southeast New England in Providence, RI (Northeast Area); South Georgia in Macon, GA, and Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (Southwest Area); and Big Sky in Billings, MT (Western Area) — house only administrative functions that will be assumed by surrounding district offices. The closures will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.

“I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure. One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry,” said Donahoe.

This organizational redesign builds on previous PMG announcements that include a 16 percent reduction in officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units, closing the Southeast Area Office, and further reducing the employee complement by about 7,500 positions.

While yesterday’s announcement focused on the administrative and executive corps, additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.   

emphasis (bold-print) added by The Postal Newsgroup

March 25 Postal Announcement, USPS March 25 Announcement,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

APWU Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement Online (members only)

Tentative Agreement Available Online

The full version of the Tentative Agreement (PDF) between the APWU and the Postal Service is available for union members only at: full version of the Tentative Agreement (PDF) .
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lawmakers question your tiny one percent pay increase next year

Lawmakers question pay for USPS employees

the first 1 percent of which would take effect in November 2012, the agreement would protect APWU employees
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2011 Special Incentive Offer, but not for you

USPS $20,000 Special Incentive Offer for targeted non-bargaining employees only

What are the basic details of the 2011 Special Incentive Offer?

On March 23, 2011, the Postal Service announced a Special Incentive offer for the following targeted groups:

Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Field Units, including PCES and attorneys
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Area Offices, including PCES
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to District Customer Service Offices (the offer includes PCES in closing districts only)

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Vote no, says former APWU President William Burrus

Former APWU President Burrus comes out against tentative postal contract

Burrus’ opposition centers around provisions that—by his calculations–would cost future USPS employees more than $8,000 per year each

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Highlights of the New APWU Contract (Tentative Agreement of the Collective Bargaining Agreement)

APWU Contract Period: 2010-2015

Highlights of the New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Below are key components of the tentative agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union for the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The four-and-half year contract, which will expire at midnight on May 20, 2015, must be ratified by members of the APWU.


There will be across-the-board pay increases of 3.5 percent over the life of the contract.

Nov. 17, 2012 – 1% increase

Nov. 16, 2013 – 1.5% increase

Nov. 15, 2014 – 1% increase

Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Cost-of-living increases will continue and will be “back-loaded.” COLAs for 2011 were waived, and COLAs for 2012 are deferred until 2013.

A March 2012 COLA will become effective in March 2013, together with a March 2013 COLA.

A September 2012 COLA will become effective in September 2013, together with a September 2013 COLA.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments will be made in March and September 2013.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments will be made in March and September 2014.

A Cost-of-Living Adjustment will be made in March 2015.

New Entry-Level Steps

Additional steps will be added to the pay scale for new employees in Levels 3through 8, with lower starting salaries. Future employees will progress through the new steps onto the current pay scale, but will not be eligible to progress to the current top step.

Health Benefits

There will be no changes to the healthcare benefits of APWU members in 2012. Each year from 2013 through 2016 there will be a slight shift in employees’ share of contributions toward healthcare coverage. This will amount to an increase of several dollars per pay period each year. (Similar changes were made in the last contract.)

Limits on Excessing

The agreement limits excessing outside of an installation or craft to no more than 40 miles from the installation in most cases and to no more than 50 miles in any case. If management cannot place employees within 50 miles, the parties will jointly determine what steps may be taken.

Employees will not be required to retreat to crafts they were excessed from if the crafts are represented by the APWU.

There will be designated “moving days” no more frequently than once every three months for excessing from postal installations. This will strengthen seniority when excessing occurs in multiple installations within a geographic area.

Jobs and Job Security

Protection against layoffs continues for all career employees who were on the rolls as of Nov. 20, 2010. The language of Article 6, which governs layoffs and reductions-in-force, remains unchanged.

New provisions on subcontracting give the APWU the opportunity to develop proposals to compete with subcontractors for work, and stipulate that if APWU-represented employees can perform the work less expensively than the subcontractors, the work must be performed by APWU-represented employees.

The tentative agreement protects jobs with a provision that stipulates that the APWU will retain jurisdiction if the duties of union members are moved to facilities that are not currently represented by the APWU.

Jobs in the Clerk Craft

No fewer than 1,100 Call Center jobs that had been contracted out will be returned to the APWU bargaining unit. The Call Center locations will become part of the installation of the nearest Processing & Distribution Center, so that APWU members can bid on these positions.

A minimum of 800 positions will be created in the Clerk Craft to perform administrative and technical duties that are currently performed by EAS personnel.

Lead Clerk, PS-7, positions will be created in mail processing and in retail to perform administrative duties.

At least one Lead Clerk position will be established in any office where there is no supervisor.

At least one Lead Clerk position will be established in any Customer Service office with five or more Clerk Craft employees.

Ratios for the establishment of Lead Clerk positions in mail processing will be as follows :

# Clerks

# Lead Clerks





200-499 4
500 or more 5, plus one for each 100 clerks

204Bs will be eliminated from offices with supervisors, except to fill absences of more than 14 days and vacant assignments of more than 14 days.
Part-Time Regular positions will be eliminated from the Clerk Craft.

Jobs in the Maintenance Craft

There will be a joint audit of maintenance work currently performed by contractors to identify duties that can be assigned to the Maintenance Craft where it is cost effective.

Custodial staffing will be established on an installation-wide basis rather than on a facility-wide basis.

Initially 1,500 custodial positions that were contracted out will be returned to the bargaining unit.

Help Desk positions at the MTSC (Maintenance Technical Support Center) in Norman, OK, will be assigned to the bargaining unit.

There will be an audit of EAS positions to determine if non-supervisory duties are being performed. Bargaining unit duties derived from the audit will be returned to the bargaining unit and a minimum of 60 bargaining unit positions will be established.

All in-craft promotions will be on the basis of installation seniority within a “banded” score.

Jobs in the Motor Vehicle Craft

Approximately 740 Vehicle Maintenance Facility positions will be created to perform work that is currently performed by subcontractors. The jobs will be created as follows:

219 Level 8 Technicians
459 Level 9 Lead Technicians
62 Level 10 Lead Technicians

A minimum of 600 Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) will be converted to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) routes, with a minimum of 25% of the duty assignments given to career employees

The APWU will have the opportunity to review approximately 8,000 additional HCRs, and will have the opportunity to submit proposals for the work.

There will be an audit of EAS positions to determine if non-supervisory duties are being performed. Bargaining unit duties derived from the audit will be returned to the bargaining unit and a minimum of 60 bargaining unit positions will be established.

Part-Time Flexible and Part-Time Regular positions will be eliminated from the MVS Craft.

New, Non-Traditional Positions

The tentative agreement changes the definition of “full-time” in a way that gives the Postal Service and our members greater flexibility.

The “full-time” designation will apply to any position of 30 or more hours per week and to any position of 48 hours or less per week

No current employees can be forced into a full-time position of less than 40 hours per week or more than 44 hours per week.

These provisions will allow for the creation of many non-traditional full-time schedules, including four 10-hour days, three 12-hour days, and four 11-hour days.

There will be no mandatory overtime for employees in non-traditional assisgnments or in functional areas that utilize non-traditional full-time assignments.

To provide the USPS with flexibility, the parties agreed to create a new position for Non-Career Assistants, who will comprise up to 20 percent of the workforce in most functional areas of the Clerk Craft and up to 10 percent in both the Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts. These employees will be paid lower wages than career employees, but higher wages than Transitional Employees and Casuals. They will be part of the APWU bargaining unit and will receive raises, health benefits, and leave. Non-Career Assistants will have access to the grievance procedure, and they will have the opportunity to join the ranks of the permanent, career workforce by seniority.

Transitional Employees and Casuals will be eliminated as workforce categories. Employees who are currently serving as TEs or Casuals will be eligible for conversion to Non-Career Assistants if they have passed the appropriate tests.

Small Offices

There will be no Part-Time Flexibles in Level 21 and above offices. Positions will be staffed with Full-Time Regulars (including non-traditional assignments) and Non-Career Assistants.
In Level 20 and below offices, wherever the union can demonstrate the existence of 30-hour duty assignments, management must create them.
Restrictions will be placed on the amount of bargaining unit work that may be performed by supervisory personnel in small offices. The formula is as follows:

Level 20 offices and above - No bargaining work by supervisors allowed

Level 18 offices - 18 hours per week

Level 15 and 16 offices - 25 hours per week

Many Contract Postal Units (CPUs) will be returned to the APWU bargaining unit; others will be closed, and a system will be established to evaluate additional CPUs for return to the bargaining unit or closure.


Employees will enjoy unlimited bidding on jobs that do not require training or a deferment period. Such bids will not count toward an employee’s allowed number of bids.

Light & Limited Duty

The union’s proposals regarding light- and limited-duty positions will proceed to arbitration. Our proposals are intended to protect seniority rights and to provide fair opportunities for accommodation for employees that need it.

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Read more on the tentavive APWU contract agreement (awaiting ratification)

To read the latest news and commentary on the APWU tentative agreement, please view our side-bar on the left hand side of this site, titled: "News for the APWU".

APWU Contract Negotiated to an Agreement: requires ratification by membership

APWU Contract Negotiated to an Agreement - requires ratification by membership

The APWU has reported a settlement of the National Contract. To view a synopsis of the settlement go to The link will take you to the APWU Contract Negotiations site. As we write this post, the site is experiencing downtime due to heavy traffic. Sites tend to pay for a certain amount of internet bandwidth and when that bandwidth amount is exceeded, you may get a "problem loading page", a connection timeout, or some other inability to load the page.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

APWU Contract Deal? Contract Negotiations Update for March 14, 2011

No official news of a contract agreement

The has reported "a tweet from the Mid Florida APWU Local claims the union and the USPS have reached a contract agreement." [Reference:]. However the PostalReporter News Blog [Reference:] reports the "USPS Denies Contract Agreement Reached With APWU".

In an effort to investigate the report, we went straight to the most applicable source, the APWU. A search of the APWU "Contract Negotiations News" page has not posted an update, at least at the time of this writing, since February 24, 2011. Therefore there is no official news as of yet.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Postal Early Retirement Coming Soon

Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year

early retirement offers to reach that number and is weighing whether to use buyouts as well.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

APWU Contract Update

APWU Contract Update

What's going on with the APWU contract negotiations? No news to share here!

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