End Result -Loss of clerk craft duties - Excessing of Full Time and PTF Clerks
of APWU Bargaining Unit Duties to Postmasters and PMR’s and a host of others.
postal service has an ongoing initiative of combining carrier routes from
several area post offices to one centralized location.
action of DUO has had a major impact on the clerk craft.
In some Post Offices we are losing all our full time clerk positions and
decreasing PTF’s hours.
order to achieve this, the Postal Service is downgrading the level of the post
office. An example is taking a level 18 office and downgrading it to a level 13.
The postal service is claiming that a DUO is exempt from the restrictions imposed by the Global Settlement. A grievance must be initiated to protect our rights. Arbitrator Das has rejected the USPS position on this issue.
position is contained in the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual.
JCIM, Appendix C Q&A;
What happens if an office is downgraded in level during the life of
ANSWER: A Level 18, 16 or 15 office that is downgraded in level will remain at the bargaining unit work standard that is in place as of November 21, 2010, through the life of the contract. For example, if an office is downgraded from a level 18 office to a level 15 office, the permissible amount of bargaining unit work which the PM may perform will remain at 15 hours/week permissible for a level18 office. The amount of bargaining unit work would not be increased to 25 hours permissible for a level 15 office.
is the position of the Postal Service, however, that, if as the result
of DUO for example, a level 15 office is downgraded to a level 13, the
postmaster, if one remains in the new level 13 office, would be able
to perform bargaining unit work as any other level 13 PM without
restriction. APWU does not agree. Case 011 C40-C 11311239.]
Arbitrator Das has rendered a decision on this issue and further ruled that the bargaining unit should be compensated for all hours supervisors or postmasters worked the window. Arbitrator Shyam Das.
The provision in the Q06C-4Q-C 10005587 Global Settlement which states:
All time the supervisor or Postmaster spends staffing the window during the day will be counted towards the permissible bargaining unit work limits.
Applies to all time the supervisor or postmaster is covering the window, which, in absence of a clerk, includes all time the window is open.
(2) The provision in the Q06C-4Q-C 10005587 Global Settlement which states:
Any office that is downgraded in
level will remain at the bargaining unit work standard that is in place at the
beginning of the Agreement through the life of that contract.
Is subject to an agreed exception for an
office without a clerk that is downgraded under the DUO initiative on or after
November 21, 2010 to level 13 below.
(3) Issues relating to remedy are returned to the parties for discussion and resolution. I retain jurisdiction to decide any remedial issues that the parties are unable to resolve.
Arbitrator Shyam Das has render his decision on the Gobal award remedy. Q11C-4Q-C 113111239
“Global Settlement” on pages 299 and 300 of the Collective Bargaining
Agreement clearly states how many hours a postmaster may perform bargaining unit
work according to the level of the office.
10005587 GLOBAL SETTLEMENT
parties agree that grievance Q06C-4Q-C 10005587 will
resolved effective with the signing of this settlement.
parties further understand that any cases held in
pending the outcome of this case will be
by this settlement. Those cases will be returned to
level they were held for further processing.
a result of this settlement, in offices under
bargaining unit employees, postmasters and
may only perform bargaining unit work in
with Article 1.6.A and when listed in their
description in accordance with the following:
In level 18 offices, the Postmaster is permitted to perform no more than fifteen (15) hours of bargaining unit work per week.
will be no PMR usage in level 18 offices.
In level 16 offices, the Postmaster is permitted to perform no more than twenty-five (25) hours of bargaining unit work per week.
will be no PMR usage in level 16 offices.
In level 15 offices, the Postmaster is permitted to perform no more than twenty-five hours (25) of bargaining unit work per week.
will be no PMR usage in level 15 offices.
the event there is a second supervisor in any of these
only one of the supervisory employees may
bargaining unit work as prescribed above (either
Postmaster or the Supervisor.
must submit Requests for Information to the Postmaster requesting daily/weekly
summary time reports. These time
reports will show the postmaster levels and their hours of work.
What I have noticed is, they are not reporting the time spent performing
bargaining unit duties as required by the Global Settlement and the M-32.
A grievance must be initiated to protect our rights.
Here is a sample RIF to use to get the grievance rolling.
Request for Information
accordance with the M-32, postmasters or supervisors
bargaining unit work will record what operation
are performing either by time clock, PS Form 1260 or
appropriate means. A copy of such documentation
be made available to the Union upon request.
Despite the Post
Office’s attempt to strip us of our work by downgrading the level of the
office to level 13 the language contained in the Global Settlement provides some
form of protection and must be cited in your grievance.
office that is downgraded in level will remain at the
unit work standard that is in place at the
of the Agreement through the life of that
Recently the Post Office upgraded offices from level 13 to level 18. Once management upgraded the office they were bound by the limitations set in the Global Settlement. We must identify these offices and file grievance. I have found some offices have two EAS employees working. Please get a copy of this report from your NBA. Upgrade offices without clerk craft bargaining unit employees.
When calculating the hours be sure to include the 2 hours of custodial work being performed per day at that office.
Postal Service is also attempting to assign custodian duties to postmasters. The
memo on page 427 of the CBA clearly states that the work will be assigned to
existing APWU Bargaining Unit Employees. I
guess USPS’ position will be, we excessed all the clerks out of the of
parties agree that when in small post offices there are
hours or less of contracted out custodial duties in a
that cannot be combined with other maintenance
to create a duty assignment, those duties will be
to an existing APWU bargaining unit duty
in the facility.
post office is scheduled to be open from 8 am to 5 pm, may be with an hour lunch
and on Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. That’s
approximately 45 hours a week. If
the Global Settlement permits the postmaster to only perform 15 hours a week
that’s a difference of 30 hours per week. The question then is, who is going
to perform the remaining hours?
Well it should be a Clerk, not a PMR or Postmaster.
Be sure use request management to identify all PMR with EID to document the
Be sure use request management to identify all PMR with EID to document the hours worked.
unit work performed by Postmasters or
should be consecutive hours to the extent
so as to minimize the necessity for split shifts
clerk craft employees, whenever possible. All time the
or Postmaster spends staffing the window
the day will be counted towards the permissible
unit work limits.
The postal service plans on decreasing the hours at vast number of rural post offices. Some post office hours will be reduced to 2, 4 or 6 hours per day. The intention of the USPS is to staff these post offices with Postmasters and Postmaster’s relief. Our position should be these offices must be staffed with Hub Clerks, NTFT or PTF’s. The clerk craft memo states that when management no longer performs the duties it must be assigned to the clerks, not a PMR.
And on the flip side
Additionally under POStPlan the USPS is
upgrading offices to level 18 and have no career clerks at the time of upgrade.
The 15 hour restriction on bargaining unit work applies to those offices.
Since the window in these offices is open 8 hours/day, somebody is doing our
bargaining unit work. Grievances need to be filed immediately.
Additionally under POStPlan the USPS is upgrading offices to level 18 and have no career clerks at the time of upgrade. The 15 hour restriction on bargaining unit work applies to those offices. Since the window in these offices is open 8 hours/day, somebody is doing our bargaining unit work. Grievances need to be filed immediately.
non-managerial or non-supervisory work, not otherwise excluded by
Article 1.2, which was being performed by supervisors, is no longer
performed by supervisors, then it must be assigned to clerk craft
Additionally we need to cite the Das national award on 1.6 when management does perform bargaining unit work, which is not included in the global settlement. If management’s performance of bargaining unit work increases from after implementing PostPlan/DUO or any other management initiative to decrease our work we must grieve it. I have included a copy of an old interview we used prior to the Global Settlement.