PMG Briefs Management Associations and Unions on Move to Five Day Delivery

The resident officers attended a briefing provided for all of the postal unions and management associations that took place immediately after the Postmaster General’s press conference. We were provided with the attachments that are including in this messaging. These documents were provided to the field for both internal messaging and messaging to the general public.

At our meeting we discussed some of the impacts that this proposed change would have on the workforce:

• It is expected that there will be approximately 23,000 carrier impacts as a result of the change in delivery frequency. At the present time the USPS does not think that attrition on its own will take care of placements of impacted letter carriers. To date, there has been no discussions on incentives to reduce the carrier ranks.

• Supervisor staffing in Customer Services will still be based on the SWC formula that was recently rewritten as a result of Consultations between NAPS and the Postal Service. Until a determination is made on the staffing of employees for the proposed Saturday operations, we are unable to determine, at this time, the actual impact on Customer Service EAS positions.

• Processing & Distribution changes have not yet been fully developed. The current EAS staffing criteria for Processing & Distribution will continue to be used for EAS staffing in processing facilities. Based on current complement projections and the initiation of the new Supervisor Program, we still believe that there are vacancies that will still exist in EAS positions even with the reduction in delivery frequency.

• The current Congressional directive on maintaining six-day delivery was included in last years’ appropriations bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. This directive expires on March 27, 2013 and must be renewed by the Congress in order for six day delivery to be a Congressional mandate. In 2012, when the current appropriation was submitted by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, as it has for decades.

The Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa objected to the Appropriations Committee inserting delivery frequency into their appropriations bill as Issa believed that the Appropriations Committee did not have jurisdiction to insert this language. NAPS will be monitoring the development of this years’ appropriations bill to see if language on delivery frequency will be included.

Next steps in the process:

• NAPS headquarters is expecting to be receiving additional briefings on the inner workings of the changes that are anticipated including;

• Development of distribution changes to support service standard requirements for boxline/caller service on Saturday;

• Supervisor staffing in Customer Services for Saturday operations as retail operations and package delivery will still be in place;

• Possible changes in EAS schedules in both Customer Services and Processing & Distribution.

11 thoughts on “PMG Briefs Management Associations and Unions on Move to Five Day Delivery

  1. hmmm comment to smart carrier…it ever cross your mind that they will eliminate your job…becasue it cost more to employ you than a CCA; Wonder if you think Saturday delivery would be dumb then. If they do this, I truly hope you dont think they care of your “Seniority” and you be the first to go!!!!!.

  2. How about combining some of the small offices into larger offices? I work in a 9 rote office and ! mile down the road there is another office that has 9 or 10 routes. merge the 2 offices and get rid of a $12,000 a month lease, a postmaster salary of $77,000 and a supervisor salary of $65,000

  3. Management should also consider changing it’s EAS pay. No more per diem. No more travel. No more meals. When a Leadership or management person goes to work in another office, there should be no more extra pay. I know of cases where individual management personnel are getting $1,000 extra per week to go there. Then they just pocket the money because they don’t spend the money or food or board. It’s outrageous. I wish Congress would investigate that!!!

  4. Problem with the post office is the worst craft workers get promoted to management and in turn become the worst, most unethical supervisors. Make management salary not hourly with overtime!

  5. Most people only know what they see in the lobby of their local post office. If you want to really get a taste of the PO, spend time inside of a processing and distribution center where clerks, maintenance and mail handlers spend their time. On any given saturday or sunday, you’ll see them milling about taking 20 minute breaks, 45min to 1 hour lunches or outside smoking. There’s nothing for them to do. Some push carts around or take walks around the facility or sit at their case on their cell phones. The unions know that cuts in service and jobs will impact their coffers and their staffing. Unions don’t give a fat rats ass about the public. Oh sure…they’ll pitch it that way to get the public to become outraged but, in the end, it’s their bottom line and cushy lifestyles that they are only interested in. Contract or sell off the processing side of the company and keep the delivery part of the operation.

  6. Any postal employee knows that saturday delivery is a huge waste of money. Been carrying for 28 years and I know more about it than any Senator or Congressman alive. Doesn’t matter to me one way or the other but some carriers that are used to making an extra $25,000 a year on overtime really are crying the blues. The NALC is only trying to protect jobs, they know saturday delivery is a waste of time and money. In most postal employees minds, the end of saturday delivery would really help the financial situation and not at all destroy the service. The Demorcratic Senators that are against it are only worried about the union vote and know nothing about what we do as letter Carriers.

  7. Hey Donahoe ,, was Issa pulling the strings on that or did you think that stupidity up all by yourself.. complete Idiot.. you and your ENTIRE MISMANAGEMENT TEAM AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO GIVES YOU INFORMATION.. needs to tossed out..

  8. Talk about a dumbass. The workers are only as good as the leaders who lead, these stupid fucks can’t lead shit. Congress to scared to take action and the fucked up republicans will applaud anything dealing with job cuts. Somebody get some balls and address postal reforms because postal management is skull fucked and brain dead.

  9. I agree with RT. While Usps has been cutting lower level management in almost in half, they have been adding upper level management so much that management overall levels have went up 44% since 2001. We really need all these chiefs to supervise the Indians that have been cut by a 3rd. Looks like like fat so Don o hole has been eating good and I am sure his cronies have too. At least they are shorting thier life span. They are putting tht screw to the customers and the employees at the same time

  10. Although this is a shake up to the postal network and its workers, what did everyone think would happen since Congress was not acting on our behalf? Year after year, this is all I read about, all I heard, “please Congress, help the USPS restructure, “You are the governing body, help us put this together” and year after year, NOTHING. And now I am reading the response from Congressional members…..it doesn’t matter what they say now….they wont act, they wont help, they never did! And now, words they speak,… it just doesn’t matter.

  11. What executive in any company would consider cutting service to grow the business? Donahoe needs to go as we’ll as his whole staff. This is a proud and storied organization. It is ashamed to see these privateering hucksters destroy your postal service.

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