“Many postal clerks work a scheme for at least 30 hours per accounting period (month). Postal Clerks need scheme training to be fast and productive. Passive Adaptive Scanning System (PASS) systems scanners are slow and few in number.”
February 20, 2015
As a matter of general interest, the Postal Service intends to eliminate the Specialized Operations Networking Integrated Keyboard Systems (SONIKS) after March 31, 2015.
The current SONIKS application does not meet Advanced Computing Environment Ill (ACE Ill) compatibility standards and currently resides on the ACE II platform. In addition, the Postal Service has implemented enhanced technology to the Delivery Schemeless Sortation (DSS) and Passive Adaptive Scanning System (PASS) systems which will assist with the reduction of manual scheme sortation requiring scheme knowledge.
In addition, the Postal Service intends to eliminate scheme qualifications on Clerk bid duty assignments after March 7, 2015. This is due to the continuing reduction in mail volumes requiring manual scheme knowledge. Furthermore, eliminating scheme qualifications on Clerk bid duty assignments will reduce the substantial annual costs for scheme training. There will be no impact to employees within the Clerk Craft who currently occupy a duty assignment with a scheme requirement.
Local management will have the discretion to provide scheme training to employees to support operational needs. However, the training will not be required for any bid duty assignments.
Patrick M. Devine
Contract Administration (APWU)