The following is a memo Memo sent to the Postal Plant Managers:
Subject: RPG Two Tour Initiative
On this week’s MOS telecon, it was stated that the two tour initiative to “close the GAP” must be given top priority.
The entire nation is expected to move to a 2 tour operation, while still protecting service.
Given the continued workload decline and recent RPG scenarios, the NYMA agrees with moving towards a 2 tour operation because of the economies of scale that it would provide. The first step in this process is moving to a 2 8-hour tour automation operation (AFSM and APPS/SPBS operations to follow). For the month of October, the weekly RPG telecons will be focused on your efforts to make this move. Every plant needs to be progressing on this initiative along the following timeline:
October 3rd – Validate all of the volumes used in your 2 tour automation RPG model (AVG heavy weekday); ensure that you have contingency machines for your operation so that service is protected; ensure that your PM schedule for all machines can be supported by your maintenance staff,
October 10th – Present your overall staffing impact to clerk craft and EAS (net reduction in employees),
October 17th – Present your new bid package for clerk, maintenance, and EAS,
October 24th – Present your overall implementation plan, including timeline and transition plan.
We are working towards an early January 2009 implementation date. Each week we will be providing suggestions and tools on how to effectively develop your plan.