By Omar M. Gonzalez, APWU Western Region Coordinator
The PMG plans to cut 100,000,000 work hours in 2009 so Area and District managers are running amuck with their so called “Migration Plans.”
Throughout the United States, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii (and all parts in between) management has declared an excess of postal employees and is using the economy and the decline of mail as the excuse to implement, in full force, their Network downsizing.
No employee is immune. Beginning Saturday March 14, 2009 a 15-20% cut in supervisors/managers was implemented, so just about everyone in the Post Office will be affected one way or another. Thousands of postal employees are scrambling for jobs.
The problem is the way in which management is “repositioning” craft employees. Because of union protection against lay off, management has to find jobs for dislocated employees.
Management’s Strategic Plan I (2002-2005) and Phase 2 (2005-2010) and Evolutionary Network Development deal with excess capacity and excess capital. This was before the recession began in 2007 and declared in late 2008.
Network realignment has been part of management’s plan and was included in the report of Bush’s Presidential Commission on the US Postal Service. In June 2008 USPS submitted the Network Plan to the US Congress before the recession was declared.
Network realignment is a major component of the Network Plan issued to Congress. It as three major parts:
• Closure of Air Mail Centers
• Elimination of excess Mail Processing in P & DCs
• Transformation of the BMCs
Vision 2013 is a plan to revamp and/or curtail retail activity by:
• Redirect customers to non postal vendors
• Reduce patron transit time, streamline customer processing
• Expand self-service options
• Relocate retail units, change hours
• Separate Retail from Delivery
• Share space with competitors
• Have carriers do more house calls and provide retail services
• Use more CPUs and establish some Post Office Express (POE)
Management’s mess is going to get worse and not just junior employees will feel the pain of migration. The Union is challenging contract violations but we need your continued support!
note: USPS has expanded the distance in which employees can be excessed from 100 to 500 miles. USPS is also excessing Clerks into letter carrier and other crafts.