NAPUS President Bob Rapoza and presidents of the League and NAPS met with Postmaster General Pat Donahoe today to discuss the Postal Service’s plans to revise salary protection provisions in the ELM. The meeting with the PMG was requested after NAPUS and the other two management associations received a letter on January 28, 2011, which proposed changing ELM Section 415 which would eliminate the saved salary provision for Postmasters who are downgraded (Please check out the NAPUS website to review yesterday’s Breaking News story on the Proposed ELM Revision.)
The PMG asked for time to review possible alternatives and requested that the three association leaders return to USPS Headquarters next week to further discuss the matter. NAPUS President Bob Rapoza, League President Mark Strong, and NAPS President Louis Atkins will have a joint management association meeting this afternoon to further discuss this urgent matter. NAPUS President Rapoza has also scheduled a meeting with the NAPUS National Executive Board tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 PM to update them on the alternatives. NAPUS members will be updated as we continue discussions on this very important matter.
February 2, 2011
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Proposed ELM Revision (Section 415)
On Friday, January 28, 2011, NAPUS President Bob Rapoza received a letter from USPS Acting Manager, Labor Relations Policy Administration, notifying NAPUS of a proposed revision of the salary protection provisions of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 415, Rate Retention and Change to Lower EAS Grade.The proposed changes to ELM Section 415 include the following;
- Salary protection related to a change to a lower non-bargaining grade during a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) avoidance period, a specific RIF notice period, placement in a non-duty, non-pay status for 30 days related to a RIF, or to a RIF will not extend beyond two years of saved grade, unless the protected salary is below the maximum of the employee’s new grade. If the employee’s salary exceeds the maximum of the new grade upon expiration of the two years of protection provided in ELM 415, it will be reduced immediately to the maximum of the new grade.
- When an employee voluntarily accepts a lower grade non-bargaining unit position in a management initiated action, the employee will receive saved-salary protection for two years. If the employee’s salary at the end of this period is greater than the maximum salary of the lower grade position, the salary will be reduced immediately to the maximum of the lower grade position.
- If a position is reclassified to a lower grade, the employee is reduced immediately to the lower grade. The employee receives saved salary for a period not to exceed two years, if the employee’s salary at the end of this period is greater than the maximum salary of the lower grade position, the salary will be reduced immediately to the maximum of the lower grade position.
In response to the proposed revision of the salary protection provisions in ELM Section 415, President Rapoza immediately requested a meeting with Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to discuss exempting Postmasters who may be downgraded as a result of the DUO process. He will remind the PMG that earlier discussions with Postal Service officials included an agreement and written guidelines where NAPUS was assured that the two year saved grade period would be followed by indefinite saved salary for Postmasters who were downgraded as a result of the DUO process.
NAPUS members will be kept informed of the results of the meeting with Postmaster General Donahoe. Please continue to check the NAPUS website for further details.
February 1, 2011