note: PSE is a new position under the APWU contract. “The PSE work force will be comprised of noncareer, bargaining unit employees, which is the only category of noncareer employees established to work within APWU bargaining units.”
National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) – This past week, many PMR’s in EAS-15 & 16 offices received a notice that their current positions would be terminated on August 23, 2011, but they would be given a special opportunity to apply for the newly created Postal Support Employee (PSE) position. PSEs are a new category of non-career employee, who will be appointed for a term not to exceed 360 calendar days. Based on operational needs, a PSE may be re-appointed for another not to exceed 360 day term after a 5 day break in service. PSE employees will be entitled to benefits including raises, health benefits and leave, with a $12 to $15.85 hourly wage range.
NAPUS leaders will meet with USPS officials on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 to discuss the PSE position and how it will impact PMR’s and the coverage of Postmasters on their non-scheduled days and leave replacement periods. Postal Headquarters officials will also brief NAPUS leaders on details of the recently ratified APWU contract agreement. The recently issued letter to PMR’s appears to have been prematurely released by USPS Headquarters prior to any discussion with the leaders of the two Postmaster organizations, but PMR’s who received the letter are encouraged to apply for PSE vacancies as instructed in the letter.
PMR’s are encouraged to visit the NAPUS website after the Tuesday meeting to receive additional details on the PSE opportunities.
June 3, 2011
USPS, APWU MOU from the current contract
Re: Postal Support Employee
The parties agree to the following general principles concerning Postal Support (PSE) employees:
1. General Principles
a. The PSE work force will be comprised of noncareer,bargaining unit employees, which is the only category of non career employees established to work withinAPWU bargaining units.
b. PSEs will be hired for a term not to exceed 360 calendar days and will have a break in service of at least 5 days,if reappointed.
c. Leave provisions for PSEs are included in Attachment A
d. For PSE percentage use allowances, see Article7.1.B.e. The Postal Service will provide a report every four week reporting period with information needed to monitor compliance with the provisions above, i.e., the total number of career bargaining unit employees and PSEs by craft, function, installation and District.
f. The transitional employee and casual category of supplemental employees will be eliminated within three (3) months of the effective date of this Agreement.