USPS Is Taking No Prisoners in Effort to Save Service?
Sam Wood, APWU President, Southwest Florida Area Local via 21st Century Postal Worker:
During a meeting this evening with Clerks at the Fort Myers P&DC (concerning detailing Clerks to the Carrier Craft) which ended at about 6:40pm eastern time, USPS Labor Representative Joe Homolash from the Suncoast District informed employees that tomorrow the USPS Postmaster General will be announcing major changes (review of approximately 3,700 Post Offices, stations and branches).
In this meeting, it was made fully clear that the USPS will not be standing still and will begin “TAKING DRASTIC MEASURES” to save the Postal Service. In no way was he specific but it was made clear that the changes will go beyond the 3,700 Post Offices in other ways.
Reading into more of what Homolash stated in this meeting such as many more changes will be coming and they will be fast tracked, It is my opinion that management has no intention to follow any Postal Union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and will do whatever they want. As Homolash also stated, “They will deal with the ramifications later.” It is also my belief that Plants could eventually be affected by potential closings or tour changes.
CLERKS BEING MOVED TO THE CARRIER CRAFT
Management stated that the details to the Carrier Craft would be on “30” day details. After pressing management on the issue, management stated that if they needed to detail these employees for a longer period then 30 days, they wouldn’t have an option to come back. Management stated that the Suncoast District would not train more clerks to do this work, so they would force the employees to stay in the Carrier Craft. The Detailed Clerks would also be subject to discipline (including termination) if any Carrier Violations occurs. Essentially, these Clerk volunteers could in fact be stuck in the Carrier Craft and be constantly moved from station to station and be subjected to hours and days off changes.