USPS Posting of Non-Traditional Full-Time Positions Creating Nightmare for Postal Employees
The new USPS/APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for the creation of Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments in the Clerk Craft and MVS Craft. But major problems with implementing the agreement have started to surface nationwide. APWU has already filed 8 National grievances over issues relating to the NTFT assignements.
According to Don Cheney:
NTFT WORK SCHEDULES POSTED TODAY
The first non-traditional, full-time (NTFT) work schedules are posted today in Level 21 and higher post offices and Function 1 offices with clerk PTFs and PTRs. It is essential that full-time employees keep a copy of their work schedules posted on Wednesdays to resolve local disputes on out of schedule work and overtime. Some supervisors are not good about paying employees their premium pay such as out of schedule, overtime and higher level.
These eight national disputes have generated hundreds of local grievances:
APWU Initiates Step 4 Disputes on August 17, 2011
I’ve noticed that some post offices are converting 50 hour/week PTFs to 30 hour/week NTFT employees. Why? The remaining work hours are being given to cheaper PSEs. The USPS goal: 100% of Function 4 clerks and 50% of Function 1 clerks be converted to NTFTs.
TCBA page 189: “In Function 4, Management may create as many clerk NTFT duty assignments of 30-48 hours in a facility as is operationally necessary. In Function 1, no more than 50% of all duty assignments in the facility may be NTFT duty assignments of 30-48 hours, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties at the local level.”
Locals and NBAs are going to have their hands full policing this gawd-awful MESS.
According to a poster on 21st Century Postal Worker:
Corpus Christi Area Local
– Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 15:11:24 (PDT)
I am (for today, at least) a 37 & 1/2 hour PTR with Sunday/Tuesday off. Today, my manager gave me my new NTFTR “nifty” assignment hours. I will be reduced to just 30 hours a week, and my start time will change from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM. My ending time will change from 3:30 PM to be 6:30 PM, so I will only work 6 hours a day! This will be a horrible change for me!! My daughter just started college and I won’t be able to handle the reduction of my hours. Also, I am the only Passport Clerk at my office, and the posted hours that the USPS agreed with the Dept of State for me to operate passports is 10 AM-3 PM, which I am currently doing. How can I do morning passports if I come in at 12:30?? The USPS will lose their accreditation with the Dept of State, and my location is a very busy one and profitable for passports! What ARE they thinking????
The only ‘good’ thing is I now have weekends off, Saturday & Sunday. BUT, I also work passports on Saturday, starting this weekend, I will be off on Saturday. I am the ONLY person that does passports in South Texas on the weekend, and that’s the day we make mucho moolah for USPS (it’s very popular with families and people who work Mon-Fri) so again my question is “What ARE they thinking????
And according to Oakland APWU local #78:
Article 7.1.A.1 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) requires that full-time employees “shall be assigned to regular schedules consisting of five (5) eight (8) hour days in a service week.” Also, Article 8.1, CBA states that “[t]he work week for full-time regulars shall be forty (40) hours per week, eight (8) hours per day within ten (10) consecutive hours… [or] within nine (9) consecutive hours…” in offices with more than 100 full-time employees and Article 8.2.C provides that a full-time regular’s “normal work week is five (5) service days, each consisting of eight (8) hours…” The Oakland P&DC has more than 100 full-time employees. Moreover, the Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) Duty Assignments MOU embodied in the 2010 CBA does not provide for unencumbered / unassigned NTFT schedules. Ergo, the APWU requests that the instant schedule be rescinded and replaced with a forty (40) hours per week and two consecutive scheduled days off (Article 8.2.D, CBA) schedule.