Issued by the Office of the APWU Regional Coordinator Omar M. Gonzalez, Sept. 26, 2011
USPS Pacific Area Mandates Non Traditional Bids
Info indicates there will be a nationwide excessing move date of Nov. 19, 2011
[ SAN DIEGO, CA ] In a telecom Area compliment management informed the Region of management’s intent to staff to volume pursuant to the opportunities extended in the new CBA- namely to repost Function 1 duty assignments to Non-Traditional Full Time Duty Assignments (NTFTAs).
Beginning with the mid October 2011 bid cycle management will repast current traditional full time assignment as non-traditional assignments at the seven (7) major mail
processing plants and the two so called “junior plants” of San Jose and San Bernadino. The one other junior plant, Honolulu, will not be affected at this time, according to
Area Manager of In plant Support Olson. However, the LA NDC will be affected.
Management claims the staffing in Function 1 is based on Baseline models of staffing to work load. According to the Pacific Area this new staffing will match workload to work hours and minimize overtime. The Area claims that the NTFT As will be site specific averaging 25-30% of Function 1 assignments being converted to NTFTAs. Management conceded that in some plants as many as 47% of the bids will be NTFTAs while in some facilities as little as 15% will be reposted as NTFTAs.
Area further indicated that e1994s will be used for these staffing matrices and that locals were consulted last week which in some cases resulted in modifications. Manager Olson also reported that in some facilities there will be 40 hour NTFTs. However, when quizzed by NBA Scoggins as to the CBA protection that no FT employee could be forced into a NTFTA the Area In Plant Support manager revealed that there were more NTFT As to be reposted than were needed for those employees recently converted from PT to FT.
While no FT employees may be forced into a NTFTA, eventually staffing analysis will be entered in webccm (web based staffing) as excessing events. Area LR Manager indicated that the new CSA requires conversions of FT assignments to NT assignments to be reposted. While no one will be forced into these non traditional assignments those that remain vacant will likely be withheld and offered to employees who will face excessing once staffing needs are determined.Eventually all mail processing facilities will repost some traditional duty assignments to non traditional. The top 7 Districts were slated for priority to be followed by junior plants and then all Function 1 operations.
Function 4 Customer Service NTFTAs
Area has directed customer service operations to use earned hours via Customer Service Variance to build 1994s which under the new CBA will review a 13 week period for analysis. 55 level 21 offices and above will do so within the next four weeks. All Function 4 operations will follow eventually. Proposed bids will be presented to the local unions for input per the new CBA. “Locals better face the reality that management is going to take advantage, if not abuse, the $65 million a month flexibility granted to management under the provisions of the new CBA,” stated Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez. Local must heed the warnings and appeals as directed by the NBAs and national officials. It appears the PMG is seizing the opportunity and not waiting for Congress to act !
This information (below) is being provided to you by your Clerk Craft and Motor Vehicle Craft National Business Agents: Shirley Taylor, James Scroggins, Chuck Locke, Gilbert Ybarra and Bruce Bailey
DO NOT BID ON ANY NTFT ASSIGNMENT WITHOUT FIRST TALKING WITH YOUR LOCAL UNION!
• Current 40 hour a week Full Time Regular employees cannot be forced into a Non Traditional Full Time position with less than 40 hours per week.
• Management cannot unilaterally excess you more than 50 miles from your current installation.
• Excessing out of an installation or section is by juniority. It does not matter if you have a full time 40 hour a week bid or a less than 40 hour a week NTFT bid.
• If you bid on a NTFT assignment, you will receive less annual leave, sick leave and retirement contributions.
DO NOT FALL FOR MANAGEMENTS SCARE TACTICS!
SEE YOUR UNION AND FIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS!