A new provision of the 2010-2015 contract between USPS and APWU allows positions to be converted into “non-traditional full time” (NTFT, pronounced “nifty”) assignments consisting of less than 40 hours.
From an APWU steward:
USPS San Francisco District Postal Management “reconfigures traditional full-time bid assignments to NTFT bid assignments in response to the loss of workload/financials of the Postal Service.’ Automation (tours 1&3), box section, station/branch clerks to bear the sacrifices with new workload of 30 to 36 hours.
Some examples of the assignments posted for bidding:
via APWU steward:
“Look at the stations and branches. Some NTFTs work five hours, six days a week. Some have variable schedules because they are Flexible NTFTs. While a traditional FTR cannot be forced to bid a job that is less than 40 hours, they could end up in a residual Flexible or Regular NTFT duty assignment of 40 to 44 hours.”
USPS Honolulu PC Job Opportunities Announcement via APWU Steward:
“The posted job opportunities include “Immediate Vacancies for Hanapepe, Saipan, Pago Pago, Kapaa, Waipahu, Lahaina Post Offices. Voluntary Reassignment to Part-Time Flexible – Sales, Services, Distribution Associate and City Carrier.” One warning: the Hawaiian street names and schemes are tough to learn. Island fever is a problem. Mainlanders can get bored in paradise.”