Reassignment Opportunities to the City Carrier Craft
January 3, 2012
Mr. Cliff Guffey
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
1300 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-4128
As a matter of general interest, the Postal Service will initiate an awareness campaign regarding bargaining unit reassignment opportunities to the city letter carrier craft. The program is intended to provide career clerk, mail handler, maintenance, and motor vehicle craft employees with information on volunteer reassignment opportunities to the city carrier craft. We have enclosed a draft copy of a letter that will be mailed to all career clerk, mail handler, maintenance, and motor vehicle craft employees and two draft posters that will be used for this campaign.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Hallie Kline at extension 5656.
Alan S. Moore
Labor Relations Policy and Programs
From Mike Gallagher, APWU Eastern Region Coordinator
Subj: Reassignment Opportunities to the City Carrier Craft
Attached is a notice to the APWU that the USPS is going to start a campaign to encourage our members to become Letter Carriers. They currently have a number of carrier vacancies that they would like to fill with our people.
As you know if our people voluntarily transfer they start a new period of seniority, generally as a PTF carrier. If they are full time currently and they are excessed into the carrier craft they remain full time.
With the proposal to go from 6 day to 5 day delivery currently being considered by Congress, I would discourage our members from volunteering to become carriers. The USPS says if they get 5 day delivery they can eliminate all their C -2 positions and reduce the number of letter carriers significantly. This will lead to the junior carriers being excessed or perhaps laid off, if the USPS reduces or eliminates the layoff protection in their current round of bargaining with the NALC.
So caution your members accordingly.
Eastern Region Coordinator
American Postal Workers Union
1401 Liberty Place
Sicklerville, NJ 08081