This Time It’s Me
It appears that the Postal Service is determined to continue with plans to consolidate over 200 mail processing facilities and to comply with consultation requirements of the contract they have met with the union. This is bad news as over 35,000 jobs will be eliminated and employees will be required to either relocate or drive many miles to their place of employment every day. The politicians achieved the six month moratorium but time has passed and what seemed like a victory six months ago is of little help today. It is assumed that there will be disagreements over the ban on excessing beyond 50 miles, but a close inspection of the actual language reveals that the alleged ban was more propaganda than an actual agreement. The actual language says “that if in unusual situations there are insufficient vacancies available for placement within fifty (50) miles, “the parties will determine what steps may be taken.”
If disputes do arise they will center on whether to “be reassigned” under Consolidations qualifies as “excessing.” Article 12.5.C.2 Consolidations does not use the term “excess” or “excessing” in the reassignment of employees.
I doubt that this can be manipulated to apply only to employees hired after November, 21, 2010. The huge reduction in pay and eligibility to be involuntarily assigned to NFTY work schedules was OK because they didn’t apply to the union members who voted, but there is no line between new and old employees in consolidations.
Everyone who wants to limit relocation due to consolidations to newly hired employees only, please raise your hand!