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Letter to Switzer and Santiago on excessing 04/16/2010

April 16, 2010

ATTENTION

ALL CLERK CRAFT EMPLOYEES

PROPOSED UPCOMING EXCESSING

On April 15, 2010, I received another excessing notice, which stated:

"Due to volume decline, it is anticipated that eight (8) Full-Time Regular Level 6 Clerks will be reassigned outside of the craft and/or installation at the Lakeland, Florida P&DC."

I have been informed from our Southern Regional Coordinator that there may be upwards of 50 excessing events within the Suncoast District over the next several months. As with the last two excessing events, I will continue to work with our National leaders to do everything within our power to prevent this excessing, or at least keep the excessing to a minimum. I will be, and have been, tracking any movement of Clerks (i.e. retirements, EAS promotions, etc.) in an attempt to minimize any excessing.

Regarding this excessing letter, the below language from the 2007 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is intended to prevent employees from receiving erroneous information from management.

PROPOSED EXCESSING

Field managers and/or supervisors should not discuss with bargaining unit employees proposed excessing outside the craft or installation until the area/regional parties have held their discussions. This should prevent employees from receiving erroneous information from management or the union, and control the appropriate flow of information.

Should you or the employees on your tour receive any information from management on this issue, please contact me immediately. I will update everyone as I receive any additional information.

In Solidarity,

Joe Paul

 

October 06, 2009

 

Updates

 

As of today, I have been advised that there will be no jobs being posted this Wednesday (October 7, 2009) on the Plant side of the Lakeland P&DC.  There will be a Customer Service duty assignment being posted in the BMEU unit on this weeks posting. 

 

I have been advised that there probably won’t be any ‘newly created’ duty assignments posted on the Plant side until the Clerks retire at the end of the month.  Management will be making a determination as to how many duty assignments are needed and in what sections after October 31, 2009.  I have just put in a challenge in writing to the Plant Manager concerning the proposed reversion of Marcia Chernick’s former Automation position. 

 

At the present time I am attempting to do what I can to get some more Customer Service duty assignments reposted after the retirements.  I know of six (6) Customer Service positions that will become vacant and I am attempting to have as many of them posted as well. 

 

Excessing out of the Installation

 

Until I know for sure how many employees will take the incentive and retire, I am hesitant to give a definitive number that the APWU believes will be impacted.  The number could potentially drop to ten or less.  I hope to report a more accurate number after October 31 2009.  

 

Stand-by time is a hot topic right now.   Stand by time is logged under Operation 340.  The USPS is placing what they deem to be excess employees into this operation.  In the APWU's opinion, it is merely a way to chisel away at the no layoff clause in Article 6 of our CBA!   I have requested information from our Plant Manager and I have some ideas on how to respond to this new operation.   I have instructed the Stewards to place all of the employees that are in the stand-by operation (which management says is Automation section 111), into the Automation Section for overtime, annual leave, holiday scheduling, and vacation planning until further notice.

 

If anyone desires to be added to my e-mail distribution list to receive updates, please send your name and e-mail address to gottabjoe@tampabay.rr.com.

 

In Solidarity,

 

 

Joe Paul

President

 

 

September 23, 2009

 

UPDATE ON EXCESSING

 

As I previously reported, excessing outside of the installation has been put on hold from August 24 thru October 9, 2009 due to the negotionated Monetary Incentive for Retirements and Separations.   The retirement of many employees around the District will create some additional residual vacancies for future impacted employees.  The anticipated number to be excessed out of Lakeland is now 22 FTRs and 1 PTR. 

 

Until I know for sure how many employees will take the incentive and retire, I am hesitant to give a definitive number that the APWU believes will be impacted.  The number could potentially drop to ten or less.  I hope to report a more accurate number after October 30, 2009.  

 

Stand-by time is a hot topic right now.   Stand by time is logged under Operation 340.  The USPS is placing what they deem to be excess employees into this operation.  In the APWU's opinion, it is merely a way to chisel away at the no layoff clause in Article 6 of our CBA!   I have requested information from our Plant Manager and I have some ideas on how to respond to this new operation.   I have instructed the Stewards to place all of the employees that are in the stand-by operation (which management says is Automation section 111), into the Automation Section for overtime, annual leave, holiday scheduling, and vacation planning until further notice.

 

If anyone desires to be added to my e-mail distribution list to receive updates, please send your name and e-mail address to gottabjoe@tampabay.rr.com.

 

In Solidarity,

 

 

 

Joe Paul

President

 

 

August 20, 2009

 

Attention

All Lakeland Employees

 

 

Excessing out of the installation

 

Over the last few weeks I have had discussions and meetings with management concerning the excessing out of the installation and excessing out of sections within the installation.  The initial impact letter which called for 39 full-time regular’s (FTRs) and 1 part-time regular (PTR) to be excessed out of the installation was reduced to 28 FTRs and 1 PTR.   Since that time, I have been able to get management to agree that the numbers are now at 22 FTRs and 1 PTR.  The excessing should not start any sooner than October 7, 2009, therefore, any attrition due to retirement will further reduce the total number of employees to be impacted.   

 

Excessing outside of sections within the installation

 

Management is getting ready to start the process of excessing out of sections within the installation.  I attended a meeting on Tuesday August 18, 2009, with Mike Leahy and Dan Switzer.  The plan was outlined to me as follows:

 

  1. Tour 2 would be excessing 1 Level 7 and 2 level 6 FTRs.
  2. Tour 1 would be excessing 2 Level 6 FTRs from the Manual Section.
  3. Tour 3 would be excessing employees from the Manual Section and would be keeping the 4 senior FTRs in the section,
  4. Tour 3 would be excessing 9-10 FTRs from the Automation Section and keeping the 8 senior employees.

 

I was informed that the letters would be given out over the next several days.  The role of the APWU is to make sure that everything is done per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  I have researched this issue and spoken with our national leaders to make sure we are all on the same page.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

 

In Solidarity,

 

/s/ Joe Paul

 

Joe Paul

President

 

 

Office of Joe Paul

President

 

July 17, 2009

LATEST UPDATE ON EXCESSING

 

On July 16, 2009, Warren Wright (Clerk Craft Director), Bob Lohr (Maintenance Craft Director) and I met with management concerning the upcoming excessing event.

 

Prior to this meeting, we had been told to anticipate that 1 PTR and 39 FTRs (level 6 Clerks) would be excessed.  On a somewhat related note, it is also anticipated that the Lakeland P&DC will be receiving some DBCS machines and we will be processing mail for Zephyrhills and possibly other smaller offices.  With these extra mail processing duties, management has amended the excessing impact letter and has reduced the number of impacted employees to be 1 PTR and 28 FTRs.   

 

Management indicated that the required 60 day notification letters will be distributed next week.  It is my position that no one can be excessed prior to 90 days from July 7, 2009! 

 

Management stated that August 28 will be last day Lakeland will be doing the cancellations in the Plant and that Tour 3 will be the Tour that will most likely be reduced. Upcoming Town Hall Meetings will be held soon.  The Maintenance Craft and some Plant duty assignments will have some bid shuffling.   We have not been informed as to the time frame for these actions.  

 

I read the ‘Newsbreak’ that is on all of the time clocks in the P&DC.  Paragraph 3 states that “some affected career employees may be reassigned to Tampa or other locations with vacant positions.”  It is my opinion that this statement is misleading as it relates to the Clerk Craft. I currently know of no duty assignments that will be available in Tampa for any Clerks.  There may possibly be some Mail Handlers going there, but I do not believe that any Clerks will end up in Tampa.  Tampa just completed their own excessing event and the 58 Clerks that left have retreat rights back to the Tampa P&DC. 

 

I will be sending a notice soon to advise everyone that receives a 60-day notification letter of what you should do next.  I have already drafted information for you to submit on your behalf and will have an official APWU request for information to accompany it.

 

 If you want me to add your name to my email distribution list, please give your email address to one of your Stewards who will get it to me.

 

In Solidarity,

 

/s/ Joe Paul

 

Joe Paul

President

 

 

Office of Joe Paul

President

 

July 8, 2009

 

LATEST UPDATES ON EXCESSING

 

      

On July 8, 2009, I attended the Area/Regional meeting in Tampa to discuss the excessing in the Suncoast District. This meeting was used to set the official date that we in Lakeland will be using concerning the 90-day notification.

 

I was informed that there are 43 Lakeland employees eligible to retire.  The impact letter estimates that 39 FTRs and 1 PTR will be excessed.  I questioned the Area and Regional USPS representatives as to the approximate date that this would happen and was told that the District is still discussing it.  The District is also still discussing which installations begin excessing first. It is the opinion of the APWU that no employees should be excessed prior to mid October.

 

The USPS is stating that employees that have left due to attrition as of June 25, 2009 will be deducted from the total of potential employees to be excessed.  It will be my contention that the information compiled at the USPS Regional Headquarters which resulted in the number of employees anticipated to be excessed was compiled much earlier than June 25, 2009.  This being the case, I believe that the number of employees to be potentially impacted should be reduced by the attrition as of March 24, 2009 instead of June 25, 2009.  

 

I would imagine that management will soon be giving out the 60 day notification letters to the anticipated number of affected employees.   

 

As I receive additional information I will post it and email it if you are on my distribution list.  If you want me to add your name to my distribution list, please give your email address to one of your Stewards who will get it to me.

 

In Solidarity,

 

/s/ Joe Paul

 

Joe Paul

President 

 

 

 

Office of Joe Paul

President

 

June 26, 2009

 

LATEST UPDATES CONCERNING THE EXCESSING AS OF FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2009!!!

 

      

     As I stated in my June 19th letter, I would let everyone know updates as I received them.  On June 22, 2009, the APWU at the Regional Level received A ‘Withholding’ letter.  In my letter posted on Thursday June 25th, I mentioned that there were some rumors that the ‘impact’ letter coming from USPS Human Relations was incorrect. 

 

    Last night I received a revised ‘Withholding Amendment’ letter (posted above).  The first paragraph is simply stating what the first ‘impact’ letter said.  The second paragraph has been changed to read:

 

 “Please be advised that the Suncoast District has informed our office that after closer assessment, the correct anticipated impact should be (39) Full-Time Regular Level 6 Clerks and (1) Part-Time Regular Level 6 Clerk.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this amendment”

 

    The Area/Regional meeting for this ‘impact’ letter will be on July 7th in Tampa.  The Regional Coordinator will also be in attendance along with me and a few other local Presidents that are receiving their ‘impact’ letters.   I will also post another update after this meeting.

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

/s/ Joe Paul

 

Joe Paul

President

 

 

Office of Joe Paul

President

 

June 19, 2009

 

ATTENTION ALL CLERK CRAFT EMPLOYEES

 

            This is an update on excessing outside of the installation.  Unfortunately, the Lakeland P&DC will be excessing once again. Currently, I know of at least ten offices that are excessing or getting ready to start excessing.  Last month, I attended the Area/Regional meeting concerning excessing to find out which offices were to be affected.  Present were the Regional Coordinator, Union Presidents from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Manasota, and Ft. Myers, along with three USPS representatives. Once all the dust settled, we were left in the dark once again!  

 

            At the last area meeting, Lakeland P&DC showed up on management’s excessing sheet but it was not the official impact letter.  We (APWU) were under the impression we would be receiving this official impact letter at the Area/Regional meeting held in Tampa earlier today. That did not happen, but another Area/Regional meeting is scheduled for July 7, 2009. We have been told that we will have the impact letter by that meeting. In my opinion, this entire excessing situation is being handled very poorly.  At each meeting, we find out less and less.

 

            Needless to say, management should not be handing out the sixty (60) day notification letters at least until after the APWU has been notified at the Regional level.  From all that I have heard, the excessing will occur and the number of employees potentially affected will be approximately forty (40).  I will post all new information as soon as I hear about it.

 

In Solidarity,

 

/s/ Joe Paul

 

Joe Paul

President