NAPUS National President, Tony Leonardi, and LEAGUE National President, Mark Strong, received the following explanation from Vice President, Labor Relation, Doug A. Tulino, concerning the inclusion of Level 6 POStPLAN offices during Limited Area of Consideration (LAC) posting scheduled for July 8, 2014 through July 23, 2014.
The APWU has filed a national level dispute regarding the Postal Service’s decision to staff Level 6, Level 4, and Level 2 offices with part-time career Postmasters and PMRs. The case has been arbitrated, the parties have submitted briefs, and we are awaiting the arbitrator’s ruling. Until we get that ruling, it would be inappropriate to include the Level 6 offices as a viable landing spot for Postmasters, because if we receive an adverse ruling from the arbitrator, those offices would not be a viable landing spot
The Postmasters organizations have had numerous meetings with Postal Headquarters regarding the final implementation of POStPlan, since the announcement of the extension of the POStPlan RIF date from September 30, 2014 to January 9, 2015. As a result of these meetings, a number of clarifications on the implementation and the POStPlan Timeline were shared with the field.
Megan Brennan, COO and Executive Vice President, shared a letter clarifying the results of the re-evaluation of POStPlan offices using FY/2013 data and how the remaining offices being implemented for POStPlan would be impacted.
Community meetings will take place in those remaining offices and the implementation process completed by September 30, 2014. Those POStPlan offices that are vacant, will have the operation hours changed, consistent with current guidelines. Offices with encumbered Postmasters, will maintain their current grade, salary and hours of operation until January 9, 2015, or it becomes vacant. The letter also states, that Postmasters will not be involuntarily moved from their office for assignments or details.
This letter helps clarify some problems we were having in the field, where POStPlan Postmasters were being told that their hours would be reduced to the level of the POStPLan office regardless of the RIF date or they could be sent to another office to work. We encourage Postmasters to seek details and assignments to improve their chances of getting a promotion or being placed into another position, but that decision is voluntary.
Click on POSTPlan Org Change/RIF Timeline to view the dates and events that lead up to the January 9, 2015, Effective date of RIF separation. Key dates include the official mailing to all impacted Postmasters, the annuity estimates, VER package, POStPlan memo which includes the implementation timeline. Impacted Postmasters who qualify for Optional or VER retirement have another decision to make, as the VER window period is from 6/30/2014 – 8/18/2014 with a VER effective date of 9/30/2014. There is a ten thousand dollar incentive for the early retirement but it is only for impacted Postmasters who qualify for Optional or VER retirement.
Another event of importance to the impacted Postmasters is the Limited Area of Consideration (LAC) posting, opening on July 8 and closing on July 23, 2014. This posting, will be for eligible impacted career Postmasters only. We have had two LAC postings for all Postmasters over the POStPlan implementation period but this is the first one for impacted Postmasters only. Please review the POStPlan Org Change/RIF Timeline for those positions that will be included in this LAC posting.
The RIF timeline gives the dates to all the specific events leading up to a possible RIF separation date of January 9, 2015, and RIF assignment date of January 10, 2015. It is our hope, that no one falls into the RIF separation category. Contact your local HR manager, or HRSSC with questions you may have. As always, the NAPUS office will do all they can to assist with questions you may have.
One more significant agreement was worked out for those Postmasters who had voluntarily taken a downgrade to a 6 hour PT Postmaster job. Originally the saved salary was to have expired on October 1, 2014. Headquarters has agreed to extend this timeline to mirror the RIF timeline and this saved salary is now protected until January 9, 2015. Headquarters did not want to penalize Postmasters who had already taken steps to find a landing spot, freeing up POStPlan offices, and we could not agree more.
We will continue to share information on the final POStPlan implementation as it becomes available.
Hello Ohio NAPUS,
I have just returned from the Ohio Chapter convention. It was a great convention. I thank all of the attendees. I hope that it was an informative, educational, fun filled convention for you. I will go into more detail soon but now I need to get this posted.
Please check the National Website tomorrow, Friday 2014 at 2:00 PM. The website is www.napus.org. I had a telecom with Tony Leonardi for the State Presidents. There is information coming out on Post Plan from Headquarters.
What I know at this time is that-
There is no change in regards to Postmasters in impacted offices until 1/9/2015. Everything will remain the same.
An explanation to why the Level 6's have not been posted will be given.
The APWU Arbitration has NOT been decided as of tonight.
A remapping plan will be announced.
NAPUS is assuming a VERA is coming however it will ONLY be for impacted Postmasters from Post Plan.
Discussion was held on Level 18's, upgraded or not the determination of Postmaster work hours such as 15, 25, or required to work 40 hours. Tony Leonardi will be sending this up to headquarters for a determination.
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It has come to the NAPUS Headquarters office attention that some members are using the postal email system to send out information. The Postal Headquarters policy is that employee organizations and management organizations are NOT allowed to use the postal email system to send out information regarding their meetings and events. The Postal Service stated this policy is due to concerns about multiple addresses and computer security issues which means this type of email usage is not considered under MI EL-660-2000-05.
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