Trenton Metro Area Local

American Postal Workers Union

AFL-CIO

President Bill Lewis

 

 

 

 

Bill's Resource Page

Phone Numbers, Forms & Links 

Steward's Resource Page  

       new information added daily

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The Struggle Still Continues

 

 

 

 

Copy Of New 

Collective Bargaining Agreement

 

JCIM 2017

 

Copy of Local Memorandum of Understanding

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Mailing Address

Trenton Metro Area Local's

PO Box 8011

Trenton NJ 08650

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Main Office

Trenton Metro Area Local

2382 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd

Hamilton, NJ 08619

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609-631-7745

Fax 609-631-7747

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Steward's Office   

 609-581-8118  

Fax 609-581-0340

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US Post Office

680 Highway 130 

Trenton, NJ 08650

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Local Page

Listing of Officers

List of the Office

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Employees Assistance 

Program  

1-800-EAP-4-YOU
(1-800-327-4968)
TTY 1-877-492-7341
www.eap4you.com

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Clerk's Bidding Phone #

Local's Information Page

Address Change

Legislative 

Solidarity 

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Local's Attorney

Mark Belland, Esq.

OBBLAW.com

 

Local's Accountant

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From The Past

Lab Rat Corner 

Trenton P&DC  

New Building   POAC  

Updates from the past

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Maintenance Issues

Clerk Issues

Motor Vehicle Issues

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Annual Leave

Sick Leave Issues

FMLA Issues

Deems Desirable

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 CSRS and FERS Handbook for Personnel and Payroll Offices

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Notice Of Election

 

Letter to the Judge of Election

Election Candidates

 

 

Union Meeting

TBA

 

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Upcoming APWU Holidays

 

 

Thanksgiving Day 

November 26, 2020

Holiday Period Nov 24-26, 2020

 

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Clerk Bids

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Federal Employees Health Plan Open Season

November 9, 2020 - December 14, 2020

More dental and vision insurance plans to be offered for 2021open season

 

APWU Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

November 28 December 25, 2020 

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 The Eastern Area has placed a withholding on all crafts for

Excessing of  Maintenance Employee

from The Philadelphia and Norristown/Tri County Pa.

This affect all Trenton Metro Offices

Excessing Notice of Philadelphia

Excessing Notice of Norristown

Withholding Locations 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 22, 2020

On November 21, 2020, management informed the local of a positive for COVID-19.  

Tour 2 Mail handler from the Trenton P&DC. 

So far, we’ve had 51 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 21, 2020 

On November 20, 2020, management informed the local of the following 3 positives for COVID-19.  

Tour 3 Clerk from the Trenton P&DC

Tour 2 Clerk from the Trenton P&DC  

Rural Carrier from the Trenton Carrier Annex

So far, we’ve had 50 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 19, 2020 

On November 19, 2020, management informed the local that a Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. The Postal Service didn’t provide a tour.  A Carrier from the Trenton Carrier Annex has also tested positive. 

So far, we’ve had 47 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

COVID-19

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

Nov. 18, 2020

Social distancing reminder

 

Thanks to the hard work of employees like you, the Postal Service has been able to fulfill its critical mission throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

You have helped ensure we are there for our customers every day, serving as a lifeline for millions of people.
Today, we want to remind everyone of the importance of social distancing and other guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the use of face coverings.
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period — 15 minutes within a 24-hour period.
 

To reduce the spread, you must observe social distancing guidelines whenever possible while on delivery routes, at retail counters, and within the postal workplace: in plants, on docks, and in lunch and break rooms.

We also recommend that you always wear face coverings at work and in public settings. Postal policy also requires you to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained and when required by local or state orders or directives.

 

Because people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, social distancing helps minimize transmission even if you — or others — do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

 

Taking these steps to stay healthy and well means we can continue to deliver for the American people and remain a stable, calming presence across the country.

 

Thanks for listening. And thank you for everything you do for our customers.
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Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 13, 2020 

On November 13, 2020, management informed the local that a Tour 2 Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

So far, we’ve had 45 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 11, 2020 

On November 11, 2020, management informed the local that a Tour 3 MHA from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

So far, we’ve had 44 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 9, 2020

 On November 9, 2020, management informed the local that a Tour 2 BMEU Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

So far, we’ve had 43 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

Over the past weeks I have noticed a major increase in the number of positives in the South Jersey District.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

President

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 4, 2020

 

On November 4, 2020, management informed the local that a Tour 2 SPBS Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

So far, we’ve had 42 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

Over the past weeks I have noticed a major increase in the number of positives in the South Jersey District.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

November 3, 2020

On November 3, 2020, management informed the local that a Clerk from Carrier Annex has tested positive for COVID-19.  

So far, we’ve had 41 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

Over the past weeks I have noticed a major increase in the number of positives in the South Jersey District.  

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk 

Oct. 30, 2020 
Protecting everyone’s safety and wellness 


Throughout the coronavirus pandemic — even as new “hot spots” emerge around the nation and new cases are reported — the Postal Service has continued to deliver for America. We are a lifeline for millions of people. 

As new cases continue to be reported every day, to help ensure your own safety and wellness, and that of everyone around you, please remember: 

• All employees are required to wear face coverings when there is a state or local order to do so. 

• All employees — including those who do not deal directly with the public — are required to wear face coverings in the workplace when you cannot achieve or maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. 

• You should adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 feet) whenever possible, including while on delivery routes and at retail counters. 

• Social distancing also applies to the postal workplace in plants, on docks and in lunch and break rooms. • Practice proper hygiene by washing your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds. When soap and water aren’t available, use a 60-percent or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has additional recommendations as well: 


• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

You can request a face covering or surgical mask from your supervisor or bring your own personal cloth face coverings to use while on duty. Masks with one-way valves or vents are not sufficient, as they allow exhaled air and respiratory droplets to reach others. 

If you cannot wear a face covering for health reasons, you should immediately contact your supervisor to discuss reasonable accommodation. 

Also, consider getting a flu shot this season. Flu vaccines don’t prevent the coronavirus, but they help to reduce flu-related illnesses, potential hospitalizations and missed work or school. 

Taking these steps will help us all stay healthy and able to keep delivering for the nation. 

Thank you for your attention. 

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Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

Trenton P&DC                   October 28, 2020

Staying vigilant

COVID-19 Response and Prevention  

On October 27, 2020, we learned that another employee of the Trenton P&DC tested positive for COVID-19.   Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the employee won’t return to work until cleared.    

While we understand this new report may be concerning to you because it is not the first report of a positive case out of this facility, we are committed to keeping you updated with the latest information.  As you know, we cannot provide you with specific employee medical information, including the name of the employees who tested positive for COVID-19 or their medical condition.  The safety and well-being of our employees are our highest priorities, but we must also protect our employees’ privacy.        

We want you to understand the steps that have been taken and will be taken to protect your health.  The facility has already been cleaned consistent with CDC guidelines for when a building has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19.  The District Occupational Health Nurse Administrator (OHNA) is working to identify anyone who may have been in close contact with the employees as defined by the CDC.  Those individuals, if any, are contacted directly.  If you have specific concerns about your health, we encourage you to monitor yourself regularly for symptoms (such as by taking your temperature twice per day) and contact your healthcare provider.    

Additionally, please utilize the liberal leave policy and stay home if you are sick, even if you’re feeling up to working.  Do your best to avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes, as those actions are believed to contribute to the spread of the virus.  Wash your hands as often as practicable and for at least 20 seconds at a time.  Practice social distancing.  Wear a face covering as required by postal policy when there is a state order or directive in place, such as there is in New Jersey at this time.  As you know, you may request a face covering or surgical mask from your supervisor. Employees also may bring their own personal cloth face coverings to work for use while on duty

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to be available 24 hours a day at 1-800-EAP-4-YOU or online at www.EAP4YOU.com.  EAP provides coaching, referrals and short-term counseling.  You will also find the EAP services include crisis response, a health resource library and in-the-moment support available to you and your family as needed. EAP is a benefit of your postal employment.   

Thank you for your attention.

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

October 26, 2020 

On October 26, 2020, the local was informed by management that a Tour 3 clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

So far, we’ve had 40 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

Over the past week I have noticed a major increase in the number of positives in the South Jersey District.  Yesterday, I was notified that a clerk in Cookstown, NJ Post Office had a positive, that is a small office which is part of our local. 

We must continue practicing social distancing at all times, especially at work. Increase hand washing and use sanitizer. 

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

President

 

 

The United States Postal Service Headquarters has instructed their managers and EAS employees to follow additional instructions regarding the handling of election mail In a document called “Extraordinary Measures Memorandum.” 

 

 

 

  
Picnic Area Update

 

On the 5th of this week the employer unilaterally closed the employees picnic area. This caused employees to have inadequate areas to get fresh air on their breaks and lunches. With the current situation in the lunch room and social distancing this made insufficient seating.
 

Bill Lewis immediately contacted acting plant manager about this situation. The union also initiated a class action grievance over this matter

I am pleased to inform you that I have reached an agreement to put additional seating out side the temporary current entrance. 

 

They’re going to move the smoking area to the left when you exit the building and the benches will be on the right I will keep you updated on any further action.

 

Bill Lewis
President

 

 

 

Rep. Chris Smith Endorsed By New Jersey State Postal Workers Union 

Colts Neck---Rep. Chris Smith today welcomed the endorsement of the New Jersey State Postal Workers Union—as well as the endorsement from the Trenton Metro Area Local affiliate, which represents postal workers, clerks, maintenance, and motor vehicle employees out of Hamilton and the surrounding area. 


“New Jersey’s postal workers are proud to endorse our friend, the hardworking Congressman Chris Smith for re-election,” NJ State Postal Workers Union President and Trenton Metro Area Local President Bill Lewis said. “For many years—especially this year with the COVID-19 crisis—Rep. Smith has been a consistent champion for postal workers, advocating for a safer and better work environment. Chris has been tenacious, fighting for PPE for our postal workers, supporting essential emergency relief and maintaining operational equipment so that our men and women on the frontlines can continue to serve our customers safely and effectively,” Lewis added. 

 

 

Criteria for Return to Work for Employees 

after an absence related to COVID-19

Updated Guidance as of 09/30/2020

 

 

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

Sept. 24, 2020

Ready to deliver Election Mail for the nation

 

 

A reversal of the machine reduction plan,
A federal Judge has blocked the USPS operational changes that have delayed the mail. A nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service was granted.
Management at the Trenton P&DC has begun reactivating (untarping) the machines and preparing to run the machines as needed.
This is only temporary, but a positive step forward.  Management planned on reducing the tour one automation by 20 mail processors. Many other changes were going to be made but may also be on hold.  I will keep you informed.

 

 

All the Covid 19 MOUs are extended to December 31, 2020

Liberal Change of Schedule & Leave

List of all the MOUS Extended

Extension of MPAs Funtion 1 & 4

 

 

Re: Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2021

 

The parties agree that for leave year 2021, regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-APWU Agreement may carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2020 to leave year 2021.
In all other respects, the ELM provisions for payment of accumulated leave are not changed because of this Memorandum.

MOU Annual Leave Carry Over  520 hours     

MOU Annual Leave Exchange for 2021

Annual Leave Exchange MOU.  The maximum leave carryover referred to in #1 of the MOU is 440 hours.

 

 

 

FFCRA Leave

The DOL has added 3 new questions and answers on FFCRA leave and using it for school closure.  These questions were posted on August 27, 2020.  they should help clarify some questions the members may be having as their children return to school either in person or virtual. The full list can be found here: 

My child’s school is operating on an alternate day (or other hybrid-attendance) basis. The school is open each day, but students alternate between days attending school in person and days participating in remote learning. They are permitted to attend school only on their allotted in-person attendance days. May I take paid leave under the FFCRA in these circumstances? (added 08/27/2020) 

Yes, you are eligible to take paid leave under the FFCRA on days when your child is not permitted to attend school in person and must instead engage in remote learning, as long as you need the leave to actually care for your child during that time and only if no other suitable person is available to do so. For purposes of the FFCRA and its implementing regulations, the school is effectively “closed” to your child on days that he or she cannot attend in person. You may take paid leave under the FFCRA on each of your child’s remote-learning days. 

·  My child’s school is giving me a choice between having my child attend in person or participate in a remote learning program for the fall. I signed up for the remote learning alternative because, for example, I worry that my child might contract COVID-19 and bring it home to the family. Since my child will be at home, may I take paid leave under the FFCRA in these circumstances? (added 08/27/2020) 

No, you are not eligible to take paid leave under the FFCRA because your child’s school is not “closed” due to COVID–19 related reasons; it is open for your child to attend. FFCRA leave is not available to take care of a child whose school is open for in-person attendance. If your child is home not because his or her school is closed, but because you have chosen for the child to remain home, you are not entitled to FFCRA paid leave. However, if, because of COVID-19, your child is under a quarantine order or has been advised by a health care provider to self-isolate or self-quarantine, you may be eligible to take paid leave to care for him or her. See FAQ 63

Also, as explained more fully in FAQ 98, if your child’s school is operating on an alternate day (or other hybrid-attendance) basis, you may be eligible to take paid leave under the FFCRA on each of your child’s remote-learning days because the school is effectively “closed” to your child on those days. 

·  My child’s school is beginning the school year under a remote learning program out of concern for COVID-19, but has announced it will continue to evaluate local circumstances and make a decision about reopening for in-person attendance later in the school year. May I take paid leave under the FFCRA in these circumstances? (added 08/27/2020) 

Yes, you are eligible to take paid leave under the FFCRA while your child’s school remains closed. If your child's school reopens, the availability of paid leave under the FFCRA will depend on the particulars of the school’s operations. See FAQ 98 and 99

 

 

Back Pay Issues

There has been some problems with  the Retro Back Pay and attached is an explanation to help you understand how to calculate your back pay.  Unfortunately, some people did not get paid.  I am working with the APWU officers to get help in resolving these problems.

Info from APWU

The USPS has identified  employees who will not receive the Retro back pay in their September 4, 2020 pay.  Egan is working on manually inputting these employees back pay. The employees do not need to do anything to receive the back pay. 

As more information becomes available it will be shared. 

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The following is an explanation from APWU Headquarters for our members.  The attached is a “simple” explanation.  Calculating the amount anyone employee is owed by hand, is significant undertaking. 

  1. there are some caveats—there is no way I can say “such and such employee should receive ‘X’ amount.” 
  2. amounts are highly likely to be different for every  employee. 
  3. Every hour, minute, and time clock “click” must be accounted for including paid leave, paid holiday leave, regular work hours, Sunday premium hours, Overtime hours, and Penalty OT hours. It should be noted that night differential amounts did not change with the contract and there isn’t any “retro” night pay.
  4. There will be no adjustment for any LWOP hours.
  5. The attached example is a real person, a real pay stub, and once again—just an example of a full-time regular level 6 step O. Pay stubs will probably look different for PTFs and PSEs—however the methodology should be the same.
  6. Anyone who believes their retro pay is wrong must go through their local union to address. 
  7. I thoroughly trust that our APWU sisters and brothers in the IT/AS bargaining units attempted to program the system properly and capture all the hours to the best of their abilities. Our union sisters and brothers are not trying to screw anyone.

Please see the explanation attached.  I highlighted portions of the pay stub to correlate to how the adjustments are calculated. An employee cannot look at just one page of their pay stub and know if they got paid everything.  They must go through each page to find the adjustments.  

Back Pay Attachments

 

 

Alternative Delivery and Access Point Program 

Brothers and Sisters, 

The Postal Service has initiated the Alternative Delivery and Access Point Program in 19 Target stores in Iowa and one store in Los Angeles. In addition, Staples is planning to participate in the program, but at this time, we have not received any information concerning when Staples will begin offering the pick up/drop off option. This program is designed to allow postal customers to drop off and pick up packages at these stores. There are notification letters included as three attachments with this email. The original notification was received by Lamont in February of this year, but due to COVID-19, Target suspended the program very soon after. In June, a USPS notification that Target had resumed the program was assigned to me.  

Lamont and I met with the Postal Service on July 20 to discuss the program. We received the following information:  

  1. This program, which FedEx and UPS already participate in, will solely be utilized for customers to either drop off a package for the carrier with that route to pick up for further processing or pick up a package that the carrier has delivered to the Target store designated by the customer.
  2. The package, while at the designated Target store, will be kept in a secure location.
  3. These stores will not provide or sell any postal products or services, other than the space for pick up/drop off.
  4. No employees of these stores will be involved with the program.
  5. National expansion is planned for this program.

Since that meeting, I received the third notification in early August that one Target store in Los Angeles has been added to the Alternative Delivery and Access Point Program.

 

Please share this information with your State and Local leaders.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Sam Lisenbe

Assistant Director

Clerk Craft

 

 

Clerk Craft General Expediter and MVS Rumors

I have made inquiries at the national level to address the rumors of  general expediters being reassigned to the motor vehicle craft. 

I have received a USPS HQ written response, of which I am not privy to share at this time, as it is unofficial at the moment. 

I have been informed the Unions and Management Associations will receive official notifications in the very near future. 

As part of a HQ realignment dealing with logistics and transportation, certain employees may have a different reporting supervisor. 

Employees will remain in their current craft and will continue to receive the same contractual rights. The restructure could involve more than just expediters. 

Once we receive the official notification, the Clerk Division will respond accordingly and will share our position with the field. We will enforce all of our contractual rights, 

Please refer any substantive inquiries to me. 

Please share with your APWU local officers and stewards, so that they can respond to their members concerns. 

In Union solidarity, the struggle continues. 

Lamont Brooks

Director

Clerk Division

 

 

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

Aug. 27, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave Understanding how leave impacts retirement and TSP deductions

 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided employees with two additional types of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for child care needs. This leave benefit became effective April 1, 2020, and continues through December 31, 2020.
 

 Since the introduction of the new leave types, the Office of Personnel Management has provided official guidance that leave payments under the FFCRA are not eligible for retirement and Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) deductions.

 

If you took leave under FFCRA, any deductions withheld for TSP or retirement as a result of FFCRA leave will be refunded to you in pay period 20-2020, retroactive to April 1, 2020. Retirement refunds will show on your October 2, 2020, paycheck. These refunds will not impact creditable service time towards retirement eligibility.If you wish to keep your retirement and TSP contributions, you must change your FFCRA leave to a different leave type. Contact your supervisor to request an adjustment of your FFCRA leave to annual or sick leave. These adjustments must be in line with leave policies, covered by earned leave balances, and be entered in AdjustPay before September 11, 2020, to prevent a refund of retirement and TSP deductions. Employees receiving the TSP refund can increase their TSP election for the remainder of the year. All TSP eligible employees may change their TSP election at any time during the year.

 

Additional details about the FFCRA and other COVID-19 information can be found on the special COVID-19 pages of our employee websites, Blue or LiteBlue.

 

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your professionalism, commitment, and all you do for our customers, your co-workers and the Postal Service. Stay Safe.

 

 

 

Retroactive Pay

The retroactive pay (also called back-pay) due under the terms of the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement is scheduled to be in paychecks dated September 4, 2020.  

The Industrial Relations Department has had a lot of questions regarding this pay. There are multiple variables that will determine how much any one employee will receive. In attempt to help everyone understand the pay please see below: 

  • The retroactive pay period is September 20, 2018 through April 10, 2020. 
  • The retroactive pay will be included with your regular paycheck.  It will not be a separate check. 
  • Retirees will receive retroactive pay for the hours they were actively employed and worked during the period of September 20, 2018 until their retirement date if their retirement date was prior to April 10, 2020.  If they retired after April 10, 2020, they would receive pay for hours worked during the full retroactive pay period. This check will be sent to their last office of record.   
  • The amount an employee receives will be based on the following: 
    • Actual hours worked, 
    • Step and level of pay during the retroactive pay period.  For example, a level 6 step O employee will not receive the same amount of retroactive pay as a level 9 step K employee, 
    • Overtime hours worked, 
    • Any shift differential worked (Sunday premium, night differential, etc.), 
    • Leave Hours paid (holiday, sick, and annual), 
    • LWOP hours will also affect the amount of retroactive paid since no pay will be owed on LWOP. 

Because of all the factors that play into the retroactive pay, our APWU sisters and brothers in IT/AS unit have had to extensively reprogram the payroll system to make sure all hours, differentials, and pay/step levels were properly included in the retroactive pay. They did this all while also reprogramming the payroll and time keeping system for the additional leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA). We want to thank them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic to see that we are all paid properly. 

 

Please Disseminate.

 

 

Update on our political action. 

Yesterday, August 25, 2020 the Postal Service finally approved Congressman Chris Smith’s visit to the Trenton P&DC, they placed many restrictions on his visit, NO Bill, No Press, No Pictures.  My question is what do they have to hide?

The South Jersey district has prevented a Congressman from Delaware from visiting the plant in his state.  They also have refused another local president from entering an office he represents. 

I spoke with Chris last night and he updated me on the PO’s reasons for the machine reduction.   It is clearly a decision coming from the top of the company.  What is scary is the same group that can’t get a bathroom cleaned is carrying out the plan. 

Today, August 26, 2020 I have organized a virtual meeting with Senator Cory Booker to discuss the delayed mail, reduced window operations and machine reductions.  I have invited all the NJ local presidents, activists and some National Officers to participate. 

We must continue to fight. 

 

Denied Access to the P&DC

Congressman Smith requested that I attend his tour of the P&DC on August 25, 2020.  His request was denied, due to having me accompany him on the tour.  Rep Smith is visiting the plant to see first hand the machines that are decommissioned and the delayed mail.  I have been working with him and his staff over all the problems of delayed mail, reduced window hours and machine reductions.

 

Smith votes to sustain & boost Postal Service in critical times   

WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation to provide a $25 billion emergency appropriation to the U.S. Postal Service “will help stabilize the post office and restore critical operations and services,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) who voted for the legislation and has been a consistent advocate for postal workers and customers, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.  

The men and women of the postal service have been working on the frontlines during COVID-19 delivering mail, food supplies, medicines, checks and other critical items,” Smith said.  “The USPS has faced added expenses—PPE, testing, quarantine leave, overtime and sanitizing equipment—all to help sustain our embattled economy and enable the rest of us to get the products we need.” 

Smith, who was pivotal in the reopening of the John K. Rafferty processing and distribution center in Hamilton, NJ, after it was hit and closed in the anthrax attack of 2001, said that the changes proposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, would severely curtail operations and cut mail services throughout most of central New Jersey. 

“They are aiming to get rid of almost half of the 26 major mail processing machines just at the John K. Rafferty processing distribution center in Hamilton, alone,” Smith said.  “Efficient and powerful equipment such as delivery bar code sorters move 40,000 pieces of mail per hour.  To dismantle perfectly operating equipment delays the mail and hurts customers and commerce.”  

Smith noted he was also fighting recent lunch-hour closures at branch offices throughout his district “as the closures make it harder for postal patrons to conduct business and/or pick up their mail,” he said. 

“The loss of personnel and machines could hamper vote by mail return as well,” Smith said. 

In addition to providing the $25 billon emergency appropriation, the bill Smith voted for, Delivering for America Act, HR 8015, will: 

  • Prohibit the USPS from undertaking any operational changes from what was in effect prior to January 1, 2020 that may reduce services, such as revision of service standards, closure or consolidation of facilities, or restrictions on overtime pay.
  • Direct the USPS to reverse any initiative or action that is causing delay in mail delivery or processing.
  • Require that election-related mail—such as mail-in ballots and voter registration forms—be treated as first-class mail, and bars removing or decommissioning mail sorting machines and mail collection boxes available to the public or instituting a hiring freeze.
  • Mandate that, to the maximum extent practicable, the USPS post-mark, process, and clear election mail on the day it is received. 

   “The USPS, its universal delivery network, and its postal workers and carriers are a reliable presence in communities across the nation.  We must not shortchange the postal service which has proven so critical to our economy, elections and democracy,” Smith said. 

For the latest version of this release, click on:

https://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=407947

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

August 23, 2020 

On August 22, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 3 manual clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

 So far we have had 39 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All Postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera when entering the facility. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers when they report to work. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times.  

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

Yesterday the USPS issued the attached stand up talk on wearing face coverings.  It should be noted that the USPS indicates that employees can wear any cloth face covering of their choice including ones they procure/purchase themselves. The APWU is not in agreement with this statement.  The APWU believes that the ability to purchase/procure/wear your own face covering is not limited to just cloth face coverings.

COVID-19 SUT 49 – ALL EMPLOYEES: Face Covering and mask reminder – 08-20-20 

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

Face covering and mask update  

Important reminders Throughout the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Postal Service has continued to fulfill its critical mission to bind the nation together. Our employees are working hard to ensure we are there for our customers every day, serving as a lifeline for millions of people.  

To help ensure your safety and wellness, the Postal Service reminds you of the following:  

 All employees are required to wear face coverings when there is a state or local order or directive to do so.  

All employees are required to wear face coverings — including those who do not deal directly with the public — when they cannot achieve or maintain social distancing in the workplace.  

 You should adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 feet) whenever possible while on delivery routes, at retail counters, and within the postal workplace: in plants, on docks and in lunch and break rooms.  

Practice proper hygiene by washing your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds. When soap and water aren’t available, use a 60-percent or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  

Together, these steps can dramatically reduce transmission. The CDC has other recommendations as well:  

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. · Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  

Stay home when you are sick.  

Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, then throw tissue in trash.  

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

You can always request a face covering or surgical mask from your supervisor. Or you may bring your own personal cloth face coverings to work for use while on duty. Masks with one-way valves or vents are not sufficient, as they allow exhaled air and respiratory droplets to reach others. An employee who cannot wear a face covering for health reasons should immediately contact his or her supervisor. A face shield may be considered as a suitable reasonable accommodation.  

Taking these steps together will help us stay healthy and well so we can continue to be a stable, calming presence across the country. 

Thank you for everything you’re doing for our customers, for your co-workers, and for the United States Postal Service.

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

July 29, 2020 

On July 29, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 2 MHA from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

 So far we have had 37 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera when entering the facility. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers when they report to work. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times.   

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

 

 

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Representative Chris Smith NJ 4th District

Letter to Postmaster DeJoy voicing concerns about delayed mail 

 

U.S. Postal Service Plan for Operational Excellence and Financial Stability

From: Message From The Postmaster General
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:16 PM
Subject: U.S. Postal Service Plan for Operational Excellence and Financial Stability
Importance: High

 August 13, 2020

ALL EMPLOYEES 

SUBJECT:  U.S. Postal Service Plan for Operational Excellence and Financial Stability

Today, I am in my ninth week as Postmaster General. I am grateful to everyone who has welcomed me, and I am thoroughly impressed by the dedication and commitment you have shown since I started June 15. 

Last week was extremely busy for all of us with the announcement that we are restructuring into three operating units. I purposely timed the announcement with my first open meeting of the Board of Governors to set the stage with public statements emphasizing that we are developing a strategic plan to achieve operational excellence and financial stability. Our plan will be based on facts and data, and together, we can systematically roll out this plan and position ourselves for future success. 

Let me be clear about the reasons behind our restructuring and the need for our plan. Our financial condition is dire. Ongoing declines in mail volume, a broken business model that Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission have failed to act upon, and the crippling economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic have all combined to bring us to where we stand today. Our critics are quick to point to our finances, yet they offer no solution. On the other hand, our restructuring and the plan we are developing provide a path to our transformation into a financially stable organization. I repeat again how excited I am to take on these challenges, with your support, to improve the Postal Service and better serve our nation. Together, our leadership team and I are taking aggressive and professional actions to ensure a successful future for the Postal Service. 

In order to transform and remain a self-sustaining, mission-focused organization that continues to serve the American people, we must make a number of significant changes that will not be easy, but are necessary. We must re-establish fundamental operating principles and then adhere to them and run on time. It is the only path to consistent, affordable service and it is foundational to our future aspirations and objectives. As you know, we began those efforts right away, as it was imperative for us to strengthen these disciplines immediately by running our trips with mail and packages according to established schedules. 

I congratulate you on substantial improvements in our on-time dispatch schedule, which reached 97.3 percent, up from 89.8 percent. We also have reduced extra trips by 71 percent — a tremendous achievement. This means more mail is being moved to its intended destination on time and on schedule than in quite some time. And, we accomplished this in a cost-effective manner. This marks the beginning of our journey toward world-class performance necessary for us to compete and be sustainable. 

Unfortunately, this transformative initiative has had unintended consequences that impacted our overall service levels. However, recent changes are not the only contributing factors. Over the years we have grown undisciplined in our mail and package processing schedules, causing an increase in delayed mail between processing facilities and delivery units. We are working feverishly to stabilize this, so that all mail and packages moved for the American people and businesses can benefit from this new cost and schedule discipline. This will increase our performance for the election and upcoming peak season and maintain the high level of public trust we have earned for dedication and commitment to our customers throughout our history. 

I also firmly believe that the realignment we announced last week will ultimately help us to stabilize and improve service, and provide positive forward momentum as we work to transform our business. We needed to provide greater focus on the core aspects of our business, and the new structure allows that, with clearer lines of authority and accountability. While it will take some time to get the new organizational structure fully in place and achieving our expected levels of high performance, we are confident that it is the right alignment and that it was a change that needed to be made. As I said in my first video message to you, “I am decisive, and … when I see problems, I work to solve them.” I ask you to bear with me while we work through these changes to transform for the better and continue to provide the excellent service for which we are known. 

During my remarks at the Board of Governors Meeting, I stated that I accepted the job of Postmaster General fully committed to the role of the Postal Service as an integral part of the United States government, providing all Americans with universal and open access to our unrivaled processing and delivery network, as reflected in the mission statement that the Board adopted April 1, 2020. I repeat that statement here, because I meant it. 

I fully embrace six-day delivery of mail and packages as one of this organization’s greatest strengths. I plan to invest in tools and equipment for our workforce to continue to provide the nation’s most trusted public service. I accept the responsibility that the Governors gave me to maintain and enhance our reputation and role as a trusted face of the federal government in every community, and I intend to work with postal executives, management associations, managers, union leadership, and our craft employees to do everything I can to put us back on a financially stable path. 

Together, I am confident we will chart a path forward that allows us to fulfill our critical public service mission in a financially sustainable manner. I look forward to the challenge, and I know we are up to it.

 

Sincerely,

Louis DeJoy

Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

From Vance Zimmerman

APWU Director of Industrial Relations 

Being directed to quarantine by local or state public health due to potential COVID-19 while on travel 

This is the USPS Headquarters position on this issue . The APWU will continue to discuss this  issue with management but  I was getting calls saying local management was refusing to allow our members to take leave so I wanted to get this information out .

If an employee travels for personal reasons (vacation, etc.) to a location that is experiencing a spike in COVID-19, returns to New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, and are directed to quarantine by local or state public health due to potential COVID-19 while on travel, they should be allowed, but are not required, to take FFCRA leave, annual leave or LWOP.

If an employee travels for the Postal Service business reasons to a location that is experiencing a spike in COVID-19, returns to New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, and are directed to quarantine by local or state public health due to potential COVID-19 while on travel, they should be allowed to return to work without having to quarantineIf the employee elects to voluntarily comply with the public health directive, then he or she should be allowed to use FFCRA leave, annual leave or LWOP to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

July 29, 2020

 On July 29, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 2 MHA from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

 So far we have had 37 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera when entering the facility. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers when they report to work. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times.   

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Report – July 22, 2020 

On July 22, 2020, the local was informed that a carrier from the Carrier Annex has tested positive for COVID-19.  

 So far we have had 35 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All Postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera when entering the facility.

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers when they report to work. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

 

 

Trenton P&DC Stand up Talk  7-15-2020

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

July 15, 2020 

On July 15, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 3 MHA from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

The last case reported in the Trenton P&DC was May 20, 2020. 

 So far we have had 35 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera when entering the facility. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers when they report to work. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times.   

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

 

 

Liberal Changes of Schedules and Leave memorandum 

and its provisions are extended through September 25, 2020. 7-13-20

 

South Jersey District Service Talk

Trenton Metro Update   

Management has informed the local that they are removing 10 mail processing machines out of the Trenton P&DC.  Their plan is to remove 9 DBCS/Dioss and 1 AFCS.  At the time of the meeting this week they didn’t know which machines they were removing. The removal process has already begun. The target date to complete this project is July 24, 2020.  

The reason for the machine reduction is decrease in mail volume.  The period used was the 4 months of the COVID 19 pandemic.  

The second part of their plan is to start converting some of the remaining DBCS machines into 302 machines.  This requires the installation of 5 additional stacker modules which will bring the total bins to 302 from the 222 bins.  Now the machines will be triple banked and the machines can sort multiple zones. 

I questioned local management about what will be the impact on the bargaining unit and they claimed there will be no excessing - only changes in duty assignments ie hours or days off. 

Believe me, losing 10 machines has to have a major impact on all crafts.  Management’s goal is always to reduce bargaining unit positions.  They are not saving any money by scraping the machines.  The savings will come when they reduce work hours in mail processing and excess into other crafts or other facilities by reducing clerk and maintenance positions. 

I am seeing in all window operations management is reducing staffing and cutting overtime thus causing a major impact on our customers and the service we provide.  

The South Jersey District is closing all level 18 post offices for an hour lunch.  This also will require clerk hours to be modified.  They also used the COVID 19 pandemic time frame to claim a drop in window revenue. 

The State house mail has been moved back to the Trenton P&DC from the carrier annex.  

Sisters and Brothers we must do what ever we can to protect our work.  You must stop other crafts & management from doing our work on a daily basis, I know some people close their eyes because overtime, annual leave and other benefits from your supervisor.  That will not protect you from excessing or reassignment.  DBCS operators must grieve when there aren’t 2 clerks per machine. 

 

 

 

hot-weather cloth face covering

USPS is distributing this hot-weather cloth face covering to employees who work outside. The coverings are designed to provide a comfortable fit and are made of a fabric that pulls moisture away from the skin.

The Postal Service is providing all employees with new face coverings, part of the organization’s effort to ensure their safety and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hot-weather cloth face coverings are being distributed and are available for mail carriers, vehicle maintenance facility employees and others who work outside in districts where average temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees or higher this summer.

The coverings are designed to provide a comfortable fit and are made of a fabric that pulls moisture away from the skin. The coverings can also be dampened with water for a cooling effect.

These coverings will help protect the people around you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the coronavirus when they are widely used in public settings.

USPS began distributing these face coverings in June, a process that will continue into July.

The organization is also distributing a black mask to employees who primarily work indoors at more than 250 processing plants.

Additionally, in June, the Postal Service began distributing a third face covering — a gray adjustable mask that is designed to be worn indoors or outdoors — to every USPS, Postal Inspection Service and Office of Inspector General employee.

Each of these face coverings is reusable and designed to be washed and worn again.

District and area offices will receive the gray masks first, followed by headquarters in Washington, DC, and each headquarters field unit. The USPS Material Distribution Center in Topeka, KS, is automatically distributing these masks, so district, area and headquarters sites don’t have to place orders.

Face coverings that USPS previously distributed are still available and can be requested from a manager or supervisor.

 

 

 

USPS COVID-19 Case Trends

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

The COVID-19 positive diagnosis of postal employees is spiking upward as reflected in the chart below.  This is a reminder that we need to be diligent.  We must practice social distancing, we must wear masks, practice good hygiene, and remember that the pandemic is not over.  We also must hold management accountable and ensure they are enforcing the policies in place to protect all employees from the spread of COVID-19. 

Blue:  actual number of positive cases of postal employees reported each day.

Red:  The trend line of the cases.  

 

 

 

 Machine Reduction Plan - Eastern Area

 

Phase 6 Reduction Plan - Eastern Area

Please see attached spreadsheet provided by the USPS related to the proposed removal of Mail processing equipment from the Trenton P&DC. We stand to lose 9 DBCS/DIOSS and 1 AFCS. There is also a possibility of losing a FFS machine. As usual, the postal service denied knowledge when questioned about these plans.  So far both the Eastern and Northeast regions have plans to reduce machines in P&DC’s and NDC’s. The USPS has not provided any notification to the APWU of excessing. Any time you lose 10 machines it has to impact staffing for all crafts.  Both Clerk and Maintenance Crafts face excessing. 

 

 

 

 

 

Trenton P&DC 

Slow Us Down - Maybe

Stop Us - NEVER!

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Guidance from the CDC on cloth face coverings

Please see the attached guidance from the CDC on cloth face coverings issued yesterday. It should be noted that the CDC recommends people wear cloth face covers outside their homes and that cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when widely used by people in public.   

We recommend the use of masks by all postal employees at work--even in locations that do not have a local or state mask mandate.  It is the policy of the Postal Service where a local or state jurisdiction has a mask mandate order in place that employees will wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must ensure that management is enforcing the mask mandates. 

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

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Hazard Pay Update

Vance Zimmerman

The question about Postal Employees receiving hazard pay has been elevated to the Industrial Relations Department multiple times. Specifically, it has been rumored that USPS supervisors and managers are receiving hazard pay. The Postal Service has stated that supervisors and managers are not receiving hazard pay. The various supervisor organizations requested hazard pay and it was denied. They also requested additional pay much like they receive during the peak Christmas periods. This was granted. The letters the USPS sent to the employee organizations are attached. We received the following response from Rickey Dean, Manager Contract Administration (APWU) at USPS headquarters, in regards to supervisors and managers receiving hazard pay:

NAPS sent a letter to the PMG requesting hazard pay for all hours worked by ALL employees (bargaining and non-bargaining) and requested additional pay for hours worked of Exempt employees since Exempt employees are salaried employees. Doug’s letter responded that the Postal Service does not have the authority to grant hazard pay and thus didn’t approve the request.

Doug’s [VP Labor Relations Doug Tulino] letter did modify existing pay rules to provide for additional pay of Exempt employees similarly to how exempt employees are compensated during the designated Christmas period. I included the ELM provision below that provides for additional pay, at the straight time rate, for Exempt Managers during the designated Christmas period. The criteria that must be met to receive authorization for additional pay is that the Manager must be supervising bargaining unit employees directly due to COVID related absences of a supervisor. If the supervisor is quarantined and there are no supervisors available, the Exempt manager may be required to work 12-16 hours per day and 6-7 days per week.

ELM Section 434.143 Eligible for FLSA–Exempt EAS Additional Pay

FLSA special exempt employees in EAS–18 positions and below are eligible for EAS additional pay if authorized to work over 8.5 hours on a scheduled day or any hours on a nonscheduled day, even while on a temporary assignment such as to an OIC position. When authorized work exceeds 8.5 hours on a scheduled day, EAS additional pay is received for the first half hour as well as for the authorized work over 8.5 hours. Regular FLSA–exempt employees in EAS–23 positions and below positions except postmasters and officers–in–charge are eligible during the designated Christmas period provided they are authorized to work over 8.5 hours on a scheduled day or any hours on a nonscheduled day and the additional hours are spent directly supervising bargaining unit employees in mail processing or delivery functions.

The APWU is pursuing hazard pay for the employees we represent. The USPS does not have the legal authority to grant hazard pay as they are not authorized by the law that allows federal agencies to grant hazard pay. Presently Hazard pay cannot be negotiated under current laws and regulations. In order for hazard pay to be granted to APWU and any other USPS employee, Congress must enact legislation to allow for it and more importantly, fund it.

The US House of representatives recently passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. This bill grants the USPS postal employees and other essential frontline workers the hazard pay they deserve. It also grants financial relief for revenue the USPS has lost due to COVID-19. This bill, currently waiting action in the Senate, is the only way any postal employee will receive hazard pay. We encourage you to contact your members of Congress, especially your Senators (both parties) to support and pass the HEROES Act quickly and grant you the hazard pay you so deserve.

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director  

 

 

Liberal Schedule Change of Schedule and Leave policy

 have all been extended through July 17, 2020  May19, 2020

 

Extension of Temporary MOUs  May 19, 2020

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Report - May 20, 2020 

On May 20, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 1 clerk from the Manual Flat area at the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

 So far we have had 33 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All Postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera when entering the Facility. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers when they report to work. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must wear a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Bill Lewis

 

 

 Congressman Chris Smith's raises concerns about

Safety of Postal Facilities to management

 

COVID – 19  UPDATE

May 17, 2020

 

Thank you for all the comments and suggestions.  I have addressed all of your concerns with management at all levels of the organization.  You can still continue to send emails about anything you have in question to BillLewisTMAL@aol.com

 

Several weeks ago maintenance employees who were working over 60 hours in a service week requested that grievances be filed for additional 50 percent premium.  I don’t have luxury of waving members contractual rights, therefor the union processed the grievances.  Management retaliated and cut the hours of crews cleaning the building.

 

I have had countless discussions about the cleaning within the P&DC and stations.  Everyday management claims the cleaning is 100 percent.  Some bathrooms are still not up to par.  Members have voiced concerns over certain areas of high traffic and have indicated the cleaning frequencies are inadequate. The number of COVID 19 positives clearly point that something is wrong in Trenton.

 

Management’s position is everything is perfect and is playing the blame game for their shortcomings and the union is the problem in Trenton. There is no room for blame, its time for action from everyone.

 

The union didn’t cut the overtime.

The union didn’t reduce the cleaning.

 

The steps that management have taken, has helped stop the spread; the pictures are great – yes, Trenton has done all of that. But why not have cleaning crews before each tour spraying, wiping, or whatever needed in the areas that are getting positive hits? 

 

Collectively everything everyone has done has saved a life.  We cannot take this virus lightly, it’s deadly.  Cleaning along with the other improvements must be continued and must be increased.

 

Unfortunately we’ve never been through what we are going through now. Sure, there’s a learning curve somewhere, but it’s not my doing to mandate wearing masks. If I had such power it would’ve been done sooner. There is a mandate through CDC and Governor Murphy, who wanted masks worn to stop the spread. 

 

I will continue to post the truth and accurate information regardless what anyone thinks.

 

Everyone must do their part in controlling or eliminating the virus. 

 

Be Safe, we are all in this together.

Bill Lewis

President TMAL #1020 

 

 

Message from Vance Zimmerman 

Industrial Relation Director

The APWU is continuing to make every effort ensure the safety of APWU represented employees. Part of these efforts now include the implementation of employee temperature screening. The screening equipment will first be tested at two (2) locations--Merrifield, VA, and Oklahoma City, OK—for two (2) weeks.
After the equipment testing at these two facilities, a minimum of two (2) pilot sites will begin implementing temperature screenings. We are pushing for more pilot sites as well.
The addition of employee temperature screenings will continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the USPS, keep you safe, and help protect your families after you leave work. We ask that all employees continue to practice social distancing, wearing face coverings in the workplace and public, and practicing good hand washing.
As more information comes to us, we will release it to the field to keep you informed on this new safety protocol.

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Report -May 15, 2020  

On May 15, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 1 Mail Handler from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

A Mail Handler on Tour 3 from the Trenton P&DC has also tested positive for COVID -19, no other details were provided. 

So far we have had 32 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All Postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local - COVID - 19

Bill Lewis, President - May 14, 2020 

On May 14, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 1 APBS Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  

A PSE on Tour 3 from the Trenton P&DC has also tested positive for COVID -19, no other details were provided. 

So far we have had 30 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  The Postal Service must implement the following immediately. 

All Postal employees entering the facility should have their temperature checked by a Thermal Camera. 

Testing for COVID-19 should be readily available for all Postal Workers. 

We must continue practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

May 13, 2020

On May 13, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 2 Automation Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  

2 Mail Handlers on Tour 3 from the Trenton P&DC have also tested positive for COVID -19, no other details were provided. 

So far we have had 28 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees. 

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

May 11, 2020 

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the tragic death of APWU member Arthur Stancati a Tour 3, APBS clerk at the Trenton P&DC.  He passed away on May 11, 2020 of COVID-19.  The union was notified of his passing by the Postal Service tonight. 

Please keep Art and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  

I will share information as I receive it. 

The Postal Service will be conducting service talks, and EAP will be available on site.

 May he rest in peace.

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

May 7, 2020

 On May 7, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 2 APBS Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  Their last day of work was April 28, 2020.

A MHA on Tour 3 from the Trenton P&DC has also tested positive for COVID-19, no other details were provided.

So far we have had 25 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC. 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  

You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

May 6, 2020

 On May 5, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 2 Mail Processing Clerk from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  Their last day of work was May 1, 2020. 

So far we have had 23 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  This is the highest in the South Jersey District. 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted. 

If we are going to be successful in stopping the spread the PO must do a better job at contact tracing.  

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work including the parking lot.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

May 5, 2020

 

The Trenton P&DC and Station & Branches have had 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The first case was reported on March 22, 2020.  The building was deep cleaned on March 28, 2020.  Since the cleaning we have had 20 confirmed cases.  

  

Steps to reduce becoming infected

 

We must wear mask at all times while in the building, droplets can remain in the air for hours.

 

Social Distancing  - breaks, lunches, rest rooms, time clocks, safety meetings, interacting with co-workers and supervisors. Socializing in and outside of work you must maintain six feet or 2-arm lengths apart.

 

Extra hand washing - increase the washing of your hands for 20 seconds.

 

Actions that are placing everyone at risk

 

Both supervisors and employees are walking around the building without wearing their mask.

 

Power equipment operators not wearing masks while riding around the building.

 

Not all employees are wearing masks.  Many supervisors are not wearing masks. This has been reported in all facilities in Trenton. We need to stop the spread of the virus. 

 

Entrance and hallways

 

Droplets will linger in these areas due to improper ventilation.  It’s hard to maintain social distancing in these areas.  Additional time is needed for wash ups, breaks, lunches and end tour.

 

Cleaning crews are not wearing masks and PPE while performing the MMO CDC disinfecting and cleaning.  They are re contaminating surfaces despite wiping them.

 

Fresh Air

 

The building needs more fresh air around machines and in the offices.

I direct you to the Maintenance Report Special COVID-19 Edition dated April 16, 2020

 

Increasing the Volume of Outside Fresh Air in Facilities 

 

Please share with plant and district leadership, operations, maintenance and other personnel as needed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has suggested increasing the volume of outside fresh air in facilities.  This will provide cleaner, fresher air to work spaces.

 

Water Coolers

 

Water coolers need additional cleaning and signage about reusing water bottles and they must provide disposable cups. Reusing water bottles and cups is a total unsanitary behavior and the roadway to contamination.

 

  

Lunch rooms/Break Areas

 

Vending Machines must be cleaned inside and out with disinfectant.  Products must be staged for some period of time to allow the virus to die. The risk of contamination in the lunchroom due to all employees sharing tables, sinks, vending machines, microwaves and refrigerators; touching faces and mouth while removing face masks; These areas require additional cleaning, tables and other equipment must be cleaned after each use.

 

Locker Rooms/Rest Rooms

 

The inability to observe social distancing while utilizing restrooms and locker rooms present a problem of contamination, these areas require additional cleaning,

 

You must wear a mask while in the following:

Restrooms

Locker room

 

Cleaning

 

We must disinfect everywhere our hands go on a continuous basis.  Every contact point must be disinfected.  Floors need to be wash and sprayed.   Contact surfaces on our machines must be wiped down every time we rotate operators.  We must wear gloves; they must be readily available to all.

 

The Postal Service should be increasing the cleaning, in recent weeks we have seen a decrease in MMO cleaning. Since the March 28, 2020 deep clean we have had 20 positive COVID-19 cases.  This building requires another deep cleaning and we need the whole building sanitized.  We can’t rely on a cleaning that happened 6 weeks ago.

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

May 1, 2020

On May 1, 2020, the local was informed that a Tour 1 Mail Handler from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  Their last day of work was April 28, 2020. 

A Letter Carrier from the Downtown Station has also tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  Their last day of work was April 22, 2020. 

So far we have had 22 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  This is the highest in the South Jersey District. 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted. 

If we are going to be successful in stopping the spread the PO must do a better job at contact tracing.  

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 30, 2020 

On April 29, 2020 the local was informed that a Tour 1 EAS employee from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  

So far we have had 20 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  This is the highest in the South Jersey District. 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted. 

If we are going to be successful in stopping the spread the PO must do a better job at contact tracing.  

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk 

May 1, 2020 

Updates from CDC New information on COVID-19 symptoms and transmission 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 29, 2020

 

On April 28, 2020, the local was informed that 1 Mail Handler from the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  

So far we have had 19 cases in the Trenton Post Office and the P&DC.  This is the highest in the South Jersey District. 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted. 

If we are going to be successful in stopping the spread the PO must do a better job at contact tracing.  

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.   

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 28 , 2020 

On April 27, 2020, the local was informed that 2 Trenton P&DC employees, a Clerk from tour 3 and a Mail Handler from tour 2 have tested positive for COVID-19.  These employees have all been instructed to self-quarantine.  

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted. 

If we are going to be successful in stopping the spread the PO must do a better job at contact tracing.  

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You must begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face at all times. The post office is providing cloth masks; the other disposal masks will still be available. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

 

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Please protect yourself and others

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Mandatory Stand-Up Talk 

April 21, 2020 
Face covering and mask update 


Cloth face coverings or masks are mandatory in support of local or state face covering directives or orders. In addition, face coverings and masks are mandatory in all facilities where social distancing cannot be maintained. Throughout the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the Postal Service has continued to fulfill its critical mission to bind the nation together. Postal Service employees are working hard across the country to ensure we are there for our customers every day, serving as a lifeline for millions of people. 

Your safety and wellness are of primary importance to the Postal Service. We continue to strongly recommend the use of face coverings per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Many states are now mandating that face coverings are required in public settings. 

As a result, we will modify our policy with face coverings to require all employees to wear face coverings in the following situations, until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer an issue: 

• When there is a local or state face covering order or directive in place; or • When an employee who does not deal directly with the public cannot achieve or maintain social distancing in the workplace. 

You may request a face covering or surgical mask from your supervisor. Employees also may bring their own personal cloth face coverings to work for use while on duty. An employee who cannot wear a face covering for health reasons should immediately contact his or her supervisor. 
COVID-19 SUT 34 – ALL EMPLOYEES: Face Covering and mask update – 04.21.2020 

You should not rely solely on the use of cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should also adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 feet) whenever possible while on delivery routes, at retail counters, and within the postal workplace: in plants, on docks and in lunch and break rooms. 

In addition to social distancing, please remember to follow these CDC recommended prevention methods: 

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, then throw tissue in trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Use a 60-percent or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

The Postal Service provides an essential service to our nation. Customers are expressing their gratitude to us in every community we serve. 

Taking steps to stay healthy and well means we can continue to be a stable, calming presence across the country. 

Thank you for everything you are doing for our customers, and for your professionalism every day. 

 

USPS Close COVID-19 Contact Investigations Overview 

 

Due to Covid Pandemic, the National Executive Board 

Votes to Postpone 25th Biennial National Convention

 

Claims & Inquiry Clerks and Complaints & Inquiry Clerks Telework MOU

Temporary Extension on Step 3 and Arbitration Appeals - Extended MOU

Additional Extension on Timeline for Local Implementation 

 

Emergency Sick Leave and the 

Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act. 

These documents are the most recent USPS Documents released on Emergency Sick Leave and the Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act.  We are currently reviewing the documents for any inconsistencies with the applicable law and regulations.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expanded Family and Medical Leave Supervisor Checklist 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Paid Sick Leave Supervisor Checklist 

 

 

DOL FAQs on FFRCA https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

 40.  Who is a son or daughter?

Under the FFCRA, a son or daughter is your own child, which includes your biological, adopted, or foster child, your stepchild, a legal ward, or a child for whom you are standing in loco parentissomeone with day-to-day responsibilities to care for or financially support a child. For additional information about in loco parentis, see Fact Sheet #28B: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for birth, placement, bonding or to care for a child with a serious health condition on the basis of an in loco parentis relationship.

In light of Congressional direction to interpret definitions consistently, WHD clarifies that under the FFCRA a son or daughter is also an adult son or daughter (i.e., one who is 18 years of age or older), who (1) has a mental or physical disability, and (2) is incapable of self-care because of that disability. For additional information on requirements relating to an adult son or daughter, see Fact Sheet #28K and/or call our toll free information and help line available 8 am5 pm in your time zone, 1-866-4US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243).

And this is from FLMA material:

There are some good Q and As that accompany this definition at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/faq/adult-child

 A “son or daughter” is defined by the FMLA regulations as a biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis who is either under 18 years of age or is 18 years of age or older and “incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability” at the time FMLA leave is to commence.

The FMLA regulations provide separate definitions of “son or daughter” for its military family leave provisions that are not restricted by age.

Wage and Hour Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2010-3 (June 22, 2010) provides additional information regarding the definition of a son or daughter as it applies to an employee standing in loco parentis. 

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 12, 2020

  On April 12, 2020, the local was informed that a clerk, tour 3 APBS in the Trenton P&DC has tested positive for COVID-19.  This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  A clerk in the Bordentown Post Office also tested Positive.

 The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees. The PO refuses to provide any information to the union on who is being contacted.

 We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You should begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face. The post office will provide you with a mask.

 I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.   

Keep your distance, wash your hands, and wear your mask and gloves.

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 9, 2020

 

A positive test result for COVID 19 of a Tour1 Mailhandler employee has been confirmed at the Trenton P&DC.  This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  

 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employee.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted.  

 

Not all employees are maintaining the 6-foot social distancing this includes supervisors.  When supervisors must interact with an employee they should wear a mask. 

We must practice social distancing at all times, don’t allow anyone to violate your space. You should begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face. The post office will provide you with a mask.  

I have been in communications with the PO about facemasks and the problems associated with getting them.  The current practice of all P&DC employees going to maintenance stock room to retrieve a mask is unsafe. When 100 or more unprotected employees go into a 12 x12 room to get a mask, this places the maintenance support clerk in serious danger.  Employees are forced to walk the entire workroom floor without a mask, placing them in grave danger.  The mask should be given out at the time clock. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.  

 

 

Retail Stand-Up Talk 

April 4, 2020 

Sneeze Guards for Window Counters 

As we interact with our customers to transact business on a daily basis, the safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority, especially in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are continuing to follow recommended guidance and measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department. 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 8, 2020

 

A positive test result for COVID 19 of an EAS employee has been confirmed at the Trenton P&DC.  Additionally a carrier tested positive at the Downtown Station.  These employees have all been instructed to self-quarantine.  

 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted. 

 

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work. This means we should not have several people at a table.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You should begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face. The post office will provide you with a mask.

 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.   

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 6, 2020 

 On April 5, 2020, the local was informed that a City Carrier out of the Trenton Annex has tested positive for COVID-19.  This employee has been instructed to self-quarantine.  

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employee. The PO refuses to provide any information to the union on who is being contacted. 

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You should begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face. The post office will provide you with a mask. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.   

Keep your distance, wash your hands, and wear your mask and gloves.

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID-19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

April 4, 2020

 

On April 4, 2020, the local was informed that 2 Trenton P&DC maintenance employees, a Clerk from MOWS and a City Carrier out of the Circle Branch Post office have all tested positive for COVID-19.  These employees have all been instructed to self-quarantine.  

 

The Postal Service will be notifying employees who are identified by the affected employees.  I don’t trust the process of the PO handling the notifications.  I have first hand knowledge of an employee not being contacted when identified.  The PO refuses to provide any information on who is being contacted.

 

We must practice social distancing at all times, especially at work. This means no 2 people at a letter case.  A supervisor has directed employees to perform this very unsafe act.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your space.  You should begin wearing a mask, or a cover over your face. The post office will provide you with a mask.

 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.  

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs  USPS

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk 

April 2, 2020 

Taking leave during COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act guidance 

Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides employees with two additional types of leave. These new leave entitlements are in addition to leave you are already entitled to under the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) and any applicable Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs). 

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) 

SUPERVISOR AND MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE 

UPDATED: March 30, 2020 

The Postal Service continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the United States. The following information is provided to assist you as managers and supervisors to communicate with your employees. 

 

COVID-19 – Initial Decision Tree March 30, 2020


FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RIGHTS PAID SICK LEAVE 

AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

 UNDER THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

March 30, 2020

Over the past few days I have been in contact with an employee who has been in the hospital with possible COVID-19.  This morning when I spoke with them, they confirmed that they tested positive for COVOD-19.  This employee worked in MOWS and the Annex. 

Today March 30, 2020 the local was notified of 2 more employees testing positive for COVID-19. They both worked on tour 3 in the P&DC.

 

Several employees that worked in the Trenton P&DC have been instructed to self-quarantine since the employees who tested positive identified them. Employees who have been ordered to quarantine please let us know.  Reason being, not all employees are being paid administrative leave as required. The post office is refusing to provide the names.

 

Early Sunday morning, the Trenton Maintenance Department did a major cleaning in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The cleaning must continue.  Any area you believe has not been cleaned please report it.  We have been notified of a few areas in the building that required additional attention.

 

I have been told and seen posts where other employees are awaiting test results at the Trenton Post Office.

 

COVID-19 has made its way into many other Post Offices in NJ, PA and NY.

 

Please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.  

 I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

March 28, 2020 

The following is from the USPS, Brian D’Autrechy, Manager Labor Relation (A). 

The Trenton P&DC will be suspending operations from midnight tonight thru 08:00 AM Sunday morning in order to facilitate additional cleaning of the building.   

 As of 11:40 AM today there are approximately (50) in house (Labor Custodians & Maintenance Employees) from the Trenton P&DC whom have volunteered to assist with additional cleaning of the building. 

 This cleaning will be structured in a grid format throughout the building. 

 The cleaning will begin at 24:00 Midnight tonight and end at 08:00 AM Sunday March 29, 2020. 

  Employees at work, but not associated with the building cleaning will be sent home at 24:00 Midnight tonight on Administrative Leave for the remainder of their Tour. 

  Employees not at work during the cleaning process (24:00-08:00) and not associated with the building cleaning, but whom would normally be reporting to work (i.e, 5am or 6am begin tours) will be instructed to report late at 08:00 AM and will be paid Administrative Leave for the difference in their begin tour time.  (i.e., an employee whom normally starts at 05:00AM will be instructed to report later at 08:00AM and will be paid 3hrs of Admin Leave). 

   Normal operations at the Trenton P&DC will resume at 08:00 AM on Sunday March 29, 2020. 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

March 27, 2020

 

On March 27, 2020, another Trenton P&DC maintenance employee informed the Local Union that they tested positive for COVID-19. They have notified management of their condition. 

There are other employees showing symptoms and have been tested and are awaiting the results. Their health care provider has instructed them to self-quarantine.   

I have been advised that the Postal Service has begun contacting employees who they believe have been in contact with infected employees. 

In the South Jersey District the Postal Service is reporting 5 cases, Barnegat, Spring Lake, Manasquan, South Jersey District office and the Trenton P&DC.  This does not include the case I am reporting today. 

Sisters and Brothers this number will only go up.  The United States has now exceeded 100,000 cases of COVID-19.  We must maintain the aggressive cleaning, washing our hands and social distancing.  The Postal Service must consider bringing in a professional company with the proper equipment to sanitize the building. 

Please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department.   

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President

March 24, 2020 

The Postal Service has confirmed that the maintenance employee tested positive for COVID-19.  There have been no new cases reported in the Trenton Post office.   

After extensive discussions with management they have begun deep cleaning the facility.  The maintenance employees did an excellent job yesterday cleaning. 

I have repeatedly requested that cleaning supplies and disinfectant be placed by the machines and made available to employees to clean their area.  This is in addition to maintenance personnel cleaning.     

The stations and branches have also been deep cleaned and are being cleaned on a regular basis. 

Mask and gloves are available to all employees regardless where you work. 

I have been informed that SJ District has secured additional hand sanitizer, which will be available at the Trenton Plant.  

I will continue to update you as information becomes available. 

Please be safe, wash your hands and maintain social distancing. 

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com

 

 

Trenton Metro Area Local

COVID 19 Update

Bill Lewis, President 

On March 22, 2020, a Trenton P&DC maintenance employee informed the Local Union that they tested positive for COVID 19.  They have notified management of their condition. The employee has been instructed by their health care provider to self-quarantine.  I have spoken with the plant manager and he is awaiting direction from the district.  

At 5 PM on the 22nd of March management informed me of the following: 

A maintenance employee is believed to have tested positive for COVID 19.  Management is awaiting confirmation from public health officials. 

Public health officials will notify employees who have been in contact with the employee.  

All employees who are sick should stay home. 

Any employee who wants to take leave will have such leave approved. 

Management is claiming cleaning wipes and hand sanitizers are readily available to employees, I disagree with this.  

Management has claimed the areas are being cleaned where the employee worked.  

I will be posting information on the Trenton Metro Area Local’s web page and all bulletin boards. Trentonmetroarealocal.com 

Sisters & Brothers please follow all recommendations from the CDC and the health department. 

 

 

There have been many questions recently about the use and wearing of masks while at work.  There is no dispute that an employee can wear a mask at work if they choose to do so. A concern was brought to me in regards to the “N95” masks. The Postal Service, like many other agencies has run into a shortage of the N95 masks.  As such, the determination was made that they would issue surgical masks.  Surgical masks provide barrier protection against droplets including large respiratory particles.  Employees should be able to get surgical masks from their supervisors and managers.  The Post Office reports that Topeka has them in stock and they are available for order.  Two other things that all should be aware of: 

  1. The Post Office says that in offices where they do not have surgical masks, but they do have N95 masks—they will issue the N95 masks.  Once they get surgical masks you can expect them to discontinue issuing the N95 and begin issuing the surgical masks.
  2. The Post Office has stated that an employee can wear an N95 mask that they procured on their own as long as they do so consistent with the management instruction previously sent out.

As always, this is a fluid situation.  Please continue to stay alert and vigilant.  Please disseminate.

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

 

Bronx letter carrier passes away from coronavirus

NALC is deeply saddened to learn that 50-year-old letter carrier Rakkhon Kim, a member of Branch 36 in New York City, passed away Wednesday, March 25, from complications related to COVID-19. Brother Kim was a resident of Northvale, NJ, and he worked at the West Farms Station of the Bronx, NY Post Office. He recently celebrated his 23-year anniversary as a letter carrier in November.

"On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of Brother Kim," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "We send our deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Rakkhon's family, loved ones, friends and co-workers.“

 

 

Administrative Pay Clarification

Brothers and Sisters,

Many inquiries are being made concerning how and when folks get paid Administrative pay from the USPS. Vance Zimmerman has provided the following clarification:

The Administrative pay is for up to 14 days but certainly can be for less if the employee is cleared to return to work.

An employee is entitled to Administrative pay for the following reasons.

CDC Quarantines an individual

Health Department Quarantines an individual

When a Postal Service OHNA directs an employee to self-quarantine. In the event a Doctor recommends Quarantine of an individual who demonstrates symptoms, pending test results or presumed positive the employee should contact the OHNA and provide the doctors medical information. The OHNA will then make the decision.

If an employee decides they are not comfortable being at work and has no symptoms they will not be eligible for the Administrative pay.

Hope this is helpful

Thank you

In Solidarity,

AJ Jones

Eastern Region Coordinator

American Postal Workers Union

 

Stand Up Talk HCR 3/26/2020

Guidelines for interacting with HCR drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maintenance worker at Hamilton mail center that 

survived anthrax attacks positive for COVID-19  3/23/20

Liberal Leave and Change of Schedule

Maintenance Management Order

Coronavirus Cleaning Contingency

Please review Attachment #2 of the MMO for required cleaning.

Hold management accountable and report any non compliance.

Mandatory Stand Up Talk  Trenton Positive 3/23/20

COVID 19 FAQ from USPS HQ  3/22/20

Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID-19

Temporary Additional Paid Leave  PSE 

Stand UP Talk Clean Vehicles 3/22/20

Coronavirus Update USPS

PMG delivers message to employees 

Field Management Guidance 3/13/20

Stand Up Talk 3/13/2020

Contingency for Coronavirus Pandemic-Required Travel for Training-NCED in Oklahoma”. 3/13/20

What You need to know about Covid 19

Stand Up Talk 2-25-2020

Staying vigilant

Flu and respiratory disease prevention tips

Stand Up Talk 1-24-2020

Safety Talk and precautions 

surrounding the Coronavirus.

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Remaining a Live Bidder

  CLERK CRAFT

Article 37.3.F.8.a

 a. When an employee is designated as successful

bidder and remains a live bidder on other

bids, the employee shall notify management

in writing within ten days of his/her election

to remain a bidder on one or more of those

assignments. The notice shall identify the

assignment(s) by job and posting number.

Failure to notify within ten days will cancel

such other bids. 

Clerks who wish to remain a live bidder in accordance with Article 37.3.F.8.a. of the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Your notification must identify the assignment(s) by job and posting number.  Failure to notify within ten days will cancel such other bids 

EMPLOYEES MUST NOTIFY:
Thomas McKenzie
In-Plant Support

680 Highway 130

Trenton NJ 08650

Fax 609 581 4211

 

 

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Clerk Bids 

 

2020

 

CL 237067 11-12-20

CL 235331 Results 11-1-2020

CL 235331 10-16-20

CL 233393 Results 10-7-20

CL 233393

CL231019 Results

CL 231019 8-16-20

CL229079 Results

CL229079 7/20/2020

CL 227162 Results

CL 227162 6/22/2020

CL 225375 Results

Clerk Posting CL 225375

Clerk Posting CL223408 Result

Clerk Posting CL 223408 4-30-2020

Clerk Posting CL 219546 Results

Clerk Posting CL 219546 3-6-2020

Clerk Posting CL 217091 Results

Clerk Posting CL 217091  2-3-2020

Clerk Posting CL 215202 Results

Clerk Posting CL 215202 1-3-2020

 

2019

Clerk Posting CL 209569 10-11-19

Clerk Posting CL207707 Result

Clerk Posting CL 207707 9-13-19

Clerk Posting CL 205962Results

Clerk Posting CL 205962 (8-15-19)

Clerk Posting CL 204129 Results

Clerk Posting 204129  (7-19-19)

Position # 72171510 is being removed from the bid posting

 

Clerk Posting 202181 Results

Clerk Posting CL 202181 (6-21-19)

Position 72171510 is being removed from the bid posting. Open for bids 6/21/2019 closes 7/1/2019

 

Clerk Posting 200062 Results

Clerk Posting 200062 5-24-19

Clerk Posting 198250 Results

Clerk Posting 198250 4-26-19

Clerk Posting 196146 Results

Clerk Posting 196146 3-28-19

Clerk Posting 193906 Results

Clerk Posting 193906 2-28-19

Clerk Posting 101911 Results

Clerk Posting 191911 2-4-19

Clerk Posting 189860 Results

Clerk Posting 189860 1-3-19

Clerk Posting 186806 Results

Clerk Posting 186806 11-19-18

Clerk Posting 184138 Results

Clerk Posting CL184138 (10/15/18)

Clerk Manual Bids Results (10-23-18)

TRENTON CLERK 

MANUAL BID POSTING 1032018

 

PLEASE POST: Final Posting  for Clerk Manual Bid Posting 1032018. Open for bids 10/3/2018 closes 10/12/2018 and attached PS Form 1717.

 Applicants must submit a completed PS Form 1717 via email to Thomas.G.McKenzie@USPS.GOV , OSS (A) In-Plant Support or FAX to 609-581-4211 by closing date. Forms will be available from respective MDO offices and Station/Branch Managers.

PS Form 1717

 

 

Clerk Posting CL 182067 Results

Clerk Posting 182067  (9-17-18)

Clerk Posting CL 179981 Cancelled

 

CANCELLATION OF CLERK BID POSTING #179981

Please be advised:  

Due to Clerk Bid Posting #179981 not being posted for 10 days the posting is being cancelled and the bids will be reposted as necessary on the next available bid posting.  

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Management

 

 

Clerk Posting CL177559 Results

Clerk Posting CL 177559 (7-23-18)

Clerk Posting CL 176078 Results

Clerk Posting CL 176078 (7-2-18)

Clerk Posting CL 173840 Results

Clerk Posting CL 173840  (5-3-18)

Clerk Posting CL 171415 Results

Clerk Posting CL 171415 4-30-18

Clerk Posting CL169589 Results

Clerk Posting CL 169589 4-2-18

Clerk Posting CL 167653 Results

Clerk Posting CL167653 (March 5, 2018)

Clerk Posting 165863 Results

Clerk Posting 165863 (Feb 5, 2018)

Clerk Posting CL163749 Results

Clerk Posting CL163749 (Jan 8, 2018)

Clerk Posting CL159081(October 16, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL157294 (October 3, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL 157294 (Sept 18, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL 152208 Results

Clerk Posting CL 152208 (June 26, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL 147582 Results

Clerk Posting CL 147582

Clerk Posting CL 145961 Results (March 24, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL 145961 (March 6, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL 144293 Results (Feb 23, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL144293 (Feb 6, 2017)

Clerk Posting CL142164 Results

Clerk Posting CL 142164 (Jan 9, 2017)

Clerk Posting 139157 Results

Clerk Posting 139157 (Nov 10, 2016)

Clerk Posting CL137107 Results

Clerk Posting CL137107 (Oct 14, 2016)

Clerk Posting CL135301 Results

Clerk Posting CL 135301(Sept 16,2016)

 

10 Day Letter

As per Article 37: "When an employee is designated as successful bidder and remains a live bidder on other bids, the employee shall notify management in writing within ten days of his/her election to remain a bidder on one or more assignments. The notice shall identify the assignment(s) by job and posting number. Failure to notify within ten days will cancel such other bids."
 
In plain language; if you bid on a job with qualifications, such as SPBS keyer or window clerk, and are not the senior bidder, you remain live for a pass down in the event the senior bidder fails training, up until a successful bidder is named. The only deviation to the rule is that you need to remain in the same exact position you were in on the date of the original posting if you want to be considered for the position. If you subsequently bid, prior to a senior successful bidder being named, you must write a letter to management within 10 days of being identified as a senior successful bidder or you will forfeit your pass down rights.

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Urgent Safety Alert

Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities.

APWU leaders condemn such criminal acts. Our members are rightfully deeply concerned for their own well being and that of the public we serve.

In response to this urgent crisis, the Postal Service is in the process of scheduling nationwide “STAND UP” safety talks regarding procedures for recognizing suspicious packages and protocols to follow. We will share the safety talk as soon as we receive a copy.

We urge all our members to be alert and vigilant to protect your safety and well-being and that of your co-workers and the public.

The APWU leadership is in constant touch with top postal management as these disturbing events unfold. As more information comes to light we will keep you updated.  

 

 

PP 21 Pay Issue

Management has informed the APWU that 88,742 APWU represented employees were affected by the USPS-caused problem with pay period 21-2018 pay checks.  Employees affected were across all craft lines—clerk, maintenance, MVS, ITASC, and Nurses—and employee classifications. 

Management has told the APWU that it appears only overtime pay was affected although the APWU cannot verify if that is completely accurate at this time.  The APWU has had multiple discussions with the Service over the issue since the APWU first learned of the problem.  Previously management had informed us that they had no intention of doing salary advances.  Through continued talks and diligently pressing management, the Postal Service has now agreed to provide salary advances to those employees affected.

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

 Oct. 18, 2018

 Payroll information:  pay period 21

 The Postal Service has identified a payroll processing error involving overtime during the September 29 to October 12 pay period, and which will be reflected in paychecks dated October 19.

 This has resulted in discrepancies in some employees’ overtime pay.  Those employees have been identified, and most are in APWU (American Postal Workers Union) bargaining positions. Regular-hour pay is not affected, and Postal Service management is working to correct the issue as quickly as possible. 

 Adjustments are being made so that missing overtime will be included on the November 2 pay, and other minor adjustments will be on the November 16 pay.

 Any employee affected may request a salary advance, which is paid by money order, in accordance with USPS policies. Some policy restrictions on overtime pay advances are being waived for pay period 21 only, to accommodate affected employees. If you wish to request a salary advance, contact your immediate supervisor. Those employees who have access to a postal computer may refer to the Accounting webpage on Blue for more information.

 We apologize to all affected employees for any inconvenience.

 Thanks for listening, and thank you for all that you do for the Postal Service and our customers.

 

Regional Instruction 399

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

On June 13, 2018 the APWU and the Postal Service reached agreement on additional  benefits for PSEs. This agreement came out of the APWU’s dispute over a fund that was set up as part of the 2010 National Agreement first for PSE Health care then for additional PSE benefits   .  The APWU took its dispute over the Postal Service’s failure to use the fund for its intended purposes to arbitration.  The APWU’s persuasive case brought the Postal Service to the table, and President Dimondstein after long negotiations and looking at every possible option under the memo negotiated pay, hour and additional  benefits for PSEs consistent with the original purposes of the fund.  

                The Postal Service agreed to the following:

  • PSEs in their first year of employment can now get 65% of the premiums of the USPS Non-career Health Care Plan paid for by the Postal Service for all coverage levels (self, self plus one, and family.
  • In their second year of employment, that premium contribution will increase to 75% for the USPS Non-Career Health Plan.  PSEs can still switch over to the FEHB program after a year of service and if they join the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan get 75% of those premiums paid by the USPS after a year in the FEHB program.
  • PSEs who work as Sales, Service, and Distribution Associates (DA Code 81-4) and meet the eligibility requirements of ELM 933.2 will now receive the same base uniform allowance as career employees.  Any PSE who has received the $126/4-shirt allowance in 2018 will get the difference between the full allowance and what they have already used. 
  • PSEs will be eligible to be paid “Postal Overtime”.  PSEs will be paid  overtime after 8 hours of work in a service day paid at the rate of 1-1/2 times their basic hourly straight time rate and receive “penalty overtime” (2 times their basic hourly straight time rate) for work hours in excess of 10 hours a day or 56 hours in a service week.
  • All current overtime rules including the requirement to use career employees on the OTDL prior to assigning overtime to PSEs beyond 8 hours in a service day remain in place.
  • PSE work hour guarantees in offices of 200 or more work years will increase from 2 hours to 4 hours for any day they are scheduled and report for work.

The agreement’s terms will go into effect within the next four months while the Postal Service re-programs its payroll and uniform systems. 

Workforce Benefits, Employment Opportunities, Training and Education Fund MOU

Settlement Agreement

 

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The APWU’s national headquarters is gearing up for the upcoming 2018 Contract Campaign! 

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment. 

In June 2018, the APWU will open formal negotiations with management, and preparations are already underway. Some of the APWU’s major goals for upcoming negotiations include: 

  • Ensuring job security, including protecting no lay-off provisions and limiting sub-contracting; 
  • Providing fair pay raises that reward postal workers for their hard work and contributions; 
  • Bridging the gaps between the divisive “three tier” wage and benefit structure; 
  • Protecting and expanding career jobs;
  • Uplifting the Postal Support Employee (PSE) workforce;
  • Holding abusive managers accountable; 
  • Expanding and enhancing postal services.

Negotiations are never easy. They will be especially challenging in the current political environment. The APWU’s success will depend on how much power and leverage can be mustered with member involvement and public support.

By successfully doing this in 2015, the union made real progress in the last contract. 

Over the next year, the APWU will be building momentum, establishing contract action teams, wearing union gear and educating postal customers. There will be many opportunities – and much need – for members to get involved. 

 

 

 

The new PSE pay provisions in the Settlement Agreement signed between the USPS and APWU (Q10C-4Q-C15215794) were released into production this morning Wednesday, October 3,2018 retroactive to Saturday, September 29 2018 (PP 21 week 1 2018). PSE’s will now be eligible for FLSA Overtime (over 40 hours) Postal Overtime (after 8 hours), Penalty Overtime (after 10 hours in a day or 56 in a week) and PSE’s in 200 Man Year Offices will be entitled to  Guarantee Time of 4 hours.

 

APWU Reaches Monetary Settlement with USPS on POStPlan Staffing Violations

 

On February 9, the Clerk Craft reached a $49.9 million dollar settlement with the USPS on POStPlan staffing violations. The monetary settlement follows a ruling by Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg that the Postal Service violated Arbitrator Goldberg’s previous award of September 5, 2014 and a subsequent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated September 22, 2014.

 

First COLA Increase of 2018

02/16/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3. The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year.

The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases.

This is the sixth cost-of-living increase under the 2015-2018 contract:

·                            $0.00 The first COLA would have been effective Sept. 5, 2015

·                            $0.00 The second COLA would have been effective March 5, 2016.

·                            $21.00 The third COLA was effective Sept. 3, 2016.

·                            $333.00 The fourth COLA was effective March 18, 2017.

·                            $270.00 The fifth COLA increase effective Sept. 2, 2017.

·                            $520.00 The sixth COLA effective March 3, 2018.

The COLAs received so-far during the 2015-2018 CBA will total $1,144 per year.

Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, but have five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract. On Nov. 25, 2017, PSEs received a pay increase of 2.3 percent and will receive a 21-cent raise on May 26, 2018.

 

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Excessing of clerks within the Trenton P&DC is cancelled

Article 12 Withdrawal Letter

 

Article 12 Notification  

 

Excessing meeting scheduled for Dec 15, 2017

 

The Post Office plans on excessing 11 full time clerks

and 20 PSE.  Additionally they plan on reducing PSE hours

 

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APWU and Mail Handlers Union Send a 

United Message to PMG Brennan 

Denouncing “Wholesale and Massive Job Cuts”

 

 

 

Step 4 Settlement DBCS Staffing

Machine Rotation Letter

 

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OTAdmin for the Clerk Craft

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Please find attached a copy of a notice that was recently assigned to me where the USPS Plans to Implement a Web-Based Application, - OTAdmin for the Clerk Craft. I have also attached a copy of the USPS power point on the OTAdmin Clerk Application Training. I did not have any relevant information until recently and today I was finally able to meet with the USPS and receive a demonstration of the program.  

Train-the-trainer sessions are conducted with the Area management first. The Eastern Area was first; Western Area -June 20-22; Great Lakes and Southern Area – July 11-13; Cap Metro and Northeast Areas are scheduled – August 8-10.  Each District will conduct the training for local management and begin deploying within their respective Districts. Each Area is scheduling their deployment plan. The deployment of this program will begin with the Function 1 sites (P&DCs) first. It is not planned to use this program in the smaller Function 4 post offices with manageable numbers of employees and overtime. Each District has an District Administrator Role and that individual has the ability to configure the application for each facility’s OT section and ODLs per the LMOU for the installations. Once the District has configured the program for an installation – local management cannot change that configuration.  Local management has been advised to use this application in conjunction with the existing tracking process until October 1, 2017.    

The utilization of OTAdmin does not change the provisions of Article 8 or Article 30 in any way. Violations of Article 8 and Article 30 – LMOU tours and sections should be grieved as this program does not exist.  This program is a management tool to assist supervisors in the tracking of overtime hours and the rotation of opportunities per the negotiated LMOUs – tours and sections.  

The program is designed to break down the applicable ODL(s) by tours and sections. OT calls for begin tour and end of tour and for N/S days.  The system currently only provides two (2) reports:
“Call Notification List” and the “Rotation List”. They plan to add reports to the program but they could not currently provide what those reports would be. The program also keeps track of make-up OT and also provides an email warning when a PSE reaches 6 hours in a service day to potentially reduce violations of Article 8.4.G – Overtime Work PSEs and the use of PSEs in excess of eight (8) hours in a service day.  

Management will decide locally which supervisors have access. The system itself is fed from the Bid Management Program and TACS. They have a new acronym System Integration Testing (SIT) for the feed system. During their training of District managers and local managers they have allegedly been encouraged to be transparent with the local union, provide demonstration’s for the local union leadership and share the examples of the available reports.  

I also want to point out that the APWU was not involved in the development of this program. The utilization of this program does not change the provisions of Article 8 or Article 30 and the locally negotiated LMOUs. It is highly recommended that the locals monitor their OT lists, rotation of OT, make-up OT and PSE overtime as they have continually done.  

If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Please share with your state and local leaders.

 

Lynn Pallas-Barber

Assistant Clerk Craft Director

1300 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005

202-842-4220

 

 

Copy Of New Collective Bargaining Agreement

 

JCIM 2017

 

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Passport Center

Lamont Brooks

National Dispute on Passport Center

 

I have filed a dispute on the staffing of the Passport Centers and the use of Postal Support Employees performing passport acceptance.  

It is the position of the Union, in accordance with 232 and 233 of the ELM, these duty assignments should be posted at a higher level.  

It is also the Union’s position that a newly established Standard Position Description and Qualification Standard should be created.  

In accordance with the State Department and Section 422 of the ASM, only permanent employees are allowed to perform passport acceptance duties.  

There is currently no contractual requirement to place a passport acceptance yearly certification on any current standard position description/qualification standard. Currently the performance of passport agent duties is on a volunteer basis.  

Under State Department regulations, the passport agent requires a very stringent yearly certification.  

Under the State Department regulations, a passport agent can’t have a record of either:  

  1. A Federal or State felony conviction; or
  2. A misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving moral turpitude or breach of trust, including but not limited to embezzlement, identity theft, misappropriation, document fraud, drug offenses, or dishonesty in carrying out a responsibility involving public trust.

They are required to certify on a yearly basis. This requirement alone justifies higher level pay. Employees should take heed to what they are volunteering for and the possible ramifications. Locals/employee should consider filing a grievance if an employee(s) is forced to perform passport duties.  

In union solidarity, the struggle continues,  

Lamont Brooks

Assistant Director

Clerk Division

APWU, AFL-CIO

National Dispute on Passport Center

 

 

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Intermittent FMLA Absences

Not Subject to “Proof of Need”

By Ellison McCoy – March 17, 2017
On January 27, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that provides a cautionary tale to employers about seeking documentation from an employee on intermittent FMLA leave. In Diamond v. Hospice of Florida Keys, Inc., Case No. 15-15716 (11th Circuit, Jan. 27, 217), the Court held that an employer’s request for “proof of need” related to an employee’s intermittent absence was evidence of interference with the employee’s FMLA rights and thus precluded summary judgment for the employer.

Jill Diamond first applied for intermittent FMLA leave to care for her elderly parents in June 2013, and she took approved FMLA leave a number of times from June 2103 through February 2014. On March 20, 2014, Diamond learned that her mother was seriously ill and immediately submitted a request for FMLA leave to the Hospice. Diamond missed scheduled workdays in late March and early April to care for her mother. After Diamond returned to work, the Hospice sent her a memo requesting an updated certification and other documentation “to support the need for intermittent use of FMLA leave when a 30 day advance notice is not provided.” When Diamond questioned the request for additional documentation, the Hospice stated that they needed “proof of need” such as documents from the hospital on the dates she was out or receipts for lodging, food, or gas from the town where her parents lived. The Hospice also told Diamond that her continued unpaid time away from work was compromising the quality of care to their patients. After Diamond provided an updated medical certification and the requested “proof of need” documents to the Hospice, her absences were approved as FMLA leave. During the following month, the Hospice raised several concerns with Diamond’s job performance and ultimately terminated her employment based upon those performance concerns.

Diamond filed a lawsuit against the Hospice alleging interference and retaliation claims under the FMLA. In reversing the District Court’s award of summary judgment to the Hospice on the interference claim, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the Hospice’s action had potentially discouraged Diamond from using FMLA leave. In reaching this conclusion, the Court relied on the Hospice’s statement about Diamond’s absences compromising the quality of care and the request for “proof of need” documents. With regard to the latter, the Court stated that since the type of documentation requested by the Hospice was unnecessary to determine whether Diamond actually needed leave to care for her parents, that request provided evidence that the Hospice was trying to make it difficult for Diamond to use FMLA leave.

Since the advent of the FMLA in 1993, employers have been challenged by intermittent leave more than any other aspect of the law. In an effort to curtail perceived abuse of intermittent leave, many employers are tempted to request that employees provide doctor’s notes or other documentation to justify each intermittent FMLA absence. However, in addition to the cautionary tale of the Diamond case, employers must remember that the FMLA regulations (29 C.F.R. § 825.307(a)) specifically prohibit an employer from obtaining additional documentation from the health care provider once a complete and sufficient medical certification has been provided. See Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc. v. Antti (D. Oregon, Feb. 19, 2014). In light of this court and regulatory guidance, employers who insist on requiring additional documentation to support each intermittent FMLA absence do so at great risk.

Source: Employers Beware: Intermittent FMLA Absences Not Subject to “Proof of Need”

 

 

 

LMOU FOR OFFICES 

WITHOUT A LOCAL UNION STRUCTURE

 The APWU signed an updated agreement December 22, 2016, for Members-at-Large who work in small post offices that are not represented by a local union.

The agreement outlines the rules for these small offices on topics that are typically the subject of negotiations at the local level between USPS managers and local union officers.

“The memorandum is important,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “It continues to provide the protection of a local contract to thousands of union members in small offices who would not otherwise be covered by a local agreement. It provides additional benefits particularly for the PTFs and PSEs who staff these small offices.” The agreement covers approximately 15,000 workers.

The Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU) updates a previous agreement signed Oct. 12, 2012, following negotiations for the 2010 - 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The decision of Arbitrator Goldberg setting the terms of the 2015 – 2018 provided the opportunity to negotiate changes and updates to this memorandum.

“We made progress concerning the major complaints received by members not represented by local unions” said Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman. Some of the changes:

·         For purposes of administering this LMOU, stand-alone Associate Offices as well as Administrative Post Offices (APOs) and the Remotely Managed Post Offices that report to the APO will be considered one installation.

·         For choice vacation period no less than one person, but at least 15% of all APWU bargaining unit positions in the installation by craft will be allowed off.

Excluding the month of December, for incidental leave requested during the leave year no less than one person, but at least 15% of all APWU bargaining unit positions in the installation by craft will be allowed off at one time. These numbers include employees off on choice vacation.

·         Any request for incidental leave will be acted upon and returned to the employee within 72 hours of receipt by management. The leave is to be considered approved if not acted upon and returned to the employee within 72 hours of receipt by management.

 

 

LMOU FOR OFFICES WITHOUT 

A LOCAL UNION STRUCTURE

 

Step 4 Settlement DBCS Staffing

Machine Rotation Letter

 

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Loading Dock Safety Guide and 

Standard Operating Procedure. 

And We Did

 

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Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (APWU)

eRMS Management Update November 17, 2016

Wounded Warrior Leave

On November 05, 2015 the President signed Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act (WWFLA or Act) of 2015 (5 U.S.C. § 6329) into law. The law requires federal agencies, which includes the Postal Service, to give qualified employees, hired after November 05, 2016, 104 hours of Wounded Warriors Leave. In order to qualify the employee must be a military veteran with a service related disability of 30% or greater, which would give them a Veteran Preference Code of 6. However, the USPS has made the decision to extend this leave type to all Postal Service employees who have a Veteran Preference code of 6. On November 02, 2016, eRMS was modified to accommodate the entry of Wounded Warriors Leave (027-00).

Wounded Warriors Leave is to be used to undergo medical treatment for the employee’s service-connected disability rated at 30% or more. It is a separate leave category, distinct from sick leave, and must be used within 12 months of activation. To verify that Wounded Warriors Leave requested by an employee is appropriately used for the treatment of a service-connected disability, the requesting employee must submit to the supervisor a copy of PS Form 5980, Treatment Verification for Wounded Warriors Leave, certified by a health care provider that the employee used the leave to receive treatment for a covered disability. The employee must provide the verification no later than 15 calendar days after the employee returns to work. Employees must charge Wounded Warriors Leave in the same manner as sick leave, as described in ELM 513.4.

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FMLA BOOKLET

 

The brochure includes new sample forms addressing specific illnesses, which our members can provide to their doctors.  For example, there are sample forms for diabetes, cancer and anxiety, to name a few.   

We expect the sample forms will result in members experiencing fewer problems when they submit applications for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The forms comply with the requirements of the Department of Labor.

 

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Copy Of New 

Collective Bargaining Agreement

 

Copy of Award Goldberg 7-8-16

Highlights of New Agreement

 

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Four Clerk Craft Issues Resolved

 

204-B detail assignment exceeds the 90 day limit

The dispute was whether the Clerk Craft Jobs, Section 2.D of the MOU of the 2010-2015 USPS/APWU CBA requires that if a 204-B detail assignment exceeds the 90 day limit, the supervisory worked by the 204-B, on the 91st day and beyond, must be considered bargaining unit work.

Lead Clerk Performing TACs

All Clerk Craft employees occupying Lead Clerk duty assignments will be provided the required training for the Lead Clerk Clock Office role in TACS. At facilities where there are Lead Clerks, a minimum of one will be assigned to perform the duties. This settlement is also applicable in POStPlan offices where there are Lead Clerks. Please read the settlement in its entirety.

Clerk Craft Day to Day Seniority

The parties have resolved a dispute dating back to 2002 involving Day-to-Day Seniority in mail processing. There are currently 591 cases involving this issue in the grievance/arbitration procedure.  

Accordingly, the parties agreed that any case held pending this national dispute will be resolved in accordance with the attached agreement and local fact circumstances. If the parties are unable to resolve the cases held in accordance with this settlement agreement because they contain issues not covered by this agreement, they may continue through the Article 15 grievance/arbitration.  

Please meet with your USPS counterpart to review your cases held pending this settlement.  

This was a welcome resolve for employees holding bid duty assignments who were displaced by light/limited duty employees not qualified because of their physical limitations.

Two Hours or Less Custodian Work

The parties resolved the case via Questions and Answers for the Clerk Craft and is applicable when the two hours or less custodial work cannot be combined with other maintenance duties to create a duty assignment.  

The parties have agreed the custodial duties will be additional time and recorded under the maintenance LDC 38 and the applicable operation number (747 or 748). The additional time allowed will be based on Line H of the MS-47. They will receive OSHA training based on the duties expected to be performed. Clerk will not be required to perform the duties between waiting on customers. When the duties can’t be added on an existing duty assignment, the PTF or PSE assigned to the facility can perform the duties. Please request the Form 4852 to find out the Line H allowable time for your facility from your installation head.

 

 

 

Custodian Higher Level Remains Intact

This February 4, 2016 Step 4 settlement (Q10T-4Q-C 16070841) is intended to put to rest an

issue that comes up at times, usually from management types that are new to labor relations

issues or just like to engage in games of gotcha.

Custodians were always entitled to higher level pay for operating motorized powered

industrial equipment, driving, etc. When the entire craft was upgraded in 2008 a concern

was raised about old step 4 settlements that made a specific reference to a job title and pay

grade. An example is case H1T-5H-C 29378 which stated that:

 

Arbitrator Hammers USPS in Maintenance Staffing Case

10/20/2015 - The APWU won an important grievance involving Maintenance Craft staffing at Bulk Mail Centers on Oct. 19, when Arbitrator Ira Jaffe issued a stinging rebuke to the Postal Service.

- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/departments-divisions/maintenance#sthash.n43POQkx.dpuf

Arbitrator Hammers USPS in Maintenance Staffing Case

10/20/2015 - The APWU won an important grievance involving Maintenance Craft staffing at Bulk Mail Centers on Oct. 19, when Arbitrator Ira Jaffe issued a stinging rebuke to the Postal Service.

- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/departments-divisions/maintenance#sthash.n43POQkx.dpuf

Arbitrator Hammers USPS in Maintenance Staffing Case

10/20/2015 - The APWU won an important grievance involving Maintenance Craft staffing at Bulk Mail Centers on Oct. 19, when Arbitrator Ira Jaffe issued a stinging rebuke to the Postal Service.

- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/departments-divisions/maintenance#sthash.n43POQkx.dpuf
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   In 2014, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work. At least 10 suffered fatalities.

Here’s the simple truth: If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen.

Please join this important effort. A safe workplace must be the right of every worker!

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In 2014, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work. At least 10 suffered fatalities.

Here’s the simple truth: If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen.

Please join this important effort. A safe workplace must be the right of every worker!  

- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/issues/safe-jobs#sthash.gi3jai2s.dpuf

 

 

Elimination of All Schemes/Dexterity Training/SONIKS

It's very important that local grievances are filed and documented when distribution of the mail is being performed that requires scheme knowledge.

These grievances should NOT be held at step one or two pending the outcome of the national dispute.

The remedy should be a cease and desist of the violation, to pay the available employee(s) with the necessary skills in accordance with Article 8 and to make the craft whole to include but not limited to any monetary remedies.

If it is an ongoing violation involving 30 hours or more of scheme knowledge per accounting period it could require the posting of a duty assignment with a scheme requirement.

Grievances should be filed on the USPS' unilateral changing of the dexterity training on EACH job posting.

Please request all the bids for each posting and that the remedy be for each employee to be able to receive the job they would have received if the jobs were properly posted. Each employee could be entitled to an out-of-schedule monetary remedy.

If an employee failed and was denied a bid or was fired or etc, an individual grievance should be filed and a make whole remedy requested.

The local union has a right to file a Class Action grievance on each posting and awarding of duty assignment postings involving the unilateral change.

Do NOT file the grievances as a continuing violation because it will hard to determine the proper remedy once settled either via a settlement or an arbitration award.

If you are denied union time in accordance with Article 17 and the 2010 JCIM Q and As, file a separation.

If repeatedly denied, file local Unfair Labor Charges with the NLRB.

Please contact your NBAs for guidance if necessary.

Do NOT try to place two or three issues within a grievance, make each a subject of a separate grievance.

The USPS days of repeatedly violating the contract with no consequences is over.

If local unions fail to do their part, they could possibly be omitted from any national remedy at their own peril.

Please review the national dispute on the SONIKS/Elimination of All Schemes dispute on the APWU website or contact your NBA.

Distribution via the PASS is NOT scheme required distribution, however the distribution of the parcels that could not be identified properly with the PASS is scheme distribution work.

Letter carriers performing distribution is clerk work rather it is on the PASS or not. The remedy should be to make the Craft whole for all hours worked performing the distribution. Currently work in the registry section is for career clerks.

An argument can be made that if a PSE is performing work on the PASS and an employee has to work in the registry section, then that employee MUST be a career clerk based on the USPS own 15 day statement on the DM-901 national dispute.

We have challenged all pilot programs in the Sales Retention Team national dispute. All of the disputes can be found on the APWU website or by contacting your NBA. Amazon/Same Day Delivery mail distribution on the PASS was nationally assigned to PSEs by the Postal Service. We challenged pilot programs as not being a part of the CBA.

I will not be responding to e-mails, text or telephone calls until January 4th, the day I return from annual leave.

If you do your part, I can assure you the USPS will come to the table or it will cost the USPS in a mighty way.

The longer they violate the contract, the more I will demand.

The longer they delay resolving the issue, the more costly it will be for them at arbitration.

For those who do not want to step up and do the work, I respectfully ask that you get out of the way and let someone else do it.

We can NOT continue to stand by and talk while the USPS continue to violation the APWU contract at their leisure.

Please share with your APWU local/state officers and stewards.

In union solidarity, the struggle continues,

Lamont Brooks
Assistant Director
Clerk Division
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

 

 

OWCP Tidbits

1.      You have a right to seek medical treatment from a physician of your choice.

2.      You have a right to decline medical treatment from the UPSP provider.

3.      Traumatic injury – medical condition occurred within a single work shift – immediately complete Form CA-1.

4.      Occupational disease – medical condition caused or aggravated by work environment over a period longer than one work shift – complete Form CA-2.

5.      Form CA-16 – USPS issues this form to you before you seek medical treatment from a health care provider of your choice.  This form guarantees payment for most medical treatments for up to 60 days as long as the injury was reported within seven days of occurrence.

6.      CA-17 – Form the USPS and physician fill out detailing your physical limitations. 

7.      COP – Continuation of Pay: Make sure you indicate COP when you complete form CA-1.  Form CA-1 must be completed within 30 days of the traumatic injury, and the first day of work stoppage must have occurred within 45 days of the injury.  Time lost on the date of the injury is charged to administrative leave.  Employees are eligible up to 45 calendar days, which includes non-scheduled days and holidays when medical evidence indicates that disability exists during those time periods. COP entitlement does not pertain to an occupational disease, and you must utilize LWOP, Sick Leave or Annual Leave until your claim is accepted by the Department of Labor.

8.      The employer must allow injured workers 10 days to submit medical documentation supporting their absence before they can interrupt COP.

9.      WLC – Wage Loss Compensation:  Form CA-7 must be completed to claim WLC.  Upon receipt, the employer has five working days to complete its portion of the form and submit it to OWCP. 

  1. COP & WLC – A three-day (3) waiting period, which begins on the first day of disability, must be satisfied before an employee can receive COP or WLC.  Non-scheduled days, sick leave and LWOP can be used to satisfy the waiting periods.  Waiting periods are waived when there are 14 days of cumulative work stoppage.

OWCP Claim approval is not required for COP to begin, 

but subsequently denied claims will be subject to repayment.

 

 

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It Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

Ramping Up for Safety Campaign

10/05/2015 - Declaring that “there are far too many serious saffety problems at post offices and facilities,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. are calling on union members across the country to launch a Safety Awareness and Enforcement Campaign in mid-October. “Even the Postal Regulatory Commission recently reported that USPS management failed to meet its performance goal to ‘Ensure a Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce,’” they wrote in a letter to local and state presidents. The Aug. 28 letter called on local unions, state organizations and Contract Action Teams (CATs) to enhance safety education among union members and take the necessary steps to ensure that unhealthy and unsafe conditions are corrected.   

 

 

 

 

 

07/01/2015 - In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit. A hearing is scheduled before an NLRB Administrative Law Judge on Aug. 17.

If the NLRB sustains the allegations in the complaint, it could effectively end Staples’ foray into the mail business.

“In the meantime, the boycott of Staples and its online subsidiary, Quill.com, is still on,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein declared. "Let's turn up the heat!" 

 

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Attendance Articles

Deems Desirable

Sick Leave Issues

Administrative Leave

 The following information is provided to assist locals 

in documenting Administrative Leave grievances.

 

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The Postal Service's Union-Busting Law Firm
The Postal Service's Union-Busting Law Firm
The Postal Service's Union-Busting Law Firm
The Postal Service's Union-Busting Law Firm

Future generations will judge how we act in the next few months. Will we sit down and be quiet or will we stand up and fight?

We have the power. We just have to use it.

- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/news/deptdiv-news-article/postal-services-union-busting-law-firm#sthash.Kzn47C5r.dpuf

Trenton Metro Area Local's

 Executive Board

 

Bill Lewis President 
Bev Fletcher Executive Vice President 
Bernadette Seaman Industrial Relations Director 
Donna Reel Executive Secretary 
Thelma Myers Treasurer 
Elena White Clerk Craft Director
Steve Duckworth Maintenance Craft Director
Mike Strano Motor Vehicle Craft  Director
Suzanne LaShure Human Relations Director 
Dave Seaman Sgt at Arms 
Nicole Tyler Trustee
  Trustee
Michael Hughes Trustee

 

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Pecking Order for Newly Created Positions in POStPlan Installations.  

Post Plan Questions and Answers

The parties agreed to release the document at 9:00 a.m. today.  The pecking order agreed upon by the APWU and the USPS was based on the National Arbitration award for the POStPlan grievance, the subsequent MOU, and what the parties could agree to in a very short time frame. 

In general, the union attempted to come up with a clean and quick pecking order that would place bargaining unit employees from the area into the positions as soon as possible and make it easier for the locals and state organizations to manage the staffing process.

Given the 2,000 or so jobs expected to be filled in the 6 hour RMPOs (Remote Managed Post Offices) and the almost 12,000 PTFs in the bargaining unit, the majority of the jobs are expected to go to PTFs within the installation (bid cluster) and/or in a 50 mile radius from the APO (Administrative Post Office).  This will be a good opportunity for many PTFs to increase their hours and improve their high three for retirement.

As a result of the PTFs filling the positions in the 6 hour RMPOs, it is then expected that the PSEs will get converted to career by filling the vacant PTF positions.  The PSEs are also expected to fill the jobs in the 4 hour offices where they will be able to move to career as future vacancies come up in the installation (bid cluster).

The employee in the 6 and 4 hour RMPOs will be the only person working in their respective offices and will have the opportunity and responsibility to help preserve the post office for their community.   The APWU is working to gather the resources to help employees, locals, and state organizations preserve and enhance living wage jobs and good public service for our communities. 

 

 

Maintenance

Important Alert 

Enforcing the MS-47 MOU

A message which responds to inquiries that have come in on the work hour comparison of item 6 of the July 9, 2014 MOU. It’s intended to help out those Locals who may need some assurance they are on the right track.

Maintenance Craft Settles 

Dispute on Custodial Staffing; 

Will Convert More Than 3,150 PSEs

07/11/2014 - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement July 9 that resolves a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and results in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.

 MOU Maintenance PSE Conversion

 

MOU: Filling of Residual Vacancies

This memo will lead to the conversion of a significant number of PTFs to full-time and PSE to career.  

APWU, USPS Reach Agreement
On Filling Residual Vacancies
Settlement Will Result in PSE, PTF Conversions

(03/24/14) An important March 20 agreement between the APWU and USPS outlines a procedure for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts, and will result in the conversion of Postal Support Employees to career status and the conversion of Part-Time Flexible Clerks to full-time, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. “Establishing a fair procedure for converting Clerk Craft PSEs to career is a major accomplishment,” he said. “In addition, the settlement protects the contractual rights of career employees, ensuring that workers who were excessed are given the right to retreat into residual assignments, where they are eligible. It also will give mobility to unassigned full-time employees and to part-time flexibles who are converted,” he said.  

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The Attack on Small Offices

A report I prepared for the stewards to assist them in protecting our work.

Bill Lewis

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Trenton P&DC 204B Arbitration Award

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Weingarten Rights

EMPLOYEE'S RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION  

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Chemical / Biological Agents in the Mail

Who is next?

Are we as a union prepared to assist our members?

An Article I wrote years ago

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Postal Employee's Relief Fund 

Please Donate Now

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APWU Retirement Information

 

For only $36 per year (which can be deducted in $3 increments from your monthly annuity check), your membership entitles you to a voice in union affairs and to participate in:

You will also receive a certificate for a free $5,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance policy (up to age 80), a continuing subscription to The American Postal Worker magazine, and access to the Members Only pages on the APWU Web site.

Click here for a kit [PDF] that further describes these and the many other great benefits that come with being an APWU Retirees Department member.

Joining the APWU Retirees Department is also a great way to stay in touch with old friends and make new ones! Participating in union activities is a great way to get involved. Click here for a list of chapters and information about how to form a chapter

Join Now

Download Form

APWU Retiree's Tool Kit

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Relations Powerpoint Presentation on Lead Clerks (5-23-12)

 

  Lead  Clerk Questions & Answers

  Lead Customer Service Clerk Qual Standard

  Lead MPC Qual Standard

  LSSA Standard Position Description 

 

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Know Your Rights 

  

 

Weingarten Rights

EMPLOYEE'S RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION

The rights of unionized employees to have present a union representative during investigatory interviews were announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689). These rights have become known as the Weingarten rights.

Employees have Weingarten rights only during investigatory interviews:

An investigatory interview occurs when a supervisor questions an employee to obtain information, which could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his or her conduct.

If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right to request union representation.

Management is not required to inform the employee of his/her Weingarten rights; it is the employees responsibility to know and request.

When the employee makes the request for a union representative to be present management has three options:

(1) it can stop questioning until the representative arrives.

(2) it can call off the interview or,

(3) it can tell the employee that it will call off the interview unless the employee voluntarily gives up his/her rights to a union representative (an option the employee should always refuse.)

Once you’ve asked for union representation, any attempt by management to continue asking questions before a union representative gets there is ILLEGAL. If supervisors pressure you by telling you that "you’re only making things worse for yourself" by asking for union representation, that’s against the law too.

Employers will often assert that the only role of a union representative in an investigatory interview is to observe the discussion. The Supreme Court, however, clearly acknowledges a representative's right to assist and counsel workers during the interview.

The Supreme Court has also ruled that during an investigatory interview management must inform the union representative of the subject of the interrogation. The representative must also be allowed to speak privately with the employee before the interview. During the questioning, the representative can interrupt to clarify a question or to object to confusing or intimidating tactics.

While the interview is in progress the representative can not tell the employee what to say but he may advise them on how to answer a question. At the end of the interview the union representative can add information to support the employee's case.

What to Say if Management Asks Questions That Could Lead to Discipline:

"If this discussion could in anyway lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request that my union representative, officer, or steward by present at the meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions."

Know the limits:

Just as it’s important to know what your Weingarten rights are, it is also important to know the limits.

You are not entitled to have a steward present every time a supervisor wants to talk to you. Remember, if the discussion begins to change into questioning that could lead to discipline, you have the right to ask for representation before the conversation goes any further. If you are called into the supervisor’s office for an investigation, you can’t refuse to go without your steward. All you can do is refuse to answer questions until your union representative (or steward) gets there and you’ve had a chance to talk things over. 

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Rights Before Postal Inspectors & OIG Agents

 

If questioned by a U.S. Postal Inspector, even if you believe you are not guilty of any wrong doing, it is suggested that you:

  • Remain calm;
  • Correctly identify yourself;
  • Do not physically resist an arrest or a search of your person or property;
  • Read aloud to the Postal Inspectors the statement; listed below,
  • Remain silent until you have consulted with your APWU representative or attorney, as appropriate.

This is not complete legal advise.  Always consult with a lawyer.

 

Statement

I request the presence of my APWU representative.  If I am a suspect in a criminal matter, please so advise me.  If so, I wish to contact my attorney.

His/Her name is _______________________________________

Telephone number _____________________________________

If I am under arrest, I request you to so advise me and to inform me of the reason or reasons.

I do not consent to a search of my person or property.  If you have a search warrant, I request to see it at this time.

I do not waive any of my rights, including my right to remain silent.  I will not sign a waiver-of-rights form, nor admit or deny any allegation, nor make any written or oral statement unless my attorney is personally present and so advises me.

 

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HUMAN RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

NEW JERSEY STATE POSTAL WORKERS UNION

Trenton Metro Area Local

 

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 

EASTERN REGION

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE INFORMATION  

 

Here are the new phone numbers and mailing address to use to reach the 

Eastern Area FMLA Department.

 

PHONE :  1-(877)-477-3273, 

Option #5, then #6

 

FAX:  1-(651)-456-6041 

 

HRSSC – FMLA EASTERN

PO Box 970905

Greensboro, NC 27497

 

As your New Jersey State Director of Human Relations Director, I STRONGLY urge you to submit your FMLA paperwork to your via Certified Mail with Return Receipt, (green card) or by using the USPS Delivery Confirmation.  This will provide you with proof that your paperwork was received within the FMLA designated time limits.  

Remember, you only have 15 days to submit supporting Medical Documentation of your qualifying FMLA condition.  That 15-day period starts from the date of your absence.  This 15-day period will be stated on the WH-380 package you will receive in the mail from the USPS Topeka, Kansas Employee Service Center.  That Topeka, Kansas mail piece is automatically generated when you report off work on the Postal Ease Employee Call-out Number (1-877-477-3273 or for TTY users 1-866-833-8777), using Option #4 for Unscheduled Leave.  The Postal Service issued Topeka packet usually arrives in less than one week of your FMLA Call-off request.  

For more information feel free to call the TMAL Steward’s Office at (609)-581-8118 and we can help steer you in the right direction, if needed, when it comes to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act..     

 

Updated: 10/11/11

 

 

 

OWCP Tidbits

1.      You have a right to seek medical treatment from a physician of your choice.

2.      You have a right to decline medical treatment from the UPSP provider.

3.      Traumatic injury – medical condition occurred within a single work shift – immediately complete Form CA-1.

4.      Occupational disease – medical condition caused or aggravated by work environment over a period longer than one work shift – complete Form CA-2.

5.      Form CA-16 – USPS issues this form to you before you seek medical treatment from a health care provider of your choice.  This form guarantees payment for most medical treatments for up to 60 days as long as the injury was reported within seven days of occurrence.

6.      CA-17 – Form the USPS and physician fill out detailing your physical limitations. 

7.      COP – Continuation of Pay: Make sure you indicate COP when you complete form CA-1.  Form CA-1 must be completed within 30 days of the traumatic injury, and the first day of work stoppage must have occurred within 45 days of the injury.  Time lost on the date of the injury is charged to administrative leave.  Employees are eligible up to 45 calendar days, which includes non-scheduled days and holidays when medical evidence indicates that disability exists during those time periods. COP entitlement does not pertain to an occupational disease, and you must utilize LWOP, Sick Leave or Annual Leave until your claim is accepted by the Department of Labor.

8.      The employer must allow injured workers 10 days to submit medical documentation supporting their absence before they can interrupt COP.

9.      WLC – Wage Loss Compensation:  Form CA-7 must be completed to claim WLC.  Upon receipt, the employer has five working days to complete its portion of the form and submit it to OWCP. 

  1. COP & WLC – A three-day (3) waiting period, which begins on the first day of disability, must be satisfied before an employee can receive COP or WLC.  Non-scheduled days, sick leave and LWOP can be used to satisfy the waiting periods.  Waiting periods are waived when there are 14 days of cumulative work stoppage.

OWCP Claim approval is not required for COP to begin, 

but subsequently denied claims will be subject to repayment.

 

 

Have you checked your eOPF 

The Official Personnel Folder, or OPF, documents the employment history of individuals employed by the federal government.  An OPF is established and maintained for each Postal Service employee regardless of appointment type or duration.  The OPF also includes all discipline issued within the ‘last’ two years.  After two years the discipline should be removed from the file. 

All USPS Official Personnel Folders for active employees have been converted to electronic official personnel folders-eOPFs.  The deadline for converting all files was August 1, 2008.  If you have been unable to access your file, try again.  Files can be accessed on a non-postal computer at http://liteblue.usps.gov.  You will need your eight-digit employee LD number and four-digit password. 

It is very important to check your file for accuracy.  Problems have been reported nationwide.  Individuals have logged on and discovered someone else’s OPF.  That’s a whole lot of personnel information for someone to steal.  So log on, make sure the file is your own and check all the dates for accuracy.  Also any discipline that is over two years old should be removed.

Unknown Author

 

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A few tidbits you need to know once you have been injured on duty: 

 

Recommendations for Family Medical Leave Documentation: 

Deems Desirable

By 

 

Due to several recent incidents and inquiries, it’s necessary to remind everyone about the three day waiting period you must endure when suffering a work related injury. 

Injuries that result from work activity occurring over more than one day, occupational injuries, have a three-day waiting period before OWCP wage loss compensation will be paid. The employee must be in a non-pay status for the first three days. No leave may be used, but if the inability to work exceeds fourteen calendar days, compensation will be paid for any wage loss during the three-day waiting period. These rules are unchanged. 

Thanks to President Bush signing the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” into law, as of December 20, 2006, there is now a three day waiting period before continuation of pay (COP) is paid for traumatic injuries. Traumatic injuries occur in a single day or shift. This new rule applies to USPS employees only. 

During the first three-day period of a traumatic injury, you may choose to use annual leave, sick leave or leave without pay. If the disability exceeds fourteen days, or is followed by permanent disability, any leave that was used will be restored, if LWOP was used, the employee will be paid.

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Articles

Ventilation Filtration System VFS

By Gary Kloepfer

 

Automated Postal Centers

Installed in  Trenton P&DC Main Office Window 

Which Re-Hab or District employee will scab our work?

Could this be the first grievance when the building reopens?

 

Administrative Leave

 The following information is provided to assist locals 

in documenting Administrative Leave grievances.

 

12/60 Work Limitations and the

Appropriate Remedy for Exceeding the Ceiling

 

 


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