Trenton Metro Area Local
American Postal Workers Union
President Bill Lewis
Paul Connor, Maintenance Craft Director
John Barry, Steward & Trustee
When selection is made from the preferred assignment register (PAR), employees in the same occupational group and level as the vacancy are considered qualified and no additional training can be required prior to selection.
All Crafts Notice
Trenton P&DC & 086 Offices
Opening Date 3/6/08 Closing Date 3/21/08
Any career employee wishing to become a labor/custodian at the Trenton P&DC should submit a written request, including your employee ID number by the COB on March 21, 2008. Please submit your written request to:
Manager Maintenance Operations Support
Trenton, NJ 08650-9731
Phone 609-581-3159 Fax 609-581-3099
With the suspension of the Test 916, the In-Service Custodial Register, the following pecking order will be used in selecting candidates for the new labor/custodian positions.
ELECTRONIC TECHNICIANS HARMED BY USPS
DECISION TO USE SIEMENS EMPLOYEES TO INSTALL HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
LOCAL UNIONS MUST INVESTIGATE AND FILE
THE APPROPRIATE GRIEVANCE(S)
letter dated April 11, 2007 the Postal Service provided the
purpose of this SMO is to provide instructions for upgrading software on the
PARS-IMS computers at the PARS processing and
the number of changes (hardware and software) to the system, length of time for
the install, and difficulty of the install, USPS-MTSC and Siemens will provide
Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to each PARS modified P&DC and Remote Encoding
Center (REC) to perform the software and hardware upgrades.”
dated April 13, 2007, entitled Postal Automation Redirection System (PARS) Image
Management System (IMS) for Remote Encoding Center (REC) Version 4.0.1 was not
sent to the
purpose of this Software Modification Order (SMO) is to provide instructions for
upgrading the software on the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS) Image
Management System (IMS) at the PARS REC Sites to version 4.0.1. . . . With the
number of changes (hardware and software) to the system, length of the install
and difficulty, USPS-MTSC along with Siemens will be providing Subject Matter
Experts (SMEs) to each PARS modified P&DC and REC to perform the software
and hardware upgrades. Each site is
required to provide a PARS trained ET to assist with the installation.”
receipt of this information the
are no provisions in the CBA for a vendor to “volunteer” its services to
perform bargaining unit work. Also,
the Postal Service’s limited rationale for having Siemens people perform this
work – “These teams will do the install many times where a local ET would
only perform this task once.” – is self-serving.
Local ETs have historically installed software for PARS; the Postal
Service’s position is insulting to these highly skilled technicians.
It is extremely disingenuous for the Postal Service to claim that its
highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable level 11 Electronic Technicians lack
the skills and knowledge to install hardware and software.
addition, we have no dispute that installation of software and file maintenance
for mail processing equipment, which includes PARS, is bargaining unit work
within the duties and responsibilities of all Electronic Technicians.
As such, when the Postal Service assigns this type of work to a person
other than a career Postal Service Electronic Technician, it violates the
Collective Bargaining Agreement. The
hardware and software modification referenced in these SMOs must be performed by
a career Maintenance Craft employee, specifically an Electronic Technician.
on the above, Local
will be able to acquire through the Maintenance Support Office the information
you need regarding the date and length of time it took to perform the work and
whether it was performed by a highly skilled career Maintenance Craft ET or a
non-ET. The SMOs required a Form
4805 be completed and the work to be entered into eMARS. The information is required to be stored in the “Bulletin
Completion File” at each site.
contact me at (202) 842-4213 or your NBA should you have any questions regarding
Custodial Employees To
Share in Long-Awaited Remedy
The APWU and the Postal Service have finalized a $48 million payout to “remedy” the USPS violation of staffing procedures for custodial employees. The settlement will be in the form of lump-sum payments of $2,700 to more than 17,000 employees occupying custodial positions, with payments to be made by April 18.
MS 47 Settlement
Custodial Test Suspended
On Aug.10, 2007, the Postal Service notified the APWU that it was suspending the requirement to pass the custodial exam, Test 916.
Test 916 replaced the old custodial exam (Test 911) six years ago. Test 911 was a pass/fail exam and the new test is a “rated” exam, with a minimum score needed to qualify for custodial positions. While the prior test had been waived as a requirement for career employees since 1992, the Postal Service asserted that the new Test 916 would, among other things, “better predict a successful custodian,” and refused to waive the requirement for current employees.
Management then decided, however, to waive Test 916 for the purpose of excessing employees, which prompted us to file a dispute over the Postal Service’s selective actions — at the same time that the employer was waiving the exam requirement, it was requiring current employees to pass Test 916 if it was not an excessing situation.
An e-mail from the Postal Service reasoned that: “Applicants who previously qualified on examination 911 (includes career employees who applied for noncompetitive assignment for custodian or laborer, custodial) must reestablish eligibility under the 916 requirement in order to be considered for these positions.”
This meant that Level 2 custodians might not be promoted to Level 3 or that ETs (even those who were former custodians) could not avail themselves of their right to downgrade. This grossly inequitable situation was not remedied when the Test 916 excessing waiver was lifted, which made passing the test a requirement.
The Maintenance Division pursued the issue of treating the Test 916 the same as the Test 911; we felt that passing any USPS entrance exam should be permitted as a substitute for the Test 916. The Postal Service then decided to “suspend” the requirement, which immediately caused an issue with the administration of the in-service register. After all, the in-service register is to be ranked in score order, and a register already exists (those who have previously qualified on the Test 916).
On Aug. 31, 2007, the APWU and the Postal Service agreed that the Test 916 will be suspended for all employees for all purposes from Aug. 8, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008. We also agreed that there will be one in-service register, and that it will merge the current register with new requests to reassign to custodian.
With the suspension of the Test 916, the In-Service Custodial Register selection process will be as follows:
1. Current Maintenance Craft employees who previously passed the Test 916 in score order;
2. Current Maintenance Craft employees who have not passed the Test 916 in Maintenance installation seniority order;
3. Other APWU Craft employees who previously passed the Test 916 in score order;
4. Other APWU Craft employees who have not passed the Test 916 in their respective craft installation seniority order;
5. Other Craft employees who previously passed the Test 916 in score order;
6. Other Craft employees who have not passed the Test 916 in installation seniority order.
The Postal Service will not offer the Test 916, except for entrance registers, during the suspension period. The order of filling Maintenance Craft vacancies as listed in the JCIM is unaffected.
The agreement does not apply to Article 12 excessing situations in which impacted employees may be moved without taking the Test 916. The parties retain their respective positions on excessing into or out of APWU-represented crafts. Voluntary transfers from other installations will still be handled under the transfer memo, except that the Test 916 is not required. Finally, the transfer-in-lieu-of-excessing MOU is still applicable, except that affected employees will not need to pass Test 916.
The APWU and USPS will meet prior to the expiration of the suspension to discuss whether to renew or lift the suspension. If a decision is reached to require Test 916 as the minimum qualification, employees who have obtained a custodial duty assignment during the suspension period will be considered qualified on the exam.
Article 38 - Improper Withholding of a Vacant Maintenance
Craft Preferred Duty Assignment.
is a summary of Arbitrator Michael
E. Zobrak’s decision in case K00T-4K-C-03210020
in a case in which the Postal Service failed to either post a Maintenance Craft
vacancy within thirty days or notify the
The arbitrator noted in his decision:
In five subsections, Article 38, Section 4.A of the Agreement outlines
how Maintenance Craft vacancies are to be filled. The language utilized
indicates that the requirements are mandatory in nature, as it is stated that
“all vacant duty assignments shall be filled as follows”. . . . .
Significantly, with this language, the Postal Service is not required to
post and fill a Maintenance Craft position within a certain period of time.
Rather, it has two options. It must either post the position within thirty days
of the vacancy, or advise the
installing software, etc. on CSBCS is a Violation of Article 7
Software Modification Order, SMO-001-08 -
Carrier Sequence Bar Code Sorter System
Version 5.10, the Postal Service assigned duties and responsibilities that are
exclusive to the Maintenance Craft bargaining unit to Senior Mail Processors
(Clerk Craft) or an Operations Support
Specialist (OSS). Specifically the SMO
lists the scope of the software installation as:
document provides information and instructions for the installation of the
Carrier Sequence Bar Code Sorter (CSBCS) System Software. This includes
three systems: the Station PC (SPC), CSBCS (also known as the CSBCS
Runtime Machine), and the Remote Test Diagnostic System (RTDS).
Only the CSBCS and the SPC will receive a new version of software. The RTDS will continue to use version 5.00.
installation instructions describe a full baseline installation for the CSBCS
and the SPC. For the CSBCS and the SPC, version 5.10 is a new install.
The installations of the Windows based SPC requests an Electronic Technician
(ET) for the software installation and a Senior Mail Processor (SMP)
or Operations Support Specialist (OSS) to setup and configure all required sortplans. The CSBCS instaallation requires an ET for
SMO, beginning on
page 30 and ending on page 41, describes the software maintenance tasks that will be performed by the SMP. The following is a synopsis of
the maintenance tasks these non-maintenance employees will be performing:
of sort plans after the basic configuration and setup has been completed
by an Electronic
Downloads and installs
Installation for the CSBCS
Runtime Software Version 5.10 and Wide Field of Vision
|(WFOV) software v 6.1 or higher and CSB CS software
5.00 with WFOV Ethernet.
Version 5.10 is 8 NEW INSTALL but relies on some system settings from the v 5.00
to installing software on the CSBCS verify operation by using the SORT
test deck (NSN 3915-03-000-5959) to verify mail processing and
Install v 5.10 software
After the software has been
installed, check the configuration and verify CSBCS operation by using the SORT test deck to verify mail
processing and machine functionality.
Test the communication.
Verify the Current Sorter
sortplan from the LOAD SORTPLAN menu and select DPS.
machine throughput is at least 36000 and the GAR is at least 99% in the
report. If this is the
case, proceed with the installation. If t he machine does not meet this
maintenance must be performed before proceeding with the installation.
Calibrate the Wide Field of
Verify sorter operation by
loading sortplan and run the sort test deck for three (3) passes
communication with SPC
assignment of this work to a Senior Mail Processor or an Operations Support
Specialist rather than a Level 11 or 12 Electronic
Technician (ET) is a violation of eeither Article 1 Section 6, if assigned
Article 32 –
Subcontracting of Snow Removal (Post Das Decision)
is a summary of Arbitrator Lamont E. Stallworth’s decision in case J00T-4J-C-06057240 regarding the Postal
Service’s decision to subcontract maintenance bargaining unit work, snow
removal. The arbitrator sustained the
facts in the instant grievance were generally not in dispute. According to the
Applying excellent analytical interpretation of the
Collective Bargaining Agreement; the arbitrator dismissed the Postal
Service’s argument that a long standing practice existed which permitted it
to subcontract this work; in addition he dismissed the Postal Service’s
position on the merits. Regarding the past practice issue he stated:
the instant matter, the Undersigned Arbitrator notes that the Service
that it had made a practice of subcontracting out snow removal for the last
twenty-five years. The Service also argues that because the
On the merits he provided the correct
It is the Arbitrator's
opinion that the snow removal work at issue in the instant grievance must be viewed
within the context of what is at stake in
all subcontracting contract violation cases i.e. wages and job security. . . .
With regard to the position of the Service that Article 32 allows
subcontracting of snow removal, the