Please review the attached documents. The procedures listed will assist any carrier identified as the senior bidder (temporarily disabled) versus successful bidder in securing the bid assignment. The first page is a letter that comes from Health and Resource Management (HRM) to advise you on what you need to do to certify you will be able to carry the route in six months. The letter also contains an attachment with the functional requirements of the job. Carriers, DO NOT WAIT FOR THIS LETTER TO COME TO YOU!!! Article 41 and the National MOU 00752 only give you 10 days from the date of the award posting to get that letter to the postmaster’s office and Health and Resource Management (HRM). That information is also on the first page of every bid vacancy award posting.
What we strongly encourage carriers in this situation to do is download the attached functional requirements letter (and the example letter of physician approval) after you receive notification you are the senior bidder. Once downloaded, go to the doctor and get him/her to complete the letter. The use of official physician letterhead or doctor’s stamp is strongly encouraged. Last, make sure HRM and the Postmaster’s office receives the documentation within 10 days. Send it certified or drop it off and keep a copy for yourself.
If the IVR Job Bidding Line (800)265-7208 isn’t working, you can also call your bid(s) in by telephone at Shared Services. Call 1-877-477-3273, Option 2. You can also use eJob Bidding on Lite Blue (http:/liteblue.usps.gov). All of these options are listed on the front page of the Bid Vacancy Posting.
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Carrier/Route Listing for San Antonio Color Codes
Red – The routes had no successful bidder this past bid cycle and will become a residual vacancy and assigned to an unassigned regular (UAR) by juniority within the San Antonio installation. They may also be filled by a CCA conversion or eReassign assignment if no UAR’s are available. Currently there are 22 UARs.
Blue or Black with Yellow Background – These routes are not automatically included in the next bid cycle because there is some kind of issue/discrepancy or they are completing a route count and inspection (RCI). That could change if corrected before the push date.
Green – Carriers working as 204b supervisors.
Lt Blue – The routes have been or will become vacant by 8/28/2020 and should be posted for bid on 9/18/2020.
Purple – The carrier who is awarded the previously vacant route and their reporting date.
Brown – Unassigned regulars (UAR).
There were 35 routes awarded (28 successful bids and 7 residual awards) from the 8/17/2020 Carrier Vacancy Award Posting #229910. There should be at least 32 vacancies listed (the 28 vacated from the recent bid award posting and 4 others (07003, 07036, 12019 and 32014) on the September 2020 Carrier Vacancy Posting. If there are more vacancies, let management (and me) know and ensure they send them to Customer Service Support, Lori Martinez. The push date for the September 18, 2020 Bid Vacancy Posting will be on 9/9/2020. Ask for proof from management that the bid vacancy info was sent there. If you don’t get it that date, notify me immediately so I can address it with senior installation management or higher before the Carrier Vacancy List is posted (9/18/2020). Failure to do so will cause the vacant route to remain that way until October 30, 2020. Please check every single name and route in your station against this list and report any discrepancies/differences to this office. Anytime there are route vacancies or personnel changes (in or out) in an office, you need to update your Carrier/Route Listing and send me the changes (transfers in/out, separations, retirements, resignations, promotions), contact management, and ensure the vacancies get posted for bid in the next immediate cycle. Staffing and promotions suffer when you don’t. Some stewards are still not paying attention to personnel changes in their own offices or the actual personnel assigned to a route. Look CLOSELY at each route at your station to see if the right person (a full-time regular) is assigned to the route, all the routes in the station (no aux routes) are listed, and that all the routes on a carrier technician’s assignment are correct. Make sure the Job ID is listed as well (the station manager or supervisor should have that information in DOIS. Note: Do not ask a 204b because they probably do not know what that is or where to find it. If you don’t know where your carriers are assigned if they aren’t physically present at your station, find out, ask for help.
Tony Boyd, President
NALC Branch 421