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This Regional Step 4 Arb decision has some fantastic language regarding the reliability of the scanners when considering the language regarding Case No. Q98N-4Q-C 01045840, states in relevant part:
The Managed Service Points (MSP) initiative is a national program
intended to facilitate management’s ability to assess and monitor
the city delivery structure and consistency of delivery service. The
following reflects the parties’ understanding of MSP:
MSP does not set performance standards, either in the office or on
the street. With current technology, MSP records of scan times are
not to be used as timecard data for pay purposes. MSP data may
not constitute the sole basis for disciplinary action. However, it may
be used by the parties in conjunction with other records to support
or refute disciplinary actions issued pursuant to Article 16 of the
I have been running into issues with carriers being given conflicting Instructions. We have at least 2 Step B decisions that have established that management must give clear and concise instructions. Please read these decisions and enforce them at your stations. There is no reason carriers should have to put up with this.
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DO NOT SUBMIT A 1260 PERIOD UNLESS YOU LOSE YOUR BADGE AND ARE WAITING ON A REPLACEMENT
IF YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO USE ONE BY MANAGEMENT REPORT THIS TO YOUR STEWARD IMMEDIATELY
TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION DELIVER ADVO BY ADDRESS, DO NOT THROW FULL UNBROKEN BUNDLES IN THE WIRE HAMPER AND ONLY PUT ADVO IN THERE, ALL OTHER STANDARD BULK MAILING THAT IS NOT DELIVERABLE GOES IN THE UBBM BUCKET
YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIT BY YOUR PHONE AND WAIT TO BE CALLED INTO WORK
NOR ARE YOU REQUIRED TO ANSWER THE PHONE, BUT IF YOU ARE ON THE SCHEDULE
AND REPORT TO WORK ,AND THEY SEND YOU HOME,THEY ARE REQUIRED TO WORK YOU
4 HOURS OR PAY YOU IN LU OF.
IF YOU ARE CALLED IN THE BACK OFFICE AND FEEL THAT DISCIPLINE MAY RESULT FROM IT,ASK FOR A STEWARD,IT IS YOUR RIGHT ,BUT MANAGEMENT IS NOT REQUIRED TO TELL YOU THIS !
If you need to see a steward while on the clock,PUT IN A REQUEST TO SEE A STEWARD IN WRITING management is required to make them available to you within two hours of the request. That should happen 95% percent of the time. If you can’t see the steward at that time, then you should be able to see him or her before the end of the shift
DISCIPLINE OR A CONTRACT VIOLATION MUST BE GREIVED WITHIN 14 CALENDER DAYS
SO PLEASE ADDRESS THESE ISSUES WITH YOUR STEWARD ASAP AFTER THE OCCURANCE
IF YOU SUBMIT A REQUEST TO SPEAK TO YOUR STEWARD, TIME SHALL BE GRANTED TO YOU
FOR THIS REASON ( TIMECLOCK CODE 613) WITHIN 2 HOURS OR BY THE END OF BUSINESS DAY
GOT OT ? COMPLETE A 3996
NOT GONNA MAKE AUTHORIZED TIME ? CALL IN & GET INSTRUCTIONS
DOCUMENT EVERYTHING AND GET A COPY
DEALING WITH AN ABUSIVE SUPERVISOR? YOU DON'T JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT!
DOWNLOAD THE ABUSIVE SUPERVISOR FORM BELOW
GIVE A COPY TO YOUR STEWARD AND MAIL A COPY TO THE BRANCH
AT 125 W GRAYSON SAN ANTONIO, TX 78212-4117
ATTN: JOSEPH BLANCARDE -LAUREL HEIGHTS
THESE REPORTS WILL BE REVIEWED,COMPILED AND STORED AT THE BRANCH
TO HELP OUR STEWARDS BUILD A BETTER CASE AGAINST ABUSIVE MANAGERS
THAT ARE BEING SHUFFLED AROUND TO OTHER STATIONS
INSTEAD OF BEING DISCIPLINED FOR THEIR HORRID BEHAVIOR,
A BBB REPORT OF A SORT THAT WILL FOLLOW THEM AND ALLOW THE
BRANCH A BETTER WAY OF TRACKING THE BAD ONES AND PUSHING BACK :-)
Joe Blancarte wanted me to shoot out an email to everyone in regard to the dignity and respect files we are putting together on each supervisor. If anyone has decisions and/or statements against 204Bs/Supervisors for dignity and respect issues, please email them to Joe or me ASAP. Thanks
Vice President NALC Branch 421
125 W Grayson St.
San Antonio, TX 78212
Work – (210)227-0128)
Cell – (210)527-7523
if the IVR Job Bidding Line (800)265-7208 isn’t working, you can also call it 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 on the front page of the Bid Vacancy Posting.
AFTER YOUR 90 DAY PROBATION PERIOD ALL CCA'S SHOULD RECIEVE THEIR UNIFORM ALLOWANCE
AFTER 60 DAYS YOU CAN PUT A HOLD DOWN ON ANY OPEN ROUTE OF 7 DAYS OR MORE
IN THE STATION YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO
IF PERMANENTLY MOVED YOU SHOULD RECIEVE A NEW FORM 50
READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND CONTACT YOUR STEWARD IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT
Under the new NALC – USPS contract the city carriers got an increase to their postal uniform allowance
I would like to recap what was negotiated in the new contract.
As in previous years, the letter carriers are to get uniform allowance increases starting with those who have had an anniversary since November 21, 2012 . All carriers are to now receive $390
annually to purchase postal uniforms You can check by calling Citibank at 1-800-287-5003. If you are not satisfied with
their answer, we suggest contacting USPS Human Resources.
If you have a new anniversary coming up, you will now have $390 to spend.
various postal uniform vendors can fill in the order for you
We are also seeing some movement on the uniform allowance for the CCA’s. Unlike the TE’s, who were only given a uniform allowance on the discretion of their managers, or contract carriers who may have had a tee shirt or USPS cap, the Board of Arbitration felt so strongly about the USPS having it’s employees in uniform that they stipulated in the contract for the new classification of non-career employees, the CCA’s, to receive an allowance equal to the career city letter carriers. Under this contract, “the CCA will be provided with an annual uniform allowance equal to the amount provided to career employees” (page 17). “When the CCA has completed 90 work days, or has been employed for 120 calendar days, whichever comes first”, the allowance will be provided. Additionally, “time served as a Transitional Employee will count toward the 90/120 day requirement” (page 17). In other words, CCA’s are to receive $390 for 2012-2013, with postal uniform allowance raises that match the career employee’s raises in succeeding years. If, after their first year of working for the USPS, the CCA is not rehired for a second year appointment, these employees are supposed to return their uniforms to the USPS for disposal. The process of how to get the allotment to the CCA’s has been negotiated between the NALC and the USPS (M-01819) on May 22. From that MOU: “When a CCA becomes eligible for a uniform allowance, funds must be approved through an eBuy submission by local management. After approval, a Letter of Authorization form must be completed and provided to the employee within 14 days of the eligibility date. The CCA takes the completed form to a USPS authorized vendor to purchase uniform items. The Letter of Authorization can be located on the Uniform Program website on the Blue Page under Labor Relations.” “The licensed vendor creates an itemized invoice of the sale, provides a copy of the invoice to the CCA, and sends the original invoice for payment to the local manager identified on the Letter of Authorization. Upon receipt, the local manager certifies the invoice and pays the vendor using the office Smartpay card.” Although this sounds clear and definitive, and a letter was sent to all Area Human Resources Managers (dated May 22), we are hearing all kinds of different stories as it seems that a lot of postmasters and managers are still not aware of the contract agreement or of this memo. We have heard of some managers telling their CCA’s that they will get a quarterly allowance of $74.50 (as under the TE uniform program); others have been told that it is up to the manager’s discretion whether they will get an allowance; and still others have heard that there will be no uniform allowance for the CCA’s. Although we are seeing some orders coming in with the official Letter of Authorization, it seems in some areas of the country the management either is not aware or is not finding the time to give their CCA’s their letter which allows them to purchase their uniforms. If you are a CCA and you now qualify for your Letter (completed 90 work days, or have been employed for 120 calendar days, whichever comes first), and your manager will not give it to you, perhaps you should speak to your union representative. We have heard that in one major city the NALC told the postmaster that they will file a grievance for every CCA in that area unless the letters were issued immediately. Within days, we are told, every CCA had their Letter.
Remember, the uniform allowance is a negotiated benefit. Think of it as part of your pay package. Would you let your employer short you $390 on your paycheck? Of course not, and neither should they deny you the uniform allowance.
THE LOCAL MOU STATES THAT IF YOU REQUEST IT AT LEAST 2 WEEKS
PRIOR, YOU WILL BE GRANTED EITHER YOUR BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY OFF
DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB? LIKE THE BENEFITS? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP IT?
GLAD YOU ASKED! ITS REALLY KINDA SIMPLE WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT........
UNLIKE OTHER MAJOR INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE ALSO BEEN AFFECTED BY THE CURRENT
ECONOMIC CONDITION, YOU CAN DIRECTLY INFLUENCE THE VIABILITY OF YOUR EMPLOYER,
AND THUS YOUR JOB.
BECAUSE UNLIKE THE AUTO WORKERS WHO CANNOT BUY A CAR EVERY WEEK
TO KEEP THEM SELVES BUSY
THE REALTORS WHO CANNOT BUY A HOUSE EVERY WEEK TO GIVE THEMSELVES WORK
AND BANKERS WHO CANNOT OPEN A NEW ACCOUNT EVERY WEEK MUCH LESS
PUT MONEY IN THEM JUST TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN,
WE CAN GET MAIL INTO THE MAIL STREAM ...DAILY
( NOTICE THAT I SAID GET INTO , NOT ONLY PUT INTO THE MAIL-STREAM)
HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN DO YOUR PART:
1. TURN IN LEADS TO YOUR CUSTOMER CONNECT REPRESENTATIVE
3.SEND CARDS AND GIFTS ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS OR JUST BECAUSE
5.PURCHASE ITEMS ONLINE ONLY FROM VENDORS WHO UTILIZE THE USPS
7. TALK UP OUR SERVICES TO ANYONE YOU MEET THAT COULD USE THEM
8. VOTE BY MAIL
9.ENCOURAGE ASSOCIATIONS YOUR AFFILIATED WITH TO SEND OUT INFO BY MAIL
COLLEGE STUDENTS THAT ARE AWAY FROM HOME
11. GET YOUR MEDICINES BY MAIL
USE YOUR IMAGINATION, THE POSSIBITIES ARE ENDLESS, BUT THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!
From: Boone, Buddy - San Antonio, TX [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2013 9:27 AM
To: Rio Grande - EAS
Cc: Subject: SAFETY STAND-UP TALKS
All employees are required to be given a weekly safety talks and documented either by sign-in or daily TAC’S sheet. Follow up talks also need to be given to those who were not in attendance. Once the safety talk has been given, ensure it is posted weekly in an area that ALL employees are aware of so that they may review if needed. Currently it is being reported that not all of our clerks at the stations are getting their safety talks due to staggered Begin tours. These employees can be provided a copy of the safety talk to ensure they are aware. Either way, to assist in reducing accidents at our facilities, we must ensure ALL employees are getting the weekly safety talks for awareness. Safety sends out a daily safety message that can be used, Publication 129 has a multitude of safety talks. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact District Safety Office. Tomorrow’s productivity is your reward for ensuring safety today.
William “Buddy” Boone
Rio Grande District
District Safety Team Leader
1 Post Office Dr
San Antonio TX 78284-9441
ROY ENCINA IS THE BRANCH SAFETY COODINATOR CONTACT HIM
WITH ANY SAFETY CONCERNS OR ISSUES AT 210-213-0390
LOCK YOUR DOORS WHEN YOU ARE OUT OF SIGHT OF THE LLV
CLOSE YOUR DOORS AND WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS IF YOU ARE IN MOTION PERIOD!
DELIVER YOUR MAIL AS IF YOUR BEING WATCHED,BECAUSE YOU ARE!
BY THE PUBLIC, AS WELL AS MGT. AVOID THE PREVENTABLE DISCIPLINE!