California PVS – HCR Conversion Update
Dear MVS Members:
The arbitration hearings regarding the Postal Service’s attempt to eliminate the Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) in California concluded on Thursday, January 17, 2013. There were seven days of hearings.
In mid February 2013 the parties will submit their briefs (closing arguments) to the arbitrator and the arbitrator should issue an award in March 2013.
According to union sources, the APWU’s team of officers, lawyers, economist, contract experts, statisticians and craft witnesses did a remarkable job in presenting the union’s case.
If there are any new developments before the arbitrator issue his award, you will be advised.
James “Jim” Perry
Business Agent A, Legislative Committee Chairperson
We Need Your Current Address
The Oakland Local office needs the current addresses of the members enumerated below. Please contact Records Secretary Derrick Lee at (510) 635-8497.
Mark Acuna, Lemuel Brownlee, Ricardo Castenada, Chezette Deering, Janet Ezell, Jaime Fernandez, Ben Garcia, Rada Harvey-Simmons, Henry Lam, Raymond Liang, Lenor Licudan, Paul Merel, David Rangel.
Excessing Event 39951
The Oakland Local was notified on August 1, 2012, that pursuant to Article 12.5.C of the National Agreement, forty (40) level 6 Oakland bid cluster clerks were going to be involuntarily reassigned from the clerk craft and/or the Oakland installation relative to a staffing & scheduling review based on BPI efficiency improvements (Excessing Event 39951).
Yesterday I requested Senior Plant Manager Balwant Grewal to cancel Excessing Event 39951 via the VERA and other reductions of clerks in the Oakland bid cluster since August 1, 2012.
The Senior Plant Manager responded today by informing me that as soon as all the VERA is finalized she would get back with me. APWU Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez also contacted me today and informed me that most excessing events were going to be modified significantly according to the Postal Service Area office and that he would notify me when the modifications were made.
Welcome New Oakland Local 78 Members
Mariah A.G. Lothlen
Alessia W. Acklin
Felix S. Babauta II
Danielle V. Bostic
Lisa L. Brown
Sharon D. Bryant
Jimella R. Chatman
Steven A. Coaker
Tameka M. Emerson
Walter O. Espinello
Kathy J. Foster
Jovan J. Harper
Latiisha D. Hester
Yolanda F. Jackson
Adaku O. Omekenyi
Stefanie K. Palmer
Donisha T. Robinson
Lisa D. Scott
Pauline A. Soria
Elvin S. Torrian
Tiare’ M. Womack
NALC labor contract arbitration decision
New contract runs through May 2016
USPS today issued the following statement regarding the Announcement of an arbitration decision on a contract with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC):
“The binding arbitration process between USPS and the NALC has concluded and a resulting contract between the parties is effective Jan. 10, 2013 through May 20, 2016.
“While the decision by the arbitrator includes important and substantial cost-savings provisions that will benefit the Postal Service over the life of the contract and into the future, it does not include all of the changes we sought.
“The results of the Interest Arbitration Award include the following:
- Two-year wage freeze followed by modest increases.
- Lower wage scale for new career employees, with entry step salary reduced by more than 20 percent and lower cost-of-living adjustments (COLA).
- Creation of a new, lower-cost non-career employee category, City Carrier Assistant (CCA).
- Decrease in the employer share of health insurance premiums.
- Establishment of a Health Benefits Task Force to jointly work towards resolution of health care issues.
“We are disappointed that the Award continued limited no layoff protection and restrictions to contracting out. Congress needs to enact significant legislative reform to quickly restore the Postal Service to profitability and put the organization on stable, long-term financial footing.
“The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.”
The contract between USPS and the NALC carriers expired Nov. 20, 2011. Negotiations for a new agreement continued until Jan. 20, 2012. The parties entered into binding arbitration last April.
The NALC represents 192,000 employees who work as letter carriers delivering mail primarily in urban areas.
Ryder Truck Safety Issues
Attention Motor Vehicle Craft Members:
Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez and National Business Agent Javier Pineres have met with the Postal Service’s Area Safety management twice regarding the Ryder truck safety issues.
I received an email from Omar on December 21,2012, indicating that it was amazing that of all the issues and concerns from all the members in all the Districts, only one (1) 1767 from Oakland made it to the 3rd level of the process. If you have filed a 1767, Omar needs it ASAP!
During the second meeting with Area Safety, management stated that where the Ryder trucks are too big for the stations, local management should work with District Transportation to swap the Ryder trucks for the retrofitted Postal 7 & 11 tons. Also, Local supervisor / manager should work together with drivers to identify the problem stations / stops.
Drivers, please provide your steward with the name and location of any station where the size of the Ryder trucks pose a safety concern. Where there’s a concern, with either the length or the height, please describe the problem / issue. It is very difficult, if not impossible, for our regional representatives to identify the problem spots without our help at the local level. If management fails to cooperate with you, please contact your steward so that we can advise our regional representatives.