It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we give notice of the passing of Past Portland Oregon Area Local President Darrell Strobel. Darrell was a wonderful and dedicated Union brother and we will miss him greatly.Darrell

Report of Current Events


Good day brothers and sisters!  I hope this report finds you well.  Here are a few things that we have been working on over the last month;

Excessing – President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin and I have had several meetings with Management concerning their multiple and concurrent excessing events.

On the Plant side, apparently in an effort to rearrange the furniture, management is moving a majority of the DPS letter volumes from the downtown Plant, where we have the machines and the staffing, to the Mt. Hood DDC, which lacks sufficient equipment and staffing, and is slated to close when we move into the new building.  According to management, disassembling and reassembling a DBCS twice, instead of once when we move to the new building, is more efficient.  Management insists that this event will result in 33 employees being excess to the section (Tour 3 Mail Processing Clerks), but they have no “landing spots” for the junior employees in the section that need to bid or be assigned to a new work section.  Oblivious to our Local Memo language, one of their plans was to move people to Tour 3 at PACC, not realizing that that is the same section, for the purposes of excessing.

On the city side, they are attempting to reinvent the wheel by eliminating the Pool and Relief clerks and the non-traditional full time (NTFT) assignments.  Dozens of city employees received notice that their duty assignments were being reposted, with no notification of what the new assignment would look like.  Once again, management was ignorant of the fact that each Station is not its own section, but sections are defined by job description and tour.  Letters were mailed over the Union’s objections, AND without OUR being provided a final staffing plan.  They sit on the 3rd floor, playing 52-card pickup with the duty assignments, oblivious to the impact on the employees.  If any of you think that your managers give a damn about you, let this be a wake-up call.  They don’t care about the customers, and they don’t care about you.  They only want to kiss the feet of the bean counters at Area and meet one unrealistic goal, turning a blind eye to the multiple failures in other aspects of the operation.

Please be assured that while these actions are management decisions, the Union is not rolling over and letting it happen without protest.  From the very beginning, all we asked is to be provided with their plan – what they wanted staffing to look like when these changes were implemented.  And why.  Why disrupt the employees’ lives when there is a move to a new building in 9 months?  What’s the rush?  Their reply?  The deafening sound of silence.

Reversions – In a classic example of shooting themselves in the foot, while struggling to find landing spots for the employees excess to the needs of the Tour 3 MPC section, management has notified the Union of their intent to revert 18 vacant Plant jobs and 11 vacant city jobs.  Grievances are being processed to challenge the reversions.

Bids – I continue to track duty assignments for all of the offices within our Local.  I get information on vacancies and awards for the Portland Bid Cluster, but I am reliant upon you for movements in the Associate Offices.  Has someone bid out, retired or resigned?  Has a PSE been converted to career?  Please shoot me an email about any movements that you observe.  I would rather be notified several times of a change than not at all.  As a reminder, for Local issues, my email address is

Kevin Fraser, Clerk Craft Director

May Membership Meeting

Prior to the May membership meeting will be the Executive Council meeting.  All members are welcome to attend.  We will be discussing the current actions happening at the Portland City stations and Portland GMF.

Here We Go Again, Part 2

Local Union officers met with members of management on May 9, 2017 .  This meeting was concerning the upcoming changes the service intends on doing.  They have a plan to change operations at the Portland Plant and to Portland city stations.  How these changes will impact Mt. Hood P&DC, PACC and the AO’s is yet to be determined or even addressed by the service.

The service stated they intend on moving 70-80 percent of DPS volumes to Mt. Hood P&DC.  And then went on to state “don’t quote me on those numbers”.  The reason they claim for this move is that Mt. Hood is more efficient and that it will make for an easier move to the new building in March 2018.   The service provided a list of 36 Tour 3 plant jobs they intend on abolishing.  The service claims that this will result in sectional excessing.  This means that the junior clerks will be moved to another section.  The service does not know where they are moving the excess clerks.  Management claims the excessed clerks will be assigned work currently performed by PSE’s.  They claim that PSE hours will be reduced.  We were told previously that PSE’s will be laid off at Portland in hope that they apply to work at Mt. Hood.

The service claims they are over staffed by 24 full time jobs in the Portland city stations. The service identified 35 station non-traditional full time (NTFT) clerk jobs for reversion, abolishment or reposting.  These are the 4/10’s and less than 40 hour positions in the city stations.  The service stated that the reason that NTFT assignments are identified is they are the best place to find hours savings and the jobs are hard to back fill.

The service only provided a list of job numbers. The Union has requested more information.  As of this posting, none has been provided.  The service requested another meeting this week.  Without specifics based on facts and documentation, why have a meeting? The Union offered to meet May 18th or 19th, the service did not take the Union up on that offer.  There are many questions that the service was unable to answer.  Who are the impacted employees?  Where will the impacted employees be reassigned?  What is the impact to PSE’s.

Mt. Hood P&DC, PACC, Maintenance at Mt. Hood and Portland and Motor Vehicle Service;    Moving a large volume of mail to Mt. Hood, how will the mail get there and out to its final destination?  What will be the impact on the Maintenance and Clerk craft employees at PACC and Mt. Hood P&DC?  What will be the impact on the Maintenance employees at Portland P&DC?  All questions that need to be asked and answered. The service has not stated any impact to the employees in these areas. The Union has mailed a request for a Labor Management meeting with the Manager of Mt. Hood P&DC.

The local knows that if the service goes forward with these actions they will be in violation of our contract.  Be assured that we are taking this seriously and working diligently addressing these proposed changes. We will be enforcing our contract.  We suggest that if you think you are one of the impacted employees; ask your supervisor what they are doing. This is managements plan.  Management should know why and who.  Your local supervisor, manager, MDO should be able to communicate to the employees what is occurring.  If they say they don’t know, ask them to find out and get back to you.

There are many issues that will need to be addressed concerning these actions.  Watch this site for updates.  Local officers will be available to answer questions at E-Council at 5:00 pm and  Local membership meeting at 6:30 pm, May 21, 2017.