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The Portland Local received an impact notice on March 2, 2018 that states the service anticipates it will be necessary to excess 212 full time Clerks outside the craft or installation.  Simply put, the service wants to move 212 Clerks out of the Clerk craft. These excessed Clerks will possibly be placed into the Maintenance, mail handler, or letter carrier crafts within the installation. If there are not enough jobs within the installation,  the Clerks will be moved to other postal installations within 50 miles of the new Portland facility. The date of impact is March 1, 2019. This impact notice also includes the service’s intent to terminate 80 Postal Support Employees (PSE) Clerks in Portland.  

There will be many rumors and much speculation about this impact over the coming year.  Please look to the Portland Local Poker, Facebook page, and website ( for the latest facts.  We will update these locations with new information as it becomes available. We must stress that this impact notice was provided on March 2, 2018 and the impact/event is anticipated March 1, 2019.  Our Local will be working diligently on this impact over the next year. One of the initial changes locally will be the withholding of positions in the clerk, maintenance, letter carrier and mail handler crafts within 50 miles of the new facility. “Withholding” is the withholding of residual (unbid) vacancies for those full time career employees who are being excessed.  This withholding will prevent the conversion of PSE’s to career status. The withholding may also have an impact on the mail handler and carrier non-career workforce (MHA, CCA) and their conversion to career status. A “Regional Meeting” will be conducted in the near future to discuss the impact notice and excessing event. Our Local officers have provided the APWU Regional Coordinator with a list of our concerns for that meeting.


Convention Delegate Election Results

Multi-State Convention-Spokane WA                                National Convention-Pittsburgh PA

Rank Votes Rank Votes
1 Debbie Battle 32 1 Debbie Battle 35
2 Verna Matthews 30 2 Verna Matthews 32
3 Cheryl Walton 25 3 James Battle 32
4 Daniel Cortez 25 4 Cheryl Walton 26
5 Maria Rojas 23 5 Maria Rojas 24
6 Larry Guarnero 22 6 Daniel Cortez 23
7 Lizz Clore 21 7 Lizz Clore 22
8 Teresa Oller 21 8 Larry Guarnero 20
9 Azeb Embaye 18 9 Teresa Oller 19
10 Joni Oramas 16 10 Joni Oramas 18
11 Daryl Teckenberg JR 15 11 Daryl Teckenberg JR 14
12 Nathan Richardson 15
13 Dameion Grant 12 12 Nathan Richardson 14
14 Travis Epes 11 13 Dameion Grant 12
15 Ivan Cauldwell 11 14 Travis Epes 12
16 Marty Barron 11 15 Marty Barron 10
17 Brian Dunsmore 9 16 Ivan Cauldwell 9
18 Anna Smith 8 17 Anna Smith 7
19 Brian Dunn 7 18 Brian Dunsmore 7
20 John Oliver 5 19 Brian Dunn 5
20 John Oliver 4



Two meetings took place on February 21, 2018 concerning the consolidation of Mt. Hood P&DC into the Portland P&DC.  The first meeting was a “regional” meeting between the APWU Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzales and a USPS representative from Western Area in Denver.  The Portland Local President and Vice President were also a part of this conference call meeting.  The USPS representative stated that Mt. Hood employees will be staying in their current duty assignments until they move into the new building.  He also stated that the Service was “looking at moving all the Clerks, Maintenance and mail handlers into this new facility” and no operations will be remaining at the current Mt. Hood location.  No date was given as to when this move will take place.

The second meeting involved the local parties and took place at the Portland GMF.  Our Union attempted to address several issues that we have been trying to discuss for nearly a year.  There was discussion between the parties about the merging of the Portland and Mt. Hood seniority rosters, and the parties agreed upon a method to accomplish this goal.  

We asked about the staffing levels in the new building for the Clerk Craft, and the Service told us that they “don’t know.”  

We asked about the staffing and complement for the Maintenance Craft, and the Service told us that they “don’t know.”

We asked when current employees would be moving into the new building, and the Service told us that they “don’t know.”  After further questioning from our Union, the Service finally said the employees will be moving in June or July – MAYBE.  

The Service knows when they will take possession of the new building.  They know what machines will be installed in the new building, and they know the staffing needed for most of those machines.  But, they claim they “don’t know” what the staffing will be in the new building.

We have been informed that full-sized lockers are not in the new building’s design plan.  We have been trying to discuss this issue, as well as many other issues, for almost a year.  Now, when the Service will finally discuss the issue of lockers and locker rooms, the only response provided to us is “not in the design.”

We know from speaking with our Members what many of our concerns are.  When will we be moving? What will my job be in the new building? We will continue to push the Service for answers to our questions.  We “don’t know” is not the answer the employees and their families want, need, or deserve to hear from the Service.  At this point, only the building and the machines inside that building have been the Service’s focus.  The time has come for the Service to begin considering the employees and their families.  In reality, it is way past time for the Service to begin discussing the human factors surrounding this event.

Added 3/1/2018:  Mt. Hood P&DC employees are considered impacted and are currently eligible for priority clerk craft 21 day postings on e-reassign.  

Mt. Hood/Portland P&DC Consolidation

Representatives from the APWU and USPS at the regional level will conduct a meeting in Portland on February 21, 2018 concerning the consolidation .  A meeting of the local parties will be conducted following the regional meeting.  The latest information should be available following those meetings. Watch this space.


The APWU was provided notice dated January 26, 2018 from the USPS of their proposal “to involuntarily reassign one hundred twenty six (126) Full Time Clerks and thirty eight (38) Full Time Maintenance employees…”  The notice goes on to state that Mt. Hood P&DC would be consolidated into the Portland bid cluster.   With the construction of the new building, we all have been aware that something like this was coming.    The date of this event is “anticipated” to be effective on May 12, 2018.  The notice does not state if movement of the Mt. Hood P&DC employees will happen on that date.  The service could choose to consolidate and move employees on that date.  The service may consolidate on that date and continue Mt. Hood as a Mail Processing operation as part of the Portland Installation and Bid Cluster. The postal service has refused to provide your Local union any information up to this point.  We hope to have more information very soon. There is a lot of information needed, questions to be answered and meetings that need to happen prior to the consolidation, excessing and moving events.

We, again, have contacted the USPS to request a meeting to answer our questions. Our Local will be holding informational and Q&A meetings very soon. Watch this space, more shall be revealed.