We are very happy to announce the cancellation of the excessing of 212 Clerk Craft employees into the Mailhandler, Letter Carrier and Maintenance crafts. Our Local received notification via email from APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez. Attached to the email was a letter stating ”This is notice that the Portland, OR P&DC excessing event dated March 2, 2018 in the clerk craft is cancelled. The decision to cancel this notice of withholding is based on further consideration by the Portland District.”
This announcement was confirmed later in the day when President Joe Cogan met with Senior Plant Manager Felipe Flores. Manager Flores stated that he had reevaluated the situation, held discussions with other USPS representatives and determined it was the “right thing” to do. We appreciate Plant Manager Flores making this decision and keeping our Clerks in the craft. This action will benefit more than just those Clerks who were destined to become mailhandlers, carriers and custodians.
Our PSE’s will no longer have their numbers reduced to the maximum extent possible due to the excessing of career Clerks. PSE’s may be provided more opportunities to remain with the service and have future opportunities for conversion to career status. This will also allow the non-career employees of the mailhandler and carrier crafts to have an opportunity for conversion to career.
This is great news for our Membership, and should be celebrated by all. We are grateful that the impact has been cancelled. We must continue in our fight to protect our rights and the service to our customers. As former APWU President Moe Biller was fond of saying “the struggle continues.”