The Check Is In The Mail, Part II

All eligible Portland Installation clerk craft employees should have received a check for the SRT grievance.  If you were eligible, and have not received a check, contact the local office with your name and employee identification number and we will investigate.

We have had a few calls, mostly from retirees, thanking the Union for this unexpected money.  Our gratitude goes out to National Assistant Director A, Clerk Division, Lamont Brooks and Portland Local Clerk Craft Director Kevin Fraser for dealing with the grievances that resulted in this payment.

Meeting Reminder

The January Executive Board, Executive Council and General Membership meeting will be held on January 9, 2019.

Executive Board            4:00 pm

Executive Council         5:00 pm

General Membership   6:30 pm

SRT Grievance Settlement

Payment Checks for SRT Remedy to be Mailed in January
 
As part of the remedy settlement for the Postal Service’s violations regarding the Sales Retention Team (SRT) Pilot Program, the Postal Service is expected to be mailing settlement payments to previously identified eligible individuals by the end of January 2019.
 
On July, 8, 2018, the APWU identified and posted the names of eligible employees and amounts to be paid on the APWU website. Current and former employees had an opportunity to address eligibility and the amount received. After all the information was processed, the APWU provided the names of eligible employees and amounts to the Postal Service so they could send the payment checks to employees.
 
SRT Remedy Payment
The first round of SRT Remedy Payments will be made by separate check to the individuals provided by the APWU.
It is anticipated that the checks will be mailed mid/end of January.
 
Employees on the Rolls
Checks to employees currently on the rolls will be mailed to the employee’s current work location.
Those employees who have direct deposit for their payroll check will have a paper check mailed to their work location.
Employees No Longer on the Rolls
For individuals who are not on the rolls, checks will be mailed to their home address of record.
Please do not spend the money before you receive it.

OPWU FALL SEMINAR

The Oregon Postal Workers Union conducted their Fall Seminar at the local Union Office. Shout out to the instructors: Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez, National Business Agents Brian Dunn, Brian Dunsmore, Louis  Kingsley, Hector Baez and EAP Consultant Sarah Meyer.  Appreciation to all the officers and stewards from around the state who took time from their weekend to attend.

Union Training 2018 #2 012

Photo by Nathan Richardson

PSE Lay Off Rumor Addressed

There is another rumor being spread on the workroom floor that all of the PSE’s will be laid off in September. We have spoken with the Service multiple times in the last few days and been assured that there is no plan to lay off PSE’s in September.  If you know of a manager or supervisor who is telling PSE’s they will be laid off in September, please provide their names to the Union office and or your steward.   

 

What are the facts?  The Service needs to fill mail handler jobs.  Mail handler career positions will be available for the general public as of  August 13, 2018. It was just a few short weeks ago that the Service planned on forcing 200 clerks into the mail handler craft and laying off 80 PSE’s.  The PACC is scheduled to close around the end of the year. The EPPS is expected to be up and running on October 27th. It is not hard to see that some impact is coming.  What the impact will be, who and how many it will impact is anyone’s guess. We can all see that there will be some impact on the PSE’s is the future.

 

Each PSE Clerk will need to consider all of their options, and which option is best for them and their families.  Other considerations for the PSE Clerks are: where do you stand on the PSE seniority list; what is the possibility of being converted to career status as clerk; and what is the chance of conversion or being hired as a career mail handler?

 

We have provided some information for you to consider.  We encourage you to investigate your options, and make the best decision for you and yours.  Each person’s priorities are different, and it would be irresponsible of us to not share this information with each of you.