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National Interpretive Dispute Filed re: Article 12, Excess Employees Reassigned to the Letter Carrier Craft

On October 1, 2009, the National Association of Letter Carriers filed a National Level Interpretive Dispute with the Postal Service pursuant to Article 15, Section 3.F of the National Agreement. This dispute involves excess employees reassigned to the Letter Carrier craft. Specifically, NALC is challenging the Postal Service’s practice of reassigning excess clerk craft employees into vacant withheld positions in the Letter Carrier craft without first establishing that the employee is qualified for the letter carrier assignment in question. Following reassignment some of these employees are failing to successfully complete various driving examinations and are separated from postal employment. The union believes this practice is inconsistent with provisions of Article 12. Branches should contact their National Business Agent if such an event occurs in order to pursue filing an appropriate grievance.