Workroom floor issues
USPS announces new scanning device
March 12, 2014—The Postal Service has announced the deployment of a new Mobile Delivery Device (MDD) to be used by letter carriers. The device, from Honeywell, will transmit scan data in real time and will replace the current Intelligent Mail Device (IMD) and paired cell phone. For detailed information on the new MDD, read an advance copy of Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe's April 2014 Postal Record article here.
M-01831 settles interpretive dispute regarding application of MOU Re: FSS Implementation (M-01643)
Jan. 9, 2014—The NALC and USPS have settled the interpretive dispute regarding the application of the MOU Re: FSS Implementation (M-01643). The settlement (M-01831) addresses three issues. It should be noted that the third issue, adjustments after the 60-day review, was resolved when the parties wrote their position papers.
The Letter Carrier Resource Guide
This guide was created to help all letter carriers in the daily situations they face. It includes sections on letter carrier work methods and reporting requirements. It also explains how to read TAC's employee everything reports, Form 1840 reverse, and how to understand what time will not be credited to your route. Click here to download the guide (PDF 43MB).
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Interpretive step grievance on scanning Delivery Unit Saturation Mail resolved
NALC and USPS have resolved a grievance at the Interpretive Step involving the scanning process used for Delivery Unit Saturation Mail. The settlement (M-01782) states that this scanning process is an internal measurement system used to verify the date a saturation mailing is scheduled for delivery. This settlement also makes clear that by scanning the mailing, the letter carrier is not verifying that he or she delivered the mailing. The scan only verifies that the mailing is scheduled to be delivered on that day.
Time Projection Rules
Projections cannot determine letter carriers’ workload
In 2007, the NALC and USPS settled a national-level dispute over management's use of DOIS projections (M-01664) in determining a letter carrier's daily workload. In 2011, the parties further agreed that projections can not determine a letter carrier's daily workload when they settled a national-level dispute that arose for the Greater Indiana District's use of an "office efficiency tool." This settlement (M-01769) is applicable to any other tool/system/program currently being used or developed in the future to project office and/or street time.
FSS Work Methods
In November 2008, the NALC and the USPS signed a national memorandum of understanding on approved FSS work methods (M-01697). This MOU governs how letter carriers serving park-and-loop or foot deliveries in FSS offices handle additional bundles of mail. The MOU states:
- City letter carriers serving park-and-loop or foot deliveries will not be required to carry more than three bundles.
- In order to maintain three bundles on pre-sequenced mail days, letter carriers serving park-and-loop or foot deliveries may only be assigned to either:
- case residual mail, then collate with FSS mail while in the office (the pre-sequenced bundle must meet the definition of a third bundle under the Interpretive Step agreement for case Q98N-4Q-C 00189552) or,
- case residual mail, then collate with the pre-sequenced addressed mail during pull down while in the office.
- There is no change to current work methods for other types of deliveries.
- When a simplified mailing is carried as a third bundle by city letter carriers serving park-and-loop or foot deliveries, the simplified mailing will be placed on the bottom of the appropriate bundle. In order to maintain three bundles in this circumstance, residual mail and any pre-sequenced mail delivered that day will be collated with the FSS mail.
- City carrier case configurations will be consistent with requirements in methods handbooksM-39 and M-41. City carriers working in an FSS environment will be consulted before case configuration changes are implemented.
The MOU came as a result of reviewing the final report of the joint FSS task force (M-01691). The report also memorializes each party's FSS perspectives and recommendations, as well as the conclusion of what has been jointly agreed to regarding the FSS environment.
In September 2007, the NALC and the USPS signed a national memorandum of understanding on the implementation of FSS (M-01643). This MOU established two things.
- Once FSS is fully implemented in a delivery unit, management will determine the methods to estimate impact in a delivery unit and make route adjustments accordingly.
- Sixty days after implementing route adjustments for FSS, the local parties will review the adjustments to ensure that routes are as near 8 hours as possible. This 60-day period will not count toward the special route inspection process (Section 271, Handbook M-39; Section 918,Handbook M-41). If either party determines that the route(s) is (are) not properly adjusted, then the route(s) will be adjusted In accordance with the provisions of Handbook M-39 or, if applicable, a locally agreed upon adjustment formula.
The terms of this memorandum were effective immediately and continue through all phases of Flats Sequencing System (FSS) implementation.
For a detailed explanation on your rights in and the procedures of adjusting routes in accordance with the provisions of Handbook M-39, see the NALC's Route Protection Program.