NALC Workplace Issues Feed http://www.nalc.org/workplace-issues/rss NALC Workplace Issues Feed Fri, 03 Jun 2016 11:50:52 -0500 AMPS en hourly 1 2021 JCAM released https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2021-jcam-released Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2021-jcam-released An electronic version of the 2021 USPS-NALC Joint Contract Administration Manual (JCAM) has been released and is available under Workplace Issues in the resources section of our website. 

We are working with USPS on the project of jointly printing hard copies.  This process will take at least a few months to complete, so please be patient.  In the meantime, we wanted to get the new JCAM out to you as soon as possible.  We will let you know when hard copies become available.

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COVID-19 Related MOUs Extended Until Late September https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/covid-19-related-mous-extended-until-late-september Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:37:45 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/covid-19-related-mous-extended-until-late-september By joint agreement (M-01924), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through September 25, 2020. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary additional paid leave for CCAs (M-01911); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); and temporary use of TCAs (M-01916).

NALC and the Postal Service also agreed to another temporary time limit extensions on Step B and arbitration appeals (M-01925), and an agreement giving local parties the ability to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who previously did not, or could not, place their names on either the overtime desired list or work assignment list (M-01926). Both of these agreements will expire on September 25th as well.

Also extended through September 25th is a USPS memorandum (M-01914) which instructs managers and supervisors to allow liberal changes of schedule to accommodate employees who are dealing with childcare issues related to the pandemic. The memorandum also provides for liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) to the extent operationally feasible, treats COVID-19 related leave as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave, and directs that leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons during this time not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule.

Each of the MOUs and the USPS directive can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.

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Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-from-nalc-president-fredric-v-rolando-on-the-covid-19-pandemic Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:11:10 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-from-nalc-president-fredric-v-rolando-on-the-covid-19-pandemic President Fredric V. Rolando has issued a statement to letter carriers covering many issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement may be viewed here.

An audio version of the statement is also available on NALC's podcast feed on Podbean.com You may listen here.

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NALC and USPS agree to two new MOUs on leave during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-usps-agree-to-two-new-mous-on-leave-during-the-covid-19-pandemic Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:08:48 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-usps-agree-to-two-new-mous-on-leave-during-the-covid-19-pandemic Today, NALC and USPS agreed to two new MOUs expanding leave for letter carriers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MOU Re: Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID-19 (M-01910) temporarily expands the purposes for sick leave for dependent care to include unexpected childcare needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MOU Re: Temporary Additional Paid Leave for CCAs (M-01911) creates a temporary category of paid leave for use by CCAs for a number of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about these new agreements, please contact your national business agent.

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NALC and USPS have mutually agreed to postpone a national-level grievance https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-usps-have-mutually-agreed-to-postpone-a-national-level-grievance Fri, 21 Feb 2020 08:47:38 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-usps-have-mutually-agreed-to-postpone-a-national-level-grievance NALC and USPS have mutually agreed to postpone a national-level grievance regarding the delay in implementing Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award in Case No. Q15C-4Q-C 17697250 which was issued August 6, 2018. This agreement (M-01908) provides that the parties will postpone this case pending the disposition of civil action 18-cv-02553, United States Postal Service vs. American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (the Hatch Act award vacatur case).

In the interim, letter carriers who wish to take Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for the purpose of being released to work on a partisan political campaign may request personal LWOP in accordance with Section 514.4(a) of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM).

As stated in ELM 514.22, the granting of personal LWOP is a matter of administrative discretion "based on the needs of the employee, the needs of the Postal Service, and the cost to the Postal Service."

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Customer and employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change the mode of mail delivery https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/customer-and-employee-rights-when-usps-solicits-customers-to-change-the-mode-of-mail-delivery Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/customer-and-employee-rights-when-usps-solicits-customers-to-change-the-mode-of-mail-delivery NALC is aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of mail delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery. This page contains the latest information detailing the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers, and we have created a fact sheet (available for download here) outlining customers’ rights when USPS solicits to change the mode of mail delivery.

Customer rights when the Postal Service solicits to change the mode of mail delivery

The Postal Service has recently solicited customers to change the way they receive their mail. For the most part, USPS has solicited customers to change from receiving mail to their home or business door to a centralized location where a number of deliveries are made into a cluster box. The cluster box could be placed anywhere, from a sidewalk to a location at the end of the street. In such cases, customers have to go to the cluster box to retrieve their mail. The Postal Service refers to this as “conversion of mode of delivery.” It is important that postal customers understand their rights and the rules and regulations that govern such changes.

The regulations and restrictions discussed below are contained in an internal Postal Service manual called the Postal Operations Manual (POM). Specifically, they are found in Section 631.7 of the POM. This section is printed on the second page of this document.

  • In new developments, delivery must be established for over one year before the USPS solicits to convert the mode of mail delivery
  • Customer signatures must be obtained prior to any conversion of the mode of mail delivery
    • Where residences and lots are owned, property owners must agree to the conversion in writing and those who do not agree must be allowed to retain their current mode of delivery
    • In communities controlled by an owners’ association, it controls the mode of delivery
    • In rental areas, such as apartment complexes or mobile home parks, the owner or manager controls the mode of delivery
  • Owners who do not agree in writing must be allowed to retain their current mode of delivery
  • When a residence is sold, the existing mode of delivery cannot be changed prior to the new resident moving in

These regulations make it very clear that property owners are in control of where they receive their mail.

If property owners wish to retain their existing mode of mail delivery, they have the right to do so.

Postal Operations Manual

631.7 Conversion of Mode of Delivery

In this section, conversion refers to changing existing mail delivery to a more economical and efficient mode. The key to converting existing deliveries is identifying those deliveries that are most costly to the Postal Service. Delivery managers can go into any delivery territory where delivery has been established for over 1 year and solicit to convert the mode of delivery if it would be cost beneficial to the Postal Service.

Postmasters may establish a mixed delivery area where in-growth or extensions of service within a block compel a change in modes of delivery for newly constructed or renovated delivery points. This policy applies to both residential and business delivery locations. When a residence is sold, the mode of delivery cannot be changed arbitrarily prior to the new resident moving in. The existing mode of delivery must be retained absent an agreement otherwise. If an owners’ association or property management company represents the property or the community, it may request a change in the mode of delivery on behalf of the community or property. In rental areas, such as apartment complexes and mobile home parks, the owner or manager may request a conversion on behalf of the apartment complex, mobile home park, or other rental property. Approval is at the sole discretion of the Postal Service. Delivery will begin only after the approval of a mail receptacle and its location by the local Postmaster.

Where there is no homeowners’ association or other property management company with authority to request a conversion on behalf of the owners, residents, or the community, customer signatures must be obtained prior to any conversion. In single-family housing areas (including manufactured housing and mobile homes) where the residences and lots are owned, each owner must agree to the conversion in writing. Owners who do not agree must be allowed to retain their current mode of delivery.

When a residence is sold, the mode of delivery cannot be changed arbitrarily prior to the new resident moving in. The existing mode of delivery must be retained absent an agreement otherwise. If an owners’ association represents the community, it can direct the mode of delivery for the community. In rental areas, such as apartment complexes and mobile home parks, the owner or manager can approve the conversion.

Employee rights

Section 667.12 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) provides the following in regard to employees engaging in campaigns for or against changes in mail service:

667.12 Engaging in Campaigns for Changes in Mail Service

Employees in active status must not engage in campaigns for or against changes in mail service. This regulation must not be construed to infringe on the rights to participate in labor organizations.

Letter carriers, as active Postal Service employees, should be aware of this regulation. If letter carriers have questions about what they should or should not participate in, the national business agent’s office should be contacted for guidance. 

Retired letter carriers may be fully involved in campaigns against changes in mode of mail delivery. Such campaigns may involve educating members of the public on their rights when the Postal Service solicits conversions of mode of mail delivery, including how any solicited change may affect each customer. Retired letter carriers can also be instrumental in forming partnerships with community organizations to help fight reductions in service to postal customers by changing mode of mail delivery.

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<em>The NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings</em> available online https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/the-nalc-guide-to-identifying-intentional-false-editing-of-clock-rings-available-online Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:30:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/the-nalc-guide-to-identifying-intentional-false-editing-of-clock-rings-available-online The NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings was created to assist union representatives when investigating grievances concerning clock ring edits that impact letter carriers’ pay.  The guide provides instruction on reading the TACS Employee Everything Report, examples of improperly edited clock rings, and includes a grievance starter to help build successful case files.

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Questions and Answers—2011 USPS/NALC National Agreement https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/questions-and-answers2011-uspsnalc-national-agreement Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/questions-and-answers2011-uspsnalc-national-agreement This jointly-developed document (M-01870) provides the mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to the 2011 USPS/NALC National Agreement. It is separated in two sections: the first concerning city carrier assistants (CCAs) and the second section addresses other contractual provisions. This document fully replaces earlier Questions and Answers, 2011 USPS/NALC National Agreement (M-01819 and M-01833). New questions and responses are identified by underscoring. This document may be updated if agreement is reached on additional matters concerning the collective-bargaining agreement.

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CDRAAP Zone Selection Period Extended https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/extension-of-cdraap-zone-selection-period Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:18:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/extension-of-cdraap-zone-selection-period The national parties have agreed (M-01849) to extend the selection period for the City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process (CDRAAP) 2014-2015. The selection period will still begin on Nov. 3, 2014, but it will now end on Nov. 21, 2014.

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NLRB charges USPS with failing to bargain with NALC over cyber attack’s potential impact on letter carriers https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nlrb-charges-usps-with-failing-to-bargain-with-nalc-over-cyber-attacks-potential-impact-on-letter-carriers Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:23:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nlrb-charges-usps-with-failing-to-bargain-with-nalc-over-cyber-attacks-potential-impact-on-letter-carriers The National Labor Relations Board has formally charged the Postal Service with failing to bargain with the NALC over the potential impact on letter carriers of the September cyber-security breach that compromised Postal Service computers containing workers’ personal and employment information, including medical, injury compensation, banking, Social Security and other personally identifiable information.

In a complaint issued on March 31, the Board alleges that “since about November 10, 2014 [the Postal Service] has failed and refused to bargain collectively about” the cyber breach.

The complaint also alleges that the Postal Service unilaterally granted letter carriers one year of credit monitoring services and fraud insurance, without prior notice to the NALC and without providing the union an opportunity to bargain.

The NLRB complaint is based on an unfair labor practice charge filed by the NALC on Nov. 11. Similar complaints have been issued based on charges filed by the APWU and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. 

A hearing on the complaint before an NLRB Administrative Judge is presently scheduled for May 22. 

Click here to see a copy of the complaint.

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Employee safety paramount following suspicious letter report https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/employee-safety-paramount-following-suspicious-letter-report Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:35:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/employee-safety-paramount-following-suspicious-letter-report The following Mandatory Safety Talk was provided to the NALC. National business agents have been asked to distribute the information to all branch contacts and to follow up to make sure that the mandatory talks are in fact given. Please advise NALC Director of Safety and Health Manuel L. Peralta Jr. of any problems.

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk 

March 17, 2015

Employee safety paramount following suspicious letter report

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Postal Service was made aware of a suspicious parcel addressed to the President of the United States (POTUS).

Upon opening the package a sealed container containing a liquid was discovered. On-site testing resulted in a presumptive positive finding for cyanide.  Further analysis to confirm or refute this preliminary finding now is being conducted in a specially equipped laboratory.

The container was not leaking upon discovery; and the envelope showed no signs that any leakage had occurred previously.

The absence of any signs of leakage is reassuring - indicating that no postal employees were exposed while the envelope passed through the mail system.

If anyone were exposed to enough cyanide to produce adverse health effects, symptoms would be evident within minutes or hours.  Symptoms could be minor (e.g., dizziness and headache) or serious (e.g.,  convulsions and loss of consciousness).

Additional information about Cyanide is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

In light of these events, we urge everyone to stay vigilant and remember our PACKAGE, PEOPLE, PLAN suspicious mail message:

  • PACKAGE: Don’t handle suspicious mail. Isolate it.
  • PEOPLE: Clear people from the area. Immediately notify your supervisor.
  • PLAN: Contact the Inspection Service. Follow our facility emergency plan.

More details are available on the Suspicious Mail poster, which are on our bulletin boards. (Insert your facility’s location of board displaying Poster 286.)

We know this is a challenging time. If you wish to speak to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor, you can call 800‑EAP-4-YOU, or TTY for the hearing impaired, 877-492-7341.

Our top concern at this moment is your safety and the safety of all our employees, as well as the safety of the public and the U.S. Mail. As the detailed laboratory testing proceeds, we will keep you updated.

Thank you for your attention.

Click here to download the stand-up talk document as a PDF.

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Cost-of-living adjustment update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/january-2015-cost-of-living-adjustment-update Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:46:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/january-2015-cost-of-living-adjustment-update Active letter carrier COLA

Following the Jan. 16 release of the December 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the accumulation toward the fifth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $0 annually. This COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between July 2014 and January 2015. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fifth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2015 CPI.

Retiree COLA

The accumulation toward the 2016 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was 0 percent following the Jan. 16 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December 2014. The 2016 COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014.

The 2015 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) will be 1.7 percent. This COLA was based on the increase in the average Consumer Price Index for Workers (CPI-W) between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014. The COLA will be included in annuity payments starting in January 2015.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

FECA COLA

Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date. This COLA is based on the increase in the CPI between December 2013 and December 2014.

Based on the Jan. 16 release of the December 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the 2015 FECA COLA was set at 0.3 percent. It will become effective on March 1.

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