From the League of Postmasters:
League President Mark Strong has received a memo from Postal Headquarters stating that a solution and understanding of our meetings over the past few weeks has been reached for the Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) impacted Postmasters/station managers with regard to the recent proposal to change ELM 415… This agreement is only for those Postmasters/station managers impacted by DUO and is a result of the three management organizations working extremely hard with Postal Headquarters on the DUO program through the consultative process that led to this solution. Since we had just finalized the DUO consultative process it was important that we dealt with these impacted Postmasters/station managers separately from the proposal to change section 415 of the ELM.
The agreement states that Postmasters and station managers whose EAS grade levels are reduced as a result of implementation of DUO will receive saved grade for two years and indefinite saved salary thereafter provided they adhere to the following:
* During the two-year saved grade period affected Postmasters and station managers downgraded as a result of DUO should apply for lateral reassignment to vacant duty assignments at their saved grade/level within their commuting areas.
* During the two-year saved grade period Postmasters and station managers downgraded as a result of DUO may be reassigned involuntarily to vacant assignments at their saved grade/level within their commuting areas. Salary protection for affected Postmasters and station managers who decline such involuntary reassignment will terminate at the beginning of the pay period following such refusal.
* If no lateral opportunity becomes available during the two-year saved grade period, affected Postmasters and station managers receive indefinite saved salary.
* These provisions apply only to Postmasters and station managers impacted by DUO.
We will continue to work with Postal Headquarters on the proposal to revise ELM 415. Please read the upcoming Presidents message for a full explanation of the memo received and consultations on the proposed revisions of ELM 415.