The following was posted to 21st Century Postal Worker by Sam Wood, the APWU Southwest Florida Area Local President:
CLERKS BEING MOVED TO THE CARRIER CRAFT
Management stated that the details to the Carrier Craft would be on “30” day details. After pressing management on the issue, management stated that if they needed to detail these employees for a longer period then 30 days, they wouldn’t have an option to come back. Management stated that the Suncoast District would not train more clerks to do this work, so they would force the employees to stay in the Carrier Craft. The Detailed Clerks would also be subject to discipline (including termination) if any Carrier Violations occurs. Essentially, these Clerk volunteers could in fact be stuck in the Carrier Craft and be constantly moved from station to station and be subjected to hours and days off changes.
Management attempted to paint a very rosey picture of what the Carrier Craft has to offer to my APWU brothers and sisters. Management even stated that the volunteers in St. Petersburg, Florida had more than enough volunteers (17) and they had to turn employees away.
Management made it clear that St. Petersburg employees, including the Union was fully onboard, I know for a fact that the St. Petersburg local nor any other National Officer is on board with this. Do not let management fool us or tear us apart by false claims. We are all in this together, so lets work together and find solutions.
Management attempted to scare employees by stating that Ft. Myers is still under excessing and that the only thing stopping excessing was the moratorium on excessing.
I have no clue as to what will happen tomorrow or beyond but, Hang on everyone, it is sure to be a rough ride!