USPS: No Excessing for Failure to Bid on NTFT Jobs

The USPS has instructed Area Labor Relations Managers that employees may not be excessed because they fail to bid on Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments. The notice was sent in response to union allegations that management is trying to force senior employees to resign or retire by threatening to reassign them outside of their bid office if they don’t bid on non-traditional jobs.

In an e-mail message to the field, the Area Manager for Labor Relations wrote, “APWU President Cliff Guffey has informed us that he has received reports from union representatives in the field that some managers have told employees that they will be excessed if they fail to bid on NTFT duty assignments.” NTFT assignments can range from 30 hours per week to 48 hours per week.

“If LR [Labor Relations] becomes aware of situations involving this allegation please ensure they are investigated and properly handled,” the message continued. “We have advised Mr. Guffey that of course, employees have the right to bid on posted duty assignments of their choosing and no employee may be excessed for failing to bid on any NTFT job.”

An article on the union’s Web site on Aug. 25, said Guffey believes management is trying to force senior employees to resign or retire by threatening to excess them. “If you work in an office with junior employees, they must be excessed from the office before you, whether or not they occupy non-traditional schedules,” he said.

“So don’t be intimidated to quit, and don’t be coerced into bidding on a non-traditional assignment unless you want it,” Guffey advised.

“I am pleased with management’s written response,” the union president said. “I look forward to hearing from our members that it is being adhered to in the field.”


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  • Angela Ponte

    All our office did this week was give the converted new regulars some rediculous 32 hours a week, when we have been working on a 40 hour plus weeks for them. They haven’t given them job descriptions and they plan on just adding duites to us already regulars without reposting jobs for bid. What good is our bidded job when they are going to add whatever they want to us?? And going to work a regular O.T. when the others are hardly going to get much hours. When do they have to post some job bids instead of just giving them hours to start and end?

  • waleye

    unless the junior employee is a shop steward and has super seniority

  • Robert

    Why is the building I work in so cold? Is the electric free?

  • trout

    Let the games begin…….although I have to say some people need to get a grip…,.also it’s time for PMG Donahoe to resign…I saw his latest video presentation this morning….he is now implying our problems are all about lack of mail volume…obviously Issa must’ve whispered in his ear to cut the overpayment into the retirement plan crap out and play along so he can save “his” job…

  • Ivan Yerkinoff

    I don’t care any more if I get excessed. They still have to pay me, it will just be somewhere else. I work in a very busy office (college town), so it’s very likely I’ll work a lot less harder somewhere else. The excessing system has killed the PO, they have never saves a dime as a company doing this, they just pay someone somewhere else. So go ahead, bring it!