USPS Issues Primary Craft Determination: Mail Handlers to Perform Duties Associated with SPSS Operation

From the Mail Handlers Union:

NPMHU_logoOn June 2, 2015, the Union recieved the Postal Service’s determination of craft jurisdiction for employees operating the Small Parcel Sorter System (SPSS), which is currently deployed in five pilot test locations, and will be deployed shortly in twenty-six other facilities around the country. As set forth in the captioned letter, the Postal Service has determined that “the primary craft for all duties associated with the operation of the SPSS is the Mail Handler Craft.”

Follow this link to read the NPMHU notification to Local Presidents and USPS jurisdictional craft determination letter. (pdf)

Source: USPS Issues Primary Craft Determination: Mail Handlers to Perform Duties Associated with SPSS Operation – National Postal Mail Handlers Union

  • sLiM_mC_sHaDy

    What is the difference between SPSS, SPBS, APBS, and APPS (besides a couple of letters)?

  • Wake up people

    The difference is whether or not anyone has to type in the address. The SPSS, APBS, and APPS can all run without keyers, while they are optional on the APBS and required on the SPBS.

  • Stellar Steve, LSSA

    With fewer plants and more automation, why even have Mail Handlers anymore?

  • sLiM_mC_sHaDy

    Thanks for clearing that up!

  • Mail Boy

    The APBS and SPBS keyboards have been removed and scanners put in and the clerks only slide the pieces over the scanners.It could easily go to the Mail Handler craft.

  • Alexia Roberts

    With less 1st class mail, who needs clerks anymore?

  • James Martin

    yeah why not expand to the rest of automation if its based on keying ….. kinda like tossing trays on the dbcs

  • common sense

    You could say the exact same thing about clerks, couldn’t you? Even more so, since it’s the “skilled” clerk work that is being taken over by automation. Even if mail handler tasks are also being taken over by robotics, you still need someone to do the loading, unloading, dumping, etc. Once they got rid of scheme requirements, it made it kinda hard to figure out what a clerk would do for work, outside of a few niche jobs like bulk mail tech or registry.

  • Chris

    Just have one Union already. So you can do any job, one contract, same pay. If you can’t carry anymore, go be a custodian and if you are a clerk and want to carry mail, so be it.