For the first time in many years, the number of employees in the Clerk Craft has increased. The total number of Clerk Craft employees on Sept. 20, 2013, was 140,841. On Sept. 18, 2015, the number was 151,055 – an increase of 6.76 percent in just two years.
This job growth is all the more remarkable given that the Clerk Craft saw a decrease of approximately 8.95 percent over the previous two-year period and a loss of nearly 40 percent in the period from 2005-2015.
The reasons for the increase include the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Filling Residual Vacancies, the POStPlan MOU, the Postal Support Employee (PSE) Cap settlement, and the “global settlement” of grievances protesting postmasters and supervisors performing craft work in small offices.
There are other ways to protect Clerk Craft jobs: The fight against efforts to subcontract our work to Staples is one example.
Another is by fighting management’s attempts to reduce staffing to such an extent that workers’ health and safety is placed at risk. The Postal Service’s ongoing attempt to staff Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCSs) with just one person is a case in point. Filing PS Form 1767, Report of Hazard, Unsafe Condition or Practice, initiating grievances, and filing OSHA complaints can make our workplace safer and preserve jobs.
We owe many thanks to the dedicated individuals at all levels of the union who have fought to enforce the contract in the areas mentioned above. This hard work is essential to creating jobs, improving working conditions, and enhancing service to our communities.
The number of Full-Time Regulars (FTRs) declined slightly. However, this decrease is significantly less than any period in the last 10 years. It is mostly due to the retirement of full-time regulars and the subsequent hiring of PSEs and Part Time Flexibles (PTFs) to replace them, and the creation of Non-Traditional Full-Time assignments (NTFTs) to replace traditional full-time positions.