A post on the 21st Century Postal Worker web site suggests the USPS will seek to convince clerks and mail handlers to become letter carriers. According to the item, USPS Headquarters has informed the APWU leadership that it will be posting notices around the country with the following:
“Why become a city letter carrier now?
- Taking advantage of this option now provides the greatest selection of jobs and job locations and increases the chances of finding a job near your home.
- Your letter carrier seniority starts as soon as you start.
What are the disadvantages of waiting? The longer you delay the fewer options you may have.”
The poster was attached to an email from an APWU regional coordinator:
“Attached is a notice to the APWU that the USPS is going to start a campaign to encourage our members to become Letter Carriers. They currently have a number of carrier vacancies that they would like to fill with our people.
As you know if our people voluntarily transfer they start a new period of seniority, generally as a PTF carrier. If they are full time currently and they are excessed into the carrier craft they remain full time.
With the proposal to go from 6 day to 5 day delivery currently being considered by Congress, I would discourage our members from volunteering to become carriers. The USPS says if they get 5 day delivery they can eliminate all their Q-2 positions and reduce the number of letter carriers significantly. This will lead to the junior carriers being excessed or perhaps laid off, if the USPS reduces of eliminates the layoff protection in their current round of bargaining with the NALC.
So caution your members accordingly. Thx. Mike “