The Mail Handlers Union is reminding its members that there are some risks involved in transferring to the Letter Carrier craft. The US Postal Service has recently been promoting the idea to its clerks and mail handlers, suggesting that letter carrier positions are more secure than those in other crafts. The union points out that that could change if the USPS gets its way, and eliminates Saturday delivery:
The Postal Service recently solicited all Mail Handlers with a message to consider transferring to a city letter carrier position. The message outlined how you could transfer to carrier and enumerated the advantages.
Before any Mail Handler decides to transfer to letter carrier, they should also consider the following:
- Voluntarily transferring to another craft would give you a new period of seniority as a part-time flexible.
- If you have less than six years in the Mail Handler craft you might be subject to layoff. Also, you would be junior in that Installation, and subject to excessing.
- With the letter carrier uniform allowance, you would be required to wear a correct and proper uniform. Failure to comply may make you subject to discipline.
- As for outdoor work, depending on Where you are; not every winter will be like the current one. Likewise, remember what it was like in July and August of last year where you work. Also, you must love dogs.
There are a few others, such as a slight increase in salary, daytime work hours and interacting with customers. I haven’t decided whether those are advantages or disadvantages. Most importantly, you will be giving up all your accrued seniority, which given the state of the service could be an important factor in the future for you. I cannot emphasize this point enough, “your carrier seniority begins as soon as you start.” and your mail handler seniority ends and you are a PTF. You may want to stay a mail handler, and if management involuntarily has to excess you to carrier at least you take your seniority and status as a full—time employee with you. Additionally, keep in mind that the Postal Service has been telling anyone who will listen, that they are planning on eliminating thousands of carrier positions, especially if they go to five day delivery.
Please feel free to contact the National CAD should you have any questions in this regard