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EAS employees get 1% raise, PFP and awards programs reinstated

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

naps-logoThe Postal Service has released a directive outlining a 1% salary increase for non-bargaining employees effective on Saturday, January 25, 2014. In addition, PFP ratings will apply for FY 2014 salary determinations and the suspension of the employee awards program has been lifted.

Text of the letter from USPS Labor Relations VP Doug Tulino to NAPS President Louis Atkins:

Dear Mr. Atkins:

The Postal Service has faced unprecedented financial challenges over the last few years. During these difficult times. our organization has continued to provide outstanding service to the American public.

Our supervisory, managerial, Postmaster, and all non-bargaining employees have contributed to the Postal Service’s success during these difficult times. In recognition of their efforts. nonbargaining employees will receive a one percent 1%) salary increase to be implemented effective January 25, 2014. In addition, as provided in the Postal Service’s pay decisions for 2011-2015. Pay-for-Performance (PFP) ratings will apply to salary determinations in fiscal year (FY) 2014.

Effective January 25. 2014. the July 11, 2011, suspension of the employee awards program for non-bargaining employees will be lifted for FY2014. This will provide managers the opportunity to recognize employees for exceptional performance in FY2014.

Lastly, we consulted with you on the issue of adjective descriptions for the PFP Program. The Postal Service will eliminate the four category-descriptions included in the PFP Matrix outlined in the 2011-2015 pay decision. The terms Non-Contributor, Contributor, High Contributor, and Exceptional Contributor will no longer be used in the Performance Evaluation System, but the Postal Service will continue to use four performance levels for reduction-in-force (RIF) purposes. The effects of this change will be implemented to ensure compliance with applicable veterans’ preference laws and regulations.

Sincerely,

Doug A. Tulino

NAPS Statement on Budget Committee Proposal to Cut Retirement Benefits

naps-logoThe National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS), along with its partners in the Federal-Postal Coalition, strongly oppose any reduction in retirement benefits or increase in employee contributions, as part of a budget deal reached by Congressional negotiators. Read the rest of this entry »

NAPS requests an end to EAS Pay Freeze

naps-logoLetter outlines the need for the USPS to follow suit with the rest of the Federal Government.

NAPS has sent a letter to the United States Postal Service outlining the need to end the EAS pay freeze and grant the same pay raise that is to be given to those federal employees currently on the General Schedule on January 1, 2014. To read the text of the letter, please go to the forms and documents page on naps.org.

Read more: The National Association of Postal Supervisors.

USPS Announces FY 2014 Pay for Performance Indicators

From NAPUS:

napusFor the first time in recent history, the NPA Unit and proposed Corporate Indicator targets and thresholds will be available to Postmasters at the beginning of the Fiscal Year (FY-2014.)  The files provide the finalized Unit and proposed Corporate Indicators weights and depths for each NPA scorecard, along with a brief description of all Indicator changes. Finalized Corporate Indicators will be provided upon approval by the Board of Governors.

The Performance Evaluation System (PES) for FY 2014 will open on Tuesday, October 1, 2014.  Postmasters should confirm their profiles to begin the goal setting process, and evaluators must conduct one-on-one discussions.  Information, materials and links pertaining to the PFP process, PES, and NPA can be found on the Blue Page by selecting Human Resources then Pay for Performance.

The above information was announced today by Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeff Williamson. Mr Williamson led the cooperative effort between USPS groups and management association leaders to establish goals by the beginning of FY 2014.  Please see the attachements below.

PFP Prog FY 2014 (3)

NPA 2014 Indicators Targets-Depths-Composite Weights 9-30-13 (3)

NPA FY2014 NPA Planning – Summary (3)

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NAPS Analysis of Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Bill

The National Association of Postal Supervisors, representing over 28,000 active and retired supervisory and managerial employees of the United States Postal Service, supports the passage of comprehensive postal reform that ends the financial crisis afflicting the Postal Service and provides a foundation for future stability and growth.

NAPS believes that comprehensive postal reform should embrace short-term and long-term solutions. The immediate crisis facing the Postal Service is largely due to past actions taken by Congress. Short-term solutions should correct those errors and aim at restoring financial solvency. Longer-term solutions, meanwhile, should aim to fortify revenue and provide wider authority to the Postal Service to transform itself and sell innovative products and services. While no single action will solve the Postal Service’s problems, NAPS believes that four key solutions lie at the heart of comprehensive postal reform:

• Repeal or modify the retiree health prefunding requirement
• Return pension overfunding to the Postal Service
• Preserve Saturday delivery and other delivery standards
• Authorize the Postal Service to sell additional products and services

NAPS provides these comments in response to the legislation, entitled the “Postal Reform Act of 2013,” cosponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), ranking member of the HSGAC. NAPS believes that the legislation falls short of the progress made by the Senate in its passage of S. 1789 during the 112th Congress. While we compliment Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Coburn for their bipartisan efforts, we believe the bill should be revised in conformance with the following comments. Our comments are organized by section of the bill and incorporate descriptions of the provisions contained in the section-by-section summary prepared by HSGAC staff.

Click here to read the NAPS analysis.

NAPUS: Postal Headquarters Meets With Management Associations

napusLeaders of the three management associations continue to meet with Postal Headquarters officials concerning the Fiscal Year 2014 Unit Goals. Headquarters has committed to work with the associations in an effort to ensure that the Unit Goals will be finalized by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. Postmaster Pay For Performance (PFP) ratings wil be applied to salary determinations for FY 2014 and FY 2015. A decision on PFP ratings applications to salaries for FY 2013 has not yet been determined.

Discussions with postal leaders also included OIC opportunities for POStPlan impacted Postmasters to vacant level 18 postions. These assingments should provide the impacted Postmasters with the needed experience to better qualify for vacant level 18 positions prior to the RIF effective date next year. Additonal discussions on POStPlan impacted Postmasters who will face possible RIF separations will continue between the Postmaster organizations and Postal Headquarters.

House Postal Hearing Update

On July 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducted a hearing on postal relief legislation, at which NAPUS offered testimony. In addition, the Committee intends to vote on a postal bill next Wednesday, July 24.

Additional details on the hearing and the full testimony of all witnesses can be found at the NAPUS Legislative News link - http://www.napus.org/house-committee-tees-up-postal-legislation-for-vote/

Charlie Moser
July 18, 2013

 

PMG asks supervisors to renegotiate salaries- NAPS says no thanks

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

This morning, NAPS received a request from Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to re-open pay consultations between NAPS and the United States Postal Service as a result of the USPS Board of Governor’s decision not to proceed with ending six-day First Class mail delivery. The Resident Officers alerted the PMG this afternoon that NAPS will not consent to reopening pay consultations.

The text of the letter from the Resident Officers to the PMG can be found here.

 

Five-Day Delivery: Risky Business

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

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The Postal Service’s announcement to move to five-day delivery relies upon a risky gambit.  It presumes Congress will stop its three-decade practice of mandating Saturday delivery, leaving the door open for five-day implementation by USPS in August.

The strategy is risky, even confrontational, for several reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

NAPS statement on USPS 5 day delivery plan

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

This morning the United States Postal Service announced that it would end Saturday delivery of First Class Mail while maintaining Saturday delivery of parcels and keeping open Post Offices with established Saturday hours. The Postal Service believes that these actions will result in cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually.

The National Association of Postal Supervisors has consistently warned in the past that moving to Five-Day delivery should be the last resort for the Postal Service after all other responsible options have been exhausted. That is because the success of our nation’s postal system has been built upon timely, reliable and affordable service to all points around the country. Actions that compromise the timeliness and reliability of our postal system will only hasten further problems, not solve current ones. Moreover, moving to five-day delivery is inconsistent with current law. Read the rest of this entry »

Adjustments to Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) Process Announced

From NAPUS:

Postal Headquarters Responds to Management Association’s Concerns

In response to concerns raised by the three management associations (NAPUS, NAPS and the League,) Postal Headquarters officials announced adjustments to the DUO process, which will be rolled out this Thursday, January 24, 2013.  Adjustments will include changes to the DUO Financial Worksheets in CSDC, as well as an approval process through the Area Vice President.

Leaders of the three management associations have been involved in a series of meetings with  top Postal officials on issues concerning DUO implementations that were being done without following the proper guidelines and failed to show cost savings.  One of the most important adjustments to the DUO process will now require a signoff by the Area Vice President, which should ensure that guidelines are followed and cost savings estimates are valid.

As previously posted on the NAPUS website, on January 11, 2013, the USPS announced a temporary suspension of DUO implementations, pending adjustments to the process.  With the roll out of the new process on January 24th, 2013, DUO activities will be resumed; except in offices that have rural routes that will be counted in the national rural count, where the DUO moratorium will be in effect.  Updates to the DUO process will be posted on the NAPUS website as it becomes available. DUO Suspension

Charlie Moser
January 22, 2013