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USPS adds info on lateral transfers to RIF FAQs

The following information on non-competitive and lateral transfer requests has been added to the USPS Organizational Changes FAQ:

26. What jobs may I apply for noncompetitively during the June and July postings? (Added 06/16/2011)

All posted jobs at or below your current or saved grade level.

27. How do I apply noncompetitively for the postings in June and July? (Added 06/16/2011)

All interested noncompetitive applicants must apply via eCareer for the June and July postings. No special designation for a noncompetitive request is required by the applicant in the eCareer profile.

28. Do I have to complete the entire eCareer profile for a noncompetitive request? (Added 06/16/2011)

It is to your advantage to complete the entire eCareer profile in order to provide the Selecting Official with a better understanding of your qualifications for the position. Furthermore, Selecting Officials are not required to select from noncompetitive applicants. In cases where a noncompetitive selection is not made, applicants who were initially considered on a noncompetitive basis and who meet the “Persons Eligible to Apply” criteria, will then be considered on a competitive basis along with all other eligible competitive applicants competing for that position.

Read the complete FAQs at liteblue: 2011 Redesign FAQs.

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USPS updates FAQs on specific RIF notices due to be mailed tomorrow

In advance of the mailing tomorrow of Specific Reduction in Force notices tomorrow, the US Postal Service has updated its Organizational Redesign FAQs with additional information on those notices. The following items were added today. Needless to say, this information may change, so if you are the recipient of a Specific RIF Notice, be sure to visit the official USPS page. Read More

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USPS wants to eliminate indefinite saved salary for RIFed supervisors and postmasters

From the League of Postmasters:

LEAGUE Office Receives Proposal to Revise Salary Protection Provisions in the ELM

On January 28, 2011 the LEAGUE office received a letter from John Cavallo, Manager Labor Relations regarding a proposed change to the salary protection provisions in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 415, Rate Retention and Change to Lower EAS Grade. Please read the letter carefully.(PDF)

The main change impacting EAS is that those Postmasters/EAS that had salary protection when changed to a lower nonbargaining grade during a Reduction in Force (RIF) avoidance period, a specific RIF notice period, placement in a nonduty, nonpay status for 30 days related to RIF, or to a RIF will not extend beyond two years of saved grade unless the protected salary is below the maximum of the employee’s new grade. If the employee’s salary exceeds the maximum of the new grade upon expiration of the two years of protection is provided in ELM 415, it will be reduced immediately to the maximum of the new grade.

Simply put, the indefinite saved salary would be removed from the ELM. The LEAGUE of Postmasters is adamantly opposed to this revision. Mark Strong, President of the LEAGUE has requested a meeting with PMG Pat Donahoe with regard to these revisions. We are very disappointed that after months of working on DUO and specially addressing RIF in which we were assured that no Postmasters salary would be impacted that less than 30 days later this change has been proposed.

Pursuant to Title 39, U.S. Code, Section 1004 (d) we have 60 days to respond with our recommendations. We will keep all Postmasters informed of the results from the requested meeting with PMG Donahoe and any changes that take place with regard to this proposal to revise Section 415 of the ELM.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and check the LEAGUE Website for updates.

Mark Strong

via National League of Postmasters – Educational.