|National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 303||
Happy New Year Mighty Mail Handlers,
I would like to wish all of Local 303 a safe and prosperous 2018. It feels great to be back serving the membership of Local 303 and I thank all the members that participated in the election process. Again, Thank You!
The biggest challenge that the Local will face in 2018 is the Postal Services’ flawed input into the computer program called the “Function 1 Scheduler.” They began using the program back in April 2017 and one of the first plants to get hit in this Local was Margaret L. Sellers (San Diego P&DC). Now it’s spread throughout the Local like a virus. The effect of the Function 1 Scheduler is that management uses it to completely disrupt a plant. When used they abolish and revert bids, disregard seniority, and change/flip-flop start times and off days. After mail handlers’ lives have been completely changed, good old management sends out letters with the intent to excess mail handlers while at the same time calling overtime every day. That’s what they are doing.
I want to be perfectly clear that we are fighting their ill-advised decisions at every level. At branch locations, we have filed grievances for individuals and class actions. At the Local level, we are meeting with postal management to discuss the impacts and to reduce the effects of their decisions. As grievances reach my desk I’m scheduling them for arbitration. I am in constant contact with our National and Regional representatives. All Branches are filling grievances when mail handlers get Impact (excessing) letters.
At the National level, our leaders have already filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, they filed a national grievance citing a violation of Article 34 based on improper time or work studies. Rest assured, we are all in the fight.
On another note, a goal that I have for the Local in 2018 is to take back all our prepping jobs that are done at and around the DIOSS and DBCS. At our largest facility, I will work with the union stewards to get management to follow the national agreement and correct the holiday sign-up and official holiday schedule irregularities.
Feel free to contact me at the Local office phone #323-757-0161or cell phone # (714) 886-7653
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