Maintenance Division Officers
Travel and Training
Another Travel Policy Settlement
(10/01/12) Maintenance Craft officers have settled a grievance [PDF] over a USPS policy involving employees who are delayed while en route to training at the NCED, Maintenance Division Director Steve Raymer has announced. That policy required delayed employees to call the Marriott housing facility to seek guidance on whether to continue to the training site or return to the employees’ home installation.
The dispute in Case # Q06C-4Q-C 09148174 [PDF] arose due to a disagreement over who employees must call and the authority of the Marriott staff to make decisions and provide instructions to delayed employees. Unexpected delays frequently cause employees to miss a scheduled day (or days) of classroom study. [Read More]
Travel Delay Settlement
(09/21/12) Maintenance Craft officers have settled a grievance on the pay for employees who are delayed while traveling, Maintenance Division Director Steve Raymer has announced. In accordance with Article 36.2.C of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, “All travel for job-related training will be considered compensable work hours.” The dispute in Case #Q00C-4Q-C 04025449 arose due to a disagreement on how to handle travel pay when an unexpected delay requires an overnight stay at a hotel. This typically occurs when employees are selected for training at NCED in Norman OK. [read more]
Maintenance Job-Training Selection
Local management may not use non-scheduled days as a criterion for Maintenance Craft job-training selection, because doing so limits the number of potential applicants and excludes viable candidates. Local management may, however, include language on a training solicitation stating that the skill resulting from the completion of the training is necessary for a given set of work days, i.e. Wednesday and Thursday. Language of this nature does not limit the number of applicants. Rather, it incorporates all volunteers within the identified occupational group, level, and tour with scheduled days that meet the required need.
During Interim Trips for Off-Site Training
A Step 4 agreement dated March 11, 2005, [PDF] between the APWU and the USPS addresses the right of postal employees who are engaged in off-site training to leave their personal belongings in their rooms during interim trips.
Prerequisites for Training
The Postal Service has the right to determine the job training courses that are required for promotion. Once it exercises this right, the Postal Service is required to schedule and complete all the identified job training within one year of the posting of the Notice of Intent. The employee is not penalized for the Postal Service's failure to meet this criterion; when this occurs, the employee is promoted. Any additional job training available for the employee must be assigned in accordance with Article 38, Section 6. [read more]