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Additional Questions and Answers About the Tentative Agreement

Web News Article #: 
048-2011

04/28/2011 - Questions have been posed on the APWU's Facebook page about the Tentative Agreement for a new contract. Below, union officers address some recent questions.

Question: Could new Non-Traditional Full-Time jobs be scheduled six days a week?

Answer: Clerk Craft NTFT assignments could be created as six-day assignments where necessary to create a desirable duty assignment for employees to bid (for example, at a small Post Office that is open six days per week). This type of schedule would not be permitted in a mail processing operation or in any installation that has 200 man-years or more of employment.*

The local union would have the opportunity to work with local management to assure that full-time assignments are maximized while at the same time protecting the desirability of the assignments which are posted.

No current Full-Time Regular employee can ever be involuntarily assigned to a posted duty assignment of six work days.

*Whether a facility qualifies as a 200 man-year office is determined by adding all paid hours for USPS career employees in crafts represented by the APWU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and dividing by 2,080. If the result is 200 or more, the office qualifies as a 200 man-year office. The measure is based on the 12-months preceding the beginning of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The determination remains in effect throughout the life of the agreement. Paid hours include work hours, overtime, and leave hours.

Question: Are there any changes pertaining to janitorial or custodial Part-Time Regulars being converted to Full-Time Regulars? If so, when will this happen?

Answer: There were no changes involving PTR custodians becoming FTR or vice-versa.