Telcoms for facilities that are scheduled to be consoldiated have already taken place, with more to follow, and in accordance to what management is saying, the facilties that are scheduled to close in April, will receive their excessing letters within the next two weeks. Since Congress has failed to stop them, the USPS is moving forward, with these moves that will affect not only Local 304 Mail Handlers, but their families as well. This administration will be there every step of the way to assist all facilities and to fight for as many remaining jobs as we can get. Allthough the schedule of these consolidations are only two months away, it is not to late to stop them. It appears as if only Congress can put a stop to this madness, and they need to work fast! We can help them by calling them, writing to them or e-mailing them now to remind them that they work for us, and to save our facilities!! Please call your local Congress represenatative now and urge them to put a stop to these consolidations.
.When a facility is consolidated or closed, mass confusion and unfound rumors are abound before during and even after the process takes place. After speaking with many people about this issue lately, I thought it best to explain to you how the process works, since I have already been through it, in an effort that this may sway the rumors, and make you more knowledgeable about the process, and hopefully ease your stress. This is how it has been done in the past: An AMP (Area Mail Processing) study is conducted of that facility and the gaining facility (the facility that will receive the consolidation mail and people). The AMP shows how many people and what operations will be kept in the losing facility. The AMP is ONLY management’s proposed position and it is not final all of the time. The area then contacts Headquarters or the regional representatives and sets up a telecom. This administration will ensure that the top official AND the Branch President or CAR's are on this telecom. During the telecom, management states basically what is in the AMP, and how they propose to move forward and when the consolidation or closing will take place. The union naturally will argue with their position and request that an RI-399 Meeting be held prior to the closings or consolidations to argue over jurisdiction of the remaining jobs, attempt to keep as many jobs in the losing facility as possible, and ensure that no one is moved more than 50 miles from their facility if possible. From this meeting, the union will now be able to grieve the issue with the facts given to them. The union will also attempt to keep negotiations open at this point as to the number of Mail Handlers who will remain and as to where they will be placed. Once these negotiations reach an impasse, only then will anyone know how many for SURE are going to stay and how many and where the excessed Mail Handlers will go. Then the process of finding out what senior Mail Handlers may want to go in lieu of junior Mail Handlers who are to be excessed is started, and letters are sent out to these senior Mail Handlers. Only after this process is completed can the union or management know just who will get letters to be excessed. Please keep that in mind because there are ill-willed postal employees in these facilities and other facilities that will try to tell you that a certain facility has already gotten their letters to be excessed, or that a date for excessing has been moved back, and any other rumor they can spread about excessing. Their intent is solely to upset those who may or may not be excessed. Listen only to what your union tells you, because in all cases, they will be the first to know. I went through this and I can tell you that NO supervisor, 204B, HCR driver or any other employee knows something that the union doesn't. They are not in these meetings and are no included in what is going on. In my case, even my Plant Manager wasn't aware of what the union and management from Labor Relations or Human Resources were discussing or agreeing to. In other words, if you didn't hear it from a union representative, or received a letter from LR or HR, then you can be sure it is not true. This administration will answer any questions you have at any time! Do not stress yourself out unnecessarily by listening to those who know absolutely nothing, and just want to stir the pot. I hope this helps you understand the process a little better, and hopefully stop those hurtful rumors. - Timothy J. Manning Recording Secretary Local 304
- Timothy J. Manning
Recording Secretary Local 304
All represenatatives of this local from all facilities that maybe impacted this year were notifed recently that this admistration will not run and hide during the proposed upcoming consolidations and closures as the last administration did. We will be available at all times to help in anyway necesssary to make sure that all closures and consoldiations are done properly, and to fight for jobs for all facilities. Unfortunely, this administration has had experience dealing with consolidations and closures in the past two years, so we are experienced, and knowledeable about this process.
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