Local 304 is a branch of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union
From failing to post jobs, failing to post residual vacancies, short-staffing crafts, to improper Function 4 studies, the USPS management is trying to cut as many jobs as they can. The USPS is struggling now with the staffing that is in place, and dispatch times are rarely met. Carriers are out on the street later than ever, and mail is being delayed by improper staffing.Recently, the Canton facility underwent another Function 4 study. We were told that this time, top level managers from the REGION would be conducting a fair an impartial study, and that it was being conducted to help us facilitate the mail and to possible get the needed help we have so desperately need for the past four years. Instead, as usual, they waited until the lightest mail season of the year to conduct their study, and the conducted the study over the lightest two-day period of the week! To top it off, they had a lot of what the Mail Handlers usually work, sent out to other facilities to be worked during those two days! There was never a count taken of the actual mail worked by the Mail Handlers, and it was never taken into consideration that the Clerks were performing Mail Handler work either, yet they came to the conclusion that the mail volume is much lighter now then before (they didn't elaborate what they meant by before?), that there was too much down time (Mail Handlers have to wait on late trucks daily), and finally that there were too many Mail Handlers! There was no mention of the fact that the use over 92 hours of overtime each week, they hired a casual and there is one MHA in a facility that only has 19 Mail Handlers! The moral of the story is that they never planned to do anything but cut jobs! This is going on across the country! Why? It doesn't make sense, other than the fact that someone is trying to destroy the postal service! That is why this union, as teamed up with the APWU to fight Postmaster General Brennan to stop this madness. I would hope that the NALC and even NAPS joins us in this fight! We all must fight together! If you see a Clerk or supervisor performing our duties, please tell your union representative immediately. We need to stick together more now than ever before!
06/22/2017 - On June 21, the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan chastising her administration’s “wholesale and massive job cuts.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian explained, “The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to the workforce but will cause further degradation of postal services for the American people throughout the country.”
The postal unions have drawn a line in the sand and are standing united against Postmaster Brennan’s continuous “cost-saving” shortcuts – shortcuts that have greatly affected not only the bargaining-unit workforce but also mail processing, mail delivery, customer service and the reputation of the United States Postal Service.
Although the APWU and NPMHU have separate collective bargaining agreements, this letter informs Postmaster Brennan that we stand together against her administration’s wholesale job cuts and tactics that ignore and break management's obligations in our collective bargaining agreements:
“Without change, these management actions essentially throw any good faith efforts and constructive relationships to the wind. At a time when the parties have been working together to craft, promote, and pass constructive postal reform legislation, we wonder why the Postal Service would choose to declare war on its unions and its employees. Rest assured that, absent correction, the APWU and the NPMHU will together resist these misguided actions and violations of your agreements with, and commitments to, our members.”
The letter concludes with an offer to meet and explore alternatives to the proposed massive cuts that will preserve service and jobs
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