December 2014 Update
We see our plants getting caught up as seasonal volumes subside, we’ve endeavored to have meaningful family time while our work hours have been expanded to the extreme, and we’ve moved America’s mail through another holiday season. It seems as though we should get a moment to catch our breath; but, that’s not the case. We need to be prepared to hit the ground running in 2015.
Many of you have already had service talks concerning “4 Walls” which is the name of management’s concept for 24 hour plant operations. Primarily, this concept represents a change in operational windows which has the potential for a future impact to existing duty assignments. Implementation of this concept is contingent on the elimination of service standards which is scheduled to occur on January 5, 2015.
While this will have to be addressed based upon the specific circumstances of each Branch, this is nonetheless a nation-wide initiative. As of the date of this report, I have been in attendance at meetings in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Branches concerning this matter. No immediate impact has been identified although we’re keeping an eye on the situation as it develops.
The proposed consolidations of Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, and Minot are still on the table for 2015 and the Local Union remains prepared address these issues. It would be better for everyone, however, if this did not occur.
To be sure, 2015 will be a year of changes and challenges. But for now, Happy New Years to all!