June 2015 Update
The delay of the AMP consolidations has left the metro area facilities in a situation where they will neither be receiving additional mail to process, nor receiving people from the impacted installations. While the dynamics of the issues in each facility may be unique, they generally all revolve around staffing.
The Minneapolis Branch is working to address issues related to the installation of a low cost tray sorter and seeking to have withheld residual positions filled by MHA conversions. The NDC is grappling with forced overtime for non-list regulars and with an unrelenting workload being assigned to MHAs. In St. Paul the facility is preparing to receive a Small Parcel Sorter System for which Mail Handlers have recently been designated as the primary craft. This again is a staffing matter in which we can pursue MHA conversions. In fact, we continue pursuing MHA conversions in all installations as a matter of permanent industry.
Recently management in the Northland district twice violated the district MHA percentage. This resulted in a couple of grievances which produced some MHA conversions and a modest monetary remedy. All bargaining unit members (FTRs and MHAs) who were on the rolls during the applicable periods will be included in the grievance payout. Recording Secretary and Minneapolis Branch President Dean “El Gato” Abatte is currently in the process of implementing these settlements with the District Labor – Relations office.
We now have more than two years of contract administration experience with the MHA category; and, with the expiration of the 2011 National Agreement looming on the horizon, it’s time to take that experience and evaluate the progress we’ve made, the progress we need to make, and the paths that lead to our objectives.
These will be some of the MHA issues we need to consider:
Facility and District Percentages
Health Benefit Plans
The call for contract proposal will be coming soon; so, watch your bulletin boards and the web site. In addition, we will hold a general membership meeting this fall to discuss our proposals for the 2016 National Agreement.