February 2018 Update
If violations of the contract continue, we will continue to file grievances. That seems straight forward enough. To be sure, some grievance activity is inevitable. Mistakes will be made and often some new manager or supervisor hasn’t been trained regarding the scheduling of overtime, holiday scheduling, or which craft performs what duties. But, the level of grievance activity which we’re currently seeing is unusually pervasive and repetitive.
I’m unsure whether it’s the result of new management personnel or a result of some workforce displacement left in the wake of the Function 1 Scheduler; perhaps it’s some combination of the two. Whatever the case, I consider this pervasive as similar grievance activity has become common in the facilities throughout the Local Union. Quite frankly I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this is common throughout the country
Turning to repetitive, this simply means that we continue filing the same grievances over and over (and over) again. Granted the volume we’re seeing now is unusual; but, they’re the same grievances. Repetitive grievances are nothing new in the Postal Service. Let’s take overtime grievances for example. The central provisions concerning the scheduling of overtime have been in place since the 1987 National Agreement; yet, some of the grievances your representatives will be filing about overtime today, tomorrow, next week, and next month, are the same grievances that I was filing as a Steward more than 25 years ago. I’m not exaggerating; they’re the exact same grievances. The same thing can be said for many of the other grievances we file.
So why doesn’t management fix the cause of these grievances? Well, let’s just say that I have my opinions; and I better leave it at that. No doubt you have your opinions as well. Suffice it to say: If violations of the contract continue, we will continue to file grievances.