November 2018 Update
The peak season is upon us early this year and by now our facilities have been deluged with high volumes of mail. I’ve seen it while at the facilities the last couple weeks; but, perhaps it was best summarized by one of our Representatives who said it already looked like the week before Christmas on the floor. This seems to suggest that an early onset may have taken operations by surprise. Regardless, it will once again be up to the craft employees to carry the day for the American public.
Management’s efforts at hiring peak season personnel are continuing; although, whether that has any meaningful impact remains to be seen. Often, peak season hires decide in short order that this isn’t for them. Those who stay are untrained and unprepared for the environment in which they find themselves. The knowledge and skills needed to perform Mail Handler duties are significant; and, it takes experience in order to effectively perform those duties. Moreover, the whole notion of supplementing the workforce with an unlimited number of temporary, inexperienced workers, at the most hectic time of the year, doesn’t seem well suited to the operational needs of today. But, that’s a topic for another day. Suffice it to say that the days of sack loads are long gone. Those who refer to the USPS as snail mail should see the speed at which things move in the mail processing facilities.
During December the limits on overtime for non-OTDL regulars are removed. However, the rest of the National Agreement remains in place. If you see a contractual violation or need a Steward, request a Steward as you normally would. Management is required to provide you with a Steward at any time, even in the month of December. Don’t hesitate to let your Steward know what’s going on.