USPS Takes Low Road
Its not like we didn’t see it coming. Management
unilaterally withdrawing from the Employee Involvement Process was a
that management would throw out any pretense at progressive management.
What the Union has learned (Memorandum to
City Delivery Offices -Subject Carrier
Efficiency, from Kathy Ainsworth,
Manager Postal Operations) is the intention of management to attempt to
capture costs that they feel are not justified by workload.
, by individual carrier , the worst 10% in terms of MPF
" ...improvement plans for each of these carriers...to include
discussions,office counts, and street supervision..."
Although this memorandum was directed only to
the Associate Offices under her jurisdiction (including Branch 214
: San Rafael , Novato , Daly City) this kind of approach is likely to
used other places. Management may have already instituted such a policy
in San Francisco of this nature but the Union is not currently aware of
a formal one. We do know that attacks on certain carriers (the 10% ?)
increasing , including those with 25 years and more of service. Lists
"improper office practices" are circulating.
Management is worried about" minimum
productivity " and wants to turn " performance around ". They claim
the " minimum acceptable productivity " is 15 MPF. Even though the
does not like to play their numbers games ( we are paid by the hour and
not by the foot and are only required an honest days pay for an honest
days work ) this figure is not reasonable and nowhere near 18/8 ( a
really which functions only as means of adjusting routes from 6 day
count data.) Consideration of other activities that carriers must
in the office everyday , the fact that were not machines, etc.) is
They are going after the carriers first that
feel are most vulnerable. It’s like the law of the jungle. (the lion
first on the wounded zebra) But there is no reason that management will
stop with the first 10 %. (there will always be a 10%) Imbued with the
corporate greed of the 80s and bonuses at the end of the rainbow , the
cost cutters will never be satisfied . It is GREED pure and simple.
What we can do as a Union
Management will attempt to disguise their
to speed people up and drive from the Postal Service carriers they find
undesirable. They’ll try to justify the attacks based on management
to operate the business efficiently. They’ll attempt to hang people
"poor performance " or "failure to follow instructions " disciplines.
will attempt to rid the Postal service of their so called 10% -and they
won’t stop there.
- Solidarity-there’s more of us than
advantage doesn’t count if we don’t stick together.
- Attend union meetings/ After work/break
- Don’t speed up ( if you are targeted as
or not -in the long run you’ll end up with more work).
- 3996 hassles?-demand to see a steward.
- Called into the office-demand Weingarten
steward-if any questions are asked or there is more than one supervisor.
- "Ownership" of your route ? . In a better
would be OK. But not in the current circumstances .It’s management’s
This is not to demean the loyalty that carrier’s have to the people on
their routes. But it is to be realistic. If you die tonight , they’ll
someone to do the route tomorrow.
- Are you over 40? Or do you feel you are
based on your race, nationality, sex etc.? Consider filing an EEO
- Don’t let management bend your ear to bad
carriers work performance.
- Remember! There is nothing in the M-39 or
manuals that govern most carrier activities) about minutes per foot.
, we are paid by the hour and all that is required is an honest day’s
for an honest day’s pay.
- You cannot be disciplined for not meeting
But they won’t succeed if we take care of
and take care of each other.
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"Minutes per Foot" chart based on 18 & 8
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