Desirable Duty Assignments
The Reality of Non-Traditional
(12/30/11) Non-traditional full time (NTFT) duty assignments have caused confusion in some offices, and to understand what they are, how they should work, and how they came about, we have to review some recent history.
These new assignments were born in May 2011, when 76 percent of the members of the APWU ratified the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to that, the Postal Service was excessing clerks at an astounding rate. When employees were notified they were about to be excessed, they had to choose between accepting a new duty assignment — sometimes hundreds of miles away — or remaining in their installation as part-time regulars (PTRs) or part-time flexibles (PTFs). Thousands upon thousands of clerks received excessing notices with no more than 60 days to make the life-altering decision. [read more]
Union Offers Online Scheduling Tool
(11/01/11) The APWU has posted a scheduling tool on the union’s Web site that will help local unions win desirable duty assignments in the Clerk Craft. The Functions 1 and 4 Scheduler tool for Creating Desirable Duty Assignments can be accessed only by local union presidents.
In accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, when management proposes to create Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments, the local union must be afforded an opportunity to review, comment, make suggestions, and provide alternative schedules.
Using Postal Service data requested and input by local unions, the scheduling tool (members only) will suggest various alternate desirable duty assignments. The program will review all Clerk work hours to design the alternate schedules.
The online program updates a tool that was distributed to local presidents on DVD, and will be updated periodically.
Creating Desirable Duty Assignments
(10/26/11) Clerk Division officers have scheduled a training session on Creating Desirable Duty Assignments using the Scheduler program. The webinar will be held on Nov. 1, 2011, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time, and will last approximately two hours.
Prior to the webinar, participants will be responsible for reviewing a PowerPoint presentation, which provides specific details of the steps involved in using the Scheduler, the definition of acronyms used with the program, and the specific documents needed. [read more]