Excessing has been with us for many years, since the earliest days of mechanization and automation in postal installations. Without fail, the American Postal Workers Union has responded in the most effective way possible. Every Collective Bargaining Agreement has included language that restricts excessing.

While automation has had a dramatic effect on the nation’s mail-delivery system, we have been able to make a solid case for preserving our jobs because our productivity has increased along with USPS productivity. We have responded to increased automation in mail processing by enforcing the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and by making sure that the agreement in turn requires the USPS to live up to past practices and its own rules, regulations, employee manuals, and handbooks.