Updates regarding NAPS/USPS dialogue regarding plant re-ranking

September 04, 2013

In the last few days, the Postal Service’s plan to re-rank mail processing plants has become public knowledge despite their best efforts to keep the information confidential until September 6, 2013. The confidential nature of the discussions between NAPS and USPS Labor Relations was due to the fact that the Postal Service had not finalized their plans nor had they briefed Area and District Managers.

During our discussions, the following items were outlined:

• A VER will be offered to all field EAS employees. The VER offer includes all area and district
EAS employees. VER-eligible employees will be mailed retirement applications and annuity estimates during the week of September 16-20.

• The VER application period will begin September 20 and will end on the decision irrevocability date of November 29. Eligible employees may select either of two VER effective dates:December 31, 2013 or January 31, 2014.  FERS employees who decide to take the VER opportunity will receive 100% retirement credit for accrued sick leave as long as these employees are on the rolls on January 1, 2014. If these employees select the December 31, 2013 VER effective date, they will not receive 100% retirement credit for accrued sick leave.

 The Postal Service will not offer any financial incentives.

EAS-14 Mail Flow Controllers may remain in their jobs until April 18, 2014 (the RIF effective date for RIF separations). These employees may not stay in those jobs beyond that date – the employees must be out of those jobs by that date.

• The re-ranking of the plants will be formally announced on September 7, 2013. This was supposed to be the date that the information was supposed to be released. We expected that this information would be provided to the Executive Board at that time. Now, here are some details regarding the process.

• The supervisor staffing ratio in the plants will remain the same. This was confirmed by USPS Headquarters during our meetings. In addition, there will be one MDO per tour and the level of the MDO will be tied to the ranking of the individual plant.

• Plants will be classified as Major, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, EAS-25, and EAS-24.

• The MIPS and TANS Managers will be tied to the ranking of the plant while Maintenance staffing is based on the earned Maintenance Craft complement.

• EAS positions reclassified to a higher EAS level will receive a 2% pay increase per current ELM policy.

• Employees in positions that are reclassified to a lower grade may voluntarily request a downgrade into the lower level position and will receive saved salary for two years.

These employees also have the opportunity to apply for promotion or to request a competitive or noncompetitive placement to other positions at the same or lower grade (employees will receive saved grade and salary for two years if they secure a voluntary downgrade). This situation may vary.

• The RIF avoidance timeline will be in effect from September 7, 2013 until February 11, 2014. General RIF notices will be mailed on January 14, 2014 and specific RIF notices will be mailed on February 12, 2014. The RIF effective date for RIF separations is April 18, 2014. The RIF effective date for RIF assignments is April 19, 2014.

As a reminder, all EAS employees should update their eCareer profiles. Any employee at grade level EAS-16 or below must take and pass Examination 642 in order to be qualified for consideration for a job as Supervisor, Distribution Operations or Supervisor, Customer Services.

Please read all postings and be aware of eligibility requirements and of any limited areas of consideration. As always, there will be a review of Supervisor Workload.