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Express 18-05
Posted On: Oct 18, 2018

PSE Conversion Process

by Ron Malunat, Administrative Aide

I am getting a lot of questions from PSEs concerning the conversion process.  According to the Memorandum of Understanding for Filling Residual Vacancies, the last step taken before a PSE can get converted is for the job to go through E-Reassign.  After no one takes the job in E-Reassign then it goes to PSE conversion.

There are seven steps that have to be taken before the job is given to a PSE.  One of the most prevalent has been that Unassigned Regulars have to be assigned these jobs first.  As most know, due to abolishment's there has been plenty of UAR to assign.  However, now those UAR's eligible have all been assigned so barring future abolishments, management should start converting PSE's to career positions.  However, a common misconception is that management must convert PSE's after a certain amount of time.  Unfortunately, this isn't true right now. 

Solutions?

by Ron Malunat, Administrative Aide

Hopefully some language will come out of this contract to make this happen like the last contract.  The last contract had a provision that all PSE's with over two years of service would become career.  I know this basic premise was brought forward at our last National Convention.  Let's also hope that management doesn't go through more unwarranted abolishment's that will delay this process more.

At one of our recent Regional Conferences, President Kirby and I discussed shortening the E-Reassign process with National Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Barber.  She was amazed how many people put in for transfers here thereby delaying the conversion process.  Each person putting in for a transfer has to be considered in order if the person above them doesn't want or doesn't get the transfer, the opportunity falls to the next person.  Obviously, with Colorado being a desirable location, a lot of people have put in for this, the time involved can be too long.  Ms. Barber offered us her assistance in writing up a trial program in shortening this process.  We have touched base with management on a beginning level and are going to advance it through the proper "chain of command".

Latest Vacancy DPM

by Ron Malunat, Administrative Aide

The latest vacancy Notice (2018/22) has been cancelled, due to incomplete information for the online bidding process.  Evidently HRSCC is North Carolina didn't get all the information put in or their computer program for online bidding failed.  Either way, this Vacancy Report is cancelled and all bids should be on the next Vacancy Report.  If you don't see a bid job that was posted but isn't now, please contact your steward or officer immediately.  The next Vacancy Report will be out on October 25th.  MAKE SURE YOU BID AGAIN.  Any bids for this Vacancy DPM (2018/22) are all cancelled.

Payroll Issues

by Vance Zimmerman, Industrial Relations Director APWU

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I just received the below information from management . I will keep you updated with the information  as soon as I receive it.

Regarding the payroll issue you contacted me about this morning, nearly 90,000 individuals, all APWU bargaining unit employees, are anticipated to be impacted by a payroll error this week.  The individuals will fall into three categories:

  1. Individual will receive no pay
  2. Individual will receive only one week’s pay
  3. Individual will receive the base pay, but no overtime

It is unknown at this time how many individuals fall into each category and the locations.  Those affected individuals will be provided the option to receive a salary advance at their local office.  I’ll provide more details about the situation and solution as I receive it.

With the recent changes to the USPS payroll software a significant issue has been identified.  Career employees are not being paid overtime.  We are aware of it at headquarters and have already been in contact with the Postal Service.  They are working on it and trying to identify the problem.  As we get more information we will update you.

In Solidarity,

Vance Zimmerman, Industrial Relations Director

Union Meeting Reminder!!

by Rita Burns, Office Manager

This is just a reminder that the next Membership Meeting of the DMAL is next Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00 PM.  Be sure to attend to hear the latest news regarding the USPS and your jobs.  Food will be served and Attendance Awards will be given away!  We hope to see you there!

/rb

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