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Message from the President
Excess letters are being mailed to identified impacted employees but No "Career Employees" will be moved until January, 2015
The Local notification meeting between the USPS and APWU was held on May 30, 2014. The postal service discussed with the union updated plans on the closure of the downtown post office and the mail processing transition to the North Houston Facility. The union was advised that the reassignment of employees and the movement of equipment to the North Houston Facility has been delayed. The timeline has changed in that "No Career Employees" will be moved until the January Move Date. This change affords employees more time to give consideration to the choices they will be making. Meetings will begin being held within the next several weeks to abreast employees on the most current developments.
While the reassignment date has been delayed, the process for excessing continues to be in effect. June 20, 2015 the postal service begins mailing excess letters to identified impacted employees. This is a contractual requirement that a minimum of sixty (60) day notice be mailed to all identified impacted employees. The timeline remains and there will be no movement beforeJanuary 2015. To all employees receiving an excess letter I recommend you read the Reprint - FYI in this article.
The union will continue providing as much information as we can so that you can make informed decisions on the choices affecting your work life. More updates will be coming more frequently as this process advances. Check the APWU website: www.apwuhouston.com regularly for updates under Member Resources.
Reprint - FYI ***
The contract allows for senior (non-impacted) employees to volunteer in lieu of an impacted employee in the same craft or occupational group to withheld duty assignments which would also reduce the number of involuntary reassignments. These volunteers will retain their seniority but will not have retreat rights back to the Houston Installation. In accordance with the contract the postal service will post on official bulletin boards a notice informing non-impacted employees of the opportunity to replace an impacted employee and include a listing of the withheld duty assignments. Selection of volunteers will be made by seniority.
A (MOU) Memorandum of Understanding allows for: Transfer Opportunities to Minimize Excessing in the clerk craft within the Houston District and outside the District within 100 miles for a period of 21 days through eReassign. All clerks will be notified by management of their right to apply for transfer to residual clerk craft vacancies. These clerks will retain their seniority but will not have retreat rights. All full-time regular clerks in the impacted(Houston) Installation regardless of seniority, level, status, best qualified or senior qualified will be eligible for priority consideration. This will possibly reduce the number of involuntary reassignments. Beginning June 1st the Clerk Vacancies will be posted each month through eReassign for a period of 21 Days until the excessing event has occurred.
The union continues to fight against plant consolidations and station closures and you can be assured we will do all we can to minimize the impact on you and work to make this as uncomplicated as possible.
The Postal Service and APWU have reached an agreement to allow employees the right to bid on jobs through eReassign. Some employees have tried the eReassign and have dealt with issues trying to understand the process of eReassign bidding online.
Contact Your Senators Now!! The consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015 will threaten tens of thousands of jobs. Here in Houston we have processing facility at 401 Franklin St. in downtown Houston which is one of the facilities to be consolidated with the North Houston mail processing plant. The Houston GPO has been a great location for mail drop off and transactions for many downtown businesses over the years. To keep this facility open click "Congressional Information Center" in the left-hand column of our website. A letter has been prepared for your representative, simply type in your zip code and complete the required information to send the letter to your representative. Take a few minutes of your time to help save America's postal facility here in downtown Houston.
Summer is the time to take those family vacations or just enjoy the outdoors. Union Plus has many Tips, Deals and Discounts for Union Members that can make your summer a little more enjoyable. Click on the website for more information.
PSE's who have completed their 360 days of service become illegible for Health Insurance. Attached is the Health Insurance forms that you will have to complete and choose which type of insurance coverage you prefer.
Code 474 for Self coverage and 475 for Family and Self coverage for Consumer Driven. You can fax or mail in the forms once they are completed.
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