APWU: Leave Entry via eRMS Directive in Violation of Lead Clerk and TACS 2018 Settlement Agreement

From: Lamont Brooks <lbrooks@apwu.org>
Date: September 1, 2022
Subject: USPS LR RESPONSE to APWU. Fwd: [EXTERNAL] HQ Unilateral 8/11/22 Leave Entry via eRMS Directive in Violation of the Lead Clerk and TACS 9/5/2018 Settlement Agreement

Please disseminate to the field.

The 9/5/2018 and related documents are still controlling.

I will send out that TACS guidance material, which was previously shared with the field, in a separate e-mail.

Please save and retain for future reference on this subject matter.

Thank you!

Lamont Brooks
Director
Clerk Division

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From: “Richardson, Shannon R – Washington, DC” <Shannon.R.Richardson@usps.gov>
Date: August 15, 2022
To: Lamont Brooks <lbrooks@apwu.org>
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] HQ Unilateral 8/11/22 Leave Entry via eRMS Directive in Violation of the Lead Clerk and TACS 9/5/2018 Settlement Agreement

Lamont,

The attached memo is not changing the work clerk craft employees do in TACS. The only thing effective at this time as stated in the memo are the HQ, HQ-related, OIG, and Inspection Service finance numbers. None of these finance numbers include locations where bargaining unit employees enter leave entries in TACS. This is not a violation of the parties agreements. The “other offices” referenced in the memo says that the dates have not been determined and it will be sometime after peak season 2022. I have had multiple ongoing conversations with Finance/Payroll about this change and they are well aware of our agreements regarding clerks performing timekeeping duties in TACS and that if we migrate the timekeeping duties into another system, we will need to provide the same ability in that new system. In advance of that occurring for any location where clerk craft employees utilize TACS, appropriate notification will be provided to the APWU and the settlement will be adhered to.

If you become aware of any office/finance number where a clerk craft employee who has previously been able to perform timekeeping duties in TACS has had that ability “turned off”, please let me know and I will get the situation corrected.

If you would like to discuss, please give me a call.

Thanks,

Shannon Richardson
Director
Headquarters APWU Contract Administration
Office: 202-268-5842
Mobile: 202-607-5628

From: Lamont Brooks <lbrooks@apwu.org>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2022
To: Richardson, Shannon R – Washington, DC <Shannon.R.Richardson@usps.gov>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] HQ Unilateral 8/11/22 Leave Entry via eRMS Directive in Violation of the Lead Clerk and TACS 9/5/2018 Settlement Agreement

This directive is bad faith bargaining, subject to an Unfair Labor Practice Charge (ULPC) and a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

Further, it is clearly a violation of the 9/5/2018 Lead Clerk and TACS settlement agreement and the intent of the parties.

Knowing how the Postal Service likes to violate settlement agreements, I put prospective language in the Settlement Agreement to avoid these type of circumvention of agreements.

You can’t transfer clerk bargaining unit work to EAS or if you create another method, we follow the work.

This is going to create an explosion of local level grievances, on an ongoing basis across the country.

Failure to immediately rescind the HQ directive will result in a national level dispute and and ULPC.

Is PMG DeJoy aware of this directive.

Looking forward to your response,

Lamont Brooks
Director
Clerk Division

Use of the eRMS Platform for all Leave Entry

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APWU: Leave Entry via eRMS Directive in Violation of Lead Clerk and TACS 2018 Settlement Agreement

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