Our office is going to go from using 17 machines to sort mail down to 9. Incoming mail will be sorted on 2 tours instead of one. Management wants to go from 11 ETs down to 5. We told our Maint. Manager it will take 3 ETs per running tour and at least 2 for preventative maintenance on day shift. Her response was that because the displaced ETs would have saved pay grade for 2 years, if they are ethical workers they will still do the higher level work.
Two of the ETs would become level 7 Maintenance Mechanics, the rest unkown as to their future with the P.O. My question is what is the proper procedure for downsizing? Can an ET with more seniority then an MPE bump the MPE from their position, etc?
With the contract expiring in April 2015, would the 2 years of saved pay grade continue or can that change with the new contract?