Our new APWU contract brings a new policy for transferring into residual vacancies on Ereassign . Now, only PTFs ( not FTRs ) can transfer into these positions. If no PTFs submit a request for a spot on Ereassign, then the office with the vacancy must convert a PSE to Full Time Regular. If no PSE currently works in the office, one must be hired to then fill the position. (Great news for friends and family of the management) FTRS are no longer even in the equation and their seniority means nothing. If a FTR now wants or needs to transfer to another office, her only option is to Quit and then apply (and hopefully) be hired as a PSE in the desired office. This sounds so insane as to not even be an option, yet there are FTRs that are considering it. If your spouse,children, or relatives need you to live somewhere else, you may not have any other choice if you want to be employed with the USPS.
This change seems to be such a radical departure from the strong history of our Union supporting it’s long term members, that you assume that it is simply an oversight and they would and will correct it. But that is not the way it appears. The responses I get from the APWU seem to be that it is what they want.
Increasing our Union ranks with PSEs converted to FTRs is an interesting strategy and one that might benefit our Union in some ways, but it should not be done at the expense of it’s longest and strongest members. The APWU needs to remember that we, as regulars, are the first line of information and Union strength for our new PSE sisters and brothers.
This unfair and radical change to the transfer procedure is definitely something our Union needs to change. Our Union has shown repeatly in the past that it cares for it’s members and has made adjustments to the contract when needed. But in order to convince our leaders of this change, we must Speak Out!
If you are a regular and want to move to another office, Speak Out!
If you have tried to transfer to another office and weren’t allowed to, Speak Out!
If you are a career employee that thinks the ability to move to other offices in the Postal system is one of the wonderful rights we have, Speak Out!
Contact your Union representatives and let them know this needs to be changed. If you don’t get an appropriate response, keep trying. Contact the next level up. We can fix this, but it has to be brought to the attention of our Union representatives all the way up to the national level.
First Name: Dean
Last Name: Massey
Union/Local: Port Angeles WA / APWU