In 2014, a MOU was signed by the APWU and the Postal Service regarding the filling of residual career vacancies. The MOU states that 5 PSEs must be made career regulars before a single existing career employee can transfer into an office with a residual vacancy. PSEs are now given super seniority for open positions, even if they have only worked for the USPS for one day! (or if a PSE is not currently employed in the office, one must be hired to fill the position!!)
This happened to me when I submitted my name on e-reassign for a position listed in the city of Sequim, WA. My name had been on the e-reassign list for that office since 2013. When I had not heard from the e-reassign manager, I contacted them to find out my status. I was told that because the 1 in 6 ratio for transfers had not been met, a PSE would be converted to the career regular position. I was also told that 4 more PSEs would have to be converted into that office before I could be awarded an open position.
I am a 25 year career regular clerk and a strong union supporter. I am highly qualified yet I no longer have seniority over non-career employees who have no experience.
Common sense and historical precedence would seem to imply that this policy was written in error and only needs to be amended by the Union and the USPS. Common sense and precedence maybe, but not reality. After a class action grievence on behalf of 4 career employees (2 FTRs and 2PTFs) was decided by a National Dispute Resolution panel, it was deemed valid by our APWU. DUE TO THIS RULING, A PSE, (THE WIFE OF A LOCAL POSTMASTER, AND AN EMPLOYEE WHO HAD WORKED FOR THE USPS FOR 6 MONTHS), WAS MADE A CAREER FTR, AND I WAS DENIED THE POSITION FOR WHICH I AM MORE THAN QUALIFIED!
This insane policy must be changed back! If it isn’t, long term, hard working qualified (union) employees will have little chance of helping themselves and their families by transferring into offices that need them. We, as career employees, will lose a valuable piece of our jobs – the ability to transfer.
Has this happened to you? Have you not been awarded a vacant position without any explanation? How can we fix this? Talk to your local union. Any Ideas???!
First Name: Dean
Last Name: Massey
Union/Local: APWU/Port Angeles WA