Postal Service Shake-Up Alarms Union of Mail Carriers

WASHINGTON (CN) – In post offices across the country, most city letter carriers have for decades spent the beginning of their shifts sorting mail and then the remainder of their shifts going out on specific routes for delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service changed that dynamic this past May, however, prompting a union for these workers to bring a federal complaint Thursday in Washington.

Pointing to the launch of these changes in May at a post office in Annandale, Virginia, the National Association of Letter Carriers says workers who were used as “involuntary guinea pigs” experienced extreme exhaustion, physical pain and mental stress.

The initiative has been dubbed the Consolidated Casing Initiative, and the union says it splits the carriers’ job in two, with some workers arriving early in the morning to sort mail for multiple delivery routes, and others spending their entire shift making deliveries, leaving them on their feet for longer periods of time.

Phase II brought the initiative to seven additional post offices in July, and the union says that number will grow by 58 in Phase III

The complaint states the radical changes to workers’ job description are prohibited by the workers’ union contract.

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HaHa!

The dynamic already changed with DPS without automated flats I spend a grand total of 15 minutes casing plus the built in 23 minutes of office duty. But just breaking the contract to force an “experiment” is also wrong.

Yeah Union iz trying to fight it. It was probably their idea to begin with. No matter what, we carriers are thrown under the bus again ander the watchful eye of useless union. Do not forget who is now in union and mgmt, people who couldn’t make it on the street as carriers. Shame on you both. Hire more dumb cca’s. Half of them have some kind of restriction or become 204b. Who will, deliver mail?

Get involved instead of whining. There’s strength in numbers, Write your Congressman, Senators and put the story on the news. The only way to get a change is with strength in numbers and unity. There will be no change until every letter carrier get involved, You pay union dues, make the union earn it.

Well, what do we expect when we start at $17 per hour? Goodtime Burger starts at $14+. Would you want the headaches of the PO for an extra $80/week after taxes? Make plans after work? Nope? Weekends off? Nope. Holidays off? Nope. Earn sick leave and use it without harassment? Nope. Bust your butt and get off early? Nope. Here’s another 2 hrs.

Sad to say but many city carriers would rather do NOTHING all day, hide on the street, hide behind the union,fool customers into believing they want 6 day delivery to provide service instead of the nonsense over time they create and need. MANY ARE PAID FOR DOING NOTHING!

You do realize our scanners are GPS enabled meaning management can see where we are at all times on a computer. Any time we are stationary for over 5 minutes you can probably expect to need an explanation when management asks you about the lack of activity.

Glad to see that NALC is looking out for City Carriers. When will the NRLCA begin to represent Rural Carriers. 11 hour days 6 days a week are the normal these days

Amen

What nonsense! The complaint is that they’re “on their feet for longer periods of time.” YOU ARE STILL ON YOUR FEET WHETHER CASING MAIL OR DELIVERING MAIL. I’ve never seen a carrier sit down to case the mail, and unless you have mounted delivery, you are on your feet to deliver. Personally, I got to return to an 8-mi walking route and my feet hurt less at the end of the day than prior, when I was standing in one spot for large chunks of my day. At the end of the day, one has to realize this is another… Read more »

As described the lawsuit’s justification seems tame compared to the case that the NALC made that DPS and the automation of mail processing had changed the nature of the job resulting in the 1998-2001 arbitration and the Fleischli Award and level 6 pay for city carriers. That basically the casing work is easier than street work. Of course to get parity with that award the APWU gave up their new hires and we got PSE in exchange for clerks getting to the letter carrier rate of pay and ultimately the NALC losing the next fight as arbitrator Das deciding that… Read more »

you sound like your on a path to be lazy suprvisor

I used to love my job!!!
Now I am sick disgusted I cant wait to retire!

Well my mail has been very late in the last few months the website states that any deliveries after 5pm are considered late I complained but nothing has changed I live up the street from the post office. 5 min away but the ail arrives between 5 to 7pm on sons says

I don’t recall seeing anything on delivery times for mail. Your mail is to be delivered on that day-NO time given unless someone paid for it to be delivered by a certain time. Just saying.

Why don’t you ask the mail carrier if you can carry his or her route. Then maybe you will be grateful to receive any mail.

I work in Mc Donalds I’m on my feet 10hrs a day I make 15.00 an hr. You postal workers make 30.00 an hr with benefits I don’t get benefits and if you get hangnail you go out in paid leave I don’t work I don’t get paid. My mail as been cosistly late for the last 4 months get a grip. And if you deliver mail late you get overtime I don’t feel sorry for you I live 5 minutes away from the post offics but muaul is thea last tk be delivered evêryday

Sorry but you’re lying – no one at the post office making $30 an hour unless they got about 15 years in.

The post office is always hiring.

yup, that’s what I always say. grab a satchel and see how you do.

In the beginning they will run for the money????????????

Who falt is that the you flip burger for an living moron,

Oh poor me, I work in air conditioning all day, have a bathroom within 20 feet, and if I get thirsty there is is a soda machine within 3 feet. How sad for you.

Shut the hell up and make those fries ???? you piece of shit! Oh yeah go get your GED while you’re at it ????

Ok Audrey you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.. I have been with the post office for almost 23 years. I don’t make close to 30.00 a hour. Because I’m in a small town a full time carrier job wasn’t available until this year so I have been part time all this time. Witch means No benefits from the postal service. I pay $600.00 dollars a month for my health insurance alone. I have to keep my own personal car running. Having bad health issues I couldn’t even take the full time route now. Dr has wanted… Read more »

You’re making $15 an hour to work at McDonald’s? Sounds like a pretty nice gig. If you could handle being on your feet all day, but through rain, snow, the sun beating down on you, dogs trying to bite you, etc. then you should apply to work at the USPS. They’re always looking for CCAs. You should try doing this job before you cry about your mail being late.

Audrey, the USPS is hiring like crazy. Apply! Make the big bucks! After you have actually done the job…it’ll be interesting to see if you really feel it’s a worthy comparison

Stupid remark from someone who obviously comments without facts.

You work at McDonald’s because you probably couldn’t do the carriers job. You have 0 clue what’s involved.

Your an idiot… There’s no comparison! And a hangnail you say is all week get? Try carpal tunnel surgery on both hands ,two back surgeries, and one of them is a spinal fusion, and how about how I have a disc sitting on my spinal cord in my neck right now as we speak. All from just delivering the mail , lifting heavy packages….not flipping burgers ,mopping floors , salting fries or asking someone if they’d like to supersize like you do at McDonald’s. And there’s plenty more like me! There’s so much more to the job that you have… Read more »

If so why don’t you join the USPS and earn that dough sista!

You only deserve $10.00 a hr. You’re a liar n probably an imagrant. You flip burgers for christ sake. You’re not on your feet 10hr a. Get a real job. Get with USPS

There is no such thing as late mail. Find me where it says your mail has to be delivered at a certain time. And stop complaining and get a better job!

Ok Audrey you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.. I have been with the post office for almost 23 years. I don’t make close to 30.00 a hour. Because I’m in a small town a full time carrier job wasn’t available until this year so I have been part time all this time. Witch means No benefits from the postal service. I pay $600.00 dollars a month for my health insurance alone. I have to keep my own personal car running. Having bad health issues I couldn’t even take the full time route now. Dr has wanted… Read more »

This is not anything that hasn’t used before, I’m a retired carrier and don’t know the specifics of the national agreement . Believe me I was written up more times than I can count and understand the concerns about lost earning potential. But if it’s not spelled out in the national agreement, they can use any option that their disposal. I can only speak my own experience, these positions usually went to the senior personal, who tired of the demands of the street. Now I worked in the northeast where volume was always a strain and each, city, town and… Read more »

Is management holding routes open to change the bid assignments or are they unilaterally changing what the carrier bid on?

I wonder why the USPS is intent in clearing out office space for less cases. I get it they want to extend routes to nearly 8 hrs in the street. But at what cost? I hear my office is going to consolidated casing early next year. I will welcome the money. The United States Postal Service, reinventing the wheel once more.

The union has no strength. When there is no right to strike, what leverage does the nalc really think they have?
Just keep collecting dues and not getting anything done????????

They get more done for you than the nrlca does!