Attached you will find the “Pay policies and schedules and fringe benefits for Postmasters through May 20, 2023,” which was received from the United States Postal Service today.
Over the course of the next few days the Pay Talk Committee and your National Executive Board will be reviewing the package and deciding how we, as an organization, can best move forward for the time covered by this agreement. There are a number of items that will continue to be under discussion over the next few months and as those items are worked through we will keep you informed when decisions are made on those items.
Thank you for your patience as we worked through this consultative process to get us to this point.
Daniel M. Heins
National President August 30, 2021
FRIDAY UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT DAN: www.unitedpma.org.
Friday Message – August 6, 2021
Additional Pay – On Wednesday I received a letter from Postal Service Headquarters regarding the temporary modification of pay provisions for Exempt Postmasters during the pandemic. The policy that was originally approved back on May 20, 2020 and was due to expire next week has been extended to September 30, 2021. Remember that if you are required to work extra hours due to the COVID requirement outlined in the original letter (which is posted on our website unitedpma.org) you just need to have approval from your manager to work the hours and get paid for. Please do not be shy about asking for the pay if you are entitled to it.
Limited Supervisory Job Posting – On August 17th, the Postal Service will be posting approximately 900 Supervisory positions that will be open to all current EAS employees and craft employees, as well. The posting will be up for a limited time (7 days – it closes on August 23rd) so if you, or someone you know, is interested please make sure they check the postings. These are positions that have not been filled as a result of the restructuring postings and the Postal Service has recognized that we need to have these position filled sooner rather than later to hopefully set us up for success before PEAK season. The Postmaster, Manager and other higher-level positions will continue to only be available to those impacted employees that have been previously posted. The positions that are being posted include: Supervisor, Customer Service Support; Supervisor, Customer Services; Supervisor, Distribution Operations; Supervisor, Transportation Operations; and Supervisor, Maintenance Operations. Due to the rules put in place by the Postal Service these will most likely not be posted on a wider basis until September, or October. 8/6/21
NPA and PFP – There have been several questions regarding the National Performance Assessment (NPA) and Pay for Performance (PFP) processes for Fiscal Year 2021 and just exactly what is happening.
While UPMA was consulted before the current NPA National Indicators were rolled out, we did express our concerns about the timing of this roll out and the fact that we were going to be graded on a National Scorecard rather than on individual scorecards, especially since this is happening approximately ten months into the fiscal year.
As it has been explained to us at the National Level with the changes in the Headquarters, Area and District structures there is no way that the parameters can be put in place in the program that is used to pull the numbers for the scorecard to do so down to the unit level, it can only be done on a national level. Thus, everything will be rolled up to the national level for the NPA Scorecard and there is no alternative to this for this Fiscal Year 2021.
While it may not seem fair, it is what we are left with at the end of the day. While some have expressed the feeling to me that it does not matter what happens in your office, that is clearly not the case. Even though you may not see the individual numbers you know that how your office performs affects the national numbers and that will affect what kind of a raise you receive along with everyone else. So, even though you may feel that your hard work is not being recognized, or rewarded, in the larger picture it is being rewarded by helping to improve things for everyone.
Since you have received your notice that the PES system is open, at this time the only requirement you have is to go into the system and verify your profile. That is all you have to do; the next step will be for your manager to go in and log the fact that they have at least had a discussion with you on the process for this year. At this time, I am uncertain if you will be entering a year-end narrative, or not, we will have to see as that time approaches.
As far as the question regarding the PFP process, that is still a work in progress. The National Office has been in contact with USPS Headquarters and what the PFP matrix will look like for 2021 is still under consideration as part of the pay consultation process and a final decision on this should be rendered on, or about, August 23rd. I know this is very frustrating and the longer it goes on the more frustrated everyone becomes; however, we are working through the process and will let you know when a decision is made.
Emergency Federal Employee Leave update 5-6-21
POSTAL RESTRUCTURE UPDATE: www.unitedpma.org 5/3/21
Doug Tulino, Chief Human Resource Officer and Executive Vice President, outlined the next phase of transforming the Postal Service including additional VERA opportunities in a letter dated May 3, 2021. It is posted on our website, www.unitedpma.org, or you can click below:
SUBJECT: Lateral Request from Field Executive Administrative Schedule (EAS) Employees
To HQ Positions ...Effective immediately, requests for laterals and downgrades from field employees, specifically employees in customer service and plant operations, and employees in non-impacted Headquarters (HQ) functions (General Counsel, Inspection Service) to lateral or downgrade into HQ positions should not be approved and will not be processed until completion of the 3 rounds of Reduction in Force (RIF) related job postings.
Employees from RIF impacted organizations may continue to request laterals and downgrades.
JOSEPH R. BRUCE
Open the following file to read the "Ten Year Plan"
announced by PMG DeJoy.
PMG DeJoy has released this video of the ten year plan. 7 minutes long
USPS DISTRICT RESTRUCTURING INFORMATION RELEASED:
VERA Information too
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 03/03/21
Today, the United States Postal Service has announced a restructuring of the Retail and Delivery Operations and Logistics and Processing Operations that will be phased in over the next couple of months. The below information and new information on these changes can be found on the www.unitedpma.org website under the Resources tab. Click on the links to open them
Have you tried Informed Delivery ?
Once again at our National Convention we heard the PMG ask how many had signed up for Informed Delivery. She was encouraging everyone to get and use it. Check out www.usps.com today to learn more. 8/19/19