Starting on January 10th 2015 the US Postal Service is implementing Phase 2 of the Network Rationalization. Basically they are shutting down a bunch of places and delaying the mail delivery to the public. They say things won’t change but in reality it will. Just in my building alone over 1000 people are being affected by this change.
People got kicked out of their bids that they have been working for years. Over 125 clerks that work the overnights now got switched to days or evenings. It doesn’t matter if they have families. The Postal Service said these are your choices or quit. So now you got a whole lot of people that need to work overnights due to school, family obligations or other various reasons are now being displaced. People with families now won’t see them anymore if they got stuck working the Tour 3 hours (2pm-1030pm or 6pm-230am) People that got put on tour 2 hours (6am-230pm 10am-630pm) now have to figure out ways to go to school, put their kids on the bus, find people to get the kids off the bus etc…
They gave us a month warning. I know people that made their school schedules months ago and they can’t change them. What are they supposed to do about it? Quit school? Quit work? The Postal Service doesn’t care about it’s employees. It never has and it never will. This is just another way that it shows.
I posted the information if anyone is interested down below. It came from the USPS website. The things they say are just not possible. I know from our building alone there will be delays.
The unions are fighting this but only an act of congress can change what is about to happen. And we all know how that’s not going to happen.
What is Network Rationalization you ask?
What is Network Rationalization?
For decades the Postal Service expanded its network and infrastructure to accommodate a growing nation and an exponential
increase in mail volume. The nationwide expansion resulted in more vehicles, more processing facilities, more processing
equipment and more employees. Through network rationalization, the Postal Service can adapt its network and infrastructure to the
realities it’s facing today. The Postal Service is continually improving efficiencies by making better use of space, staffing, equipment
and transportation to process the nation’s mail. Improving efficiencies has become increasingly important, given the significant
reduction in the amount of First-Class Mail that enters the postal system.
How will this effect the costumer?
1. How much mail will be delivered overnight once Phase 2 is implemented?
Current estimates indicate approximately 20% of the First-Class Mail volume is expected to be delivered overnight, more than
35% is expected to be delivered in 2 days and about 44% delivered in 3 days.
The graphic below illustrates an approximate breakdown of First-Class Mail service performance after Phase 2 implementation:
2. Will Phase 2 modify the service standards further?
Yes, Phase 2 will affect the existing service standards for First-Class Mail and Periodicals Mail.
3. The Postal Service is consolidating its network. How will this impact mail and package delivery?
The consolidation of the processing network will not impact the delivery process.
4. Won’t this slow down service?
Overall, the time it takes First-Class Mail to reach its destination will increase slightly from an overall average of 2.14 days to an
overall average of 2.25 days.
5. Will there be a price increase?
There is no price increase associated with this change. The Postal Service is taking these steps to stabilize the costs associated
with processing and transporting the mail.
Why is the US Postal Service doing this?
9. How much will this effort save the Postal Service?
Phase 2 is projected to save the Postal Service over $3.5 billion in the next five years or approximately $750 million per year in
10. What were the savings captured by the Postal Service for Phase 1 consolidation for FY12, FY13 and FY14 yearto-date?
As part of the network rationalization process, there is a Post-Implementation Review (PIR) that is performed for each
consolidation to evaluate the specific implementation. These reviews are conducted twice: once at six months after the
consolidation and then again after a full year has elapsed. At this time, based upon either the interim or the final review as
available, over $4 billion will be saved over the next five years, or approximately $865 million per year.
How will this effect employees?
43. How much of that savings figure involves employee complement?
The amount of savings differs by AMP and is developed based on each specific study.
44. How many employees work in each facility?
The number of employees varies, but complement numbers range from approximately 50 employees to 2,000.
45. Isn’t there a 50-mile relocation limit in the APWU contract?
46. What will happen to the employees?
Bargaining unit employees will be reassigned to other bargaining unit positions in accordance with our collective bargaining
agreements. Non-bargaining employees will be reassigned to available supervisory positions consistent with our reduction in force
47. Will there be another Reduction in Force (RIF) announced? If so, when?
RIF is a possibility. The decision to announce a RIF will be based on staffing needs following plant consolidations and will be made
on a plant-by-plant basis.
48. Will there be another Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) because of the network rationalization?
The Postal Service hopes to reduce its workforce through attrition as much as possible, but other available options are being
49. Will processing facility employees be put in “stand-by rooms?”
Stand-by time has always existed and is one of the tools postal managers may use to manage work resources to work
load. Our national agreements with the unions contain provisions that guarantee full-time employees eight hours work or
pay per day and 40 hours work or pay per week. The agreements also outline specific time-frames for moving
employees to other locations or job classifications. Employees in stand-by operations are “on the clock.” Stand-by time
typically occurs when mail processing operations in one area are completed, and there is a need to move employees to
another operation to continue sorting operations. The act of moving employees between operations, which typically
entails only a few minutes per employee, is measured as stand-by time. The majority of stand-by time is not used by
mail processing employees; it is used by letter carriers.
50. Are craft employees — such as clerks and mail handlers — who lose their jobs due to a plant closing, able to
obtain a position as a letter carrier, motor vehicle operator or other craft position?
Yes, if a position is available in another craft and if the employee meets the qualifications for the position.