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UtesFanPerson was signed in when posted
07-24-2016
09:58 PM ET (US)
I haven't been on these message boards in months, but thought that I'd come take a look and see how things are going at the REC. I spent my first 8 years with the post office at the REC, 6 as a TE. Now I'm at the plant. I do have to admit that I find it really funny to read the posts about it being too hot or too cold. I admit that I was the same way before going to the plant. Now I would kill for the temperatures at the REC! At the plant, you fry all year round, but especially during the summer. In the middle of the blizzard in winter, I'm driving to work in shorts and a t-shirt because I know I'll be sweating all shift long. I'm not trying to put down working at the plant. I actually love my job and don't think that I could ever go back to sitting at a desk 40 hours a week.

I do want to address something that I read a few pages back, and sorry because I know the discussion was a couple of months ago. Someone said that holidays are slow at the plants and that it should be slow at the REC. That used to be true, but not anymore. About 18 months ago they had a complete reorganization at the plants. They no longer have a tour 1 crew, just a tour 2 and 3. So all day and into the evening, we are processing the mail that needs to be delivered the next day. That is the same for a holiday. Even though mail isn't being delivered on the holiday, it is being delivered the next day, so it has to be processed on the holiday. And when a holiday falls at the end of a 3 day weekend, like the 4th of July did, it actually makes the volumes even higher. The mail piles up over the long weekend. On the letters side of things, only so much can be processed over the weekend. The last step before sending it to the station has to be done the day before it's delivered. Pretty much all non career employees as well as all careers except those with the highest seniority end up getting mandatoried on holidays.

Also for those that are worried about lower hours right now, just remember that summer is always the slow season for the Post Office. About September it will start picking up and then by Christmas everyone will be complaining about working so much overtime!

Anyways, just my two cents. I am happy to see that it appears the REC is thriving and will be around for a long time. I will admit to bailing as soon as it was announced that Wichita was closing. I was worried what would happen to me if Salt Lake closed as well since I had very little seniority. Also, for you careers, I recommend you trying other places out within the post office. Bid on things and if you don't like it, bid back. I have bid on some positions that I never thought I'd have enough seniority to get and I got them! I have learned so much more about how the post office actually runs. It's great to understand the big picture sometimes when you don't understand why your supervisor is asking you to do something in particular.
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43054
postalvetPerson was signed in when posted
07-17-2016
06:12 PM ET (US)
you could file a grievance that management is permitting the group leader to over step their bounds.
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EkatePerson was signed in when posted
07-17-2016
04:57 PM ET (US)
No, because it was a group leader that said something. I just laughed it off.
If it happened all the time, then I would definitely file a grievance.
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postalvetPerson was signed in when posted
07-17-2016
11:49 AM ET (US)
/m43051 did you file a grievance?
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EkatePerson was signed in when posted
07-17-2016
12:30 AM ET (US)
In the dry winter air when my lips feel dry, I have the right to put on lip balm anytime I feel like it. That's my whole point. There's not any rules in place saying you can't reach into your purse or pocket for something you need while keying. Cell phones are another thing all together.
So yes, it is the same thing. Girl.
Basic human rights. We shouldn't feel like we're in a sweat shop. This is America.
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Nobodys businessPerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2016
05:36 PM ET (US)
Emily what Tour are you on? If you dont mind answering . . .
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Last REC StandingPerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2016
03:23 PM ET (US)
So we did finally get the P-RES software update, and it's reduced volume by 25%. Good news in that December might not be as much of a nightmare this year. Bad news for possibility of new careers positions. They're apparently working on the next update already, which is supposedly due the first of next year. I'll believe it when I see it though, this week's update came many months after they said it would.
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Public EmilyPerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2016
11:35 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the advice LRS, I'm asking for union time today. Don't much feel like taking abuse "with a grain of salt." Ekate you can use lip balm on break, not the same thing girl.
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43046
EkatePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2016
06:02 PM ET (US)
Emily, I got harrassed once for putting on lip balm. Take it with a grain of salt. That's all you can do. Just do your job, and if you need a Kleenex, ignore the dorks who say something about it. There's a lot of good group leaders with common sense out there too 😊

Thank you Yo, you were actually the first person, including my *many* different sups, to explain why LWOP was allowed to be used by careers in the past.
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Nobodys businessPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2016
04:17 PM ET (US)
not a group leader, so really dont know. Ive been friends with a few from my Tour and to hear what they are told to do sometimes makes a person wonder
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Last REC StandingPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2016
04:15 PM ET (US)
/m43039 Looks like you touched a nerve Emily. Love your user name by the way.

I've seen supervisors and managers do plenty of awful things, but I have a hard time buying they told group leaders to abuse anyone wiping their nose. You should let a steward know what happened, if management gets enough complaints about this person they might do something. MIGHT.

Nobody's business, I think Imnop has a point. Any clerk who voluntarily takes a job that involves spying of other clerks, for the small difference in pay between level 5 and 6, is a fair target for criticism. Especially if they're going around bullying the PSE's. I'd bet Emily's abuser wouldn't try that crap with one of the long term careers.
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lmnopPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2016
04:14 PM ET (US)
i wd assume not caring abt yr appearance in the workforce at large is part of the job. so why the need to tell others not to "kill the messenger" if u "give a crap less"?
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Nobodys businessPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2016
04:10 PM ET (US)
group leaders make approximately 20 cents more per hour than a regular FTR. Most group leaders could give a crap less about how others feel about them.

Every career has the opportunity to bid on a group leader position, its just a matter of seniority as to who gets it. Its not a glamorous job . . .
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lmnopPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2016
03:53 PM ET (US)
or dont agree to get paid more to be a narc and then have the gall to be upset when ppl dislike you
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