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04:57 PM ET (US)
Z Go to APWU website. Get phone number for Someone at national level, call and ask for an application. This is what I did 11 years ago. I was sent an application quickly. I believe in being a part of the union.
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
11:33 AM ET (US)
How big is his case anyway (how many sections)?
Has he had an injury that makes it hard for him to swing around?
I agree, on the face of it, it sounds kind of stupid.
10:43 AM ET (US)
my rotten PM makes me separate mail by street for the rural carrier, who makes almost 6 figures to my 15.00 an hour, he gets done at 2pm , I leave around 1pm (hes paid til 530) because she doesn't want him 'turning back and forth' casing. so I have to spend an extra hour sorting his mail. why is it like this? is this the norm? and why hasn't the APWU ever contacted me about paying dues, initiation, etc.?
09:32 PM ET (US)
/4167 thanks. Good to know I am not the only one. A few years back, I had bicep tendinitis (from hand-cancelling mail) and physical therapy did wonders. After reading everyone's comments, I realize I am blessed with good working relationships in my cluster. Great boss, and wonderful co-workers in the other offices....and definitely looking forward to a few days off when I can schedule it. 6 days a week is a challenge, but i am thankful for a routine schedule and not much travelling. Of course, in the po, everything is subject to change!
MainePMR(now PSE)
08:38 PM ET (US)
/m4168 Oh I don't intend to reapply. I told them that. New PSE just moved here from another state has no Postal experience at all. So now she will be PTF. It's going to be interesting to see what happens now. The APO may very well need his PTF and 2 PSE's. I wish I had not applied in the first place but oh well. In this district they are forcing people to travel within 5O miles to cover PM's going over there 15 hours BUW. That is what decided it for me, I will not be doing that.
PMR2PSE2PTFPerson was signed in when posted
08:14 PM ET (US)
/m4166 Yes, you've got it. It sounds like you could get around an unwanted conversion and transfer to the APO if you resign and reapply for the PSE job at your original office... but there are two problems: (a) no guarantee you'd be rehired into the PSE job and (b) if the new PTF quits (maybe to play the same trick) you'd just have to face the unwanted conversion again.

That's the sad thing. I understand why the union has these general rules -- most people want to be converted and promoted, and they are mostly interested in protecting career jobs -- but there is no wiggle room for people who are happy to remain a PSE at their RMPO rather than be forced to give it up and report to the APO, for different hours and possibly a lousier commute. I never wanted to be converted, but at least the APO is less than 10 miles away and I'm only getting one split shift a week. For the career benefits and to remain employed I can deal with that. But I know people who are much harder hit by a forced conversion.
Edited 07-28-2015 08:14 PM
07:51 PM ET (US)
Dakota- I did/do often. You need to go to the chiropractor. I just recently did and feel a ton better.
12:39 PM ET (US)
Here's how funny it is to work for the Postal Service. Gave them my 2 week notice yesterday. PM is on vacation, he told his NTFT to tell me just wait, (I would still have to resign) but the new PSE being hired would be promoted to PTF. I could reapply as PSE for here again. I told her if the new PTF quits or transfers to another office I am in the same spot again. Why would I bother. This is how ridiculous this all is.
10:51 AM ET (US)
Anyone else struggle with hand pain, especially thumb, and have any success with exercises to relieve soreness?
09:38 AM ET (US)
its kind of an embarrassment working for USPS now, no one wants these jobs lol. its a sucky place to work, work my ass off for what almost everyone makes for an hourly wage. pm is only interested in her retirement coming in a few years and customers are all aholes. and I have to work in 3 different offices which aren't even my office. waaaa hate you usps
09:54 PM ET (US)
Anyone on here from Huntsville AL area ? Know how the pse conversions are going on in that area?
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
07:16 PM ET (US)
/m4157 You CAN grieve anything. Whether you will win is another matter.

Why not ask your union steward?
Mama don'tliePerson was signed in when posted
06:59 PM ET (US)
Ever heard of OSHA? That is a safety and health issue.
Pleasantville PSE
06:12 PM ET (US)
/m4150- What qualifies as a safety issue? We don't have cockroaches, but we do seem to on top of a haven for black widows both inside and out of our office. The carrier and I do what we can to keep bugs down and the office, but know it's not our job. Just this past Monday I tried to wipe down the counters and have been sick since, even ending up with laryngitis. (That's fun when you have to talk to customers all day) I'm tired of putting up with it. We've mentioned the issue to the APO PM on several occasions, but she doesn't seem to care. Which is interesting considering she completely WIGS out at the sight of ANY insect and would never stand for all the gnats and spiders we have. Can we file a grievance?
PMR2PSE2PTFPerson was signed in when posted
06:19 AM ET (US)
/m4155 I had to pass another test (421) to become PSE after being a PMR. I did not have to pass another test to be converted to PTF, just jump through more hoops with another fingerprinting and an SF85 background check.
09:00 PM ET (US)
/m4152 you have to pass another test to get the PTF position,otherwise you are just a PSE.
I am now a PSE. Former PMR.
USPS 20 yrs postal experience....worth nothing to the USPS.

TWO new PTFs hired off the street now make more than I do and get benefits and each want at least a day or two off every week and the APO gives it to them because they all know the UNION rules.
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
08:58 PM ET (US)
You have to pay a fee ($10) and take an exam for all the county jobs here.
06:34 PM ET (US)
/m4152 Find out where the county seat is. The government center in my town hires but they don't always advertise. Not the greatest paying but benefits are good. County jail here always hiring at $19 an hour and union. Sheriffs office also at $16 but no union. Government building has a lot of admin jobs and other jobs. Some require college and others do not. I looked into all of them before accepting transfer from PO. If PO didn't call I would have taken probation officer job.(Did 2 interviews and was scheduled for medical)
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