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13681
leaving
05-19-2019
06:17 AM ET (US)
/m13680 -- PTF carrier -- "What is the maximum amount of annual days that can be saved up?"

-- If you mean how many days can be carried over into the new Annual Leave Year, that would be 440 hours (55 days).

-- You could lose annual leave if you have more than 440 hours on the books when the new Annual Leave Year arrives in January.

-- Other crafts are allowed to sell back up to 40 hours of annual leave under certain conditions.

-- Another scenario -- donating annual leave. At least it is better than having it just disappear.
13680
PTF carrierPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2019
04:43 PM ET (US)
 What is the maximum amount of annual days that can be saved up?
Edited 05-18-2019 04:43 PM
13679
sisymay
05-14-2019
11:42 PM ET (US)
I was RCA but resigned after 4th day of training on route. I wasn't trained properly at all, and just couldn't handle it. This was about a week ago. Looking back, I regret it and wished I could have handled it. Yesterday,I applied for RCA opening in a smaller office closer to me. I was hoping I could manage better in a smaller area, if I could be trained correctly.

I did the 'virtual entry assesment' and then got an email stating my rating is 'ineligible' so I won't be considered for the position. I'm wondering how can this be, when I passed it the first time I took it?
Could this have anything to do with the timing, such as I'm suppose to wait a specific amount of time in applying for a job after I resign?

Who can I talk to within the USPS to let them know I'm very interested in this new opening and to see if I can have a chance?
Thanks
Edited 05-14-2019 11:46 PM
13678
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
05-02-2019
08:23 PM ET (US)
/m13676 -- 3 yr reg -- "Workday relief lists question if three carriers sign the list how does it rotate on actually working on Saturdays is it based on seniority or is it based on a rotation between all three carriers.

-- Manglement takes the RDWL sign up sheet and places the carriers in order based on seniority.

-- When the new RDWL List is implemented, in this case, at the beginning of the first full pay period in May ( the 11th ), if regular is needed to work his / her relief day, the carrier on the top of the list gets selected and the rotation begins. The regular in the #2 slot is next up and so on.
13677
Mario RodriguezPerson was signed in when posted
05-02-2019
06:12 PM ET (US)
I worked a mutual with my sub when it would've been my turn on the overtime list..I understand about taking an X day, but should I be allowed to work overtime on the following relief day? I don't see anything in the contract about losing the spot in the rotation after doing a mutual
Edited 05-02-2019 06:18 PM
13676
3 yr reg
05-02-2019
05:58 PM ET (US)
Workday relief lists question if three carriers sign the list how does it rotate on actually working on Saturdays is it based on seniority or is it based on a rotation between all three carriers
13675
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2019
03:56 PM ET (US)
/m13673 Just got a little bit. Didn't stick.
13674
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2019
02:19 PM ET (US)
/m13671 -- 334goose -- "didn’t realize there was such a thing as an “official discussion".

-- Get a hold of the contract and check out Article 16 - Disciple Procedure. Probably won't find a reference to "official discussion" but it exists.

"missing the express (which wasn’t my fault, I didn’t case the mail, and the express was cased in w the mail by sub, & clerk didnt know there was an express."

-- That kind of begs the question: Where did the sub get the Express item? Especially if the clerk didn't know about it as Express items are an "Accountable" item.
13673
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2019
02:12 PM ET (US)
/m13672 -- RIKSNY -- thanx for the tip.

-- Get any snow with the latest storm?

-- Saw reports of heavy snow in the Adirondacks.
13672
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2019
08:55 AM ET (US)
/m13668 Try /m12743
13671
334goose
04-28-2019
12:43 AM ET (US)
/M13660 -leaving- didn’t realize there was such a thing as an “official discussion “. Thanks we will see how that goes. I do have 14 days from last Tues to file a grievance, that is next Saturday, the meeting is Friday.

-I’m going to try to stay out of their way, and become the turtle. I did ask this morning, how long my first write up for missing the express (which wasn’t my fault, I didn’t case the mail, and the express was cased in w the mail by sub, & clerk didnt know there was an express, so I didn’t find it until I got to the house and wasn’t advised I had one, but ultimately bc I delivered the route , was my fault so I took the fall ) anyway, that has already been taken out of my file, but I will check lite blue to see if there is anything there.

-I did make a copy of the paper the instructor and I signed, before turning it into the office.

-I do not know how management deems my 44k route w 2 different zip codes one route during count. I was on another route when the last count happened. I clock in and do all my official scans for the first town , deliver it, and when I get to the next small office I switch zip codes in the scanner and clock in again , case and do all my extra scans again for zip code #2 and then when going back to original dispatch office, I switch back to the first zip code to complete delivery of route to main office and blue box.

I will be going to the local meeting next week .

Thanks again for sharing your wisdom and experience with us!
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Mario RodriguezPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2019
12:42 AM ET (US)
I would make up the lost overtime by working next Saturday instead of waiting for the rotation to come back to me..is that allowable?
Edited 04-28-2019 02:30 PM
13669
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2019
11:29 PM ET (US)
/m13666 -- Mario Rodriguez -- "I was next to work from the overtime list but did a mutual with my sub..can I make up the lost overtime day on the following relief day or did I lose my spot on the rotation?"

-- Assuming that "a mutual with my sub" means you agreed to work your relief day so the sub could have off.

-- In that case, per Article 9.2.C.5.j.(3) would apply:

The regular rural carrier and the Employer have agreed that compensation for working the relief day will ONLY be an X day to be immediately scheduled by mutual agreement.

-- You worked you relief day, so the rotation continues until it is our turn once again.

"can I make up the lost overtime day on the following relief day"

-- How would you plan to make up the lost overtime?
13668
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2019
11:13 PM ET (US)
/m13667 -- Sissy -- "What are rural carriers allowed to wear for work ?

-- Page 1 of the PO-603: Presenting a neat, clean, and profession appearance reflecting a positive postal image.

-- ELM's Chapter 9, Section 931.261 -- Appearance: Postal employees are responsible for being adequately and properly dressed for duty. They are expected to maintain high standards of appearance, representing to the public the best tradition of service and efficiency while performing their official duties.

-- If you are looking for an actual list of what can not be worn -- good luck.

-- Dare I suggest using "common sense" as common sense and the USPS don't usually do well together.

-- If someone can tell you how to navigate to posting #12743, there are some suggestions of what not to wear.
13667
Sissy
04-27-2019
10:51 PM ET (US)
What are rural carriers ? Allowed to wear for work ?
13666
Mario Rodriguez
04-27-2019
08:38 PM ET (US)
I was next to work from the overtime list but did a mutual with my sub..can I make up the lost overtime day on the following relief day or did I lose my spot on the rotation?
13663
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04-25-2019
10:41 PM ET (US)
/m13660 -- 334goose -- "- if I grieve my LOW, honesty, what is my defense?"

-- Grieving any discipline should be standard procedure. In some cases it may get an LOW reduced to an "official discussion." But probably not in your case of damaging an LLV while backing up. Also the grievance could stipulate if you don't have any further cause for discipline in say 6 months or so, the LOW should be removed from your file.

-- Being a "turtle" means keeping off manglement's radar / keeping a low profile -- your choice.

-- Contact your ADR -- soon. Regarding the earlier LOW -- you can access you e-file - probably through Liteblue or what ever it is called ( came about after I departed )

[ Completion of Driver Training -- ? ]

-- Get and keep a copy of what ever paper work was signed by you and the instructor! Usually such training is an all day event, whether you attend an actual course or do it on-line.

-- If you used your POV, best to ask if you should be paid for travel to training -- even if just 20 minutes.

[ Case and deliver two routes in two different towns with two ZIP Codes ]

-- Just curious how manglement deems that one 44K route?

-- Your ADR will be in a much better position to answer your questions regarding the recent events.

-- Some one provide good info -- only get 14 days to file a grievance. ( that's for most cases -- some include "when first learning of the event or whatever". )

-- If at all possible, attend the union meeting. Never know what will be put out, plus you can state you case and see what the consensus may be from the union officials and other carriers.

-- Good luck.
13662
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04-25-2019
07:16 AM ET (US)
/m13661 -- Kim -- "I started as a new regular on a POV route in October after being out 6 months with a W/C injury."

-- Congratulations on making regular.

"My route was vacant over 2.5 years therefore probably not counted correctly."

-- In addition, there was no count in 2017 and unless there is a count this September, there will be not count for 2019.

-- And to add insult to injury, Amazon parcels probably started AFTER the 2018 count.

" I worked a lot of hours during season learning my route with a very high parcel volume making 2 trips many days.


-- More than likely, until the Eagan List came out, manglement could care less about the hours you dedicated to cleaning up and learning your new route.

-- Has manglement requested you get a larger vehicle? If not, you are fortunate.

-- If the office has LLV routes, are those LLV routes making additional trips for parcels too. If so, has the USPS gotten those routes larger vehicles? Probably not!

-- Remind manglement of a couple of items:

- Your personal vehicle should be of adequate size to handle the "normal" mail volume for the route. At my last post office, we were able to get manglement to agree that "normal" mail volume was what the route had during the last count. ( good luck with that! )

- They could add the additional time needed for second trips to the routes evaluation instead of paying daily compensation. Details in Step 4 ( V-2 ).

-- V-2 also details the time frame for getting a larger vehicle.

" I have also worked several K days due to not having enough RCA's. I have been notified I'm a 2080 issue...projected at 50 days."

-- Have you alerted the office steward, or if none, your Assistant District Representative regarding your 2080 problems?

-- Hopefully you have kept a record at home of the days you have worked. Copies of 4240's are nice to have as well as pay stubs.

-- If you have put in for leave and have had it denied, keep those denied slips for future reference.

-- When did manglement first notify you of being in 2080 trouble?

-- Are you on the RDWL so you could take Code 5 when working your relief day? Those Code 5 hours count towards 2240, but not 2080.

-- Has manglement taken any steps to provide assistance for your route? If not, why not? They don't get to sit back and say 2080 problems are your fault. They have much to do in solving the problem. Step 4 ( F-49 ) for instance.

" I only have 8 days of AL. Can I be forced to take LWOP?"

-- If you signed a form indicating you would use annual leave to stay under 2080, manglement will make you use those 8 days of annual. Plus you are earning leave as the year progresses.

-- However, regarding LWOP, Step 4 ( G-15 ) says in part: The parties at this level agree that a rural carrier CANNOT be required to use LWOP to keep his/her workhours below 2080 during the guarantee period. If manglement says "Use LWOP or else." -- notify your steward or ADR and file a grievance.

"What else can I do to rectify without my route being cut."

-- There are about 6 months before the Guarantee Year is over.

-- Remind those 50 days are only a PROJECTION be Eagan based on past performance, which included the insane Christmas Period.

-- There are 4 federal holidays to go. Put in for leave on the day after those holidays. If denied, keep the requests.

-- Used to be mail volume decreased over the summer months, allowing carriers to put a dent in 2080 problems, but with Amazon parcels, probably does not apply any more.

-- Ask for parcel assistance, citing projected 2080 problems. If denied, make a note the date.

-- If anyone kept the October 2017 issue of the national magazine, the Question Box section addressed "Monitoring Your Work Hours". Should be available in the "archive" section of "magazine" at the nrlca.org web site -- if a member.

-- Not knowing what you route is classified as, hard to say if or what it could be cut down to - aside that 43 hours is a low as manglement should cut it without justification.

-- Worst case scenario if you can't stay under 2080 / 2240, you will get sent home early as the days get closer to the end of the Guarantee Year. But you will still get full pay.

-- If over 2240, then things tend to get nasty -- mainly for manglement as they are supposed to be keeping track of such work hours and taking steps to deal with it. Personnel from District tend to show up looking for answers. Eagan will have to go back and calculate all the year's work hours, which could result in the carrier having to pay back money. However, if manglement made little or no effort to deal with such problems, the carrier will not be held responsible. Step 4 ( T-18 )

-- Steps manglement could take are listed in the:

- PO-603, Section 151.2
- M-38, Section 214.3
- Step 4 ( F-49 )

-- Manglement does the scheduling, not the carrier, so manglement has a BIG part to play in dealing with 2080 / 2240 problems.
13661
Kim
04-25-2019
12:54 AM ET (US)
I started as a new regular on a POV route in October after being out 6 months with a W/C injury. My route was vacant over 2.5 years therefore probably not counted correctly. I worked a lot of hours during season learning my route with a very high parcel volume making 2 trips many days. I have also worked several K days due to not having enough RCA's. I have been notified I'm a 2080 issue...projected at 50 days. I only have 8 days of AL. Can I be forced to take LWOP? What else can I do to rectify without my route being cut
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