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Aunt BeaPerson was signed in when posted
07:58 PM ET (US)
Has anyone ever grieved a Postmaster's non-acknowledgement of leave requests? It has happened time and time again and I am tired of it!
OverWorkedPerson was signed in when posted
01:58 PM ET (US)
/m2790 Higher level for a PSE, which will be level 6 going to level 7, is $18.03 an hour starting Nov.25th, which is worth it because PSE'S make $16.98 starting Nov.25th. So yes,it's worth fighting for if they make a PSE do level 7 work.
Edited 11-15-2017 01:58 PM
Randy1Person was signed in when posted
11:02 AM ET (US)
/m2789... FYI: higher level is most likely 50 cents more per hour. Not worth the hassle IMHO. Guess who they will come after when things go bad. You can refuse a higher level assignment, or if given a direct order, you can grieve.
Edited 11-15-2017 11:04 AM
S_PSEPerson was signed in when posted
07:48 PM ET (US)
Thank you OverWorked I just got off the phone with my coworker and he talked to our union steward and they gonna file to either have the supervisor come in or get me payed at the higher level...
OverWorkedPerson was signed in when posted
06:33 PM ET (US)
/m2787 Hey S_PSE, no they can not. The problem here is that a lot of PM play PSE'S for stupid. They think u are scared of losing your job so u won't challenge what they say. Tell your shop stew what's going on because u are not a 204B, u are a PSE, and if they make u do 204B work, then u are to get paid higher level for that day.
Edited 11-14-2017 06:33 PM
S_PSEPerson was signed in when posted
06:06 PM ET (US)
We are a level 20 PO and I'm the only PSE. Sunday we start working Amazon out of our office and the postmaster just told me I have to run the whole day. Can they make me prettt much do the 204B work on those Sundays because our supervisor doesn't feel like working Sundays?? Last year we had a different supervisor and she worked Sundays with me.
Lily7Person was signed in when posted
07:05 PM ET (US)
Yes it was you, PMR2PSE2PTF, and I think I posted the same message before. :D
PMR2PSE2PTFPerson was signed in when posted
04:52 PM ET (US)
/m2781 That "someone" would be me. :-)

But I think you mean the 421 exam, not the 473.
Edited 11-04-2017 08:05 PM
NekaTPerson was signed in when posted
10:04 AM ET (US)
Thank you lily7 that information sounds about right it’s everything that’s in the web based training so far
alamogirlPerson was signed in when posted
07:58 PM ET (US)
11/02/2017 - The third general wage increase under the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be effective Nov. 25, 2017. This wage increase will be reflected in the paycheck workers will receive on Dec.15, 2017.

Career employees will receive a pay raise of 1.3 percent. Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will receive a pay increase of 2.3 percent – PSEs do not receive cost-of-living adjustments and for that reason were awarded an additional 1 percent in their annual wage increases.
Lily7Person was signed in when posted
12:50 PM ET (US)
I heard we're getting bumped up 2.3% Nov. 25th! :)
Edited 11-03-2017 12:50 PM
Lily7Person was signed in when posted
12:49 PM ET (US)
I just searched this forum and found someone wrote this: (if it is the PSE 473 test you're talking about. I took the test a couple of years ago and this is what I had on mine too.

There was almost no references to memorizing form numbers on the test, though that was a major source of angst in our three days of classroom training. There was a variety of questions, including mailability, size of letters and flats, Hazmat, customer service essentials, selling features of USPS products and services (what sort of tracking, insurance and delivery times were associated with them), balloon and dimensional weight criteria, parcel types (machinable, irregular and outside), components of the "perfect transaction", things about stamp stock accountability (which largely don't apply to me since we are a 4 hour RMPO on single drawer accountability), managing a cash drawer, acceptable forms of payment for various products and services, BSA (suspicious transactions and buying over $3000 in money orders), PO boxes (and required forms of ID and process to open/close them) and a few other things.

The SSA training manual and PMR training manual had overlaps, but the SSA manual is more in depth about the rules, policies and such while the PMR was more a "how to" manual for most of the common transactions a PMR deals with on the job. There wasn't much "how to" on the 421 (a little but not much) but more about the specific knowledge of policies, products and services.

As for the PO box late fee, there were no questions about the prices of anything which makes sense because they are changing. No guarantee it won't be on a different version of the test or if the questions are changed up but none of us in our group had any of that. Nothing about placards either.

Customer service questions were almost always common sense and frequently there were a choice between three rude, unprofessional and/or blatantly wrong answers and one that seemed reasonable, so those were "gimmes" even if you didn't remember the specific topic being covered.

And as for the DMM/IMM, know what they are and what general topics are covered there but little or nothing above and beyond what is covered in these classes that are buried in the DMM/IMM are on the test.
NekaTPerson was signed in when posted
07:28 PM ET (US)
Hello fellow PO employees I have a few questions!? I am a new PSE SSDA and I am up for my window training in two weeks. I was hoping there is someone on here who has recently taken the test that can give me a few pointers on what to expect and what to study. If you have any suggestions or specific things that I should study for please let me know, I really want to keep my job I love my staff and my office (central district-glen ellyn, il) PLEASE HELP ME THIS JOB IS MY EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW I CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOOSE MY POSITION! and plus my office is in desperate need of window clerks I don’t want my two months of hard work and helping them to go to waste
ThatsnotmyjobyoupsePerson was signed in when posted
08:42 PM ET (US)
Little Rock P&DC has the same. A lot of us have reached the 2 year mark months ago.
OverWorkedPerson was signed in when posted
07:23 AM ET (US)
/m2777 unfortunately alamo girl it is going on all over. A lot of people are not getting converted because of what's going on.
alamogirlPerson was signed in when posted
08:23 AM ET (US)
I'm a PSE mail processing clerk at the San Antonio P&DC. For the past year, most PSEs were getting converted in 2 years or less. However, conversions have stopped because jobs are being reverted and/or abolished. There are no residual jobs to be converted into. The last conversion was in June. In June, I was at my 2 year mark. No one knows when conversions will resume. Is this going on throughout the nation?
RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
06:28 PM ET (US)
Probably the PM/supv is scheduling the complaining rural carrier's sub to work in the clerk craft and telling the rural they can't have a day off because their sub is working as a clerk. Crummy.
PMR2PSE2PTFPerson was signed in when posted
04:45 PM ET (US)
/m2773 Tell someone in the clerk craft, preferably a dues-paying APWU member, that someone is crossing crafts and taking clerk craft hours from clerk craft employees. The union won't take a grievance from someone not represented by that union. It is up to someone from the impacted craft to carry the baton.

Why, though, would someone who is a rural carrier (to use your example) be so concerned about someone crossing crafts and taking clerk hours?
Edited 10-04-2017 04:48 PM
magalPerson was signed in when posted
11:21 PM ET (US)
What can someone from another craft do to stop someone from another craft from working in the clerk craft? example...what can someone from rural craft do to stop rca or pm from working in clerk craft?
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