MAINTENANCE CRAFT OVERTIME;
Remember when I said LID Maintenance Management was going to set up assignments that would offer custodians overtime opportunities. Well, once again, I guess I misunderstood what was being said. Seems I’ve been misunderstanding a lot more than usual lately. Maintenance management has posted an opportunity to bid for a ‘detail’ position, however, management has once again done this improperly and in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In addition, management only posted this in the Mid-Island P&DC and its stations and branches. Thereby not allowing the members of the Long Island Area Local this opportunity. However, as I stated above, the posting is improper and in violation. This was in no way what I discussed with Maintenance Management. It does not surprise me that managements actions to resolve an issue is improper and in violation. I think their ten out of ten.
Please continue to send or assure that I do have your contact information if you are interested in working in other offices throughout Long Island, just in case. As they say, you have to be in it to win it.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION;
Once again the need to know what your custodial staffing package says is very important. To be as short as possible here, I will be very brief and general in nature. If you wish to know more about your custodial staffing package let me know and if there are enough people to make it worthwhile maybe we can have a training session on this topic. The package includes three forms, PS Form 4869 Building Inventory (an inventory of what’s in the building, how many windows, what type of floor, how many venetian blinds, pipes and ducts, etc). Next is the PS Form 4839 Custodial Scheduling Worksheet (this form lists the frequency of performance, how often is the lunch room cleaned or policed, there is a difference between cleaning and policing, they are 2 different tasks. How often is the toilet rooms cleaned or policed, the workroom, etc). The information from these two forms is then transferred to the PS Form 4852 Workload Analysis and Summary. This form should list ALL duties performed by the maintenance staff. This form shows how much time is needed to maintain the facility in the required clean, safe and healthy condition. Line H on this form shows the yearly hours necessary to maintain the facility. You may have heard talk about the Line H hours lately; this is due to an MOU that has come out with the latest MS-47 TL-5. Again to be brief, the MOU states in part that the Postal Service must meet 90% of the Line H hours or be liable to pay for the hours not worked. Last year the LID was liable for about $70000.00 to some of our members (the money still has not been paid and with all the people involved it does not add to a lot to each individual). This does show the importance of the staffing package, it must be accurate and it must show everything we do, including delivering Express mail, if we do it on a regular basis (even one day a week). So know your package, know what you’re doing, cleaning or policing, know the MS-47. Every office should have one. The free ride is over we all need to do some work, oh that’s right some of us pay Union dues. That is still not enough to pay for all the time and effort in trying to assure management is not fudging the numbers, they wouldn’t do that right? Yes, then you have those people among us who feel its ok to you and I pay for them. They take the salary, all the benefits and are usually the first ones to cry when their ‘rights’ are violated. I believe that one day these people that do not pay their own way will pay the price. I just hope I get to see some of it.
Maintenance Craft Director
LINY Area Local