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August 6, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 08/06/21

Friday Message – August 6, 2021

Additional Pay – On Wednesday I received a letter from Postal Service Headquarters regarding the temporary modification of pay provisions for Exempt Postmasters during the pandemic.   The policy that was originally approved back on May 20, 2020 and was due to expire next week has been extended to September 30, 2021.   Remember that if you are required to work extra hours due to the COVID requirement outlined in the original letter (which is posted on our website unitedpma.org) you just need to have approval from your manager to work the hours and get paid for.   Please do not be shy about asking for the pay if you are entitled to it.

Business Cards – This is the same reminder that I shared last week.   If you are an active member of UPMA and you will be attending the National Convention, the First Timers Committee is asking that you bring about 60-75 of your business cards with you (they can be UPMA cards, or USPS cards) to be distributed to those first timers that are attending the convention in Sandusky.   The committee’s plan is to have you and the first timers connect to meet each other so they can gather a set of business cards with your name, address, and any subjects you may have an expertise in on them so that when the first timers have a question on a specific issue, they can reach out to you for assistance.   Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in this project.

NPA and PFP – There have been several questions regarding the National Performance Assessment (NPA) and Pay for Performance (PFP) processes for Fiscal Year 2021 and just exactly what is happening.  

While UPMA was consulted before the current NPA National Indicators were rolled out, we did express our concerns about the timing of this roll out and the fact that we were going to be graded on a National Scorecard rather than on individual scorecards, especially since this is happening approximately ten months into the fiscal year.   

As it has been explained to us at the National Level with the changes in the Headquarters, Area and District structures there is no way that the parameters can be put in place in the program that is used to pull the numbers for the scorecard to do so down to the unit level, it can only be done on a national level.   Thus, everything will be rolled up to the national level for the NPA Scorecard and there is no alternative to this for this Fiscal Year 2021.

While it may not seem fair, it is what we are left with at the end of the day.   While some have expressed the feeling to me that it does not matter what happens in your office, that is clearly not the case.   Even though you may not see the individual numbers you know that how your office performs affects the national numbers and that will affect what kind of a raise you receive along with everyone else.   So, even though you may feel that your hard work is not being recognized, or rewarded, in the larger picture it is being rewarded by helping to improve things for everyone.

Since you have received your notice that the PES system is open, at this time the only requirement you have is to go into the system and verify your profile.   That is all you have to do; the next step will be for your manager to go in and log the fact that they have at least had a discussion with you on the process for this year.    At this time, I am uncertain if you will be entering a year-end narrative, or not, we will have to see as that time approaches.

As far as the question regarding the PFP process, that is still a work in progress.    The National Office has been in contact with USPS Headquarters and what the PFP matrix will look like for 2021 is still under consideration as part of the pay consultation process and a final decision on this should be rendered on, or about, August 23rd.     I know this is very frustrating and the longer it goes on the more frustrated everyone becomes; however, we are working through the process and will let you know when a decision is made.

National Convention – In a little over a week we will be gathering at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Center in Sandusky, Ohio for our Fifth National Convention.    From this point all registration will be done onsite.    As far as room reservations are concerned, our room block with the $164 price has expired and there are no more rooms available at that price.   The Resort has additional rooms available; however, people that call the reservation line are being quoted a MUCH higher price.    We have been told that if you go online and reserve a room in that way that you might something that seems more reasonable.    If that is not successful there is a Tru by Hilton hotel that is about a mile from Kalahari that at last report had rooms available in the $166.00 range.  However, keep in mind that if you are not driving you will have to find transportation from there to the resort.    We apologize for any inconvenience, but as the resort explained to us here at the National Office this is their busy season and they needed to keep us to the room block timeframe.

Limited Supervisory Job Posting – On August 17th, the Postal Service will be posting approximately 900 Supervisory positions that will be open to all current EAS employees and craft employees, as well.   The posting will be up for a limited time (7 days – it closes on August 23rd) so if you, or someone you know, is interested please make sure they check the postings.   These are positions that have not been filled as a result of the restructuring postings and the Postal Service has recognized that we need to have these position filled sooner rather than later to hopefully set us up for success before PEAK season.    The Postmaster, Manager and other higher-level positions will continue to only be available to those impacted employees that have been previously posted.    The positions that are being posted include: Supervisor, Customer Service Support; Supervisor, Customer Services; Supervisor, Distribution Operations; Supervisor, Transportation Operations; and Supervisor, Maintenance Operations.   Due to the rules put in place by the Postal Service these will most likely not be posted on a wider basis until September, or October.

Face Masks – Many locations are issuing new guidelines as it pertains to the wearing of masks.   Please make sure that you and your employees are following the guidelines as set by the Postal Service, as well as in your local communities as it pertains to the carriers out delivering and entering businesses and apartment buildings, etc.     

As always, take care, stay safe, and follow the guidelines as presented by the CDC and the Postal Service.    

 

Have a good week!

Dan Heins,
UPMA National President