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August 13, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 08/13/21

Friday Message – August 13, 2021

Business Cards – Hopefully the third time is the charm and everyone coming to convention will remember to bring their business cards.   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.   This is being rerun for anyone that may have missed it.   The PFP Matrix has not been officially released yet and will be included as part of the pay package that we are scheduled to receive on August 23, 2021.

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 – We are one day away from the official start of the 5th UPMA National Convention.   We had our final walkthrough with the resort staff this morning to do our best to make sure all the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed.   I believe we are on our way to having an excellent convention and I look forward to having as many of you as possible join us in Sandusky.    The Ohio Chapter has worked hard to make sure that the behind-the-scenes kinds of things get done and I am sure everyone will have a great time.  As was pointed out in UPMA Gold yesterday, if you are coming to the convention be sure to take advantage of the satellite registration areas that are available outside of the sales office in the Convention Center part of the building and in the Sands lobby on the far side of the building.   These sites will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and Sunday.   Also, if you are a little more tech savvy, there will be six self-service kiosks that will be available in the front lobby.  They are located just to the left of the actual registration desks.    NOTE: To use those you have to go in and pre-register using the email that you should receive the morning of your arrival.   You cannot do the preregistration before 6 AM on the day of arrival, however.    The UPMA Registration area will be located on the first floor into the convention center itself.    The registration area opens on Saturday at 9 AM.

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.   In some cases, these postings may be done by District and there should be more information coming from the Postal Service in the next couple of days.

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