December 17, 2021 Update from Edmund Carley, UPMA National President
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 12/19/21
Friday, December 17th, 2021
On Friday night, December 11th, a series of tornadoes were reported across six states, leaving paths of indescribable destruction. Communities were left in rubble; almost nothing was left standing in some.
The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund was created to help postal employees— active or retired—whose homes have been destroyed or significantly damaged by natural disasters.
Would you please donate to PERF to help our postal brothers and sisters in their desperate time of need? You may send a personal check (a receipt for your tax-deductible donation will be mailed to you) to PERF, PO Box 41220, Fredericksburg, VA 22404-1220.
You also may designate CFC #10268 on the Combined Federal Campaign’s contribution form.
“The financial year 2021 was not typical. In a typical year when the final National Performance Assessment scorecard posts, Installation Heads have five calendar days to file “mitigation,” citing factors that were beyond the control of the Installation Head that adversely affected the NPA score of the units within that installation and moves the total score up by at least a cell. Due to the organizational restructuring, the Postal Service could not give units accurate unit scores. The Postal Service decided to go to a national scorecard outside Installation Head’s control. Two indicators were significantly affected by factors, again outside the control of Installation heads nationwide, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Employee Availability and Total Operating Expenses. Although well-intentioned and necessary, a “liberal leave policy” completely eroded the ability of local management to control absences. Obviously, absences inflated vastly due to COVID-19 for various reasons.
In the opinion of the United Postmasters and Managers of America, in Financial Year 2021, situations beyond our member’s control meant that the final score of the National Performance Assessment should be mitigated from cell four to cell five. As the association that legally represents Installation Heads, we respectfully ask that mitigation be applied to all NPA scores.”
This is an excerpt from the Mitigation Request filed last week by UPMA.
The Postal Service shared with UPMA the final NPA metrics for FY22. The service will now use Function 2 Deliveries Per hour % to Same Period Last Year instead of Total Efficiency Indicator. However, CSV/SOV Opportunity % SPLY and Employee
Retention remain. Meetings at Postal Headquarters are scheduled for next week to review the actual goals, and this will be the real test on how fair and reasonable NPA will be this year.
Supervisor Differential Adjustment
There has been some confusion with regards to the Supervisory Differential Adjustment. The SDA ensures that EAS who directly supervise two or more full-time equivalent bargaining-unit employees are compensated higher than the craft employees they manage,
per Title 39. The occupation code on your Form 50 has to be 2301-6118 or 2301-6218 for you to qualify. The SDA has no bearing on Postmasters or Managers who have subordinate Supervisors.
UPMA National Membership Academy
As of 12/17/2021, the following Chapters have registered with National that they will attend. AL, AR, AZ, CA CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, and WI.
Chapter Presidents, I know it’s peak season, but please send your information for this critical early January meeting. Here is the link for registration https://www.unitedpma.org/events/events/events-details/2022/01/15/default-calendar/upma-membership-academy-2022. You can mail it or scan the sheet and email it to Gerri, or you can fax it: 703-683-0923. The registration
deadline is December 20th, 2021.
UPMA Super Bowl Watch Party and Legislative Summit 2022
The calendars for Congress are out, and the Senate will be in session while the Summit is going on. The House of Representatives will be doing committee work on February 15th. Here is the link for registration https://www.unitedpma.org/resources/legislative-registration
Have a successful final “Peak” week. “Together We Can.”
Edmund A Carley
United Postmasters and Managers of America
8 Herbert Street
Alexandria, VA 22305