U.S. Postal Service and Unions Reach Agreement on Work Issues Arising From Hurricane Katrina

Sep 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from U.S. Postal Service

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service and two of
 its unions have reached agreements that address employee reassignment and
 other work issues resulting from Hurricane Katrina.  The agreements -- which
 include guidelines on postal workers seeking employment in new locations due
 to Katrina's destruction and evacuations -- are with the American Postal
 Workers Union (APWU) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU).
     The specific provisions in the union agreements (known as "memorandums of
 understanding" or MOU's) differ, but the main intent of both MOU's is to
 minimize the effects of dislocation and inconvenience to employees while
 maintaining the efficiency of Postal Service operations in Katrina's
 aftermath.  Other common general principles include the following:
 
     * Employees who are allowed to work where they have relocated will be
       treated as voluntary temporary reassignments.
 
     * Affected employees may be employed as needed at any location in order to
       provide employment and maintain work efficiency.
 
     * Affected employees will be given an opportunity to seek permanent
       voluntary transfer to other work locations.
 
     * A "liberal leave" policy is in effect for affected employees.
 
     The MOU's define affected employees as a "regular work force employee in a
 craft represented by (the union) whose official duty station on September 2,
 2005, was in an office that curtailed all operations due to Hurricane
 Katrina."
 
     Since 1775, the Postal Service and its predecessor, the Post Office
 Department, has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail.
 It is an independent federal agency that visits 142 million homes and
 businesses every day, six days a week and is the only service provider
 delivering to every address in the nation.  The Postal Service receives no
 taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues
 solely from the sale of postage, products and services.  With annual revenues
 of more than $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mailing and
 delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the
 world.  The Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail
 volume -- some 206 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a
 year -- and serves seven and a half million customers each day at its 37,000
 retail locations nationwide.  Its website, usps.com, attracts more than 21
 million visitors each month.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service and two of
 its unions have reached agreements that address employee reassignment and
 other work issues resulting from Hurricane Katrina.  The agreements -- which
 include guidelines on postal workers seeking employment in new locations due
 to Katrina's destruction and evacuations -- are with the American Postal
 Workers Union (APWU) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU).
     The specific provisions in the union agreements (known as "memorandums of
 understanding" or MOU's) differ, but the main intent of both MOU's is to
 minimize the effects of dislocation and inconvenience to employees while
 maintaining the efficiency of Postal Service operations in Katrina's
 aftermath.  Other common general principles include the following:
 
     * Employees who are allowed to work where they have relocated will be
       treated as voluntary temporary reassignments.
 
     * Affected employees may be employed as needed at any location in order to
       provide employment and maintain work efficiency.
 
     * Affected employees will be given an opportunity to seek permanent
       voluntary transfer to other work locations.
 
     * A "liberal leave" policy is in effect for affected employees.
 
     The MOU's define affected employees as a "regular work force employee in a
 craft represented by (the union) whose official duty station on September 2,
 2005, was in an office that curtailed all operations due to Hurricane
 Katrina."
 
     Since 1775, the Postal Service and its predecessor, the Post Office
 Department, has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail.
 It is an independent federal agency that visits 142 million homes and
 businesses every day, six days a week and is the only service provider
 delivering to every address in the nation.  The Postal Service receives no
 taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues
 solely from the sale of postage, products and services.  With annual revenues
 of more than $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mailing and
 delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the
 world.  The Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail
 volume -- some 206 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a
 year -- and serves seven and a half million customers each day at its 37,000
 retail locations nationwide.  Its website, usps.com, attracts more than 21
 million visitors each month.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Postal Service