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NALC 132: Dallas District Scheduling 15% of Routes Down on Daily Basis

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Steven Ellenberg of NALC Branch 132 in Dallas, Texas has an article in the August/September 2015 Metro Letter Carrier newsletter about how the Dallas District is instructing managers to schedule 15% of its routes down on a daily basis and how that policy is exhausting carriers to call in sick and tired. Ellenberg goes on to state “as if that is not enough, they have also been instructed not to schedule the Overtime Desired List carriers in on their non-scheduled days. This is insane!”

I see this firsthand on a daily basis at my Dallas-area post office, and this policy makes no sense to me either. Today, the supervisor had her head down on her desk repeating “this is crazy”, which is almost exactly what NALC union official Ellenberg stated about the policy. Already with 15% of the routes down, the station had received a few sick calls this morning (probably from tired carriers who’ve had enough of carrying two hours extra every day in the hot Texas sun). Now with authorization from higher-ups to call in Overtime Desired List carriers, none of them were answering the phone. And the supervisor wasn’t sure how she was going to cover all the routes that were down, but it was sure to involve mandating the Decline Overtime list carriers while the overtime carriers sat at home. To add insult to injury to this situation, the resident NALC steward was telling me how both the Overtime and Decline Overtime carriers were filing grievances on a daily basis and winning “thousands and thousands” of dollars this year alone on these contract violations. If scuttlebutt is true, one Dallas station had 24 routes down the other day. In the end, everyone seems to be suffering with this policy, the carriers who are mandated extra-time in the hot sun, postal customers and even the supervisors with their heads down on their desks.

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  • dd808

    Welcome to The Suck!

  • Guest

    So glad I retired!

  • Mr payaso

    Me to – bozo policies

  • Mr payaso

    I retired also!

  • Wise up

    Get a doctors note that you can’t work more than 40 hours a week. Stress, severe anxiety , heat exhaustion whatever. They don’t care if you live or die. Don’t destroy your health and life for the situation they created !

  • RADICULOUS

    SAME HERE IN THE WESTCHESTER NY DISTRICT. POOMS ARE FORCING DAILY PIVOTS IN 90 DEGREE WEATHER AND WONDER WHY CARRIERS ARE CALLING IN SICK, AND THEN WE ARE PIVOTING MORE ROUTES AND SERVICE SUFFERS WHEN CUSTOMERS GET THEIR MAIL AT 6, 7 AND 8 PM AT NIGHT.

  • kralph

    The boss may call it a pivot, but I called it overtime, they thought they would succeed and they finally stopped giving me unscheduled overtime.

  • vitameatavegamin

    “even the supervisors with their heads down on their desks”….funny, in my district, its normally “supervisors with heads up their rears”

  • vitameatavegamin

    Best way to stop it………

  • Rich 08830

    Same here in Central New Jersey I don’t know why they insist on paying me $45 an hour for overtime when CCA’s make 15