Postmaster Organizations Consultation with USPS Results in Zone of Tolerance Process for POStPlan Impacted Offices.
After months of consultations between the two Postmaster organizations and Postal Headquarters representatives, the POStPlan Implementation process will now include a zone of tolerance (ZOT) for POStPlan impacted offices. Annual reviews of Post Office levels will be conducted after POStPlan is implemented. The zone of tolerance will provide a range by which an office’s level can stabilize and avoid fluctuating level changes from year to year. Details of the new zone of tolerance process is listed below:
16) After the implementation of POStPlan, there will be annual reviews of Post Offices.
There are three possible results of the annual review. The office retains its current
level; the office falls out of the zone of tolerance (see table in number 17 below) and will
be reduced to a lower level; the office will exceed the current level and will be given the
higher level. The following rules apply to Post Office reviews:
A.Level 20 or Above Offices For offices that are level 20 and above, they will be
reviewed under the current WSC to determine if it should be reduced to a lower
level. There is no current requirement to evaluate these offices on an annual
basis; however, this review can be mandated from headquarters. If any review of
a level 20 or above under WSC results in the office dropping below level 18, the
office will be reduced to a level 18 (regardless of how low it drops) and remain in
the level 18 status until the next year’s review. If the office increases in WSCs,
the standard procedure contained in current regulations apply.
B. Level 18 Offices When a level 18 is reviewed under WSC and falls below the
ZOT for level 18, it will then be considered under the ZOT for POStPlan. If the
office has an AEWL of 5.25 or higher, it will remain a level 18. If it has an AEWL
of 5.24 or less, it will be adjusted to the new level of office. If the office is vacant,
it will be posted at the level it earns. If the office is encumbered, the Postmaster
will be given a RIF notice that will be enforced no sooner than 180 days. If the
Postmaster does not wish to move and would prefer taking a level 6 part-time
position, they are afforded that opportunity as a RIF impact. If the Postmaster
does not find another position and does not wish to reduce to part-time, the RIF
will be exercised no sooner than 180 days and the office will assume the hours of
a level 6 office. If the office increases in WSCs, the standard procedure
contained in current regulations apply.
C. Level 2, 4 or 6 Offices During the annual review of the 2, 4 and 6 level offices,
the ZOT contained in the chart in number 17 below will apply. It is possible for a
level 6 office to reduce to a level 2 office, but in order for that to happen, the
office must have an AEWL of 1.75 or lower. Example, an office started the year
with an AEWL of 4.00 hours – that would make the office a level 6 office. At the
next annual review, this office had an AEWL of 1.74. It would now become a
level 2 office and would have realigned retail hours to match the level of the
office. If any office has an increase in AEWL that takes it to the next level, the
office would increase to the proper level and have realigned retail hours to match
what is earned. Example, an office started the year with an AEWL of 1.99 hours.
That would make the office a level 2. In the annual review, the office now has an
AEWL of 4.00 hours. The office would rise to a level 6 office and would have the
retail hours realigned to match its new earned hours.
The Postal Service will revisit the community to share the impacts, which will
occur no sooner than 7 days after the community meeting.
Part-time career Postmasters in Level 6 offices that are identified to change to a
level 4 or 2 Post Office will receive a RIF notification. RIF impact will occur no
sooner than 180 days of the RIF notification. Vacant Level 6 Offices will change
no sooner than 30 days after the community meeting.
In order for the office to reduce in level, it would have to meet or exceed the ZOT
as articulated in the comments section on the ZOT chart in number 17 below.
17) Zone of Tolerance (ZOT):
|4.00 – 5.74||
|If the office drops below 5.74, but stays at or above 5.25, it will remain level 8. If it falls below 5.25, it will be realigned to level 6.|
|2.00 – 3.99||
|If the office drops below 3.99, but stays at or above 3.50, it will remain level 6. If it falls below 3.50, it will be realigned to level 4.|
|0.00 – 1.99||
|If the office drops below 1.99, but stays at or above 1.75, it will remain level 4. If it falls below 1.75, it will be realigned to level 2.|
January 7, 2013