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NAPS received a letter dated Nov. 30 from Bruce Nicholson, manager, USPS Labor Relations Policy Administration, regarding the agency’s evaluation of nonbargaining positions assigned to facilities scheduled to transition to Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs), specifically the hub and spoke offices scheduled for implementation in February 2023.
The letter states the evaluation determined there will be no reduction in the number of supervisor positions in the sites scheduled for implementation in February. “As you know, supervisor positions are earned based on bargaining-unit complement,” Nicholson wrote. “Although some bargaining-unit employees remain assigned to the spoke post offices, the significant shift in bargaining-unit complement to the hub facilities will result in the same number of supervisor positions at those hub facilities.”
The letter also stated, “For the February implementation, incumbent postmasters in the spoke offices and their corresponding grades will remain unchanged. If that office becomes vacant or is currently vacant, then the level of the office may change.
“Postmaster positions in offices that will be designated as a S&DC will see an increase in work service credits in the Postmaster Workload Credit System and may result in an immediate increase in the office and postmaster level as the changes are implemented.”
Nicholson invited NAPS to discuss any issues relative to management staffing for these offices. “In the interim, we intend to place an immediate freeze on EAS vacancies in offices scheduled for the February 2023 implementation until we have an opportunity to discuss nonbargaining staffing with you,” Nicholson wrote.
In communication with the NAPS Executive Board, President Ivan D. Butts reiterated that NAPS’ position continues to be there should be no impact on EAS employees in the S&DC initiative. Also, no EAS employee should be moved in the first year until the workload has been established in the