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I have heard today that we will get our "new" OIC next Wednesday. I know a lot of people who know her, worked with her, and the way she does business. But let me tell you again brothers and sisters; It's not about whomever walks through our doors. It is about us! Some of us will learn the hard way, some of us will learn the easy way. But the only way to do things nowadays is the Union way. And that is by the book. You know the old school saying, "Do it our way and you get in trouble, do it their way and get payed a lot of money and less work". That way gives us no stress. No worry about discipline and no looking over our backs. Whatever the story may be. You guys work your a$$#* off everyday! I just want all your rights protected. No matter what, let's think about two routes that are coming up in the next calendar year. The clock starts on the first route at the end of Sept. What we do will determine if Diane, BoB or any combination become full time regulars. It will determine if another (or two) route gets reverted and spread amongst us. So please think. Think about your families, your love ones, and anything but this place. But please, please, when you are at work, think about protecting yourself and your route.
Eric K. Jackson
We are at another crucial time at the Bala office. The current local management is (by his account) retiring "soon, really soon". Why that's a big "secret", i'll never know. But whomever comes to replace the current regime won't matter much to us. Because we have to focus on what we are doing. My main concern, right now (and usually is), is to get the next carrier made regular. That would be Diane. We are currenly under an Article 12 restriction for making regulars (for info on that go to the Presidents report). Dilella is projected to retire on September 30th. You can bet that whomever takes over as postmaster will (as pressured by downtown) elect to consider the route for reversion (they have 30 days to consider that). If they elect to try and revert the route we will fight that decision. We will have to look at their TACS reports (the computer files showing who worked what). That will be a big fight. Because I can't get anyone to clock to another route when you are casing on it or carrying on it, it will make the argument much harder.
That's what I mean by focusing on what we are doing. For example, if you are in the office and are told by a supervisor to case for 2 hours on another route and don't go to the clock and clock your office time on that route, they (most likely) will go back later and change the office time to reflect what they want. They may put some of that time in training or something other than casing. So when your route shows that you case so much more mail in a much shorter time, it will be harder to prove for us. If you had showed that you cased 2 hours on another route, that cannot be erased from that computer. Why leave it up to them to give you figures that do not reflect your work. And when they say stupid things like "the time is the time" then it's not true in any sense of the word.
So please, try and clock to whatever assignment they give you. Any questions feel free to ask me.
Remember this, it's our office! They can try to make us uncomfortable but they can't determine if we are going to laugh , make fun of each other (as usual), and keep our existance positive.
Final note: look for them to try and push back our start times again. Yes, they screw up and can't get the mail to us with no clerks(maybe that's because they are all 204-Bs) and we have to change our lives! This will surely cause a lot of grievances with regard to the ODL. But they make the rules, we can only try to apply what's in the contract. If anything else comes up, I'll let you know. Again, any questions, please feel free to ask me.
Eric K. Jackson
One day while talking to coworker Bob Warwzynek, I mentioned that Dorothy Krysiuk, on-air traffic personality at Fox 29 had moved onto my route. Since Bob sometimes covers my route when I'm not there, I usually update him on changes on the route.
On Saturday June 21,2008 the letter carriers at the Bala Cynwyd post office held a cookout/surprise baby shower for letter carrier Kathleen Rannali. But what started out as a day we looked forward to almost became a big disappointment.
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