If you are counting, please take note these words of advice from District Representatives Julia Doggett and Jim Riess;

There are a lot of small issues and a lot of huge issues that the Stewards and District Representatives are getting calls about; many we have been able to fix right away by a phone call, others may take a day or two to correct and others yet may not get resolved at all. Those un-resolved will have to be written up in a dispute letter. Bear in mind that if you are told to file a grievance immediately because of the circumstances surrounding your situation, you need do so.

If you have disagreements or disputes, please keep track of what you need to keep track of until you know it has been resolved-NO GRIEVANCE HAS BEEN WON ON UNFOUNDED EVIDENCE OR HEARSAY. Every piece of mail, every step taken, every second tracked, is part of the whole route evaluation. One little piece untracked or time un-accounted for can make a big difference in the outcome of your route evaluation that will last until the next time your route is counted.

As you are discussing the items at dispute, please do not get argumentative, combative or angry; this approach can get someone escorted out of the office ‘until further notice’.

Be safe out there; spring is near.

Mail Count dispute form

ATTENTION LAKELAND DISTRICT CARRIERS (applies to Northland carriers as well)-Mid-mail count Update
We are about halfway through mail-count; in some places, it has been a very trying time.
 Keep yourself informed, keep disputing what you disagree with and keep notifying your assigned steward of any new issues that come up.
We have been able to correct a lot, but where we haven’t, dispute, dispute, dispute…

Here is a list of some things that have come up throughout Lakeland;
Not providing credit for a non-signature scan for 3849 notice left mail piece
Case testing non-rigid articles without DPS and without FSS
Case testing in strictly 2” cells when management has mandated 1” cells
Case testing articles one piece at a time; meaning if you have two items for one address to be case tested, management removes the first to case test the second
Stopping the scans in study offices related to loading and re-loading
Not providing actual time to return the arrow key if you have no accountable mail. If you are not receiving proper credit for functions or are in disagreement in the manner in which management is case testing articles, please dispute and keep track of every occurrence. No argument necessary, just dispute.
Keep track of your SPMs so the time gets built in to your route; remember you will continue getting paid separately for this through April 27
-Also, separately track the dog alerts and other warnings you receive on your scanner to track on your dispute sheet.

-Firm sheets are used only for accountable mail. (Registered, certified, etc.)

If you have any questions, please contact your steward!

Postal Service Responds to Union’s Concerns on Carrier Pick-Up Scans and MDD Loading Initiative click here
2018 Mail Count Contingency Plan click here