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BURRUS STATEMENT ON POSTAL LAYOFFS 1-29

Posted by zeakster on January 30, 2009

The reduction of the employee complement through layoffs was not presented to the congressional subcommittee by the Postmaster General and does not appear to be under consideration at this time.

Contractual protections against layoffs require management to engage in a detailed process that includes severance pay for employees who volunteer to retire early. These requirements would make it extremely expensive to layoff employees, so, while layoffs were feared, this possibility no longer seems to represent a threat.

But the elimination of layoffs as a near-term option offers very little reassurance to the remaining part-time employees and those on light duty. The hours of these employees are being reduced to a level that is tantamount to a layoff. Area and District managers have issued orders to limit the hours of these employees to levels that cannot support a family — or an individual. The contractual limits on the use of casual employees to the detriment of PTFs or light-duty employees should be strictly enforced.

I find great comfort in knowing that the PTFs who were converted to full time as a component of the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement now enjoy the eight-hour guarantee, and are not suffering a serious reduction in their work hours.

The Postmaster General’s testimony has removed the cloud of impending layoffs, but it offered little comfort that there are realistic plans to reduce the impact of the current crisis on postal employees and the Postal Service as a whole.

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