Ed was elected as Director of City Delivery for Branch 36 in 2022. Ed began his long postal career and Union membership 27 years ago. Ed was elected as Shop Steward in 2014 where he quickly grew in knowledge and responsibility. In 2018, Ed became a Formal A Designee for multiple stations. Ed’s knowledge and ability to handle himself under pressure made him a perfect fit for his multiple positions at Branch36. Ed was selected as a Customer Connect Coordinator in 2015, and Mutual Benefits Association spokesman in 2018. In 2020, Ed became a Carrier Academy Facilitator and in 2022 became a TIAREAP Team Member to ensure fairness during route adjustments. In the Beginning of 2022 Ed was elected as Director of City Delivery where he continues his long career of putting carriers first.
In this article I would like to give you some pointers on how to save assignments from Route Adjustment. During the live week, make sure that you take
your 30-minute lunch, 8-minute wash-up, and your 10-minute street break. When
you don’t take your lunch and wash-up, you are giving the postal service half
of your hourly rate of pay back. Imagine that you get paid $30 dollars an hour,
and at the end of the day if you don’t take your lunch, that’s $15 you give back.
Multiply that by 5 days a week and that is $75 a week, $300 a month and $3,600
a year. Now imagine if you did overtime or V time, the money you will have
given back. You work too hard to be giving that hard earned money back. Even
so, the postal service is happy to take it from you.
I also notice that many carriers are carrying extra bags on top of their carts. That practice means work being taken away from the Combo Drivers. God forbid you are hurt pushing that cart, management will refute your claim stating that you caused your own injury. We get paid by the hour, why are we shortchanging ourselves? We are losing Combo Driving assignments across the city because some of us are helping management with these actions. Many of us have a long way to go before retirement and by not working smart we will encounter a tough time along the way.
How much time are you saving? If you know that your relays are always late, submit a PS Form 3996. RIMS message management to inform them that you are waiting for your relays. Imagine, if your station only had one relay driver to do the relays for the entire station. Guess what, it can and does happen! I hope that this station does the right thing and shows management that it is impossible to only have one relay assignment in a station and expect overtime not to fly through the roof. Just a heads up the TIAREAP team doesn’t give time if you have been waiting extremely long for your relays.
You are also entitled to comfort stops. Comfort stops are bathroom breaks, water breaks if the weather is hot, and time to warm-up if it’s cold outside. These are things that the union has fought for and made available for us to utilize. If you count all the breaks and wash-up, we get about 36 minutes of pay for doing nothing. That means we need to work 7 hours and 24 minutes for a full day’s pay. If we can maintain an average street time of five and a half hours and if the route has a percent to standard time of two hours, your station should be fine.
When you deliver packages, please don’t use shortcuts. Remember using a shortcut means you are taking time away from your route. Ring the bell, go upstairs and deliver those parcels. By doing so, you will form a bond with your customers so tight that it will last long after you are gone. It would make delivering the mail so much easier. Ask your customers to tell you when they are going on vacation, of if someone new moves in with them or the building. They will be your eyes and ears. If you can manage to follow these pointers, I have no doubt that when the TIAREAP (Route Adjustment) comes to town, you will fare well.