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Postal management tries to deny all annual leave requests at the Plant
This morning I sat down with the Pensacola Plant Manager, Robert Johnson, and received some disconcerting news.
Effective today (he's having a staff meeting with his supervisors today at 1 o'clock) the Postal Service at the Pensacola Plant will no longer approve requests for annual leave (AL).
He put it this way, "If a section gets four people off by quota and two are off now, when two more request AL it will be denied". Our AL percentages will not be recognized.
I can only imagine the turmoil this intentional mistake is about to cause; so, we MUST file grievances at every opportunity and be sure to follow through to step two.
Additionally, there will without a doubt be an increased use of Sick Leave as workers discover it to be the only leave available. And we will be prepared to thwart management's very predictable response to this very predictable side effect.
Today I asked Robert to direct his supervisors in their meeting this afternoon to cooperate fully with workers and shop stewards who are filing grievances. Just follow the rules and things shouldn't get too complicated. He agreed to do so.
And finally, I'm asking you to contact me personally when you are first aware of this violation. Keep in touch and so will I.
Yours in Peace and Solidarity,
John S. Olive
To: APWU Members
Yesterday’s Postal Management Directive that every request for Annual Leave (AL) be denied is no longer in effect.
Plant Manager Robert Johnson and I discussed the issue today and after full consideration of its background, current situation and its value (importance) to the workers it is agreed that the “new policy” is rescinded.
As always, annual leave regulations for the Pensacola Installation shall be governed by Section 510 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Article 10 of our 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Pensacola Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU).
Please do not hesitate to contact me or your shop steward if you have any questions or comments regarding this information.
Yours in Peace and Union Solidarity,
John S. Olive
In his last years working in Pensacola, Perrin was at the East Hill Station before transferring to Oklahoma where he remained until his death this past week.
Our sincere sympathy goes to Perrin's family---his wife Sophia and children.
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