Hello Maintenance

With the changing of the weather into the summer heat, we will also experience some heated changes here in the Maintenance Craft with all of the foreseeable retirements coming this summer. We are going to be experiencing shortages in staffing until Management can fill the vacated and residual maintenance positions. With all of these retirements pending there will be some major changes in the Maintenance Craft here at the Saint Paul P&DC.

With that being said, we are going to be experiencing a great amount of Maintenance Position movement, with promotions, bid changes, filling of vacant/ residual bids by transfers and hiring off the street, to include the employees coming into maintenance from the in-service process. I cannot stress this strong enough that It is very important that you keep copies of all records you submit to management, such as, but not limited to bid sheets (PASF’s), declination forms, or any and all documents you may have to supply to management.

If you have contractual questions or concerns on the Maintenance bidding processes make sure to request a Union Steward to answer your questions.

It is very important that you make sure that what you submit to Management on the bidding forms are what you want and it is correct. Also, if you have submitted a Preferred Assignment Selection Form (PASF) and you notice that you were not included in the bidding process, you will need to request to see a Union Steward.

We are currently experiencing a shortage of Maintenance Craft Union Stewards on all tours. Currently, there are three of us representing all of the Maintenance Department for the Saint Paul Installation. If you are interested in becoming a Union steward please contact me. I want to thank the current Union Stewards Matt Garcia and Jeff Maine and Alternate Maintenance Steward Jim Czepa for the Hard Work they are doing for all of the Union members. I want to thank Rod Renner and Sam Kim for the hard work they performed for the APWU Members while they were Union stewards. Our Union cannot provide the strong representation without the help of the employees that step up to represent you the members. If you see one of the employees named here, make sure to let them know that you appreciate their dedication.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Maintenance Craft employees that are making the life changing decision to retire from the Postal Service.  I hope that all of you retiring have the opportunity to enjoy many years of retired bliss. It was an honor to work with you and to represent you as your Maintenance Craft Director.

Jim Pierce
Maintenance Craft Director