(This was originally in the SJ Area Local Newsletter of June 2019. Written by: Frank Bollinger)
Management is currently on a kick regarding the Hazmat questions, more specifically making the selection from the Clerk’s side of the screen and not the customers unit. They have went as far as claiming it is a safety issue instead of just a failure to follow instructions type charge.
I believe when a clerk is called out on this and possibly set to receive disciplinary action, we should as one of our arguments challenge management as to why they still have the option on the Clerk’s screen if they are forbidden from making the selection? Though that may be a mitigating factor in our argument the best route to go is just not selecting it from your side. Overall though try to remember to just let the customer make the selection and save yourself some headaches, I know it can be hard especially when you are short staffed.
Upon a visit to an office for a wholly unrelated matter it was brought to my attention that not all window clerks have secure spots to place their drawers. They are actually using priority boxes sealed up just sitting in the safe as their measure of security. On top of that, for a few, the drawers they are issued to not fit the new drawer holders at the window units so their cash drawer is being set out on the side the whole time.
This is unacceptable and is being addressed. Please if this is happening at any other office let us know. 28.1.A requires that management provide adequate security. The previously described conditions are in no way adequate security of the clerks fixed credits.
Speak Out, Stand Together!!
Below is a modified version of German pastor Martin Niemöller‘s poem of cowardice. We have to remember to always stand together united as not only members, but the core of the APWU South Jersey Area Local.
First, they came for the bulk mail techs, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a bulk mail tech.
Then they came for PSE’s, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a PSE.
Then they came for the custodians, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a custodian.
Then they came for the window clerks, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a window clerk.
Then they came for me —
and there was no one left to speak for me.