USPS A.O. Hour/Reason Codes

Knowing what code to use when you swipe your card is important to account for man hours and job fulfillment. This is something that we stress for all the window Clerks during the General Meetings. Below is a viewable/downloadable PDF of these codes. It is suggested to print yourself a copy and keep it with you so that you may swipe the correct codes while working the window.

Another good fact to know about these codes… they are the same codes on your paystub.

USPS Installation of a Keying Station

Further keeping you up-to-date, it seems that USPS has yet another “idea”. Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Lynn Pallas-Barber had this to say:

Brothers and Sisters,

Please find attached a recent notification received June 14, 2017 whereas the USPS plans to install a keying station to each Small Package Sorting System (SPSS) machine. This addition should not change the current staffing and craft jurisdiction on the machine since the August 7, 2015 craft jurisdiction letter. The keying stations/induction sites will be operated and staffed by the Clerk Craft.

It has always been the position of the APWU that the proper Clerk Craft position description for the bid duty assignments on this machine is the Parcel Post Distributor Machine (see attached) which requires a keying qualification.   Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

So if this machine is in your facility and any other craft is working on this machine other than a Clerk, inform your local steward or call the main office to speak with the Business Agent so that the proper grievance can be filed. The attachments spoken of are placed below for you to read and download.


As you all should know, USPS has declared an attack on our jobs. This was first posted on May 21, 2017. It started with reversions. USPS has escalated things with a new notification, as of June 13, 2017 (this past Tuesday), of excessing.

Here’s what our Eastern Region Coordinator, Mike Gallagher had to say:

Sisters and Brothers, as you are already aware the USPS has embarked on a nationwide initiative to reduce duty assignments in an installation to correspond with their earned hours not with their actual hours that they are using.

This is an edict from on high (HQ management) that has required managers at the Area, District and installation level to revert most residual vacancies, give letters of abolishment to employees (whose jobs are not actually abolished), discuss sectional excessing at the local level and begin to bombard the Eastern Region with excessing notices.

These notifications very recently dated have an Area Move Date of September 16, 2017. However as you know our contract requires six month notification whenever possible and it requires that the Regional/Area meetings on these impacts take place 90 day days prior to the area move date. While I have given management every available date to meet with them prior to the 90 day limit, they insist that I make more time available. That is not possible based on the number of hours in a day and the availability of myself or our Article 12 NBAs.

I can assure you that in this latest round of attacks on our bargaining unit, we will insist that management follow every structure of our collective bargaining agreement in discussing and implementing these events, unfortunately, it is clearly apparent that you will be tasked with filing grievances related to their failure to comply with certain elements of our CBA. We will insist on Regional/Area meetings on each event and discuss each contractual requirement in its entirety in these meetings. Anything that is not complied with should be challenged at the local level and if there is a District or Area policy that violates the agreement, I will ensure that the appropriate grievance is filed by my office at that level. I appreciate your understanding and support in this difficult time of Postal insanity.