The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) recently announced that it has settled a national-level grievance with the USPS…
“…regarding non-compliance with the contractual caps on the employment of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs). This settlement (M-01906) provides that all city carrier assistants in any size office with 30 months of relative standing on February 15, 2020, will be converted to career status within 60 days from the signing of the agreement on January 22, 2020. CCAs meeting this criteria in 200-workyear offices or larger will be converted to full-time regular, and CCAs meeting this criteria in all other offices will be converted to part-time flexible.”
The term “relative standing” in the agreement seems to be a key problem for many long-time CCAs who have transferred or been reassigned to other offices. The problem is that CCAs do not retain their “tenure” when they are reassigned or transferred, unlike other temporary employees such as TEs. The CCAs only have the amount of tenure accumulated at their current duty station (district). So, for example, if a CCA worked five years in one district, and only two years at their current location (in another district), then they only have the two years to count towards the 30 months and are therefore not eligible to be converted.
Affected CCAs have contacted PostalMag.com about this problem, expressing frustration with the agreement and their union. Many of these CCAs have worked much more than 30 months, some as much as seven years logging 45 to 55 hours per week (according to the CCAs), for the length of their service (a full-time job nevertheless). The problem seems to be further exacerbated in smaller offices and in districts such as Puerto Rico which reportedly has but one conversion list for the Metro Area. As one CCA commented “we have to wait until one carrier inside our office dies or retires before we can get converted into regular.”