ARTICLE 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS
1.1 UNION-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION
A. This Local Memorandum may be amended with the mutual consent of the Postmaster, the Local President and the USPS Labor Relations Representative.
B. The Area Vice President shall be consulted prior to permanent changes in employee staffing and scheduling.
C. The Union shall automatically be provided with copies of:
1. an updated seniority roster, and notice of all changes;
2. all notices of light and limited duty;
3. all letters of warning, suspension and removal;
4. all letters of sick leave restriction and rescission of restriction;
5. all notices of audit discrepancies and letters of demand.
1.2 CURTAILMENT OF OPERATIONS
A. The appropriate Safety Office shall be notified of all circumstances which cause the evacuation or closing of the post office. The Area Vice President, or Local President, shall be notified immediately of all other situations which could reasonably be expected to endanger employees.
B. All possible means shall be used to notify affected employees of the curtailment of postal operations.
C. Employees stranded at work shall be given every reasonable consideration by the employer as to needs and comforts.
D. Procedures for emergency evacuation due to fires or bomb threats shall be conspicuously posted.
E. In determining an employee's ability to report for work, consideration shall be given to governmental directives, the operating status of comparable industries, and general conditions.
1.3 LIGHT DUTY ASSIGNMENTS
The Area Vice President shall be consulted before any light duty request is denied, and prior to the reassignment of any light or limited duty employee to or from any APWU craft.
1.4 WASH-UP POLICY
All employees shall be allowed reasonable wash-up time in accordance with established practice and Article 8.9 of the National Agreement.
All reasonable efforts will be made to initiate or maintain free parking for all employees. All parking shall be on a first-come, first-served basis except spaces reserved for USPS owned vehicles.
The Clerk craft shall comprise a section for all purposes.
ARTICLE 2: ANNUAL LEAVE
2.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR ANNUAL LEAVE
A. Vacation rosters shall be broken into Monday through Sunday weeks.
B. To the maximum extent possible, no employee shall be involuntarily scheduled to work on non-scheduled days which are adjacent to their scheduled vacation; part-time flexible employees shall be non-scheduled on the Sunday before their vacation week(s).
C. Part-time employees shall not be required to use more annual leave for a choice vacation week that they would normally have worked in that week, but may, at their option, use up to forty hours of annual leave per vacation week.
2.2 CHOICE VACATIONS
A. The choice vacation period shall be from the last Monday in December to the first Sunday in December.
B. There shall be one vacation slot per week.
C. Starting on November 1, employees shall, in order of seniority, be allowed to select full weeks of vacation up to the number of weeks allowed under Article 10.3D of the National Agreement; employees may, at their option, make one continuous selection or two non-consecutive selections.
D. Immediately following the first rotation, the vacation roster shall be rotated a second time and employees, by seniority, allowed to take up to four additional full weeks, subject to accrued or foreseeable leave balance.
E. No employee shall hold up the vacation roster for more than five days on either rotation; employees who lose their place in rotation shall be entitled to regain the roster when ready to make their selection, but shall not be entitled to bump junior employees who have made selections in the interim.
F. Employees who are called for court service during their scheduled vacation may make another selection from the remaining available weeks. Leave for APWU convention and seminars will not count against choice period.
2.3 INCIDENTAL LEAVE REQUESTS
A. An updated vacation schedule shall be conspicuously posted throughout the year.
B. Incidental requests for annual leave shall be made on PS Form 3971, and, wherever feasible, be personally delivered to the employee's immediate supervisor.
C. Except in circumstances of extreme need, incidental requests for annual leave shall be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
D. All requests for annual leave on a day(s) in which no other craft employee is scheduled off on leave shall be approved to the maximum extent possible.
E. Incidental annual leave requests shall be approved or disapproved:
1. within one hour, if leave is requested for the same day on which submitted;
2. by the employee's end tour, if requested for the following day;
3. by the employee's next day end tour, if requested two or more days in advance;
F. Disapproved 3971's shall be maintained showing the date and time submitted, and, should leave become available, it shall be granted in the order it was requested.