NPMHU and USPS Reach Agreement to Convert 865 MHAs to Full-time Career Employment No Later Than May

March 22, 2021- Memorandum of Understanding Re Additional Mail Handler Staffing; Conversion of MHAs (pdf)

Linked here is a new MOU just signed by the NPMHU and the Postal Service to provide for additional Mail Handler staffing, in large part by converting 865 Mail Handler Assistants to full-time regular career employment no later than May 22, 2021. Also attached is a chart listing the 43 facilities in which these 865 conversions will take place and the number of conversions that will take place in each listed facility.

As set forth in the MOU, the Postal Service has agreed to convert 865 MHAs to career status, in the listed facilities, by May 22, 2021. In exchange, the parties agree to extend the exception period for the continued employment of MHAs in excess of the 24.5% installation cap until June 4, 2021 as set forth below. MHAs hired in excess of the 24.5% installation cap for COVID related reasons remain subject to a separate MOU.

  1. The parties agree to extend the exception period for the continued employment of MHAs in excess of the 24.5% installation cap as set forth below:

A. Facilities other than those listed on the attached table that are in excess of the 24.5% installation cap will separate Peak MHA hires (i.e., MHAs hired for reasons unrelated to COVID-19) on or before April 23, 2021, following the procedures of the current National Agreement.

B. Installations that plan to convert five or fewer non-career employees to career status in accordance with the attached table will be permitted to retain the number of Peak MHA hires above the 24.5% installation cap equal to the amount of conversions listed in the table beyond April 23, 2021. After the above-referenced conversions are completed and accounted for in the MHA cap, those retained Peak MHA hires above the 24.5% installation cap will be separated on or before June 4, 2021 following the procedures of the National Agreement. All other Peak MHA hires in these facilities will be separated on April 23, 2021, following the procedures of the current National Agreement.

C. After the above-referenced conversions are completed and accounted for in the MHA cap, facilities listed on the attached table that are in excess of the 24.5% installation cap and which plan to convert more than five non-career employees to career status in accordance with the attached table will separate any non-COVID related MHA hires on or before June 4, 2021 following the procedures of the current National Agreement.

Also attached is a copy of the Questions & Answers that have been agreed to for this MOU Re: Additional Mail Handler Staffing – March 22, 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact the National CAD should you have any questions.

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