Conny Stadelmann, Oregon's Member of the Year She will be recognized at the National Convention in Orlando. Florida Congratulations Conny!
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NSS Restructure - USPS Realignment of Districts
Due to the realignment of Districts there has been changes to the assignments of District Representative as well as Assistant DRs
New DR Herschel Howard
Greetings Oregon rural carriers allow me to introduce myself to those I have not already met. I have been the assistant District representative for Monte Hartshorn and an area steward for Charlie Brown before that serving the carriers in eastern Oregon.
I have also been a local steward, area steward and assistant district representative for Idaho, Utah and Nevada serving those states and the union since 2004. With the national redistricting of the United States Postal Service due to go into effect May 1st,
2021 changes are coming to how the NRLCA covers these new districts to best serve our craft. I have been asked to represent the new Oregon, Idaho, Montana district by the NRLCA. It has been my pleasure to serve our current district representative Monte as
his assistant and I will do everything I can to try and give you the carriers of Oregon the same due diligence and care he always has. Monte has been a friend and mentor and I hope that his new district appreciates the outstanding new District representative
they have received from Oregon.
Thank you Herschel Howard
Good Bye and Farewell from Monte Hartshorn
Some articles are harder to write than others, and this is one of the difficult ones. With the Postal Service’s new districts (the old “Portland District is now a district comprising of the states of Oregon, Idaho and Montana) our
national board had to realign District Representatives. I have been informed that I will be the District Representative for Washington and Alaska beginning April 10th, 2021.
I have so enjoyed my time as the District Representative here
in Oregon. I began in 1998 as a Washington Assistant State Steward in the Portland District working closely with the Oregon State Stewards. Though the years, I was privileged to be on the old QWL/EI District Joint Steering Committee and also to
teach many count classes. In 2012, I was assigned to both the Seattle and Portland districts and since May, 2016 to be your District Representative. From the beginning, the carriers and stewards in Oregon have made me feel welcome.
write this, I think of some of the momentous times we have gone through. Some of my best memories are of the steward trainings that I have conducted. I have so appreciated every one who has stepped up to represent their fellow rural carriers. Oregon
has some of the finest stewards in the nation. One of the worst moments was when we lost RCA Amanda Kropf and I visited the office the next day. I never want to have to do that again. But with the highs and the lows, the spirit and the pride
of the rural carriers in Oregon has never diminished.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Oregon state board for their constant support. I want to thank the Local Stewards in Oregon. Each and every one of them has been part of the
team. I want to mention Doug Adamson, Patrick Lewis, Aaron Lamar, Scott Murahashi and Carrie Firman-Berry who have served as Area Stewards and express my heart-felt appreciation.
I have to separately thank Oksana Tropets who has served as our
Assistant District Representative. Oksana has been my right hand and my friend. Through good and difficult times, Oksana has been there giving advice and support. I feel blessed to have worked with Oksana.
Herschel Howard is going
to be taking my place as the new District Representative for the new Oregon, Idaho and Montana District. Herschel has been a friend and I am confident that he will do an absolutely wonderful job. Herschel is no stranger to Oregon as he has
been serving as the Assistant District Representative who covered eastern Oregon.
Again, I have been so blessed to work with and to serve the rural carriers in the state of Oregon. I want to wish that you all become more involved in your union
and that you remember:
Ignorance May Be Bliss, But It Will Cost You!
“If it is not in writing, it never happened!”
Monte Hartshorn, NRLCA District Representative
A message from former DR Monte Hartshorn concerning bidding on a vacant route:
The Best and Worst of Times
I remember it as if it happened yesterday. November 5th, 1988 I became the Regular Rural carrier on Route 1 in Castle Rock, Washington. All I had to do was write
a short note on a buck slip (Form 13) that I wanted the route. It goes to show how much times have changed. Currently, you have to use either your phone or a computer and go through Shared Services (HRSSC) Liteblue to bid. While things worked
out well for me, this past year we have had three or so RCAs who failed to get promoted to regular rural carrier and get their own route.
First and foremost, you have to have your Liteblue up to date. When you were first hired, you were
sent a pin number and instructions on how to log onto Liteblue. Once you logged on, then you were instructed to create a password that was unique to you. Now, when a regular rural route is posted, the posting requires that all bids are through
Liteblue. It is impossible to bid if you have forgotten your password.
All rural routes coming up for bid are required to be posted in that office for ten (10) calendar days. The posting must be physically posted and put on the rural
carrier bulletin board or a place where rural carriers know where to look. If you do not have your password, then you have to contact HRSSC and get a new pin. When you call, the recording will tell you that it could take up to 7 business days to
get you your new pin. If you do call, then afterwards find your old pin, your old pin will not work anymore. Also, note that if you call on day one of the posting, and there is a weekend, you will likely receive your new pin after the bid period
has expired. If a grievance is filed, we will need to show how the bidding system was malfunctioning. We most likely WILL NOT be successful in a grievance if the reason is because the employee forgot their password.
The most common misconception
about bidding is that the bid is for one route only. This is FALSE. It is possible that only one route will be affected if none of the regular rural carriers in the office bid. The posting clearly states:
“Bidding for the regular rural route(s) listed below is not only for this vacancy, for any regular rural routes(s) in the office that may become available as a result of filling the original route vacancy.”
What does this mean? For example, if route 1 becomes available, and the regular rural carrier on route 2 bids on it, then the bid will continue with rural route 2 being awarded. There will NOT be a new bid later for rural route 2. So,
a posting is for the route listed, and any subsequent route that becomes available as a result of regular rural carriers moving around.
Some Keys About Bidding:
bidding system states that the bid is open from a specific date to a closing on the date 10 days later. Please note that it is from 00:00 (midnight) on the opening day to 24:00 (midnight) on the closing date, a full ten (10) days. It is important
to also note that the time is based on Central time. The bid will close at 10:00PM Pacific time.
v You do have the ability to bid, then to pull your bid back. However, to cancel your bid, it must be done before the bid itself
closes. Once the bid is expired, all bids are final. “You bid it, you bought it”.
v Regular Rural Carriers should only bid on routes that they want more than the route you already have. If you are happy
with the route you have, do not bid. The only exception to this is if there has been a route consolidation in the office and the route was encumbered by a regular rural carrier. In that case, every route who was involved in the territorial adjustment
would be required to bid.
v The senior PTF must accept the residual regular route vacancy or be separated from the Postal Service.
v RCAs: Most important is that if a RCA does not bid for a route, it will
not be awarded to the RCA. If one route comes up for bid, the senior RCA will not get it automatically. The only safe, for sure way is to bid for every route. If there is only one route for bid, it is not necessary to put your bid in a preference
order, just select the “bid all”. We have had several RCAs who only bid on the route that was posted and were not promoted because a regular rural carrier bid on the posted route and the RCA did not bid on the regular’s old route.
v RCAs have bidding rights after one year of service. Even if you are out of probation, to be able to bid you must have the year in.
v All: If you do not have a computer, you can request to use the one
at the Post Office. If you are having any trouble bidding, do not wait until the last minute. Ask to use the Post Office computer and show your manager the system problem that you are having.
v All: It is always a great idea
that if you bid, to take a screen shot of the bid and of the confirmation number. If something happens, the grievance is a contractual grievance. That means that we will have the burden of proof. Having some documentation may mean the difference
between getting the route/position you want or not.
v All: If you are going to be away from the office for a long period of time (more than a week) and you believe a bid may come up, it is your responsibility to request in writing
that management mail you a copy of any bids. If you do not make the request, management has no obligation to notify you.
v All: There is a great training tutorial on the front page of www.nrlca.org. Prior to any bid, reviewing the tutorial is a good idea. The tutorial has screen shots of the bidding process.
The Saturday that I became a Regular Rural Carrier was a very happy
day in my life. It breaks my heart when I hear on the phone from a RCA that most likely is not going to get to become a regular and begin earning the benefits that they deserve. Make sure that you log into Liteblue at least once a month. That
way you make sure that you keep your login current. Also, while there you can check your pay to make sure it is correct. You can also check your e-OPF (electronic Office Personnel File) to make sure that your contact information is correct, that
you are in the correct retirement system, to find out when your next pay step or annual leave step occurs, and many more items. Do not wait for when it is critical to you and then find out you can’t log in. Please remember…
Ignorance May be Bliss, But it Will Cost You!
Monte Hartshorn, Portland District Representative NRLCA