The issue in this grievance concerns whether management can mandate rural carriers, who have the option to case DPS letter mail in lieu of taking it directly to the street, the order in which they must case DPS letters.
Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities, Section 226, Delivery Point Sequence (OPS) Mail, provides the rural carrier the option to case DPS letters in accordance with Section 15, Schedules. The parties established, in case number J00R-4J-C 08208190 (Greenwood, IN), that management has the right to require rural carriers to case DPS letter mail before other size mail when carriers opt to case it. Management does not have the right to require rural carriers to case DPS letter mail in any other particular order.
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