• Project Title:
  • Unscheduled Leave - AWOL Status
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, November 29, 2021
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • May 2021

Employees who fail to report for duty on scheduled days are considered absent without leave (AWOL), except when emergencies prevent them from obtaining permission in advance. An employee who is absent without permission or who fails to provide satisfactory evidence that an actual emergency existed will be placed in a non-pay status for the period of the absence. The absence may be the basis for disciplinary action.

Employees who are AWOL are still counted against the district’s employee complement. If the district is at full complement, the Postal Service cannot replace the AWOL employee until the employee is removed from payroll.

Our objective is to assess the management of employees in absence without leave status and identify opportunities to timely resolve AWOL status and manage cost.

  • When employees are AWOL at your facility, please explain who generally is responsible for completing those employees’ job responsibilities. 
  • What are the biggest challenges (if any) at your facility when employees are AWOL for an extended period?
     

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  • anon

    I was a new employee at the post office hired during the holidays , I was notified by someone I know that they tested positive for Covid , I notified the only person I knew as I was a new employee and they said they would relay it to the manager in which they never did , The manager called after I did not report to work and I informed him of the entire situation , A few days later I was diagnosed positive for covid , I notified that manager by leaving a message ,I never got an answer back from him then recieved two letters days apart that I was fired for being awol , I did all I knew to relay that first I was exposed to Covid then second I tested positive , But I was still fired , I thought I did the right thing by not showing up to work possibly exposing everyone at that plant and keep in min it was my first week so I did have the managers number only a supervisor who did not even bother to tell the manager about my Covid situation ,Now I probably will never have a chance to work there again with an awol attached to me , I was depressed about it but what could I do .

    Jun 10, 2021
  • anon

    Charge Amazon double to deliver! People, who are No show 3x should be Fired! Have that in their new hire packets, along with Senior employees! CYA, yourself from the free loaders! Anyone, carrying extra packages. Is passed on hours. Not, work them to death! Regarding, seniority, do your job or be let go. Not rocket science people.

    Jun 07, 2021
  • anon

    When you put your leave slip in and the boss hands it back immediately and says “Denied. We don’t have enough subs to cover.” I’m calling out.

    Jun 04, 2021
  • anon

    As a regular carrier we are getting slammed with Amazon daily and this obviously doesn’t apply to everyone. Our mail count averages my parcel load at 120 parcels daily. I deliver around 220 daily. I’m exhausted every day. We had arcs that were helping take the burden but they were pulled because our standard time was low? I call bs. Touching, processing and delivering over 200 packages a day is taxing on the body. Calling out and taking lwop is no easy decision. I’m not going to get paid. I have to figure out if I can cover my bills. Just trying to make the decision in the morning is gut wrenching. I am fully aware of what happens when I call out. But I’m not going to be bent over and over and over and expect this body to last the rest of my career if I don’t take a break when I feel I need it. I’m a grown human. If i need it, I’m taking it.

    Jun 04, 2021
  • anon

    Thank you for the responses. We will take into account all the information provided as we proceed with the audit.

    May 28, 2021
  • anon

    There is no disciplinary action taken towards carriers who regularly call out. I've worked 6 days a week for 2 years. Every single day there are call outs in my small office. Everyday I run my route plus at least half of another on top of casing 2 routes. Regulars are often AWOL and receive zero discipline. The harder I work, the more I'm am punished with others work while they sit at home. Management doesn't do anything because they feel it's useless and they cannot fire anyone. RCA turnover rate is extremely high at my office. The RCAs who are slow, get help with their one route. Even ones who have been there for YEARS. Promotions into regular carriers should be based on performance, not seniority! I guarantee you the post office would be a different place if they changed this.

    May 26, 2021
  • anon

    In the maintenance dept., we have one employee that comes to work about 1/2 his scheduled days. This has gone on for several years. When he doesn't show up, the rest of the maintenance dept has to cover the area that individual would have worked. This causes us to be shorthanded and others carry that burden. It also slows down mail processing, since machines have longer downtimes.

    May 25, 2021
  • anon

    Mail needs to get out, period, so the answer is: anyone and everyone pitches in get it done! Subs called in first, if no subs available, from our office or any others, then everyone else pitches in, regardless of craft or job title, to get it out the door and delivered, even it it takes us until 9 pm to get it there.

    May 23, 2021
  • anon

    If you work people everyday like they're robots, there will be call outs and turnovers. Every job needs some type of work life balance and there is ZERO at the post office. If I feel the only way I'm going to give my body a break is to call out, then that's what I'm doing. As an RCA, you're just a number so I'm going to do for my wellness first before I kill myself on this job that will replace me the day after I go. I am currently on day 8...by 10, I shut down. I once worked 89hrs in one week. I told management and they asked me what do you want me to do! It's the pits! You need to figure out how to keep people because working them like this drives them away.

    May 22, 2021
  • anon

    Please stop destroying the postal service. I rely on the service to pay bills and to fill prescriptions. Please stop the changes my mail has been delayed and caused havoc with my bill paying.

    May 21, 2021
  • anon

    Our management is bending over backward trying to cover routes as we have 6 routes with 1 on AWOL, and 1 that just went out on medical for a couple of months. This leaves 1 RCA to cover off days for each route while the other 2 RCAs cover their primaries. The 3 RCAs work 6/7 days a week since they are also sent to the Amazon Hub on Sundays who is also having an issue keeping RCAs and CCAs. The AWOL carrier in this instance is hurting the office as a whole not letting the senior RCA be hired to permanent position, and also keeping them tied to 1 route. Management had already approved leave for qualifying employees, and is now right beside us helping get routes cased and delivered when we can't even get assistance from neighboring office's RCAs. They have posted the job up needing RCAs for our office, but no one wants to work. Time off is becoming a precious rare commodity which is a moral buster as well. If the AWOL can keep their job after not coming back for 6 months then what is the incentive for the ones that busted their backs to help keep the office flowing?

    May 21, 2021
  • anon

    The post office should b treated as a sacred institution. In no way should we settle for lower standards, clsures or privatization.

    May 21, 2021
  • anon

    When we have AWOL or call outs, it's typically the RCA's that hand the downed route. Everything from casing to delivering, making stress levels and errors increase. If the revolving door of management would properly staff our office, it would not be such an issue.

    May 21, 2021
  • anon

    Postal management abuses the use of AWOL and uses it against employees even when acceptable documentation is submitted. Employees not showing up for work is not a reflection on the employees, its a reflection on the style of management. More happy employees will work for less money, than unhappy employees making more.

    May 19, 2021
  • anon

    Thank you for the responses. The information provided will be helpful as we continue with the audit.

    May 17, 2021
  • anon

    As long as management ignores the 12/60 hour limits and continues to mandate working the standard day off the only recourse the little guy, postal worker has is to just not show up.

    May 14, 2021
  • anon

    When the postal service managers break the OHSHA rules with unending work days in excess of 12 hours and no off days. 6 days a week with only vacation leave the workers, "bodies" to postal management will stop coming

    May 13, 2021
  • anon

    we have about 90 on the list and never see 40 of them.

    May 12, 2021
  • anon

    As with any facility, other employees have to pick up the slack left by the employee who is AWOL. If the manager or supervisors did their due diligence, I truly believe that AWOL can be controlled and even eliminated. The biggest challenge is this: Many supervisors and managers DO NOT follow up and or send the employee a certified letter to their residence the day of the absence which this start the paper trail for possible termination if it goes that far. Most do not want to deal with and or follow the simple process that is already in place, or even call the labor group for guidance.

    May 11, 2021
  • anon

    Zip code 48043 said the mail has not been sorted and no mail carriers to deliver mail who can help us year 2021

    May 11, 2021
  • anon

    guess my important letter from Fargo 4 weeks ago May or May Not arrive (pun of great sadness)> I'm on week number 4 waiting. letter was standard mail April 28th, it's now May21st

    May 21, 2021