Re-orgs are as follows:
Cut GS 9 positions (doing the same job to GS5)
Cut WG11 positions (to WG10), eliminate the WG11 billet all together, and make two WL-10
Close 2 WD5 billets and open one GS-2005-04 Supply Clerk
Cut WG11 journeyman mechanics down to WG10, move the WG10 to WG8 and WG8 to WG5
Close 2 (303) series GS5, GS07, and put the GS-2005-04 Supply Clerk doing what they did
HRO informs a WG11 inspector that he will now be changing tires in the tire shop as a WG05 (that was fought and the WG11 won however, he became a WL10)
The GS’ didn’t have a chance in the re-org. You either found another position, prayed for a VERA or VSIP, or were laid off.
This really happened around the year 2000. (I wasn’t working civil service at the time) NOTE: The amount of work “did not” change. You can wrap it in a pretty package, but it is still an A-76.
Fast forward to present. WS10 retired, WG10 retired, GS05 (moved to another org)….all 3 billets are NOT being filled. Keep in mind, “workload has NOT changed.” Hiring freeze, again….still….whatever…
On to the future. WL-10 (both of them retiring in Sept)…..will not be replaced or filled. Keep in mind, “workload has not changed.”
Not as easy to say to a WG:
Manager: Ok, you are going to be WL10 until we are allowed to hire.
WG10: Show me the money or a temp promotion
Manager: Sorry, no can do, HR will not approve it.
WG10: Well, I’ll be in production, see ya.
Manager: They (whoever they are) could press the issue.
WG10: I would like to speak to my union steward.
END of conversation
Manager: GS, well we can’t hire for the 303 so the duties will be moving on to you and one other GS
GS: Really? What do we get for it?
Manager: Nothing, a hardy slap on the back for being a “team player”
GS: I would like to see my union steward……er, uh….oh, well nevermind
Manager: GS’ aren’t in a bargaining unit,…..so here (as the folders are plopped on the desk) are some projects that need attending to.
In the private sector, especially in right to hire states, management can easily re-org with minimal concern. In the fed, it’s a little more tricky….see Terry’s comment. It does take time and paper mountains must be climbed. What the fed doesn’t realize, is that the “workload” has not changed. The players have tossed in a Yahtzee cup and tossed out. If the numbers are low, that is where you land. If you fall off the board, you are laid off. If the number is high, roll again.
This is the real world of re-org.
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