Your employer has the right to make this change. Organizations evolve. While the company may have needed a UPS clerk and/or a UPS clerk II at one time, your manager has determined that the work is similar enough in nature to reduce the job title/classifications to one.
While there may be differences in what you do each day compared to the mail room clerks, the types of responsibilities, types and levels of skills required to do the work, the knowledge and/or accountability involved and so forth may be so similar in nature that the manager felt that it just made good sense to eliminate a job title that was no longer justified.
Without more information about the differences as well as the similarities of the UPS clerk versus the mail room clerk job, it is difficult to speculate.
An employer may hire someone for a particular job and then the job is eliminated or changed over time. Just because the employer hired someone into a specific job does not mean that the employer is obligated to maintain that specific job no matter what transpires regarding technology, for example, and other factors that affect company operations.
The employee always has the right to leave if the changes in the job title, job requirements or responsibilities are not acceptable to him/her. But employers have the right to determine what workforce they need to run the company efficiently and effectively--and profitably. In fact, that is one of their principal responsibilities.
Question added to topic Human Resources • August 31, 2009
Can my job description be changed without notice?
I have been employed with my company for over eight years. My manager recently changed my job description and told me about it after it was completed. I went from a UPS clerk to a mail room clerk.
Penny is a seasoned human resources executive and consultant with over 25 years of diverse business experience in advising enterprise leaders on employment-related matters.