National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed http://www.nalc.org/rss/ National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 NALC responds to Hurricane Florence https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-hurricane-florence Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:45:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-hurricane-florence To our brothers and sisters in the areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, we need your help to make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership in your area. We seek your help in identifying those letter carriers who have been displaced from their homes by providing the following information: 

Name
Address
Phone Number
Branch Number
Work Location 

Please provide this information to NBA Vada Preston’s office at 757-934-1013 for Region 13 (Virginia, Maryland, DC) and Kenny Gibbs’ office at 954-964-2116 for Region 9 (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia).  You may also email one of the NBAs, RAAs, Disaster Foundation President or Vice President at: 

preston@nalc.org
mcelroy@nalc.org
gibbs@nalc.org
pendleton@nalc.org
lyerly@nalc.org
cdavidson@nalc.org
peralta@nalc.org 

Helping to account for each other's needs is the beginning point for assistance.

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NALC ballots being mailed https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-ballots-being-mailed Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:21:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-ballots-being-mailed The National Election Committee, appointed at the Detroit National Convention to conduct the election of national officers for NALC, is in Washington, DC overseeing the printing, stuffing and mailing of ballots.

Candidates for 12 of the 15 national business agent (NBA) positions were unopposed and elected by consent at the Detroit convention. Two candidates were nominated from the floor for each of the following positions: president, executive vice president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, assistant secretary-treasurer, director of city delivery, director of safety and health, director of life insurance, director of health benefits, director of retired members, and NBAs for Regions 2, 4 and 9. Five candidates were nominated from the floor for three national trustee positions.

The election is being conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the NALC Constitution. The Election Committee has retained the services of Hartsfield Resolution Group of St. Clair Shores, MI, to assist it in supervising the conduct of the election. The committee has also retained Mosaic, a print communications company located in Cheverly, MD, to prepare and mail the ballots.

The committee has reviewed and approved all nominating forms and has created the ballot for mailing. Official election instructions will be included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a regular member of NALC and in good standing as of June 1, 2018. NBAs will be elected by the members in their respective regions.

Ballots are currently being prepared, inserted and mailed. All ballots are expected to be mailed by September 14.  

If you are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot by Friday, Sept. 21, or if you have spoiled your ballot or need another ballot for any reason, you must notify your branch officers to request a duplicate ballot.  When making this request, you should provide your branch officer with your name and current mailing address.  Branch officers are instructed to immediately contact the NALC at 202-393-4695 to request a duplicate, replacement ballot. If you cast your original ballot and a duplicate ballot, only the duplicate ballot will be counted.

The deadline for branch officers to contact NALC is 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Sept. 24. 

Ballots must be received by 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, to be counted. The counting of ballots will begin that day.

Nominees who will appear on the ballot (in the order that they will appear on the ballot) are:

President

— Fredric Rolando, Sarasota, FL Br. 2148

— David Noble, Washington, DC Br. 142

Executive Vice President

—Brian Renfroe, Hattiesburg, MS Br. 938

—Rachael Elmore, Freehold, NJ Br. 924

Vice President

—Lew Drass, Huntsville, AL Br. 462

—Sara Gresham, Newport News, VA Br. 609

Secretary-Treasurer

—Jerry Kerner Jr., Baltimore, MD Br. 176

—Nicole Rhine, Lincoln, NE Br. 8

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

—Paul Barner, Roswell, GA Br. 4862

—Kathryn R. Myers, Billings, MT Br. 815

Director of City Delivery

—Christopher Jackson, Garden Grove, CA Br. 1100

—Thomas A. Houff, Richmond, VA Br. 496

Director, Safety and Health

—Manuel L. Peralta Jr., Garden Grove, CA Br. 1100

—Douglas L. Peters II, Lansing, MI Br. 122

Director of Life Insurance

—Alan Nagata, Salt Lake City, UT Br. 111

—James W. Yates, Long Island Merged, NY Br. 6000

Director, Health Benefit Plan

—Robert R. Brunette, Sheboygan, WI Br.102

—Stephanie Stewart, Central Iowa Mgd. Br. 352

Director, Retired Members

—Daniel Toth, Lorain, OH Br. 583

—Thomas E. Fath, Decatur, IL Br. 317

National Trustees (three positions)

—Lawrence D. Brown Jr., Los Angeles, CA Br. 24

—Michael Gill, South Florida Br. 1071

—Carol E. Paxton, New Orleans, LA Br. 124

—Rolando Rodriguez, Anderson, IN Br. 489

—Mack I. Julion, Chicago Br. 11

Region 2 NBA

—Michael Wahlquist, Salt Lake City, UT Br. 111

—Nick Vafiades, Longview, WA Br. 2214

Region 4 NBA

—Dan Versluis, Tucson, AZ Br. 704

—Anita Lewallen, Conway, AR Br. 1592

Region 9 NBA

—Lynne Pendleton, Central Florida Br. 1091

—Kenneth R. Gibbs Jr., Brunswick, GA Br. 313

The Election Committee, as appointed by President Fredric Rolando, is made up of Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100’s Barbara Stickler (chairperson); Mike O’Neill, New Jersey Merged Branch 38; Rod Holub, Manhattan, KS Branch 1018; Delano Wilson, Silver Spring, MD Branch 2611; Antonia Shields, Birmingham, AL Branch 530; Paul Roznowski, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126; Ethel Ford, Houston, TX Branch 283; Tom Dlugolenski, Syracuse, NY Branch 134; Margaret Parker, Aurora, IL Branch 219; and Brian Wiggins, Seattle, WA Branch 79.

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USPS Board of Governors activity in Senate and White House https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-board-of-governors-activity-in-senate-and-white-house Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:03:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-board-of-governors-activity-in-senate-and-white-house Update: September 6, 2018 The White House has formally sent the nominations of Bloom and Martinez to the Senate for consideration.

On August 28, 2018, the Senate confirmed the nominations of David Williams (D) and Robert Duncan (R) to serve as members of the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors, each for one term.

David C. Williams was confirmed to serve the remainder of a seven-year term that ends December 8, 2019. Williams has a long history of government service. He joined the Secret Service after a tour of military duty in Vietnam, and then served as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Strike Force. Following his work on President Ronald Reagan’s Commission on Organized Crime, he led the Office of Special Investigations at the General Accounting Office (since renamed the Government Accountability Office). He was then confirmed as the Inspector General (IG) for several federal agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Social Security Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. His longest stint as an IG, at the Postal Service (from 2003 until his retirement in 2016), led to his nomination to the Board of Governors.

Robert M. (Mike) Duncan was confirmed to serve for the remainder of a seven-year term that ends December 8, 2025. He is a banker and currently the chairman and CEO of Inez Deposit Bank, as well as chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. Previously, Duncan served on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority and was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2007 to 2009.

Additionally, the White House announced its intention to nominate two more individuals to the USPS Board of Governors, Ron Bloom (D) and Roman Martinez IV (R).

Ron Bloom, who will be nominated for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2020, began his career as an investment banker and union consultant before serving as the special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers for many years. President Barack Obama appointed Bloom to serve as the Assistant to the President on Manufacturing Policy in 2009, when he helped rescue the auto industry during the Great Recession. In 2011, he returned to investment banking at Lazard Company, where he served as Vice Chairman, U.S. Investment Banking. During his time at Lazard, he advised the NALC on postal issues and appeared at both a national rap session and a national convention. Bloom is currently Managing Partner and Vice Chairman at Brookfield Asset Management, where he helps manage the firm’s private equity investments.

Roman Martinez IV will be nominated for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2024. He began his career as an investment banker in 1971 at Kuhn Loeb & Company until it was acquired by the now-defunct global financial services firm, Lehman Brothers. Martinez worked there as the managing director of investment banking until his retirement in 2003. Since 2003, he has served on the board of directors for several different companies and has been involved in various Republican presidential and Senate campaigns.

To be confirmed, they will need to appear for confirmation hearings before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSGAC). If approved by the Committee, their appointments will be subject to a confirmation vote by the whole Senate.

The USPS Board of Governors consists of eleven members, nine governors and two ex officio members, the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General. While the Board functions similarly to a board of directors of a publicly held corporation, it has not been fully staffed since 2010 and lost its final appointed governor in December 2016, leaving all nine positions vacant. If Bloom and Martinez are confirmed, four of the nine seats on the Board would be filled, enough to achieve a quorum if the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General are present.

“NALC is pleased to see action taken by the Senate to fill the first two vacancies,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “We encourage the Senate to begin consideration of these additional nominations and we urge the administration to fill the remaining vacancies with qualified nominees.”

NALC will continue to work with the Senate and the administration to ensure that letter carriers’ interests are represented.

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Federal judge overturns Trump administration’s anti-federal union orders https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/federal-judge-overturns-trump-administrations-anti-federal-union-orders Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:02:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/federal-judge-overturns-trump-administrations-anti-federal-union-orders On Saturday, a federal judge invalidated key provisions in three executive orders the Trump administration issued in May, which had made it easier for agencies to fire federal workers and placed strict limits on union activities. (The orders did not apply to the Postal Service and its unions.)

In her ruling, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the executive orders were a clear violation of the 1978 Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute of 1978. Under that statute, Congress gave federal employees the right to unionize and negotiate job contracts as a matter “of public interest.”

“The Court has concluded that many of the challenged provisions of the Orders at issue here effectively reduce the scope of the right to bargain collectively as Congress has crafted it, or impair the ability of agency officials to bargain in good faith as Congress has directed, and therefore cannot be sustained,”

The district court’s ruling on August 25 resolved four lawsuits filed against the Trump administration by several federal employee unions, led by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). The unions challenged the three orders Trump signed in May that rolled back labor protections for federal workers.

One order made it easier to fire and discipline federal employees. Depending on the agency, firing an employee for poor performance could take six months to a year, not including the appeals process. This order gave employees only 30 days to improve their job performance, instead of the current limit of up to 120 days. It also instructed agencies to ignore contracts that prioritized seniority during layoffs.

Another executive order directed federal agencies to spend less time negotiating contracts with labor unions and set a goal of no more than six months to reach an agreement, after which the agencies would be free to unilaterally implement contracts containing their “last best offers.” This would have destroyed the agencies’ incentives to bargain in good faith.

A third order placed limits on how much time employees in union leadership roles can spend on union activities during work hours. This is known as “official time,” and it can include helping other employees file grievances or resolve other workplace problems. The administration sought to limit official time to 25 percent of an employee’s yearly work hours.

The administration said it has the legal authority to give such guidance to executive agencies that answer to the president. But the orders prompted immediate litigation from government unions.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which is the largest union involved in the lawsuits, said the efforts were a “direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress specifically guaranteed to the public sector employees across this country who keep our federal government running every single day.”

Judge Jackson’s ruling described the Trump administration’s defense of the orders as an attempt to do “verbal jujitsu” with the law. She rejected the argument that the administration had the power to interfere with union negotiations that are protected under federal law.

“There is no rational explanation for Defendants’ suggestion that Congress would have intended for the President to have the power to act in this fashion at all in regard to the matters that the FSLMRS specifically characterizes as negotiable. Quite frankly, it is hard to even imagine a rational statutory exception that is intentionally designed to swallow the rule,” she wrote.

Jackson effectively revoked most of the measures in the executive orders, although federal unions may need to take further judicial action to reverse actions taken under the improper executive orders.

“This is a huge win for all federal employees, including postal employees whose rights could have been targeted next” NALC President Fred Rolando said. “We thank our brothers and sisters at AFGE – and the other federal unions – for defending our rights under the law.”

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President Trump sets goals on international pricing/customs at UPU Congress https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/president-trump-sets-goals-on-international-pricingcustoms-at-upu-congress Tue, 28 Aug 2018 20:57:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/president-trump-sets-goals-on-international-pricingcustoms-at-upu-congress On August 23, President Trump issued a policy memorandum providing directions to the State Department for negotiations over international postage pricing at an upcoming meeting of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the United Nations organization that sets international postage rates and regulates the flow of international shipping between 192 nations. The UPU will hold a special Congress in September in Ethiopia.

The memorandum calls on the State Department to improve the UPU’s system of “terminal dues,” the fees postal operators like the U.S. Postal Service charge for delivering mail from other operators (e.g., the Royal Mail of the U.K. or China Post), and to negotiate changes in customs procedures for postal shipments to match those that apply to private shippers under different treaties. These fee arrangements and procedures are set by a treaty between the 192 member-nations of the UPU.

The terminal dues system has become controversial in the age of international e-commerce since it provides developing countries lower final delivery rates than it does to industrialized countries. As a result, e-commerce merchants in the United States complain that vendors in foreign countries are being unfairly subsidized with below-cost delivery services. This problem is especially acute with regard to e-commerce merchants based in China.  The USPS loses tens of millions of dollars providing such deliveries in the U.S. because China Post receives the lower rates charged to developing countries under the UPU treaty.

The UPU recognized the problems with the existing terminal dues system at the last regular UPU Congress in 2016 – and called for a special Congress in Ethiopia next month to address the problems.  (The UPU normally meets every four years.)

On customs procedures, for example, the Trump memorandum calls on the UPU to require postal operators to provide customs officials Advanced Electronic Data (AED) on shipments from foreign post offices – to help combat the flow of illicit opioids.  

Industry reaction

Response to the policy memorandum has been positive – both the USPS and the Postal Regulatory Commission issued statements in support.

The Postal Service and other postal operators in industrialized countries have been urging the State Department to improve the terminal dues system for years – but they have lacked the votes in the UPU to make the necessary changes. Private shippers (UPS and FedEx) have also called for higher rates too – believing that they lose possible business to postal operators charging below-cost rates.

Meanwhile, most industry stakeholders would welcome a UPU solution to the opioid trafficking issue.  Systemic solutions are much more preferable than the flawed approach offered by bills such as the STOP Act, which would place unreasonable burdens on the Postal Service.

NALC generally supports the policy goals outlined in the memo. However, we have two concerns.

  • First, any mandate to provide AED on international shipments should provide a sufficient transition period to postal operators in developing countries as well as the funding required to acquire the needed technology.
  • Second, the memorandum includes a threat by the Administration to unilaterally impose “self-declared” terminal dues rates if the UPU does not reach an agreement that embodies U.S. policy goals. In a complicated diplomatic situation like the UPU, such threats are rarely effective. The U.S. government is just one of 192 member-countries. Implementing unilateral rates should be a last resort since other countries might respond with retaliatory fees or tariffs on shipments from the United States.  This would leave all postal operators worse off by causing volume and revenue to fall.

“We welcome the UPU’s attention to this matter,” NALC President Fred Rolando said. “The UPU is the right forum for dealing with terminal dues, opioids in the mail and other customs procedures, but great care should be taken to preserve the free flow on international mail – which is beneficial to the international economy and essential for international freedom and democracy,” he added.

See the President’s memorandum here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-secretary-state-secretary-treasury-secretary-homeland-security-postmaster-general-chairman-postal-regulatory-commission/.

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NALC Statement on USPS Q3 Financial Report for FY 2018 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-statement-on-usps-q3-financial-report-for-fy-2018 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:51:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-statement-on-usps-q3-financial-report-for-fy-2018 NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial statement for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of April, May and June of 2018: 

The Postal Service’s quarterly financial report shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control. Despite a $402 million revenue increase compared to the same period last year (2.4 percent rise), USPS reported an operating loss of $889 million.

This shows the need for policymakers to address two public policy issues – the stamp price rollback and the congressional mandate that USPS prefund future retiree health benefits decades into the future.

In April 2016, the price of a stamp was rolled back by two cents, reducing postal revenue by $2 billion a year or $500 million a quarter That was the first rollback since 1919 and it makes little financial sense because USPS already has the industrial world’s lowest rates. Without this decrease, the $1.192 billion operating loss year-to-date (first three quarters) would be an operating profit of $308 million.

Fortunately, the Postal Regulatory Commission is in the midst of a legally mandated review of the postage rate-setting system. At present, USPS is constricted in its ability to adjust rates by no more than the Consumer Price Index, but the CPI is an economy-wide measurement of consumer goods and services that doesn’t fit a transportation and delivery provider. The PRC has the ability to correct this mismatch and relieve the resulting financial pressure.

Meanwhile, Congress should address the pre-funding burden it imposed in 2006, which requires USPS – alone among all public and private entities in the country – to prefund future retiree healthcare benefits at an annual cost of about $5.8 billion. It’s important to note that this goes on the books as red ink whether or not it’s actually paid in a given year.

Fixing the external financial burdens posed by the price rollback and pre-funding will put postal finances on a stable footing and allow USPS – which is based in the Constitution, funds itself through earned revenue, and enjoys broad public and political support – to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.

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Postal Facts: August 10th, 2018 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-august-10th-2018 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:20:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-august-10th-2018 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


USPS fears package growth slowdown ahead of Postal Task Force report (Federal News Radio) Image result for Federal News Radio logo

Coverage of the USPS Q3 Report, impending Postal Task Force report and confirmations for the Board of Governors.

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Postal Service reports $1.5B quarterly loss (WTOP Radio) Image result for WTOP Radio logo

Coverage of the USPS Q3 Report and associated trends.

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Postal Service Loses $1.5B in Third Quarter Despite Growing Revenue (Goverment Executive) 

Coverage of the USPS Q3 Report, rising revenue and need for policy fixes.

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USPS blames financial instability on government (Fox Business) Image result for fox business logo

Coverage of the USPS Q3 Report and need for policy fixes.

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Postal Service Only Loses $1.5 Billion in Q3 (Fedsmith)Image result for fedsmith logo

Coverage of the USPS Q3 Report and Postal Reform.

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Same Old Pattern as USPS Reports Quarterly Results (eCommerceByte)

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Coverage of the USPS Q3 Report and associated statements. 

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Fifth COLA set at $645 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/fourth-cola-set-at-645 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:02:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/fourth-cola-set-at-645 The fifth contract COLA is finalized today at $645 annually with the release of the July 2018 CPI-W. The sixth COLA will be finalized with the release of the January 2019 CPI-W in February 2019. For more,  click here.

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National Arbitration Award Issued on August 6th https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/goldberg-award-issued-on-august-6th Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:38:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/goldberg-award-issued-on-august-6th In an award issued on August 6, 2018, national arbitrator Stephen Goldberg vacated the Postal Service’s unilateral changes to certain provisions of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual.  These changes would have restricted employees’ right to take union leave without pay (LWOP) to participate in partisan political campaigns.

The decision sustained a national level grievance brought by the APWU.  NALC had also challenged the ELM changes and intervened in the case in support of APWU’s position. 

Under the federal Hatch Act, letter carriers generally have the legal right to participate in partisan political campaigns so long as they are not on active duty, off postal property, and out of uniform.  The ELM changes at issue would have prevented employees from requesting LWOP for union business for the purpose of engaging in such lawful activity. 

The Postal Service’s attempt to change the ELM’s LWOP provisions was a response to an investigation conducted by the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates alleged violations of the Hatch Act.  Specifically, the OSC looked at NALC’s member release program through which approximately 97 NALC members took union business LWOP to participate in campaign activity in support of candidates endorsed by the union.  The members performed typical “get out the vote” activities such as door-to-door canvassing, distribution of literature, telephone calls, and sending post cards to encourage voters to support NALC endorsed candidates for public office. 

In its Report following the investigation, the OSC recognized that “The postal unions and individual employees and members are permitted, and should be encouraged, to maintain PACs, endorse candidates, and enlist union members to support their electoral agendas on their own time.”  However, the Report also concluded that “USPS’s practice of facilitating carrier releases for the union’s political activity resulted in an institutional bias in favor of NALC’s endorsed political candidates which the Hatch Act prohibits.”   

The Postal Service responded to the report by implementing changes in the ELM to restrict employees from using “union business” LWOP to participate in partisan political campaigns.  Arbitrator Goldberg upheld the unions’ position that by acting unilaterally the Postal Service violated Articles 5, 10.2, and 19 of the National Agreement. The arbitrator ordered the Postal Service to rescind the changes and make whole any employees disciplined or whose LWOP requests were denied because they indicated they were requesting “union official” LWOP to engage in partisan political activity.  The arbitrator also stated that any further efforts by the Postal Service to change the ELM or PS Form 3971 must comply with Articles 5, 10.2 and 19 of the Agreement. 

To read the Goldberg Award click here.

NALC continues to discuss issues raised in the OSC Report with the Postal Service. Any agreements or other developments resulting from these discussions will be reported immediately.  In the meantime, NALC members who have any questions regarding participation in political campaigns should contact the Department of Legislative and Political Affairs at NALC Headquarters at 202-393-4695. 

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Branch Officers Training set for Sept. 17-20 in Minneapolis https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-set-for-sept-17-20-in-minneapolis Fri, 03 Aug 2018 10:31:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-set-for-sept-17-20-in-minneapolis NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine has announced that Branch Officers Training will be held September 17-20 in Minneapolis.

Branch Officers Training consists of three and a half days of educational seminars tailored to assist branch presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, recording secretaries, financial secretaries and trustees in the performance of their duties.

These sessions cover the basics for financial officers: taxes, accounting systems and maintenance of proper controls, reporting to the Department of Labor, fiduciary duties under the Landrum-Griffin Act, bonding of branch officers and IRS reporting requirements.

Additional training topics include the NALC Constitution and branch bylaws, branch operations and identifying branch policies, maintaining accurate and complete meeting minutes, member notification requirements, record keeping, branch elections, branch dues and how to read a dues roster.

The registration form for the Minneapolis Branch officers Training will be included in the next NALC Bulletin, which is scheduled to arrive next week. Branches must use the registration form to register for the class. Note: Please do not make airline reservations until you receive an acceptance letter. The daily room rate for the training is $179 plus tax.

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Vote NO on Prop A https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/vote-no-on-prop-a Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:26:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/vote-no-on-prop-a Today in Missouri, a significant vote on Proposition A is taking place at the voting booth.

Prop A would force Missouri to adopt so-called 'right-to-work' laws. Despite the clever name, 'right-to-work' does not guarantee a worker in Missouri or anywhere the right to employment. Instead, they restrict unions, undercut workers' rights, and eventually lead to lower wages and benefits for all workers, unionized or not.

While Prop A does not directly impact letter carriers, 'right-to-work' laws are designed by management, for management, and with the express purpose of weakening the organized workforce.

We encourage all members in MO to vote no on this harmful provision. Polls close at 7pm.

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Step credit for former TEs to be recalculated https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/step-credit-for-former-tes-to-be-recalculated Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:54:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/step-credit-for-former-tes-to-be-recalculated When applying the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Step Credit for Former Transitional Employees, USPS divided the employees’ total days on the rolls as a transitional employee (TE) by 365. This calculation was flawed. For example, this calculation would require a TE to work more than two weeks into their fourth year as a TE to get credit for three years. While this issue was not formally filed at the interpretive step, USPS has agreed to recalculate eligible employees’ TE service by dividing their total TE days by 360. This agreement (M-01896) will result in more than 600 former TEs receiving an additional step advancement retroactive to May 26, 2018.

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Grievance on delayed CCA backpay resolved https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/grievance-on-delayed-cca-backpay-resolved Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:53:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/grievance-on-delayed-cca-backpay-resolved The parties have settled a national-level grievance on the delay in retroactive payment to certain CCAs following ratification of the 2016-2019 National Agreement. In accordance with this settlement (M-01895), former CCA employees who converted to career status during the back pay period resulting from ratification of the 2016-2019 National Agreement who did not receive their retroactive pay on Feb. 23, 2018, for their time spent as a CCA, will receive a one-time lump-sum payment. The amount of the payment is determined by the length of time the employee was a CCA during the back pay period. The affected employees will receive the payments as follows: CCAs converted between Nov. 26, 2016, and  Feb. 18, 2017, will receive $50; CCAs converted between Feb, 18, 2017, and May 27, 2017, will receive $100; and CCAs converted between May 27, 2017, and Aug. 7, 2017, will receive $150.

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Interpretive dispute on CCA Holidays settled, eligible CCAs to receive retroactive holiday pay https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/interpretive-dispute-on-cca-holidays-settled-eligible-ccas-to-receive-retroactive-holiday-pay Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:57:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/interpretive-dispute-on-cca-holidays-settled-eligible-ccas-to-receive-retroactive-holiday-pay The issue in this dispute is the effective date of the provisions of Article 11.8, which provides holiday pay for CCAs. As a result of this settlement (M-01894), the parties agreed that eligible CCAs will receive holiday pay for holidays after the first wage increases under the terms of the 2016-2019 National Agreement (Nov. 26, 2016). Therefore, employees who were on the rolls as CCAs on Christmas Day 2016, New Year’s Day 2017, Memorial Day 2017 and Independence Day 2017, and remained on the rolls as either a CCA or career letter carrier as of July 27, 2018, will receive retroactive holiday pay for these holidays in accordance with Article 11.8 of the 2016-2019 National Agreement. Management had taken the position that the provisions of Article 11.8 only applied after ratification of the Agreement (Aug. 7, 2017).

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Promotion Pay and Hold in Place dispute settled https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/promotion-pay-and-hold-in-place-dispute-settled Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:52:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/promotion-pay-and-hold-in-place-dispute-settled This settlement (M-01893) lifts the hold in place instituted by USPS. The carriers affected by the hold in place will receive their step increases as scheduled prior to being held. These carriers will receive any retroactive pay owed back to the time they should have received their step increase(s).

After the Nov. 24, 2018, pay schedule consolidation and upgrade, all city letter carriers will be consolidated into a single grade and carrier technicians will receive additional compensation equivalent to 2.1 percent of the employee’s applicable hourly rate for all paid hours. However, carrier technicians will continue to be considered in a higher grade for the purpose of applying the provisions of Section 422.225 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). The settlement does not modify the promotional increase currently being received by any city letter carrier.

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