Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the July 2017 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

One of the worst things in life is to be taken for granted. Our company does this so well. Whether we miss a
scan, misdeliver mail/packages, or can’t make it to work. What’s the first thing we hear?  It’s the ole “that is a
condition of your job” b.s. talk. We also hear “you get paid to do a job”. This is as if we are machines and can
never make a mistake. The fact of the matter is that they royally screw up often. And their fear of their bosses
makes them try and take it out on us. But we persevere, we are so resilient. And the #1 reason is the NALC.

It’s one thing for management to take us for granted but many of us take this great union for granted. I had the
privilege of going down to Washington D.C. last month for our annual Congressional Breakfast. There, me and
our brethren from all over the state spoke with our politicians on behalf of “all” letter carriers. It’s very
inspiring seeing the same leaders that I see at all these events. They just go about the business of helping
letter carriers.  That’s admirable, particularly during the vacation season. To that end, it was so great to attend
with fellow Branch 725 members President Rhonda Massari, Belinda Tridente, , Colleen Haynes, Mary Beth
Lloyd, Joseph Pease, and Margarite Polite. These people used their own AL to work on behalf of letter
We work at a job that pays well, has many union negotiated rights. So, I say USE THEM! The NALC (ironically) has
worked vigorously to negotiate a contract with vision, incite and purpose. If ratified, we will enjoy all the
benefits of said contract. But will it be taken for granted?  
Eric Jackson, Branch 725
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January 28, 2017

Branch 725 Steward workshop Tuesday February 7, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

All stewards are encouraged to attend this workshop that will focus on the Dispute Resolution
Process. (DRP)  We will have a sign-up sheet at our next meeting on February 1st for those that have
not signed up.  Stewards can also contact President Rhonda Massari @ 610-461-8333.  

The focus on this workshop will begin with the ins and outs of the Pre-Disciplinary Interview (PDI) and
will carry through each step of the DRP process.  This training will be designed to answer any
questions or concerns that our Shop Stewards have regarding the grievance process.  We will have a
wealth of knowledge on our panel to include President Massari, Vice-President Les Dillman,
Recording Secretary Rick Murphy, Marcus Hook Shop Steward Belinda Tridente and myself to
answer all questions and address any area of concern that stewards may have.  I look forward to
seeing you on February 7th.

Joe Pease,
Branch 725

June 17, 2017

Gowdy takes over as Oversight Committee chairman

On June 13, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) took over as chairman of the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who announced he would leave Congress
on June 30.

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Budget process underway in Congress

With the Trump administration’s first full budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 out, Congress now turns
to its onerous task of pulling together its own budget principles and will decide whether it includes
some, all or none
of the White House's priorities.

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Tell Congress to reject the White House’s FY2018 budget proposals

It’s time to hit the phones. Budget talks for Fiscal Year 2018 have begun, with the White House calling
for inexcusable hits to federal employees’ retirement benefits and to cuts to the Postal Service.

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Congress passes VA Accountability Bill and Whistleblower Protection Act

On June 13, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability
and Whistleblower Protection Act, a bill that weakens longstanding civil service protections for VA

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Senate committee holds hearing on STOP Act

A Senate committee held a hearing on a bill to require merchandise mailed to the U.S. to be subject to
Customs review and to require advanced electronic tracking of all packages and large envelopes
mailed to the United

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Senate committee approves nomination of Vought for OMB leader

The Senate Budget Committee voted on June 14 to advance Russell Vought’s nomination to the
position of deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget.

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NALC members from Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill

More than 100 letter carrier activists from Pennsylvania traveled to Washington, DC, June 6 and 7 to
educate their members of Congress on issues of importance to letter carriers, including NALC’s
priority resolutions.

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Resolutions update

With 221 co-sponsors on H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery) and 237 on H.Res. 28 (door delivery), both
measures would almost certainly pass the House if put to a vote. Thank you for your hard work on
these resolutions—but we can’t stop now. Congress still needs education from letter carriers on these
resolutions, as well as on H.Res. 31 (service standards), which needs more co-sponsors. All of these
resolutions have seen broad bipartisan support in previous Congresses, and our progress toward
exceeding a majority of voting co-sponsors for each is on track. There’s more work to do—keep it up.

H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery): —221 co-sponsors

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H.Res. 28 (door delivery):—237 co-sponsors

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H.Res. 31 (service standards):—187 co-sponsors

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The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

June 20, 2017

Heat Related

It’s that time of year again, when the temperatures begin to rise, and the potential for heat related
illnesses becomes a factor during your daily work routines. It’s important to remember the keys to
staying cool and safe this summer season.

Here are some quick tips for battling the heat:
1. Hydrate before, during and after work. Prevention is important, so make sure to maintain good
hydration by drinking at least 8-ounces of water every 20 minutes.  Soda and sugary drinks and drinks
containing caffeine should be avoided.
2. Dress appropriately for the weather. On warm days, make sure to wear light colored, loose fitting,
breathable clothing to keep body temperatures down.
3. Utilize shade to stay cool. When possible, use shaded areas to stay out of direct sunlight.  When you
feel the effects of heat stress, find shade and take the time to hydrate.
4. Know the signs of heat stress. You should understand what heat stress is, and how it can affect your
health and safety.

Here are some things to
look out for:
 Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
 Headache
 Confusion or dizziness
 Nausea
 Muscle cramps
 Weakness or fatigue
 Rash
Finally, it’s important to notify your supervisor or call 911 if you’re experiencing signs of heat related
illnesses. This will not only ensure your safety, but can also save your life!  Don't take these signs
lightly.  Take care of yourself.

You can download the OSHA heat index app for information on the Heat risk conditions and how to
work safely in weather related condition.  Information on the app is found above.

Please remember to take these precautions and look out for each other.  If you are experiencing any
resistance from management in your office, please see your shop steward or call the Union office

Be safe!

May 3, 2017


Thanks so much to our Beautification committee of one Barb KEARNEY who did an amazing job of
planting flowers at the Union Hall well into the dark of night!! It looks

Tuesday Nights

Tuesday night at the Union Hall as Director of Education Joe Pease, Recording Secretary Rick Murphy
and Clifton Heights Shop Steward Colleen Haynes are hard at work writing grievances. Stop by on
Tuesdays and join in on the fun!! There is a seat waiting for you. We are here to assist our members
after office hours for your convenience. Call the Union office for details.

April 19, 2016

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725


I thought we were done with the fss adjustments but here we go again. I want to remind everyone that
fss is a management program and not endorsed by the NALC.  The review process however is.  How
fss has worked in the past is management would select a period and add up all of your case able flats
and come up with a percentage that was going to be placed on the machine. They would then make
adjustments in the offices off of these numbers. After 60 days you would review the office and if
changes were need they would be made at this time. This time around management will implement
fss with no changes being made and in 30 days review the office. If changes are required they will be
made at this time. Once the changes are made and implemented than your 60 day
review will begin.


We are finishing up our reviews in our last couple of offices. Once again CDRAPP was very good for
our letter carriers in our district. Newtown Square originally was receiving one full time route and a
aux. Through the review it was determined that the aux will now become a full time position and this
would also create another Q2 position. Hats off to the letter carriers in Wayne they did a nice job
during their review period maintaining their street time. We will be doing some minor changes to
territory in Wayne.

June 19, 2017

Branch 725 Newsletter

NALC 2017 National RAP Session Update

Eric Jackson, Branch Treasurer and Scribe

Four members from Branch 725 attended the 2017 National Rap Session. Rhonda Massari, Eric
Jackson, Joseph Pease, and Richard Murphy along with more than 1,000 leaders from all over the
country attended the 3-day conference on June 13th through June 15th. National rap sessions are for
state and branch presidents/designees and are authorized in non-convention years by the NALC
Constitution under Article 3, Section 4(b).
The rap session was used to educate branch leaders about the proposed contract. It’s hoped that this
will give all NALC members the opportunity to get questions answered prior to submitting
ratification ballots.     
The training was very enlightening. Not only did we get an understanding the proposed National
Agreement, they gave us insight on the negotiation process and where they are going in the future.
This information helped me to respect even more the vision that NALC National President Fred
Rolando. This  communication process is not new to the NALC. During the year we gather several
times to meet, train, and disseminate information.
Some of the elements of the proposed agreement were highlighted in the latest edition of the NALC
bulletin. But there are so many details that I could not adequately represent them in this writing. What I
would like you to know is the Proposed National Agreement, a well laid out Summary of the Tentative
Agreement along with the ratification ballot is being printed up as we speak. They will be sent out to
every active member. Consistent with Article 2, Section 1 (a) of the NALC Constitution, retirees and
Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) departees shall have no voice or vote in any matter
pertaining to the ratification of a national working agreement.
Also, there was an “update” training on every issue that we cover. The biggest of these is the future
legislative path that our union is and must take. In the current political climate, our participation is
essential. You will be hearing more on this and we will be calling on everyone to lend their time, energy,
money and effort to this cause. The union movement is again under attack. Safety and the new product
development classes were particularly interesting. For instance, new updates on our scanners, 3971s,
new electric vehicles by 2020, etc.In summary, this great union keeps chugging along. This article
among so many more things are the screws that build this great engine that performs for you! We
never forget that our sole function is for you, the membership!
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January 9, 2016

Gerry Gallagher

Health Plan / MBA Director

NALC Mutual Benefit Association Rates for 2017

MBA Retirement Savings Policy

Current rate for 2017 is 3.25%

If you had the policy before 2015 your rate for 2017 is 3.50%

If you had the policy before 2000 your rate for 2017 is 4.50%

All things considered these rates continue to exceed the
interest rates offered by most if not all financial institutions.
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