Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the July 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

About six months ago I received an email that contained an attachment with the training that
management had for attendance. Many of us had heard that this training had taken place. Upon
going over it, I observed generalities that basically said how to get us on attendance but also
had protections for the company or “outs” for management to rely on should their people go
too far in applying the rules against us.

We know that attendance is high on their list every year. The surprise is that they have had
success in this incarnation. We have had some carriers fired for attendance lately and many
others put up for removal. But I say this now only to say that this can’t be taken lightly. When
someone’s job is on the line, we lose sleep!  The union has always told members that
attendance is one of the few things that will get us fired simply because it is an absolute thing.
It’s easy to prove that you had an unscheduled absence. Now, lateness has been exaggerated,
and along with unscheduled absences, presents some of our most challenging fights in the
grievance process. So, please be careful. Consult your steward on all your rights. But particularly
as it relates to attendance.

This brings me to an interview that I recently read with Postmaster General Megan Brennan. In
the article she stated that the post office would be employing “aggressive management”. What
does that mean? Well, we can put it all together when the top postal executive speaks in these
terms, we can think back to what is currently happening. So, please be careful and understand
that we are one of a few companies where most of the employees know more than the people
“managing” them.

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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

Legislative Update From National

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.

Click here to read more.

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.

Click here to read more.

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.

Click here to read more.

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
employees.

Click here to read more.

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
States.

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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.

Click here to read more.

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

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

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

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

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

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

June 26, 2018

MDA Camp















On Thursday June 21st I had the pleasure of attending Sponsor Day at a local MDA camp. Our branch
was invited to carnival day. Never having participated, we had no idea what to expect or what to do.  
Originally, our thought was to decline the invitation and prepare for next year. Finally, three days
before the event, we decided to “go for it”. We  put together a zip code spinning wheel game with lots
of prizes along with corn hole and a table where campers could write down their favorite memories
from camp. The theme was “Memories from camp, and we’ll put on the stamp”.   Once the campers
wrote their letters and addressed the envelope , we took it from there. The fun continues when
campers arrive home. They were told to look out for their letter carrier who will bring them that special
letter. The one they wrote to themselves remembering all the fun memories they shared at camp.

The memories we shared watching the kids have fun will last a lifetime. I would like to give special
thanks to Colleen Haynes who was always up for the challenge from the moment we received the
invitation. She switched her drop day and was ready to go if and when we committed to attend. I
would also like to thank Les Dillman who did the heavy lifting and played corn hole with the kids. He
made sure each kid won, not 1, not 2, but 5 or 6 prizes!!  At great time was had by all!!   I would also like
to thank those branch members who wanted to attend but because of the last minute organization
could not attend. This special event will definitely be on the schedule next year and for years to come.
It was great to see the kids benefit from our MDA fundraisers. So the biggest Thank You goes to all of
you who support our MDA fund raising efforts year after year. THANK YOU!!


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May 25, 2018

Million Mile & Safety Awards - Chester Office

The Chester Post Office celebrated safety with two Million Mile award winners Jim Higham and Barry
Lee. Many others received acknowledgement for many years of safe driving. In attendance was the
new District Manager Judy Herrick POOM Anthony Johnson, Labor specialist Kevin Mahoner and
NALC Regional Administration Assistant Brian Thompson. The celebration was complete with a
plethora of food for all. The employees of the Chester Post Office have demonstrated the
importance of safety and  are an example to all of us. Congratulations to all the safety award winners!
 



















Pictured Jim Higham with his sons and Barry and Mrs Lee.



















Safety award winners


April 6, 2018

NRP CLASS ACTION

The final order by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the NRP case requires the
Postal Service to post a notice (of the EEOC finding that it violated the Rehabilitation Act) in its
facilities around the country.  This notice must be posted within 30 calendar days of the date of the
final order (March 9, 2018) and remain posted for 60 consecutive days in conspicuous places,
including all places where notices to employees are customarily posted.  The notice must be posted
no later than Monday April 9, 2018.  Make sure your office complies regarding the required posting and
require the Postal Service to comply with the EEOC order if necessary.

Click here for  the example notice the EEOC provided in the September 25, 2017 decision.

February 10, 2018

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725

Route Inspection Training

We will have training for the Clifton Heights office on Thursday March 15.  Time to be decided.  Once
we get any updates on any other offices we will do the same.  For now we are dealing with Clifton
Heights.
Havertown, Pa.  A million miles,
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November 13, 2017

Gerry Gallagher, Health Plan and MBA Director

Reminder Open Season started today November 13, 2017 and ends on December 11, 2017 so GET
STARTED !

For those of you who have the NALC Health Benefit Plan and either never received your CVS Extra
Care Health card or may have lost your card call 888-543-5938 to request a card.  Also when you have
the NALC Health Benefit Plan and you take the Health Assessment when completed you will be given
a choice of:
1 Enrollment in Cigna Plus Savings discount dental program self only when one completes the Health
Assessment and family Cigna Plus Savings discount dental program when two or more
complete the Health Assessment NOTE you must be 18 or older to complete the Health Assessment
any questions call 877-521 0244.

2 Waiver of two $20 medical office visit co payments when one covered member completes the Health
assessment Waiver of four $20 medical office visit co payments when  two or more (including the
member) complete the Health Assessment.
3 A wearable activity tracking device (limit 2 devices per enrollment) To take the Health Assessment
go to
www.nalchbp.org click on High Option Plan then click on Health Assessment you will need to
register with an ID and Password if you have taken the Health Assessment in the past your
information should be saved.

Thanks again for your time and remember this is YOUR union Health Plan !

Any Questions call the Union Office @ 610-461-8333 and Rhonda will get your concerns to me or you
can reach me @
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October 29. 2017







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July 18, 2018

Greetings From The NALC National Convention In Detroit

Andy Kearney - Webmaster











Today is the third day of the convention.  Days are packed with classes on a wide range of important
issues that our members go to in order to be up to speed in representing you.  There is the General
Session that all members from every Branch in our Union get together to vote on amendments to our
National Constitution, resolutions, and items we want our National leaders to press in the next contract
negotiations.  There are guest speakers from other Unions around the world sharing their issues with
us and how they are combating them.  A lot of these issues are the same we are facing as well so it
helps to hear from them how to battle them.  There are also a lot of Union solidarity and community
reach out like the one both Eric Jackson and Belinda Tridente participated in.  Pictured above you can
see them getting ready to stuff bags of needed items to give out to the homeless Veterans in Detroit.  A
very busy, but important week getting both the education they need as well as letting the community
we are visiting see how important we are to the communities we serve.  And not just the mail
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