Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the September 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Congratulations! It’s another long, hot summer of great letter carrier service to our customers.
We must never sell ourselves short. The amount of dedication and perseverance that we display
daily is not a common thing.

We returned last month from another successful convention energized. So, if you were thinking,
“oh, management is not so bad. I like my supervisor”. The latest thing going on is that the postal
service is under siege across the country for stealing letter carrier money. That’s right, changing
clock rings to not only take away letter carrier penalty time, but also overtime and to meet
manufactured time lines. As usual, the NALC has addressed this. The NALC is putting out
booklets out to keep track of your time. It’s just that simple! Like old times. But they are also
putting out an app that will allow you to track your time worked. From my perspective, NALC
president Fred Rolando has had his hand on the pulse of what is going on daily with us. If you
just search “USPS stealing time” you will see what is going on around the country. The NALC will
always be at the forefront of attacking, exposing, and the result has also been JAILING some of
these fools. And many years ago, we got training at a national convention on management
stealing time. We ALWAYS must be vigilante.

The other big highlight of the convention was our brother Bill Mellon presenting branch 725’s
MDA contribution of $6,000 to the body. This meant a lot to us because we love Bill so much.  

If you notice, all our gains are through the grievance/arbitration process. The power of a
grievance is immeasurable. Just like the power of binding arbitration. #TheFightNeverEnds

The next retiree luncheon is October 18, 2018.
Contact Us
NALC Branch 725 S.E. PA Merged
617 MacDade Blvd.
Milmont Park, PA  19033

Phone: 610-461-8333
Fax: 610-461-8334

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Schedule of Branch
Meetings & Events

Next Meeting
October 3, 2018
8:00 PM
NALC Branch 725 Union Hall
617 W. MacDade Blvd.
Milmont Park, PA  19033

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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.

Click here to read more.

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.

Click here to read more.

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

August 10, 2018

And we have a WINNER!!!...…













Branch history has been made today.  The very first NALC Branch 725 Scholarship has been awarded
to the daughter of Media station's Fran Ficco.  The Scholarship recipient, Alyssa Ficco is on her way to
the University of South Carolina, to study Nursing.  Alyssa is a shining example of being raised by a
Union household. Her future plans are dedicated to helping others.  She plans to work in a Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit upon completion of her studies. Please join me in sending our best wishes and
heartfelt congratulations to Alyssa as she starts a new chapter in what will be, I'm sure, a very bright
future.  Congratulations Alyssa!  We are so proud of you.  Your wings already exist, now all you have
to do is fly...


August 8, 2018

Retirement Seminar

Tuesday October 2, 2018 7:00PM

You’ve asked for it, you’ve got it!!         
Nalc Branch 725 is hosting its 4th retirement seminar    

Thinking about retiring?  Have questions?  Look no further.  This seminar is designed to provide
answers to many of your questions. Whether your are close to
retirement or a few years away, this program is for you!

Anyone who is interested should call the Union Hall to reserve their place for the seminar.  

If using GPS to find the Union hall, use 617 W MacDade Blvd,  Folsom as the address.  Please note,
that this seminare is approximately 3 hours in length and well
worth your time.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Union office at 610-461-833 for more
information.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Rhonda Massari
        

August 7, 2018

The NALC keeps WINNING for you!

1.  USPS has agreed to recalculate eligible employees’ TE service by dividing their total TE days by
360. This agreement ( M-01896) will result in over 600 former TEs receiving an additional step
advancement retroactive to May 26, 2018
2.  Former CCA employees who converted to career status during the backpay period resulting from
ratification of the 2016-2019 National Agreement who did not receive their retroactive pay on February
23, 2018 for their time spent as a CCA, will receive a one-time lump sum payment.
3.  Eligible CCAs will receive holiday pay for holidays after the first wage increases under the terms of
the 2016-2019 National Agreement. 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
4. The hold in place instituted by USPS will be lifted. 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).
5.  All city carrier assistants in all size offices with 30 months of relative standing on September 1, 2018
will be converted to career status within 60 days from the signing of the agreement on July 27, 2018.  
CCAs meeting this criteria in 200 work-year offices or larger will be converted to full-time regular and
CCAs meeting this criteria in all other offices will be converted to part-time flexible. All CCAs converted
to career status in accordance with this settlement will be converted within their current installation.

When someone asks " What"s the Union doing for me"? Look no further for an answer. These 5
settlements is a good place to start.
These accomplishments do not just happen.  They are hard fought wins brought to you by the NALC!  
Need more information on these settlements?  Download the free NALC APP on your phone now.  You
can sign up for updates like these and many more.  
Communication is key and the NALC app is a good way to stay connected.

Lets keep the momentum going!!  We are facing attacks on our livelihood daily.  Sign up to contribute
to the Letter Carrier Political Fund now.  Find the link on this page or call the Union office for more
information.

Fraternally, Rhonda Massari

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,
accident free
New NALC APP
PA Online Voter Registration



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 @
irish14@comcast.net
Postal Workers Dealing  With
Arctic Blast starring  our own
Nancy Benson

October 29. 2017







A New Day for the Civil Service
Federal Benefits Open Season
(Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Programs)
November 13, 2017 through December 11, 2017
This is the only notification you will receive regarding Open Season
If you are satisfied with your current health plan, you do not need to do anything
It's quick and easy to request health benefit changes and plan information.
- Go to Open Season Online at https://retireefehb.opm.gov
- Call Open Season Express at 1-800-332-9798
- Write to us at:   
FEHB Open Season Processing Center

P.O. Box 5000

Lawrence, KS 66046-0500
For General Open Season information, click the above link to use Live Help or send a secure webmail
message.
For information on comparing health plans visit
http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/compare-plans.
For more information regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's requirement visit
www.irs.gov/uac/Questions-and-Answers-on-the-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision.
For information on the Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) visit the
secure enrollment website www.benefeds.com or call 1-877-888-3337, TTY
1-877-889-5680.
For more information on Open Season or health care reform legislation, visit www.opm.gov/insure.
For information on Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov.
This is the only notification you will receive unless you request additional information be mailed to you.
If you are having trouble reading this email you may copy and paste the following link into a web
browser's address bar: https://retireefehb.opm.gov
Please do not reply to this email. The Office of Personnel Management will not respond as it is not a
monitored mailbox.
United States Office of Personnel Management
Letter carriers in Media join
million mile club


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.
OSHA Heat APP
Media Letter Carrier Matt
Havens receives award for
40 years of service

Videos From The Convention

President Rolando's Keynote
Address 2018

Gary Jones - President of UAW

CCA The Bridge to a Postal
Career

We Carry On: Dedication in the
face of disaster - Part 1

We Carry On: Dedication in the
Face of Disaster - Part 2

We Carry On: Dedication in the
Face of Disaster - Part 3

We Carry On: Dedication in the
Face of Disaster - Part 4

Sara Nelson - President of the
AFA-CWA

Mark Dimondstein

Paul Hogrogian

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Ady Barkan

Mike Palecek

Marc Perrone

Jaxon Hunt

Richard Trumka

Nancy Pelosi