Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the November 2017 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Thanks to the retirees who attended the retirees luncheon last month.  It was well attended. We had the
pleasure of the company of NALC health benefit plan Director Brian Hellman.  Also in attendance was
Region 12 administrative assistant Brian Thompson. But the overriding point was the fellowship
between the retirees. This luncheon, the branch presented service pins to members with varying
lengths of service.  It’s a small token of how we feel about our members.  For those members who were
not retirees, pins were handed out to the prospective stewards for dissemination. Thanks again for all
the service of ALL our members.

While the branch will always take care of our own, we still will remain vigilant of the current issues that
affect our branch. The management side of things is changing at a rapid pace.  For most of the carriers
who have “put time in”, there is nothing that surprises us. It’s the same fools that we seemingly came
across many years ago.  The same tricks of the trade.  The good news is we should all be playing with
these numb sculls like cats play with their toys.  We do however, owe it to our less experienced carriers
to past down the little “nuggets” of information that can greatly empower them against the bootlicking
204B types/new supervisors (that feel like they alone can save the PO) that you don’t like because
he/she flipped like a pancake on Sunday morning.  These people actually think they have more power
than they do.  Please remember, the worst they can do is make us feel uncomfortable.

The good news is that our branch is ready and able to answer any questions you may have. We are
now undergoing LMOU negotiations mandated as part of the new contract.

Stay #UNIONSTRONG!
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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.

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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.

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.

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

December 4, 2017

PENALTY EXCLUSION PERIOD.  (December 2, 2017 – December 29, 2017).

Article 8.5.G provides that employees on the Overtime Desired List may be required to work up to 12
hours per day and 60 hours per week.  It further provides that the 12 and 60-hour restrictions do not
apply to employees on the Overtime Desired List during the month of December.

Simply stated: this means that a letter carrier on the OTDL can work as many hours as they choose to
during the exclusion period, & those who letter carriers who are not on the OTDL remain protected by
the 12-60 hour limits of Article 8.5.G of the National Agreement.  

CCA letter carriers are protected under the National Agreement’s Maximum Hours Limitation as
explained on JCAM page 8-20.  Keep in mind that CCA hour limitation is for hours worked in a day,
weeks are an exception; in that there is no limit for the total hours worked by the CCAs.
 


****************NOTICE*****************        

NOVEMBER 7, 2017

SHOP STEWARD ELECTIONS

IN ACCORDANCE WITH NALC BRANCH 725 BY-LAWS ARTICLE XII-STEWARDS

SECTION 1.  Stewards in each Branch or Station shall be elected annually, by members in each Branch
Office or Station.

SECTION 2.  Nominations will be held the last week in November.

SECTION 3.  Elections shall be by secret ballot during the month of December and supervised by the
President of the Branch or his/her designee.

SECTION 4.  Steward’s salary will be paid seven hundred and twenty-five dollars ($725.00) per year paid
quarterly.  Where necessary, The President shall appoint an Alternate Shop Steward.  That Alternate
shall receive two hundred dollars ($200.00) per year paid quarterly. To receive this salary, the steward
MUST attend at least (9) meetings during the course of the year, unless excused by the President.
ANYONE WISHING TO SUBMIT HIS OR HER NAME IN NOMINATION FOR SHOP STEWARD FOR THE
CALENDAR YEAR 2018 MUST SIGN THE NOMINATION SHEET ATTACHED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2017.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT THE UNION
OFFICE.


November 2, 2017

Promotion Pay Anomaly

NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions

Pursuant to Article 19 of the National Agreement, USPS notified NALC of proposed revisions to the
Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 422.2, City Carrier Schedule.  The revision
eliminates the requirement that two times the most prevalent step be added to a table two grade 1 letter
carrier’s salary when promoted to a grade 2 assignment.  If this pay rate fell between two steps, the
carrier would then receive the higher step.  This calculation resulted in table two grade 1 letter carriers
receiving a two step increase when assigned to a grade 2 assignment.

Additionally, the USPS notified NALC that they would be holding employees who previously received
the two step promotion pay increase in place in their current step for an additional 92 weeks less any
time served since their last step increase.

The ELM revision and the “hold in place” were effective October 14, 2017.

NALC has filed a national class action grievance (Q16N-4Q-C 17638188) on the issues and appealed it
to arbitration.  Any local grievances should be held in abeyance
pending resolution of the national grievance.

April 19, 2016

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725

Fss

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.

CDRAPP

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.

November 2, 2017

Margaret Polite Retirement - Chester Office

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Last night at our General Meeting President Rhonda Massari had the honor of awarding Margaret
Polite with her watch in recognition of her retirement.  Margaret has been active in this Local for a long
time and still remains active after her retirement attending Union meetings and encouraging all our
members to vote and use their voice to get members of Congress to understand the needs of all
Postal Workers and Union members as a whole.  She also goes to Capital Hill every year for the
Congressional breakfast to show support for those ideals.  Margaret mentioned in getting the watch
from Rhonda that it was special to her because Rhonda had the Route next to hers.  They where from
different Offices, she was from the Springfield Office and Rhonda from the Clifton Heights Office,  but
met each other from time to time.  Rhonda was the one who encouraged her to get to Union meetings
and get more involved.  The rest is history.  While we celebrate her retirement we know that Margaret
will still be around to be that voice of reason and encourage our members to get out and vote and
make the Public aware of what Congress is trying to do to the Postal Service and what the Customer
expects from it.  And we are not just a better Local but a better Union because of the efforts of people
like Margaret.
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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 @
irish14@comcast.net
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