Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the November 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Many chants were yelled at the top of our voices in unison as Branch 725 was among the many union
members (and their families) who came out last Columbus Day to rally against the privatization of the
postal service. Along with the overt attack on the whole labor movement, the Trump administration is
considering privatizing the U.S. Postal Service. At risk are residents, businesses and organizations
that rely on the most cost-efficient postal service in the western world.

The rally has effects that most of us don’t even think about. One, is to energize us on the ground floor
activism level. Two, is public visibility. And thirdly, the exchange of discourse between the politicians
and those who help get them elected. For me it was inciteful walking side-by-side with
congressman/women and talking/laughing as equals as we marched down the street. Also, it’s always
nice seeing friends in the union movement that we have known for over 20 years. The moral is when
we let our guards down and talk with common interests, we can move mountains. I’m so proud!

Another surprise I got was on my way to my car, a man at a newsstand asked me “what was that all
about”. What followed was a conversation between me, him and the lady working the stand. We
discussed the postal issues, and what we were rallying for. To my surprise, the lady advocated so
much for letter carriers that I only needed to add some facts and perspective. She “loved what the
speakers had to say”.  Yes, they love us! Why wouldn’t they?   

#WeHaveToFightForOurRights #KeepOurFeetOnTheirNecks   

This past month our branch also held another retiree seminar which NBA David Napadano attended.
Later in the month, we enjoyed the great company of our retirees at our semi-annual luncheon.
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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.

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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

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

November 16, 2018

Jackie Morgan Retirement - Havertown Office

















Congratulations to Havertown’s Jackie Morgan on her upcoming retirement! We wish her the best and
a very long, happy and healthy retirement.



November 5, 2018

2018 Penalty Overtime Exclusionary Period

Reminder of penalty exclusion period  

The dates & pay periods are: Pay-period 25-18 – Week @ (December 1, 2018) – and ends Pay Period
01-19 – Week 1 December 28, 2018.  


October 31, 2018

Stationary Time

Just this week the Eastern Area held meetings with thier managers and supervisors.  The meeting
concerned the USPS current financial situation and how to cut cost.  Those cost cutting measures
focused on letter carrier’s street times.  Management believes that they can save by “going after letter
carriers”.  One example is that they now want to classify stationary time as “improper conduct” and ”
keep a closer look on the GPS Reports”.  

Obviously instead of speaking to us in a professional manner those at the top of the Eastern Area
continue to believe that letter carriers are not doing their jobs.  When it starts at the top, you all know
where it ends up.  

Please inform our carriers that management is going to engage them with more demands and covert
tactics to attempt to intimidate them into skipping breaks, lunches, and using annual leave on days
where they believe pivots will not work.  

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call.

Rhonda

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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October 18, 2018

Retirees Luncheon

Gene Dolan - Director Of Retirees
















Congrats and thanks to all who made our Retiree Luncheon another Great success, our President
Rhonda Massari, the Executive Board and the members who volunteered their time and talents and
who did such a great job.  Many compliments were given to the fine food and hard work to honor our
retirees.  A small talk about what we face with the effort to privatize the Post Office was given by:  
Tony Perconte, the legislative and political advocate from the National Union.  Also, Union
membership pins were awarded to some of those attending.  Including a 60 yr pin, two 55 yr pins, two
45 yr pins a 25 yr and 20 yr pin.  A 50 yr Gold Card was awarded to:  Tom Parker.  Again, many thanks
to all!

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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

October 9, 2018

Branch 725 Elections

Belinda Tridente - Election Committee Chairwoman

The Election Committee appointed by the President of Branch 725 to conduct the election of the
Officers of Branch 725 is overseeing the printing, stuffing and mailing of ballots.

Candidates for President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer,
Director of Education and Director of Hospital and MBA were unopposed and elected by consent at
the
September Union meeting.

Two (2) Candidates were nominated for Sargent of Arms.

Two (2) Candidates were nominated  Director of Retirees.

Six (6) Candidates were nominated for the Position of Trustee.

The election is being conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the NALC Constitution.

The Committee has reviewed and approved all nominations 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.

Ballots are currently being prepared, inserted and mailed.  All ballots are expected to be mailed by
October 17, 2018.

If you are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot by October 24, 2018 or if you have spoiled your
ballot you must notify the branch office to request a duplicate ballot.

Ballots must be received by 9:00 am on November 6, 2018 to be counted.  The counting of the ballots
will be counted November 6, 2018.

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

SARGENT OF ARMS:
Tim Grover
Tommy Mullin

DIRECTOR OF RETIREES:
Gene Dolan
Andy Kearney

TRUSTEE:
John Schneider
Bill Mellon
Colleen Haynes
Miles Revis
Margaret Polite
Barb Kearney


The election committee, as appointed by President Rhonda Massari is made up of Belinda Tridente,
Shirley Hagner, Keith Bailey, and Steve Curry.
Philly Columbus Day Rally

October 28, 2018

A New Day for the Civil Service

Gerry Gallagher - Director of Health Benefits and MBA

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