Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the July 2019 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Happy July! A month that signifies heat, fireworks, and independence. The temperature is real this time of
year. We must do our best to stay hydrated through these “dog days”. The threat of heat exhaustion and
heat stroke are real. Have you noticed the PO’s emphasis on hydration lately? Yes, because it has had a
negative affect on their bottom line. But that makes it more offensive that they would turn up the “heat” on
the carriers at this time of the year. Carriers are being harassed on the street as well as the office this
summer to make numbers that are unrealistic. In fact, these numbers are so unrealistic that they have to be
shoved down our throats. Now does this aggressive approach make sense when the heat is at record
highs? How are we to drink more to stay hydrated and not have to have more comfort stops.  And how
about the comfort stop to cool down your body temperature when you face symptoms of heat related
illness? The PO’s actions never match their words.

With the new aggressive approach by management (couched as cost saving measures), their actions are
consistent with fireworks because they are causing people’s lives to explode (metaphorically). We should
not have to put up with this.

The independence that this month represents is apropos. We still have control of our actions. They can try
and pick at us with their tactics, etc., but the overriding notion is that if we do the right thing, they will be
working hard only to get an empty result. And you know that they don’t like to work. This is our reality, so
complaining only serves to make us feel better, but it does not help our existence.

So, stay strong and united.

Eric Jackson, Branch 725        
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Supervisor right away.  Don't push yourself.
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April 10, 2019

Branch 725 Shop Steward Training
Tuesday May 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Director Of Education - Joe Pease

All Shop Stewards are encouraged to attend this training session that will focus on the Dispute Resolution
Process. (DRP)  We will have a sign-up sheet at our next meeting on May 1, 2019.  Please let me know by
email or text if you can attend this training class. Stewards can also contact President Rhonda Massari @
610-461-8333 or Joe Pease @ 610-724-2144.
I would like to thank you all for taking on the job of NALC Shop Steward.  We all appreciate the effort and
the dedication it takes to represent your brothers and sisters.  The Shop Steward’s job is difficult and
demanding, this training will aid you in understanding the Dispute resolution Process.
The focus on this training will start with a recap of our February training and carry into the Formal A
Meeting of the DRP.  This class will be designed to answer any questions or concerns that our Shop
Stewards have regarding the grievance process.
I look forward to seeing you on May 7th.

Thank you.
Joe Pease

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

July 3, 2019

Million Mile Awards - West Chester Office













Congratulations to the Million Mile award winners in the West Chester Post Office.  It truly is a great
accomplishment to go 30 years without a motor vehicle accident!  Thank you all for setting the example of
safe driving! Your commitment to safety is second to none.  
Pictured:  West Chester group picture. Award winners left to right, District manager Judy Herrick,
Postmaster Brent Hefton, Rural Carrier Jimmy Small, NALC Letter Carriers Les Dillman, Martin Hollis, and
Louis Santos, with West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin.



June 25, 2019

Million Mile Awards - Swarthmore Office































Congratulations to John Fanelli, Billy Kane, Bill Raymond of the Swarthmore Office on receiving the
coveted Million Mile Award.  Thirty years without an accident dealing with all that we do and in all weather
conditions.  Well Done!


June 13, 2019

TSP Changes

There are changes coming to the TSP.  Please look over the attached fact sheet so you are aware of those
changes.

TSP Fact Sheet

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.
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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

February 5, 2019

Health Assessment

Gerry Gallagher - Health Plan Director


Don't forget as a member of the NALC Health Benefit Plan you should take the Health Assessment
questionnaire it only takes about 10 minutes click on the link below

https://www.nalchbp.org/high-option-plan/member-resources/health-risk-assessment

2019 Drop Day Calendar

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Lansdowne / Springfield Office
Mike Fynes Million Mile Award

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Glenolden / Folsom

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West Chester
Retiree Bob Zigmont at Independence
Mall Rally of Federal Employees that
want to go back to end the
Government shutdown and get back to
work and those working without pay.

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July 1, 2019

Million Mile Awards - Glenolden / Folsom Office

Andy Kearney, Shop Steward
























Congratulations to Bill Morgan, Jimmy Doonan, Steve Deegan, Jeff Travascio and Randy Waldie on
receiving their Million Mile awards today.  With all the times you get told  what you did wrong, this is
something you did right.  And for over 30 years!  Missing from photos is Randy Waldie.

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Chester Mail Carrier Larry Elliot's
Final Salute