Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the April 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe


Our branch recently attended the 2018 region 12 Rap Session in Atlantic City. The event was well
attended by our leaders and stewards. In fact, our very own Colleen Haynes taught a few classes and
represented this branch very well. Why were we there? To add to our knowledge base through
intensive training. While the USPS has made a recent emphasis on training, our focus has never
stopped. Think about it. The best way to reinvest in ourselves is to gain more knowledge and
understanding of the contract and the union way of doing things. One goal is better labor/management
relations and more dignity and respect for our members.

The reality is the next wave of management has arrived. And they are more “green” than ever.
Fortunately, there is nothing that we are not prepared for. But to help our members at the lowest level
we must remain vigilante because the “idiot” factor will always remain in effect. One of the latest
incarnations is they are coming after our use of sick leave. We negotiate in good faith, sign an
agreement, and then some newly hired management type comes to the labor division and “tries” to
reinvent the wheel. Remember a long time ago it was “abuse of sick leave”, then came “not regular in
attendance (WTF is that???)”, then “deems desirable list”. But let’s not hate on them for trying. Lets’
wake up and not be afraid to exercise our rights! These parameters are set forth in the ELM. So, until
that changes, we should not let them intimidate us.

The big picture is that we are doing great. Our fight is a one-minute-at-a-time thing. Let’s stay unified.
And the best gift you can give this union is to help a CCA become a “MAILMAN”!
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NALC Branch 725 S.E. PA Merged
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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.

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

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.

April 3. 2018

Jackie Coleman Retirement - Norwood Office




















     
    Norwood Letter Carriers                                                         Jackie Coleman

It’s always a pleasure to celebrate a retirement. Many of our members sail into retirement. Norwood’s
Jackie Coleman swam uphill all the way. I’m so happy for her that the day has finally arrived. Please
join me in Congratulating Jackie and wishing her a long, happy and healthy retirement.
Rhonda Massari

March 28, 2018

Retirement Seminar

To all, we finally got a date for the retirement seminar.  Please post this flyer asap and make
announcements at the floor talks.  This is so very important for our members so we need to get the
word out.  If you cannot print this flyer, please let me know and I will mail one out to you.  Thanks so
much!  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.
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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
Postal Workers Dealing  With
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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
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Letter carriers in Media join
million mile club


April 6, 2018

Branch 725 Newsletter

Retirement Wayne Post Office - Paul Kincade

Andrew Kearney - Webmaster















Wayne Shop Steward Steve Curry - Paul Kincade - And President Rhonda Massari

Congrats to our Branch's newest member to the final punch club.  Paul Kincade of the Wayne Office
out of Southeastern.   It was a long road and we all know it was not well paved.  Hope you will stay in
touch and join us at the Retiree's luncheons .   Many retirees used to come back and visit their old
friends and coworkers at their offices.  Grab a cup of coffee and talk to all their old friends and share
some stories with them.  That is not a good idea anymore. The Retiree Luncheon is a relaxed place and
time for us to sit back and talk about all the funny and bad times we experienced  with Carriers that are
also retired and with some that come just to hear those stories from those who are still working.  They
love to hear them and just see how you are doing.  With all the changes the Postal Service has done to
our Craft the one thing they can't change  is how much we care about each other.  Our Retiree
Luncheons allow us to keep in touch, get a good meal and have a little fun.  The Retirees also get
updated on issues they may not be aware of but are important in order to help them enjoy the
retirement they worked so hard for.   I hope you feel the same Paul and will join us to have a few laughs
and let our hair down without fear of someone watching your every move.  We promise you will enjoy it
and come back again.  I am not retired yet but will be in a few years and it is great to talk to some people
I used to work with and share personal moments with them.