Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the May 2017 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe


I received a letter from former Branch 277 President Thomas Blythe from the Chester PO. He expressed such
pride in his fellow carriers that it warms the heart. His dismay in how some of us display a lack of that very pride
is echoed by many carriers. Forget management, it all starts with us. In my opinion, most carriers have this very
pride that Mr. Blythe talked about, but the company has simply attempted to harass it out of us.
The company doesn’t tell us the fact that we are the best in the world at what we do (we move more mail than
the next five countries put together. We do our jobs more efficiently than all our private competitors at a
cheaper price. We also deliver the parcels that they don’t want to deliver). We only get these facts from the
NALC. But the company gives us B.S. and mixed messages about service (until they must pay a little more
overtime). We didn’t make these empty promises, management did. It’s like a parent telling their kid “I’m coming
to see you” and never showing up.
But in the end, what can they do to us that they haven’t already been doing? They attack us as if we are the
“enemy” and not the most important part of this $67 billion company. You can GPS us, follow us, try to harass us
out of using our negotiated sick leave, and even fail to give us our just due respect. But you will never break
us! We carriers LOVE a good fight. Postal management, respect our greatness or step down to our level and try
to carry a route under the same constraints that you try to place on us.
They are coming, let’s be ready!
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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

May 26, 2017

Trump administration releases FY2018 budget plan

The Trump administration’s budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018 proposes cuts for the Postal Service and
for active and retired federal employees.

Click here to read more.

Vote-by-mail measures introduced in House, Senate

The Vote By Mail Act aims to amend the Help America Vote Act to require states to mail ballots to all
eligible voters at least two weeks in advance of a federal election.

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Utah governor signs bipartisan-supported USPS bill

On March 21, Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law S.B. 65, a postal facilities and
government services bill that authorizes state agencies to provide select services through rural post
offices.

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NALC members from New York on the Hill

More than 100 letter carrier activists from New York traveled to Washington, DC, to educate their
members of Congress on issues of importance to the New York State Association of Letter Carriers.

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House bill aims to restrict official time at the VA

The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved a bill that contains a number of anti-union provisions.

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House passes official time reporting bill

The Housed has passed a bill that would require that the Office of Personnel Management to submit an
annual report to Congress outlining the use of official time by federal employees.

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Congressional schedule

Members of the House and Senate will be in their home districts and states for a Memorial Day recess—
the House May 26 through June 5 and the Senate May 29 through June 2. Now is the time to schedule
an in-district meeting to keep your representatives in the loop on what is important to you as a letter
carrier. Are they having town hall meetings?
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during your last in-district meeting? Has your House representative signed on as a co-sponsor of all of
our resolutions? This is a great time to follow up
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The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

May 3, 2017


Beautification

















Thanks so much to our Beautification committee of one Barb KEARNEY who did an amazing job of
planting flowers at the Union Hall well into the dark of night!! It looks
great!!

Tuesday Nights















Tuesday night at the Union Hall as Director of Education Joe Pease, Recording Secretary Rick Murphy
and Clifton Heights Shop Steward Colleen Haynes are hard at work writing grievances. Stop by on
Tuesdays and join in on the fun!! There is a seat waiting for you. We are here to assist our members
after office hours for your convenience. Call the Union office for details.

Attention Retired Members

It has been brought to my attention that all Lifetime members are having $.59 deducted from their
pension checks stating that it's for NALC dues. The Department of Retired members at NALC
Headquarters is well aware of this situation and are diligently working on rectifying this problem. They
have assured me that anyone effected by this error will be refunded the full amount. I will post updates
as I am made aware. Thank you for your patience.

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.

May 24, 2017

Andy Kearney, Webmaster

We Hate To Tell You We Told You So...Well, Maybe Not This Time

Before the election we warned you that Donald Trump would be bad for you as a Postal Worker.  The
Legislative department works with all Candidates that are pro labor and pro postal service.  Both sides
of the isle including Independents.  They know the ones that will benefit you and those that want to hurt
you, your jobs and families.  They work very hard to sift through everything that is said by them as well
as their actions so that they can better inform you on who to vote for to keep and improve your jobs
and lives.   Our Local worked very hard to get that message out to our membership at a personal level
also.  Too often that falls on deaf ears.  This past Presidential election proved just that.  Many of our
members did not heed the advice of our leaders and voted for Donald Trump. He is showing his true
self and trying to take away a lot of the benefits you enjoy today and those you hope to once you retire.  
The impact to myself if he gets what he wants is that I will not be able to retire when I had planned.  I will
have to work a few more years.  In a job like ours with the wear and tear on our bodies that does not
look like I will be able to enjoy the retirement I had hoped.  My physical condition at that time will not
allow me to do what I had looked forward to.  I know I am not alone in that but it just frustrates me that
our people went against everything they were warned about.  And now we all are going to pay the
price.  A very heavy price.  We still have time to stop this.  Contact your Congressman and Senators and
tell them you won’t stand for this.  And if they want to get re-elected they won’t
either.
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January 9, 2016

Gerry Gallagher

Health Plan / MBA Director

NALC Mutual Benefit Association Rates for 2017

MBA Retirement Savings Policy

Current rate for 2017 is 3.25%

If you had the policy before 2015 your rate for 2017 is 3.50%

If you had the policy before 2000 your rate for 2017 is 4.50%

All things considered these rates continue to exceed the
interest rates offered by most if not all financial institutions.
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